My talented friend Linda Griepentrog, who spent over 20 years as revered member of the sewing industry, was willing to lend Farmers Market Finds her trend spotting eye and bring us this great review of an outdoor and indoor Farmers Market in Bend, OR.
Held in Bend’s trendy Northwest Crossing neighborhood, this Saturday venue offers the usual fruits, veggies, meats, baked goods, plants and treats, but in addition there are craftspeople exhibiting their wares. From the end of June into September (dates vary by year), the closed-off streets of this Westside planned community come alive with vendors and entertainment venues from 10am to 2pm. Unlike the city’s original downtown Farmer’s Market, this one offer more prepared and ready-to-eat foods, from dumplings to tamales, and cupcakes to kombucha, juices, gelatos, coffees and local brews. There’s a place to sit and enjoy local musicians while you feast on the tasty offerings; and for the kids, a petting zoo and pony rides.
A favorite find at the NW Crossing Market? One to eat and one to use…Ida’s Cupcakes to snarf on the spot—scrumptious carrot with cream cheese icing. With a daily menu of 11 cake flavors and 11 frosting flavors, plus rotating seasonal flavors, Ida’s Cupcakes has something for everyone, including gluten free and dairy free cupcakes! What’s even more fun about Ida’s that I’ve never seen anywhere else is they offer a “frosted to order” option making sure you get just the right fabulous combination of cake and frosting! This option is only available at their shop, but if you’re in Bend, why not stop by too!
Linda’s next find, is thankfully calorie-free: Goat Milk Soap from Bend Soap Co. The soap bars sell for only $4.95 each and come in incredible “flavors” like Oatmeal & Honey, Vanilla Sugar, Peach and Tangerine Spice, plus some seasonal and regional scents like Mt. Bachelor Pine, Peppermint and Ginger Snap. Made with real goat’s milk and coconut, olive and palm oils, these are a sure cure for any High Desert dry skin.
Due to the climate, the farmers markets in this are have a pretty short season. Fortunately for residents you can head inside to the Central Oregon Locavore store–it’s like an indoor farmers market year around, that offers local food and gifts of all sorts. In addition, this non-profit organization is sponsoring the 6th Annual Locavore Holiday Gift Faire this weekend, December 12th at the Old Stone Church in Bend, OR. Shop from dozens of local vendors offering hand-made, artisan gifts made right in Central Oregon.
For affordable holiday gifts, pick up some candles to use at home or give as gifts from Family Tradition Candles. Be sure to check out the fun jars from Justice Jars! Justice Jars is raising money to build a well through charitywater.org a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. These jars and lids are PBA Free, PBS Free and Phthalate Free. Plus there are lots of fun styles to choose from!
Looking for something really outside the box? How about a leather growler carrier or beer holder from Nomad Leather! Now that’s a unique gift to use year round!
Whatever you are searching for this holiday season be sure to visit your local Farmers Markets, and be sure to check your local area for markets that have moved indoor for the season. Shop local and you really will be the change you wish to see in the world!
See you next time at the market!