A Look Back at a Farmers Market Success Story

In the summer of 2008, NorthWest Crossing debuted its first Farmers Market with a dozen vendors along the small block of Fort Clatsop Street. The Market was founded on the desire to create an experience beyond shopping, where neighbors and community members alike can support one another. “That first year was a huge leap of faith, for us and the vendors who started with us,” said Valerie Yost, NorthWest Crossing Marketing Director, reflecting back on the time. “We wanted to create a sense of community and bring neighbors out to support their local farmers and artists.” Back then there was a much smaller pool of vendors to choose from and  it was about having enough product variety to be able effectively hold the event.  “We’ve come a long way,” says Yost. “From our humble beginnings, we’ve established ourselves as a Saturday ritual for many families in Bend.” 

 

Over the years, Market organizers have offered a number of different programming elements at the Market. Music has alwa

ys been an important draw for the Market, but aside from farm vendors and artists, that has been about the only consistent piece! From petting zoos, aerial artists and chef demonstrations, to bagpipers and beekeeping experts, organizers have worked to seek out ways that would allow the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market to be original and engaging.  

 

NWX resident and good friend to the developers, Dean Wise, brought his hoppy hobby of brewing beer to the market in those early years, to share his passion and offer tastings. Romy Mortensen, a board member of the NorthWest Crossing development team, remembers this time fondly as she explains how it just felt like everyone at the market was family and knew one another. As the Market has grown, that feeling has not only grown, but evolved. Although attendance has increased considerably, one can still appreciate the mix of new and familiar faces present at the Market each week. 

 

Many vendors have made their entrepreneurial debut with us, from community members sharing their hobbies, as well as established, growing businesses. Sparrow Bakery found a niche at the Market as a vendor that guided them to the decision to open a location in the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center in 2014 to serve customers year-round. But even with a 2,000 square-foot restaurant space, Sparrow still sees the value of serving customers each Saturday on the street at the Market.  

 

An important aspect of the Market has always been to support local nonprofits and give back to the community. The

High Desert Food and Farm Alliance (HDFFA) has been a central component of the market for the past 4 years, creating a place where market-goers can contribute to a growing food-pantry, working to provide foods beyond non-perishables.  HDFFA is part of a team trying to grow our fresh-food pantry in Central Oregon and are at the Market

each week to accept monetary donations that are spent on fresh produce, as well as produce donations from market patrons and farmers with leftover product at the end of each day. With this effort, the NWX Farmers Market is helping the vulnerable populations in our community gain access to fresh, healthy foods.

 

Providing educational opportunities to the community are just as important to Market organizers. Over the years, we have hosted many organizations and demonstrations that have enlightened and inspired guests, from composting to

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cooking techniques. This year, the Community Spotlight Vendor booth is sponsored by FarmMade and has featured Kim Rivera of Backyard Bees of Bend, and our local CampFire chapter. The goal of this booth is to add a community education element to the market, where visitors can learn more about different activities and organizations in the area. 

 

To our vendors that have been with us throughout the years: thank you! We truly appreciate those that have traveled on this journey with us. KarenLynn of BlissPillow is one of those long-time vendors and remembers her debut summer in 2009. She attributes her expanding business in part to her consistent commitment to our Market in a growing neighborhood. In reflecting back to her early Market days, she even believes that she was our first vendor selling non-edible items. To gain that spot, she remembers having to sell her company to the market manager, explaining that her millet-filled pillows are farm-sourced and therefore an appropriate product to be featured in a farmers market! 

 

Today, we are proud at not just the growth of the Market, but of the quality of vendors that we host, each with their own unique product or service that contributes to the character of our Market and community. It has grown to be a place where you can not only do your fresh food shopping or buy your loved ones a unique gift, but also enjoy meeting new business owners, experiencing local music, or simply meet a friend for lunch on a beautiful summer Saturday. We are grateful for ten years of amazing sponsors, vendors, and patrons, for this Market would be nothing without all of the generous support. 

