Farmers Market finds a home

July 12, 2006 11:00 pm

There had been reason to be a little worried about the Baker City Farmers Market in recent years.

The market had plenty of volunteers, vendors and buyers — but not always all three at the same time.

And the move off of Main Street last year to the field behind St. Francis Cathedral took the market off a main thoroughfare.

We were worried.

But what a difference a year makes.

The Farmers Market is now where many advocates have long wanted it to be: Geiser Pollman Park.

This location is across from the much-improved Oregon Trail Regional Museum — and visible from busy Campbell Street.

Early reviews have been good: vendors are showing up with produce and selling out, and the shade from the park's trees is a welcome shift from the sometimes blazing hot Saturday morning summer asphalt.

We hope this location can continue. The Farmers Market connects local growers with local buyers, a welcome shift from globalization of the food supply.

Because for rural Baker County, localizing the economy makes far more sense than importing food from far away.