No great Northwest town would be complete without a farmers’ market where shoppers can find fresh local fruits and vegetables direct from local farmers. The really good ones also feature local bakers, artisans, and more. Bandon is no exception!
Every Friday and Saturday from May through December, the Old Town Marketplace at 250 1st Street near the boardwalk is filled with local farmers, bakers and artisans, selling their creations. Shoppers can find fresh produce, sweet and savory cheesecakes, plant starts, jewelry, art, coffee, baked goods, tacos, and much more. The market is open from 10-4, but come early for the best selection.s
Many people come to the Bandon Farmer’s Market for the produce. In fact, many make it their first weekend shopping stop prior to the grocery store. As the selection changes with the season, each week at the market brings exciting new and fresh choices. In the spring, shoppers find a variety of greens such as kale, lettuce, rainbow chard and spinach as well as herbs, including arugula, basil, mint and cilantro. Snow peas and shelling peas can also be found. The day the strawberries come to the market is a happy one indeed. The boxes full of bright red local berries are a sure sign that summer is coming, and anyone who has tasted Oregon strawberries know that they can’t be beat for flavor. It’s best to stock up and freeze them, though, as they don’t last forever! As spring turns to summer, the market sees the addition of carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, beets, bell peppers, and other vegetables, as well as the leafy green staples. And, just as we finish grieving the strawberries’ departure, in come juicy blueberries, raspberries, and peaches. The sun sticks around in Bandon well into the fall, but we can see the changing of the season at the market as apples and winter squash are added to the abundance.
The market is about much more than produce. Shoppers can nearly always find coffee, baked goods, dips and cheesecake as well as furniture, photos, home accessories and more.
Shopping at a farmers’ market benefits the farmer, the consumer and the local economy. The food is fresher and more healthy, and the money spent stays in the community. In a town like Bandon, it’s also a great way to see friends and neighbors. Click here for more information about the benefits of shopping at a farmers’ market.
Come on opening weekend, and enjoy the Garden Fair and Plant Sale, a benefit for the Good Earth Community Garden. Visitors can participate in auctions for planters and potting benches, get advice from expert gardeners, and purchase very reasonably priced starts to take home for their own gardens.
The farmers’ market selection changes with the season, so make sure to come every week while it’s open, and join in the food and fun!