Thursdays in Salmon Creek
We love Thursdays. At Feed Us Media, it is our day to assess our week, wrap up loose ends, and start planning for the weekend. Because, who wants to work on Fridays?! Thursdays we try to get out of the office, shake the routine, see the light of day, interact with humans and get better perspective on our business, but that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, we end up burning the midnight oil to finish up projects. This Thursday, however, turned out to be a team field trip, which was much more fun than ticking away on our laptops.
We decided to attend the Salmon Creek Farmers Market. Our good friend, Ann Foster, is the founder and organizer. She has put a lot of work into making the market successful. There are over 25 vendors who sell produce, berries, plants, handmade crafts, cheese, baked goods, and yard and garden art. The market is situated in a field just off I-5 in Salmon Creek, and is very accessible to traffic.
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One vendor had an amazing display of produce. Coyote Ridge Ranch is located in Ridgefield, Washington, and in addition to market offerings, sells their produce direct to restaurants. Their table included beets, young zucchini, rhubarb, herbs, vegetable plants, and an array of more unique offerings. Celeste bought the most amazing kohlrabi that was larger than her head! She will be sharing recipes on our blog, so be sure to check back.
A new bakery in Felida, Fred’s House of the Rising Buns, offered whole grain breads, sweets, challah, and some fantastic focaccia. It was almost beyond words. You could smell the garlic as you walked up to the stand. Fred also offers biscuits, scones, pies and cakes at his Felida location. Check out his facebook page here.
One of the most exciting parts of the market is the attention to needs of children. The market hosts a free kids craft table, and has face painting available. The vendors are very kid-friendly. One vendor, Jacki’s Heirloom Garden, took extra time and effort to introduce my children to new herbs they had never seen. She plucked leaves off plants and gave tastes to my kids. That means a lot to me, and taught my children something new about the nature that surrounds us all.
The market also hosts a program for kids called Produce Pals. Children participate in a scavenger hunt, and their prize at the end is a $2 token to purchase produce at the market. Two of my kids chose berries from Munoz Berry Farm, and my child with a more sophisticated palate chose goat cheese from Skamokawa Farmstead Creamery. Delicious choices, all around!
Ann has worked hard to get a good array of vendors, and there is always room for more Contact the market to get involved. This is an excellent vending opportunity for people who are just jumping into markets. Tell her we sent you!