 

Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Manipura Kitchen

With only two more NorthWest Crossing Farmers Markets for the season, you need to head on down to check out the goodness before it’s too late. One such “goodness” is Manipura Kitchen, a local Bend company founded in January of this year. Founder Anne Farnault grew up in France and going to the local market each week with her Mom is one of her favorite memories. After working at a Los Angeles Farmers Market for several seasons, Anne decided to fuse three of her passions – Ayurveda, Farmer’s Markets and cooking – to create a line of Infused Ghee.

In Ayurvedic Medicine “Ghee” (clarified butter) plays an important role in overall health and well-being because of its healing properties. Ghee is made by cooking butter to remove all milk solids and water. What is left after this process is: pure golden oil with a Royal flavored aroma. By infusing spices and herbs in the ghee, Anne takes it to the next level and creates a large palette of flavored healing ghee infusions.

There are several ways to use Manipura Kitchen’s products for healthy living. The company’s Ghee is a great cooking oil, and can also be added to soups, steamed vegetables, desserts, smoothies, even coffee or tea is adding a punch of flavors to your dishes. Ghee is paleo friendly, and does not require refrigeration.

In addition to her products, Anne offers Private Ayurvedic Cooking classes with a French flair for healthy living at your home. Her cooking addresses the needs of individuals who are vegetarian, non vegetarian, gluten free, soy free or dairy free.

 

Come to our final two Farmers Markets – September 10 and 17 from 10am-2pm. See you here!

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Adoboloco

Making things even hotter at this year’s Farmers Market is Adoboloco! This Oregon company was founded in 2011 and this is their first year spicing things up for us here in Bend. The company creates a wide variety of hot sauces which are based on the flavor of the pepper varietals used. This process is similar to fine wine or coffee – the way that Adoboloco grows and selects chili peppers from farmers can be likened to the way wineries select grapes. The seasonal and environmental influences affect the flavor, color and heat levels of the pepper, and they embrace and mention these differences on each bottle.

You can also be sure there is no funny business inside each bottle – all of Adoboloco’s hot sauces use only four ingredients and the sauce is naturally preseved. There aren’t any fillers, gums, oils or sugars in Adoboloco’s products. One of their sauces has five ingredients – the Pineapple Habanero Hot Sauce – which has a “whole lot” of naturally sweet fresh Hawaiian Pineapple.

They said, “While on vacation visiting family here in Bend, we visited the market several times. We love how organized it is and the variety of high quality vendors.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Kids Crit is Back!

Even if you’re not a cyclist, watching bike races is a fun spectator sport, and one many Central Oregonians turn out for in spades. We think watching is even better when it involves streamers, tricycles and a mad rush of little helmets and pedals. We’re excited to welcome back the NWX Kids Crit race this Saturday, August 13th from 10-11am. The race is designed in heats for kids from under three all the way to 11 years old, with four age groups and prizes for winners!

The race, which is part of the Central Oregon Pediatrics  Kids Day at the Farmers Market, is hosted by our own local Umpqua Bank. While the event itself is free, participants need to pre-register. It’s easy: fill out this form, and then drop it off at Umpqua Bank at 2755 NW Crossing Dr #113.

The best part? Umpqua will be giving out ice cream to all participants at the finish.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: ONDA

We love having nonprofit organizations that mean so much to our community participate in our Farmers Market – educating visitors and helping gain support for their important missions. The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) is one such organization that is joining us for the second year at the market.

They are having a great time this season introducing Oregon’s wild desert to market goers. What is Oregon’s desert you may ask? Our high desert is known for its “stunning beauty, biological significance, recreational opportunities and cultural value.” Much of the desert landscape is on publically owned land, and ONDA works with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM and others every day to ensure that these lands remain places that will be there for future generations to enjoy.

ONDA has many goals but some of them include:

  • Lobbying for permanent protection of desert lands as Wilderness to protect habitats for fish and wildlife
  • Working to ensure that the recent interest in energy development in Oregon’s high desert is thoughtful and follows conservation laws
  • Providing Stewardship and Restoration activities to ensure that critical areas regain ecological health

If you love our beautiful state and its lands, stop by their booth to chat about their mission and how you can help!

