HISTORY OF THE OLDEST FARMER'S MARKET IN OREGON
In 1943, Salem homemakers had an enjoyable and long-established custom of driving to farms and orchards in Marion and Polk counties during midsummer and Autumn to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for preserving, making jelly and freezing. The inconvenience of tight gasoline rationing was keenly felt in Salem. A Salem native, who was familiar with 'Saturday Tailgate Markets' in California and knew that farm-truck owners had more liberal gasoline rationing than city dwellers, went to a meeting of the Salem City Council and asked them to authorize the holding of the tailgate market on Saturdays at the south end of Marion Square and on the street alongside.
Wind and rain made continuing the outdoor enterprise impractical. Then the suppliers sought out some means of selling their produce within some type of shelter. Through a trustee, they rented vacant land at the northeast corner of High and Union Streets. Two of the enthusiastic farmers bought the property. The whole group put together a building using lumber, windows and other material from Camp Adair, where dismantling of the old buildings was in progress. Salem Public Market was incorporated as a non-profit on April 19th, 1944.
In 1946 members of the corporation bought and paid for the present market site at 1240 Rural Ave SE. There were no buyers for the building at High and Union Street. So market members took down that building and rebuilt it at Rural St. Much of the labor was volunteer, as it is today.
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Owners Justice and Anita believe that pasture and its intensive management is key to the health of their farm and animals. The healthy pasture lifestyle for the animals "breaks disease cycles, eliminates toxic concentrations of manure, self-fertilizes and builds soil, minimizes odors, and feeds the animals. Their feed is custom-made in Culver with regionally-sourced ingredients (meaning no soy, corn or mixed screenings) which complement the pasture. Mineral supplements are OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) approved.
No GMOs are used on the farm and all processed items use celery powder instead of sodium nitrite!
Spice mixes used are free of MSG and other unnecessary ingredients. Pigs are milk fed and pasture-raised and all poultry is processed on the farm in the first licensed poultry slaughterhouse east of the Cascades in the state of Oregon.
"The Great American Egg is a farm that aims to provide good food to local folks. We raise chickens for eggs, broilers for meat, grain for feed, and most importantly - two sprouting girls!"
At Greens Bridge Gardens, we are dedicated to bringing our customers the finest produce around.
Greens Bridge Gardens was established in 2003 by owners, Jason and Julie Laube. Greens Bridge Gardens is a seasonal produce stand, open primarily from May through November (Jason is pushing to make it to December!!!)
We open our doors in the spring with beautiful hanging baskets, color bowls, herbs, veggie starts and berry starts. Our shelves are filled with our much sought after jams and syrups as well as local honey, pickles, pepper jellies, mustards and more.
Mid to late May we cross our fingers and hope for the start of strawberry season. It’s always a great feeling to get some fresh produce!!! The strawberries are followed by fresh lettuce, broccoli, kohlrabi…. and then we know…. the season is upon us!!! There is so much more to come (too much to list)…. rasp, blue, boysen, logan and marionberries, peaches and apples. Gotta love all those fresh veggies… corn, summer squashes, cauliflower, cabbage, beets, cucumbers, eggplant, tomatoes, hot peppers… endless list!!!
One of our favorite features at Greens Bridge Gardens is our u-pick. There is nothing more enjoyable than watching the young ones come in with berry juice all over their mouths and clothes. (okay, so the Moms may not enjoy the stains.. but we love the experience they get to have). We have our regular pickers, those who come every few days with their bowl (the bowl our staff recognize year after year) – just enough for a day or two. And then there are those who come for their annual strawberry pick, with buckets and bowls and boxes to fill!!! U-pick is usually available on all of the berries, peaches (if we have a crop!), apples (if we have a crop), tomatoes and peppers. U-pick has to be one of our favorites:)
We are not limited to our home stand in Jefferson. We are currently attending seven farmers markets – Beaverton our 27th year (Saturdays and Wednesdays), Lake Oswego our 10th year, Moreland our 10th year, Lebanon our 7th year, the Salem Hospital our 3nd year and Lincoln City our 2nd year. In 2011 we set up a 20 x 20 tent on S Commercial in Salem, which we staff daily from June through September.
Jason has networked with local fruit stands, wholesaling many of our products to them. Prior to venturing out on his own and starting up Greens Bridge Gardens, Jason worked many summers for his parents at their fruit stand of nearly 20 years in Dayton.
So we know not everyone is interested in fresh produce, but they are interested in our pumpkins every October!!! The month of October is hopping with pumpkins, Papa’s hay wagon ride, hay mazes, a corn maze, slides, a petting zoo and some good old fashion farm fun!! Don’t forget the fresh squeezed apple cider!!
In the “off” season (hah! is there one??) we have 4 full time employees. In the busy summer months we may employee up to 30 staff at a time.
We love what we do and are so grateful to our families and friends for their support and many, many (did I mention MANY..) hours of volunteering to help us.
For additional information or vendor inquires please contact Roy at (503) 769-1257 or firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.