I am a first generation American: my mother was from Finland and my father from Greece. I was fortunate to be able to go to Finland several times as a child and spend time with my grandparents and cousins. One of my memories was walking downtown with my grandmother to the local farmer’s market. Despite growing up in corn country in Illinois, we didn’t have easy access to a farmer’s market, not like the one that was just a couple of blocks away from my grandparents place. It was open twice a week and the sweet peas were to die for…
Now for those of you considering a relocation to Salem Oregon, rest assured that we have farmer’s markets here. The slide show in this post is from the Salem Saturday Market.
The market opens in April and runs through October. Open every Saturday from 9-3, it is a busy place. Local produce and flowers are a top draw, but several local artisans offer their artwork. My son, who collects rocks, was enamored with “the rock guy.”
Regardless of your motivation, it is a good way to get some of our fresh local produce every Saturday. The Saturday Market is located on the corner of Summer and Marion streets here in Salem Oregon, and there is parking across the street in the lot.