Farmers market set for its debut

DALLAS -- The Polk County Bounty Market is ready to make a splash. Polk County's newest and possibly largest farmers market makes its debut this week. And if the pre-opening response is a sign of t

DALLAS -- The Polk County Bounty Market is ready to make a splash.

Polk County's newest and possibly largest farmers market makes its debut this week. And if the pre-opening response is a sign of things to come, it should be a bustling summer in downtown Dallas.

Starting on Thursday, June 3, from 3 to 7 p.m. on the Polk County Courthouse lawn, the Polk County Bounty Market will provide area residents and visitors a new place to experience the growing "buy local" movement.

The market, operated by the Dallas Area Visitors Center, will feature vendors offering everything from fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, eggs and meats, to chocolates and the work of area artisans.

"I'm elated with our vendors," said Bonnie Dreier, market manager. "People were telling us if we had five or so regular vendors each week for the first year, we would be doing well.

"We had 25 vendors attend a meeting (May 26), we have 15 full-season vendors and at least 22 vendors committed so far. I think we'll max out our 25 spaces some weeks. It's amazing the way the community is coming out to support this market."

Dreier said about 20 vendors will be on hand for opening day on Thursday, including McK Ranch (beef, chicken and eggs), Fairview Farm (goat cheese, pork), W.C. Kester Apiaries (honey, beeswax candles), Oak Villa Farm (produce), AMR Farm (berries) and Danny Hartman (chain saw art carvings).

In addition to local food and art, the market will feature live music, a kid's coloring event and activities, cooking demonstrations by the market chef, Capricorn Catering owner Steve Segal, and a wine tasting.

And if that wasn't enough, a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Dallas Mayor Jim Fairchild is scheduled for opening day at 5:30 p.m.

"I know it's going to go well," Dreier said. "This is a good group of very qualified vendors who have worked other markets and know what to do and expect.

"We encourage everyone to come down and check it out."

Market Opening

What:

Polk County Bounty Market

When:

3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday beginning June 3 and running through Aug. 26, except for July 29.

Where:

Polk County Courthouse lawn, 850 Main St., downtown Dallas.

For more information:

Bonnie Dreier, Dallas Area Visitors Association, 503-623-2564; e-mail to pcb@dallasoregon.org; www.dallasoregon.org/davc.

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