“There is a great need in our North Coast communities for more access to fresh, healthy food, especially for lower-income residents. As well, local small farms and ranches, part-time producers, fishers, and other food producers need easier, affordable market access in an atmosphere that will foster business development and encourage economic growth.”
From the River People Farmers Market Statement of Purpose
The River People Farmers Market (which debuted in Astoria on Thursday, June 23) provides eager shoppers yet another opportunity to buy farm fresh locally raised food. Market volunteers estimate that more than 1,000 people visited or participated in the market on opening day. Vendors offer vegetables, strawberries, flowers, edible plant starts, eggs, meat, and seafood. Bread and other baked goods, jams, vinegars, teas, sauerkraut, kimchee, fresh and aged cheese, wildcrafted nettle pesto, and other handmade goodies both cooked and raw are also available. The Market Café offers a changing menu gleaned from what is available at the market each week. Live music rounds out the market experience.
The vendors include Astoria Sunday Market veterans 46 North Farm, Kingfisher Farms, Blue Scorcher Bakery, and Skipanon Seafood. The River People Farmers Market also serves as a platform for those new to farming and/or selling such as Love Warrior Gardens of Svensen and Silver Leaf Farm of Naselle, WA.
The River People Farmers Market was set up by North Coast Food Web and is operated by volunteers. The River People Farmers Market complements rather than competes with the Astoria Sunday Market, providing a second weekly opportunity for Astoria area residents to score the freshest possible local food, and more chances for local farmers to market their produce, plants, and products. Unlike the Sunday Market, the River People Market, along with other new farmers markets on the North Coast, focuses primarily on food.
More than anything, markets like the River People Farmers Market promote community. Consumers have the opportunity to buy the fresh local food they are increasingly demanding and to learn more about what they eat and who produces it. Farmers have the opportunity to sell their output directly to the consumer. Both farmers and consumers have the opportunity to meet, to learn, to exchange ideas, to socialize. It’s a relaxed environment, a great place to meet friends and make new ones, to taste something new, to learn a new recipe, to hear the story of how your food came to be, and of course to find some great local food!
The River People Farmers Market runs from 3 – 7pm every Thursday through September in the parking lot at Astoria Indoor Garden Supply on 13th St.
Debit, credit, and SNAP cards are accepted, but dogs are not allowed in the market area. Interested in becoming a vendor? Go to riverpeoplemarket.org/vendor-info/ for a Market Handbook and vendor application.