Farmers Markets are now a part of Winlock and Toledo for most of the year. The Winlock Farmers Market is open year-round and the Toledo Farmers Market is set to reopen on February 11.
Winlock's Farmers Market is open on Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 202 N.E. First Street, next to Sahara Pizza. They offer a range of arts, crafts, crochet, alpaca knitted items, canned goods, fresh eggs, and farm products. It's a shop with a little of everything for everyone.
Bonita Aadland is the manager over the Winlock Farmers Market, she stated, "We offer many items that are from local vendors, it's a great way to showcase local talent. It gives the community a place to buy a birthday gift or even a baby shower gift, we offer a wide variety of vendors and products."
Bonita moved to Winlock a few years ago and wanted to do something for the community. She has been a part of the vendors' group but felt a Farmers Market was more of what the community wanted. Bonita started the Farmers Market last summer and she has been busy ever since. She contacted friends she knew along with a few vendors, she has worked tirelessly to bring something to the community. She stated, "I fell in love with Winlock and wanted to offer something permanent for many in the community, it's our way of giving back to a town that was welcoming to us."
One of the items that has taken off is the horseshoe art. One of the vendors makes art out of horseshoes, such as crosses, welcome signs, and flower art for your flower beds. If you are in need of a beautiful scarf, they offer Alpaca products that are beautiful. You can find crocheted hats and gifts. It's a great little shop for all your gift-giving needs.
The Toledo Thursday Market has a wide range of offerings as well. The market is sponsored by the Toledo Lions Club, and is located at The Steamboat Landing.
They have items such as fresh produce, farm eggs, baked goods, beautiful flowers, planting, artisan cheese, chocolates, homemade arts and crafts, and much more.
If you have not had the chance to visit either market, Toledo or Winlock, it's your opportunity. With Toledo Thursday Market opening on February 11, and the Winlock Farmers Market open on Wednesday and Saturday, this is the time to check them out. As the markets get going in full swing in the summer, you will have the opportunity to buy local farmers' products for your home.