Member Input

What you would like to see this website accomplish?

Please keep in mind that this is a very simple set up and has limitations.

Suggestions and dialogue are encouraged by clicking on "Comments".

Thank you!
Marti Fate


Allison said...

It would be great to see a list each month/week of what types of produce will likely be available.

Anonymous said...

We noticed that many photos were being taken through the course of the day; perhaps those photos which were taken by the site's team could be uploaded to the entries. A photobucket would hold the links well.

Southern Oregon Growers' Association said...

Thank you for your comment regarding the photos. The photos being taken recently at the market are for local publications. One is a local website, the other a local magazine. These photos are property of their respective publications and cannot be posted here.

Anonymous said...

I think it would be great to have more info on how to become a vendor, the prices and maybe an application online

Anonymous said...

Is there still a plan to use the old Grange co-op building down the street? A winter market would be wonderful. The building is still empty. Whats the word Marti? Can't wait till summer.

Superfood Girl said...

I think it would be a great idea to have additional 'guest' bloggers, adding pictures & news - keeping the page updated with new info. I would be happy to be one of these contributors on occasion, if you would like to check out my main blog here: www.SuperfoodGirl.com

I also love the idea of a winter market, wondering the status on that? Cheers! :-D

Amanda said...

I agree with Superfood Girl. I think guest bloggers and updating the page regularly would be a great idea. I would definitely volunteer my time to help with it. I have ideas for different features for different days of the week during the season that I would be happy to share.

About the Market

The Growers Market is community in action. For growers and artisans it is a way of life. Our customers experience a sensory extravaganza; spicy petunias, roses and chives, rosemary, thyme, and lavenders, fresh peaches, ripe tomatoes, coffee brewing and donuts frying, wind chimes, hand-scented soaps and tea bags for the bathtub. A guitar player near the strawberry bed and a brother-sister duo playing bluegrass down by the coreopsis, a silversmith, and an artist in oils, stained glass; the riches of the region shared by friends and neighbors. Fresh eggs, specialty breads, cakes, pies, honey, Natural organic beef, buffalo, seafood, and wood products round out the variety. Members attend from Medford, Butte Falls, Winston, Canyonville, Gold Hill, Roseburg and the Illinois Valley.

History of the Market

The Market's Board of Directors, its management and its membership have a long history of community involvement in the various issues facing the area.

In 1986, the Market was a founding member of the Oregon Farmers Market Assoc., started Medford's market in cooperation with their Downtown Development Association in 1987 and helped the markets in Beaverton and Gresham with start-up.

In 1989 it was part of the pilot project of WIC coupons currently used in the market system throughout Oregon. Also in 1989, the Market provided over 3 tons of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of gourmet processed foods at the 1989 Agri-fair held in Portland to celebrate agriculture in the state of Oregon.

In 1990, the Market, the City of Grants Pass and the Towne Center Association, along with various other state and federal agencies wrote a grant request to turn an ugly mud-hole behind the Post Office into a multi-purpose parking lot facility. It was to provide a permanent home for the Growers Market, parking for downtown, and a facility for celebrations and festivities in the heart of Grants Pass.

After two rounds through Economic Development, the project was funded and in March of 1993, the Market opened in permanent quarters. Members of the Market provided the landscaping and irrigation and maintain both the lot where the market is held and a green belt area designed for pedestrian use.

In 1995, the project was named the best downtown development project in the state.