The Albany Farmers’ Market will begin its 35th season Saturday, April 14.
The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is in downtown Albany on Fourth and Ellsworth in the City Hall parking lot.
The first 150 customers at the opening will receive a special two-day coupon they can use this Saturday and again the following week, when the annual Procession of the Species assembles next to the market. They can also help the market spread its message of local food and community by giving the second part of the coupon to a friend.
The Albany market is thought to be the oldest continuously operating outdoor farmers’ market in Oregon.
Opening day events include a seasonal cooking demonstration with Janice Gregg of OSU Extension and information on Mid Valley Plant a Row for the Hungry, which helps gardeners who want to donate some of their produce to others who need more and better food.
The Festival String Band will entertain with old-time fiddle, bluegrass, Celtic and folk music and more.
Proceeds from a seafood dinner in February, featuring chef Matt Bennett of Sybaris Restaurant, will fund additional tokens for farmers’ market customers using their Oregon Trail cards (SNAP, also known as food stamps). Incentive tokens help stretch food dollars for these families and increases awareness that SNAP benefits can be spent on healthier foods found at farmers’ markets. SNAP can also be spent on food-producing plants and seeds.
Shoppers can use features on www.locallygrown.org to search for products or vendors and to view interactive maps showing the location of vendors on each market day.