Our first season at the new location was a fantastic success! Thanks to all of our vendors, we had the largest turn out of any past season to date. The new location proved to be the key factor in market traffic and it showed with the weekly numbers increasing 100% over last year’s market season. Our weekly average walk through traffic was between 650 and 700 people. Again, a huge THANKS! to all of our vendors this season, you made it all happen with your hard work and fantastic variety of products, we can’t wait to see it grow next year.
We just said goodbye to Rachael Bailey, our Market Manager for four years. Rachael has moved on to other opportunities on the south Oregon coast closer to her family. She will be greatly missed! Moving forward, Grace Smith will be handling Rachael’s duties, so please feel free to give her a shout if you have any questions about the market or if you are interested in being a vendor this next season. She can be reached at (503)738-3311 x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on day and time will be posted soon for the Seaside Farmer’s Market Committee meetings that will begin in October. Until then, keep it fresh and keep it local!
There was a great deal of work done in the off season leading up to our new location for the market. It required many to focus and keep looking towards the end goal- the market to have greater visibility and accessibility for all. With everyone working together we managed to secure a new location that met our goals!
Now that we have just finished our first market at the new location we, along with vendors and patrons as well as volunteers, feel that we have hit a grand slam! The first market was a huge success- we couldn’t have asked for better weather, it was perfect! Our volunteers helping throughout the day were incredible, we couldn’t have pulled it off without them! The vendors were amazing with all of their wonderful products! I cannot say enough good things about our vendors, but we wouldn’t have the vendors here if it weren’t for the awesome patrons, all 700+ plus of you who attended or first market. We are overjoyed that it turned out as well as it did, and want you to all continue to come back and see what our vendors have to offer throughout the season as different things become available- that way too you can check out the new vendors who will soon be making their way to our market!
Without any one piece to this puzzle the market would not happen and we want to thank you and let you know how much we truly appreciate all that you have to bring to the market whatever your duties are- and just keep it coming!
Can’t wait to see you all next Wednesday from 3-7 PM at the Broadway Middle School parking lot.
Here are just a few pictures from the first market!
After much work by the Market Manager and the Farmer’s Market Committee, it was decided that this year’s market will be held in the Broadway Middle School parking area along Highway 101/ Roosevelt Dr. near the Broadway St. intersection, adjacent to the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.
“This move will increase market visibility and traffic,” states Grace Smith, Special Events Coordinator for the Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District. “It was a tough decision since it will limit the season to June 22nd through August 31st, due to the school needing to use the area outside of those dates.”
The market times will remain the same as they have in past years with the market opening at 3:00pm and closing at 7:00pm every Wednesday afternoon. Several new vendors have joined the market this year, offering an expanded selection of locally grown fruits and vegetables.
“I’m excited about the new changes and additional vendors,” says Rachael Bailey, Market Manager. “I think it will all work together brilliantly to help us continue to grow this market and better meet the needs of local consumers and our vendors alike.”
Make sure to visit our Facebook page and this website regularly for updates as we get closer to our market opening on Wednesday, June 22, 2016!