SH Farmer’s Market puts local produce on display

Sweet Home’s Farmers Market is back in business for 2009 on the east end of the Thriftway parking lot on Saturdays.

The market, which began last year, offers local produce, mushrooms, plants and some locally made products, such as goat soaps, cheeses and wool products. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through October.

Market Manager Jan Nielson said the emphasis this year will be primarily as local as possible.

“It’s just for farmers, produce and locally made products,” she said.

“We don’t have crafts, though we do have one lady who sells knitted stuff, but she gets the wool from her own sheep. Another sells goat’s milk soap, but she gets the milk from her own goats right here in Sweet Home.

“We try do do everything within Sweet Home or locally. Nothing’s made in China.”

The market had its first full year in 2008, putting together a five-member board of directors and is attaining tax-deductible nonprofit status.

Nine vendors have set up shop during the first two weeks this year. Nielson said there will be occasional music and she expects more vendors as the weather improves.

“Next week we’ll probably have 10,” she said.

“We have a lot more people coming in but a lot of people don’t have anything yet because of the weather.”