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Sweet Mamas Soaps & More

Sweet Mamas Soaps & More is back for its second appearance at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market.  The company was founded in 2013 by Kim Tatum. She named her company after her goats, from whose milk she creates her products. Each morning when she would go out to milk them, Kim would call out “Hi, my sweet mamas!” and the name was born.

Sweet Mama’s products stand out because it is made from  fresh goat milk from the Tatum’s farm just east of Bend, but it also contains raw shea butter and clays.  Raw shea butter is well known as an excellent moisturizer.  They add clay to the soap for color, to boost cleansing properties, to add “slip” when used to shave with a razor to eliminate shaving rash (no shaving cream needed), and to add a creamy quality to the lather.  The company currently offers two soaps with activated charcoal which makes a great face soap for people with acne-prone skin.

In addition to soap, Sweet Mama’s also makes a great lotion using their goat milk, aloe vera juice, and raw shea butter along with oils that soaks in and soothes dry, chapped skin.  Last year, they added lotion bars for people wanting a more intensive lotion that takes a little longer to soak in.  They call it a “heel saver” because it will greatly reduce, if not eliminate, cracked heels when applied at bedtime and allowed to soak in overnight.

But that’s not all! Sweet Mama’s push-up, twist tubes of Body Balm are made using herbal infused olive oil, raw shea butter, beeswax, and essential oils – a great concoction to apply on cracked skin, callouses, minor wounds, and rashes.  Kim said, “My husband has used it for the past couple of years in place of a prescription steroid cream on his psoriasis.”  Also in a tube is the company’s Arnica Balm, made from arnica infused olive oil along with most of the same herbs as the Body Balm and essential oils that are great to apply on sore muscles and joints.  This product is great for sore muscles, plantar fasciitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Last, but not least, Sweet Mama’s makes sell lip balm in mango, mint, orange, and pomegranate; and 3 tinted colors:  light pink, pink, and copper.

Kim said, “I research different ingredients (oils, butters, herbs, and essential oils), their reputed health benefits and their cost and formulate recipes based on what I learn.  At the Farmers Market, I enjoy meeting people who come to our booth and discussing their skincare issues so I can learn how to better meet their needs.  For example, one summer I had a couple people come by my booth who had peanut allergies in their family.  We were concerned about the sweet almond oil in my soaps and lotion and whether it would cause an allergic reaction.  In response I decided the sweet almond oil really wasn’t necessary in my soaps, but I do like it in the lotion as it is a light oil (compared to olive oil which is heavier).  So, I have replaced olive oil for the sweet almond oil in my soaps, but not the lotion.  It is this input from customers at festivals and markets that encourages me to continue learning and questioning why I use the ingredients I do.  I am frequently reminded of a saying I heard as a child, ‘The more you know, the more you learn you don’t know.’”

Kim has a passion for   researching and making skin products that use simple, natural ingredient that yield great benefits at a price that is affordable.  She says, “While there is no way to make good, natural skincare for the same bargain prices large grocery and chain stores can sell chemically-filled skincare products, I do believe it is possible to make good natural skincare that is affordable for someone who chooses to use natural versus chemical skincare.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Rofe Designs

Roanna Fe Gingrich founded Rofe Designs in 2010, and this will be the company’s second year participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. All of the designs for Rofe Designs clothing are hand-drawn (nothing digital!) and hand-screened. The clothing itself is ethically made that is soft and comfortable, and looks good too!

Roanna said, “I love the location of this market and the low-key feel. The quality of products sold at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is unmatched for other markets this size.”

Salem based Rofe Designs is hoping to expand soon with a mobile storefront that can come to customers, with an option of holding a private Rofe party – for rewards, wardrobe expansion and even for a fundraiser. Part of the aim of this new model will be to support local and small businesses with outside products for Roanna’s craft. She is continuously working at new ways to be more sustainable and create options for giving back to the beautiful community in which we live.

