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: 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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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: 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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NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: ACME Hot Hog Company

A brand-new food vendor at the market this year, ACME Hot Dog Co brings hot dogs that are anything but run-of-the-mill. ACME offers grilled all beef hot dogs and veggie dogs served on toasted buns with specialty toppings such as creamy homemade mac and cheese topped with bacon, BBQ sauce, and chives.

Brendan Maier, founder of the company, said, “We love all the action at a farmer’s market and we look forward to sharing our hot dogs with Bendites and visitors alike!”

The company was founded earlier this year, and you may have seen their bright red food cart around at various events this spring. Come down and try a dog!

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

 

 

NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market Vendor Profile: DD Ranch

DD Ranch is back for our 2016 Farmers Market – they’ve been a part of the market since the very beginning! Always a favorite for visitors to the market, not only does the Terrebonne-based ranch bring out a fun Petting Zoo and Pony Rides but they also sell their grass-finished meats at the market.

Original owner Mike Duggan and his partners, Jeff and Linda Anspach, have this to say about their experience at the Farmer’s Market: “We have made many friends over the years and look forward to making many more.  Teaching people about the benefits of grass fed and finished meats coupled with consuming local raw honey is very rewarding.  Regarding our Petting Zoo and Pony Rides, it is always a joy to see the look on the children’s faces when they pet a pig or baby calf for the first time or take their first pony ride.”

Grass finished meats from DD Ranch have no hormones, chemicals or grain. The beef they are selling is free-range and grass-finished, and they also have heritage pork and lamb fed wheat and alfalfa that is grown right on the Ranch. Visiting their booth at the NorthWest Crossing Farmers Market is a great way to source local meats to feed your family!  In addition to meat, DD Ranch will be selling Central Oregon Raw Honey. Many locals use this honey for years in an effort to combat allergies to the local pollens.

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: Maragas Winery

Ground-breaking Central Oregon winery Maragas joins us at our Farmers Market for the first time this season, selling wines made and processed at their winery in Central Oregon. The winery also has two estate wines that are made with grapes grown at their Terrebonne area vineyard.

Owners Doug and Gina Maragas are looking forward to participating in the market. They said, “This market is well known for its great selection of vendors and the local-minded customers it attracts.  We are looking forward to bringing our wines to the local crowd in such a great location.  The atmosphere is fun and festive, seeming to be a perfect pair with our products.”

Doug Maragas learned wine making from his grandparents, who brought their winemaking over from Europe in 1941.  The company’s wines are made using all natural, old world proven techniques. That means no additives or chemistry, Doug just guides the grapes to express their magic in the finished wine.

Maragas Winery also capitalizes on the dry Central Oregon climate, which causes micro oxygenation (evaporation) to occur when in the barrel providing richer flavors.  Over the last 10 years, the company has experimented with many different grape varietals to determine what the Central Oregon region will grow.  They have found that their vineyard is great for Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Gris & Meunier, Chardonnay and a few others.  Maragas Winery is just getting started with the terroir in Central Oregon and can’t wait to reveal the wines. Come check out what they can do at the market this summer!

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

**This is the first in a series of blog posts giving some insight into our vendors for the Farmers Market this summer. Less than two weeks until the season starts! 

 

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Bend, Oregon Spring Festival April 8-10 in NorthWest Crossing

“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”
― E.E. Cummings

Viva, indeed! We’re doing spring right in NorthWest Crossing: April 8-10 for the NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival presented by The Source Weekly. We’re loving everything about this season of renewal in Central Oregon, and many of us are ready for the warmer weather to arrive. Others are glad for the late snow that promises some great spring riding on Mt. Bachelor. Whatever your feelings are about the weather, there is no doubt that spring is a time for new beginnings, love and…festivals.

The annual NorthWest Crossing Bend Spring Festival is filled with activities for everyone to celebrate the season. The weekend kicks off with the popular Art and Wine Bop from 5-9pm on Friday, April 8 and the rest of the weekend is packed with free live music, great food and drink, and a showcase of the amazing art created right here in the region and beyond.  Everyone is invited to connect with their own artistic side for the much-anticipated sidewalk chalk art competition (sign up required). For kids, the COPA Kids Zone has arts and crafts, music, magic, dance, ponies and, of course, giant puppets. There are too many fun things to list! Click to see the full line-up!

We hope you’ll join us! Springtime is lovetime, and we’d love to celebrate with you.

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NWX Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Bend Oregon

We are looking forward to our annual tree lighting ceremony in the NorthWest Crossing neighborhood center. Will this be the year the weather cooperates? From sub-zero temps to freezing rain, we’ve lighted our big tree each year and stayed warm at heart with our friends and neighbors (and Santa, of course). This Thursday will be no different as the big guy is joined by the Bend Fire Department to switch on the sparkling lights – all to the sound of holiday music sung by the Summit High Jazz Choir. Kids can explore the ladder truck while sipping on free hot cocoa.

Once again, we are sharing the spirit of the season by supporting Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express, which distributes food to needy families throughout the city. Please bring a non-perishable food item donation and you will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of several NorthWest Crossing Gift Baskets stuffed with merchandise and gift certificates from NorthWest Crossing businesses.

Join us THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 at 5:45 pm. You won’t miss the big truck right by All Mixed-Up and Little Bite Cafe.

Thank you to High Lakes Health Care for their sponsorship of this fun family event! Happy holidays everyone!

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