Sisters Farmers Market welcomes over 400 visitors on opening day

The Sisters Farmers Market was in full swing on Sunday for its opening day.

As the weather swayed between cloudy winds and sunshine, shoppers enjoyed browsing among the stalls of local vendors and sampling the wares.

Market manager Michelle Jiunta said the market has been in existence for 10 years and has lived in Fir Street Park for four of those years.

“It’s so exciting,” she said. “I’ve been working behind the scenes for months, so it’s really exciting to see opening day and all the bright, happy faces out shopping and supporting local farmers and vendors.”

There were 31 local vendors on Sunday, with a wide range of items to share.

“Most of the vendors are very local right here in central Oregon,” Jiunta added. “We have several different farms, we have an orchard, we have honey and a lot of artisanal products. Handmade craftsmanship, produced in small series.

Their average is around 700 people per market day, and by the end of market hours on Sunday, over 400 people had come to visit.

Non-profit sisters Seed to Table took over management of the market in 2020.

“The market is just a fun place to see all of our programs together and to be able to welcome visitors, residents of Sisters and all of central Oregon to celebrate food and the local economy,” Audrey, Executive Director and founder of Seed to Table says Tehan.

Seed to Table strives to increase access to local, farm-fresh produce and provide on-farm education opportunities at the local level.

Other market sponsors this year include Metabolic Maintenance, Black Butte Realty Group, Ace Hardware, Black Butte Ranch and Bend Cider Company.

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James V. Payne