AUGUST 5, 2010

New vendors, good fun at Orofino Farmers Market

   The Orofino Farmers Market, now in its second year, is growing. Open on Tuesdays since June 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Orofino City Park, the Market is seeing new types of vendors this year, ranging from hand-painted gourd birdhouses, to organic meats, to chainsaw carved bears, and several new produce vendors.

   “Foods by Alex” is back beginning July 27, with fresh homemade desserts, and a new savory, healthy dish every week, for those who want delicious prepared foods while enjoying the great summer weather at Orofino Park.

   Starting August 10, Tastes of Idaho will exhibit for the first time, offering a wide selection of huckleberry specialty foods, elk and buffalo snacks, huckleberry picking rakes, and Bob Holzer’s famous telescoping camp forks, great for marshmallows and hot dogs.

   On July 27, musical entertainment included the beautiful and talented Stottlemyer young ladies, Kayla and Jolene, of Kooskia, playing soft, sweet music on the violin and harp.

   New vendors are always welcome. Please show up by 2 p.m. to obtain a space, which is $5. And for a family learning experience, the Market is a great way to teach your kids how business works (make them earn their spending money!).

   Orofino Farmers Market is also a good place to practice your musical talents before an appreciative crowd. (No hip hop, please.)

   Cherries are on—a lot of wild, pie-type cherries have been available. Huckleberries are coming next, though no one’s brought any to the market yet. 

   Vendor produce offerings to date include red raspberries, blueberries, kale, chard, purple and green cabbage, honey, green specialty peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, cukes, carrots, summer squash, green onions, and more kinds of lettuce than most people even know about. Come early for the best selection.

   One of the Market’s big draws is a wide selection of baked goods, including pies, muffins, homemade breads and jams, with more variety and flavors (and far better quality) than you will find at any grocery store.

   The weather is on, veggies and fruits are really starting to ripen, and there more vendors every week. The Market invites you to get your family together, bring a blanket, enjoy the sun, and help create an old fashioned, “feel good” community get-together every Tuesday afternoon at Orofino City Park. The beautiful weather and soft, green, city park lawn will not last forever.