Grab your grocery bags because the Coos Bay Farmers’Market is back every Wednesday through October 26, 2016! Browse over 50 vendors’ stands as they sell fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade jams, arts and crafts, and candies.
The Market is located on Central Avenue between Hwy 101 South (west of the Coos Bay Visitor’s Center) and to S. 4th St. in Downtown Coos Bay. Market Hours are 9:00am- 2:00pm
The Weekend Market dates are to be determined, so make sure you check coosbaydowntown.org for the latest schedule.
The Coos Bay Farmers’ Market is one of our local treasures enjoyed by thousands of Oregon Coast residents and visitors every year. It’s easy to see why.
When faced with the multitudes of choices and vendors in a farmers’ market, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Plan your meals ahead of time and your trip to the market will be a fruitful one (pun intended).
By knowing the agricultural seasons you’ll know what produce should be for sale at the farmers’ market and will be able to better plan the meals you’ll cook. Be sure to check a crop calendar ahead of time to know what produce will be available when (consider this handy one from the USDA).
With farmers’ markets, there are two optimal timings to visit. By going early you can avoid larger crowds and have the best selection to choose from. Popular goods may sell out throughout the day.
By going to farmers’ markets late you may find better deals. Typically vendors will prefer to sell of their goods at a discounted price rather than packing them up and taking them home. That said, please do not ask for (or worse yet, demand) a discounted price. Just be polite and good things will typically happen.
Vendors may offer bags, but if you’re buying several pieces of produce and goods you’ll want to bring your own. Make sure you have a comfortable bag you can
Though vendors will almost always have the required change you need, the transaction will go a lot quicker if you have exact change.
When in doubt, ask questions! These vendors specialize in their wares and produce. If you want to know the combination that will go best with what you’re cooking, what’s the optimal way to cook something, or just a good recommendation then be sure to ask! You’ll always get the help you’re looking for.