John Day Farmers Market
8:30 a.m.-Noon, Saturdays from mid-June to mid-October
S.W. Brent Street, John Day
The John Day Farmers Market first took to the street in June 2010, with the number of participating vendors doubling the next year, in 2011.
Now ready to launch its fourth season, the market features locally produced food and crafts, activities for children, music, food and recipe samples, plants for the garden, and drawings for prizes.
Some of the produce vendors are registered to accept WIC, Fruit and Veggie Vouchers, and Farm Direct Nutrition Program checks, as well as SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps). The social event provides an opportunity for the communities of Grant County and surrounding areas to support one another and strive toward self-reliance.
More vendors and participants are welcome. The cost for a booth space is $5. Learn more: Jim and Sandy Bay, market co-chairs, 541-932-2725.
John Day Community Garden
Third Street Extension, east of the Grant County Fairgrounds
The John Day Community Garden took root in spring 2010, with local Master Gardeners and the Grant County office of Oregon State University Extension digging deep to help get the garden off the ground.
Now in its fourth year, the garden season runs from registration in early April through harvest, around the end of October. Pizza parties utilizing the gardens outdoor cob oven follow community garden events through the summer and early fall.
In 2012, the garden added a 10x12 garden shed and wood chips to pathways.
A mandatory orientation is scheduled this year on Saturday, April 13. The cost for a garden plot is $15 for 5x10-foot bed, or $25 for a 5x20-foot bed. Participants must care for the garden during the season to keep the garden healthy and beautiful.
Learn more: Visit the John Day Community Gardens Facebook page.