Planning meeting set for June 3
By TAMMY MALGESINI
The excitement is almost palpable on the new Facebook page for the Hermiston Farmers’ Market.
A new logo has been created. And a new face — BeAnn Smith — is overseeing the weekly event. A planning meeting is set for Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. at Hermiston City Hall, 180 N.E. Second St.
“I want it to be a place where you want to be on a Saturday morning — where you come to make new friends and try new things,” Smith said about her vision for the market.
The market, which has mostly shared McKenzie Park with other events the past few years — in addition to setting up in downtown Hermiston during special events — will find a home this season. It will be held on Hermiston’s proposed festival street on Northeast Second Street between Main Street and Gladys Avenue. The market will open Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The season runs through Oct. 14.
Active with the market off and on over the past decade, Smith is excited about the change in venue. The visibility off Highway 395, she said, should bring extra traffic to the market.
“What better place to be located, than right in the heart of Hermiston?” she said. “Also, increasing foot traffic on Main Street can only be a good thing for our town and local shops.”
People interested in selling goods at the market need to pay a one-time registration fee of $35, which includes a T-shirt. Also, weekly booth rates are $20 for homemade/homegrown goods or $25 for commercial vendors.
Also, Smith said those belonging to the market can participate in the in the small-town Thursdays sale on the first Thursday of each month. All vendor’s booth fees are free for those Thursdays, she said.
In addition, Smith is hoping to include some evening markets and introduce a Foodtruck Friday. She’s also in contact with area musicians for entertainment and local businesses for possible do-it-yourself projects.
Booth space is still available, Smith said. The success of the market depends on both vendors and the public’s response. Smith knows there are many talented people and locally-sourced products in the community — and hopes to showcase those.
“When you buy local and keep money in your own community, everyone benefits,” she said. “I want this to be a farmers’ market — to be a place where people travel to see or plan to stop at when coming through out beautiful little town.”
For more information, contact Smith at email@example.com or visit www.facebook.com/Hermistonfarmersmarket-1713625582263775.