She continued, “The NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market gives me a real excuse to spend more time in the Bend area, little getaway from the valley!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Holm Made Toffee

One of our longest running vendors at the Farmers Market, Holm Made Toffee is back for their sixth year in a row. This small, family-run business was started as a hobby by Donna Holm in 2007, and is now run by Donna, who makes all the toffee by hand and her daughter-in-law Randi Holm, who manages sales, marketing and events. Donna is often joined by her other children and grandchildren who like to help, so it is a true family affair.

Over the years, the company has grow slowly but surely through word of mouth. They participate in numerous markets and events across the state and can also be found in 50+ stores in the Pacific NW.

Randi said, “We LOVE the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market because we get to meet lots of new faces each week – as well as see familiar ones. Not only do a lot of Bend locals attend, but also a lot of tourists. We love hearing stories from our customers on why they are purchasing our candy and where it gets to travel. Last year we heard from folks taking it all the way to Europe or even just home down the street!”

In addition, the company has teamed up with many other market vendors on some collaboration projects. Jeff and Juli Labhart from Bonta Gelato use some of Holm Made Toffee’s flavors in their gelato, and so does Addy Mac’s Ice Cream in their toffee flavor ice cream.  Holm Made Toffee also uses dried lavender buds from market vendor Tumalo Lavender in their lavender toffee. Partnerships made in heaven – or at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market as the case may be.

Randi continued, “The market has grown A TON since I first started participating and it has been great to see what new vendors, musical acts and FUN are here in 2016!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Pink Rakes Studio

If you are looking for something one-of-a-kind that will start a conversation, then first-time market vendor Pink Rakes Studio has it! Founded earlier this year by Stephanie Petershagen, Pink Rakes creates hand-built ceramics and sculpture that are sure to catch the eye.

From useful pieces like small plates, spoon rests and vases, to abstract masks and yard art, Pink Rakes pulls out all the stops. Creativity abounds in every piece! The best way to explain the items that you might see at the market from this vendor is to show you some photos. See below!

Stephanie said, “I like the location of the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market on Bend’s westside and all the good vibes from the visitors and other vendors.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: DK Designs Jewelry

While you may have definitely seen the beautiful creations of local company, DK Designs Jewelry, this is the first year you’ll find them at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. Founded three years ago by owner Donna K, DK Designs makes unique pieces of hand crafted jewelry.

Made using recycled materials, Swarovski crystals and materials chosen by the customer, each piece is made with attention to detail. Both the materials used and the quality craftsmanship are made to last. The company focuses on precious metals that are said to have holistic properties, so not only are the creations beautiful but they can help you feel better as well. For example, copper was used by ancient Egyptians and Aztecs for its healing properties and elements like hematite have been said to alleviate fevers.

Donna has been a resident of Oregon for three generations, and DK Designs creates jewelry with a true Oregon feel – combining local organic elements with a new modern industrial twist.

She said, “I love the NorthWest Crossing area and am excited to bring something new to the visitors of the Farmers Market.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Bucha Buena Fermentation Creations

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Coming back to the market for its second year, Bucha Buena brings visitors its local, craft kombucha. The company’s brewery is located on Bend’s westside in true micro craft fashion: it’s created in the backyard of owners’ Brooke Moore and Brit Nelson.

Bucha Buena takes local seriously as they only use real fruit to flavor their product, and everything they use is sourced in our home state of Oregon. They are looking forward to sharing their fare with visitors at the Farmers Market, as their brewery is not open to the public. So Saturday is your best chance to try out their kombucha – and more.

They said, “We are excited about the release of our new Sour Series, a hard kombucha that is 4.1% ABV, and aged in oak barrels. Our website will have tap listings for where you can find it around town.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: MaileKai Creates, LLC

Founded in 2010, MaileKai Creates makes useful and fun works of art by up-cycling all those beautiful bottles in the world. The company takes discarded bottles and uses several processes to create items that can be used again and again.

Some of their pieces are slumped (melted in a kiln) to create one-of-a-kind gifts, spoon rests, soap or jewelry dishes, serving or hors d’oeuvres dishes and much more. Other bottles are carefully cut and sanded into drinking glasses, vases, or goblets, enabling customers to re-claim their favorite bottles and turn them into useful items.

This family business is run by Robert Clark (chief bottle cutter) and Elise Clark (chief bottle slumper), plus a bottle cleaning and sanding crew made up of four teenagers: Jodi, Kai, Sami, Alex. Most of the bottles MaileKai collects are from in and around Bend, from local bars and eateries, as well as from all those recycle bins that are curbside twice a month. The team scavenges for their favorites, and also have many customers collecting bottles for them to use, saving them from the landfill.

Elise says, “We love the NWX market because the combination of Farmers and Artists makes for an interesting mix of vendors. Great food, awesome music, and happy customers always makes for a fun day.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Zantana Designs

Back again to the market with their unique jewelry line made of fine finished dichroic glass and sterling silver, Zantana Designs pieces help wearers make a statement! In most of the company’s handcrafted pieces, the dichroic glass is multilayered giving it a sense of depth and revealing a variety of colors. Founded in 2002 by Berta Heisler and her husband Rex, Zantana Designs has been attending the market for the last three years.

Although they were busy developing some national gallery work in the past, this year, the couple plans to stay closer to home (their studio is near Smith Rock, providing plenty of beautiful inspiration).

Berta says, “We will do mostly local shows this year to stay in touch with our roots and the fine people of Central Oregon. We love the environment at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday between June 18 – September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Precious Cargo Seafood

Seafood is the perfect fresh and tasty food for summer days in Oregon. Bend company, Precious Cargo Seafood is under new ownership this year – Dawn Mitchell is the new proprietor – and it will be her first year participating in the market.

Her seafood stock changes with the catch, and is updated regularly on her website (she also takes special orders). The company carries 100 percent wild caught seafood, so you can be sure you are purchasing your fish from a sustainable source. Many of her products are flash frozen at sea, which preserves the freshness of the fish. At this year’s market, she will not only be selling a selection of seafood, but also will have live crawdads, along with all the extras – Rik’s Rubs (local company), pasta, bread, batter mixes, marinades, BBQ supplies, planks and everything needed to create a seafood meal. A one-stop shop for a great dining experience!

Mitchell, who is a Central Oregon native, said, “I am really excited to be in the NW Crossing Farmers Market. I can’t wait to meet new people and just enjoy being outside having fun at work!”

Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

 

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: The Scott Allen Company

The Scott Allen Company is back for the third year running at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market – but you might not recognize the name – the company was formerly known as RELIC Workshop. The same beautiful products will be available though – Allen designs and handcrafts modern industrial furniture, using reclaimed local materials whenever possible.

He says, “I think the thing that makes my work unique is the marrying of natural warm materials with linear modern industrial design. I employ sustainable business practices.”

The Scott Allen Company makes everything from tiny concrete planters to building custom tables and fixtures for restaurants (you can see his work at NorthWest Crossing’s Bend Pizza Kitchen). The company was founded 12 years ago in a Napa Valley garage, and moved to Bend three years ago. Business is good with double digit growth from 2014-2015.

Allen continued, “This will be my third year at NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market. I love the market. It gets me out of the shop and into the community of like-minded artists, farmers, proprietors and the people that seek genuine hand grown and handmade things. There’s this wonderful camaraderie that naturally incubates. It allows me interface with my clients and talk about the process, the materials and the product in a way that is genuine. It puts a face on what it is I do and I think the passion comes through.”

His favorite thing about the market – its authenticity. Come down and visit us any Saturday through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: Cascade Lavender

Celebrating 10 years in business this year, Cascade Lavender offers organic, local lavender made into an extensive range of products. The company sells everything lavender from 100 percent essential oil to bath and body products all the way to aromatherapy products and dried lavender. In addition, Cascade Lavender offers culinary lavender products, fresh lavender plants and bouquets.

This is the company’s third year participating in the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market, and their farm is also open to the public during the summer.

They say, “We love everything about the market – the organizers, the other vendors, the great live music and, of course, the clientele.”

Come down and visit us any Saturday  through September 17 from 10am – 2pm.

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