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Meet your neighbors and have a grand time at the Friday Farmer’s Market

Upper Willamette friends and neighbors enjoy themselves at the Friday afternoon Farmer’s Market beside the United Methodist Church on East First Street in Oakridge.

By JOY KINGSBURY/The Herald — Getting “pickled” at the Friday afternoon Farmer’s Market in Oakridge was fun!

Dan Ernst, the Earnest Pickler, was giving demonstrations and tastes of his easy pickling ways. Dan makes a brine, which he gives out the recipe for, cuts up veggies and fruits of all kinds and soaks them in the brine.

They are delicious. He has a grape-sized tomatillo called a pineapple tomatillo that is particularly tasty. He is going to give lessons at the market, so watch for his dates.

I bought the largest red-leaf lettuce ever for $3 and will have enough for salads all week. Erik, from Fat Cat Farms, won’t let you down.  His produce is picture perfect, organic, colorful and nutritious – just what we all need to keep up our energy in this fast-paced world.

There was singing and visiting and oohing and aahing over the items in the booths.  Everyone there was happy and smiling.  It’s a great place to visit and meet your neighbors and friends, select wholesome foods and fun foods and get innovative new ideas.

By the way, I baked a plum pie. I had never heard of a plum pie, but it was delicious.  I am now making raisins from the bazillion grapes from friends’ gardens. It’s catching, this business of home-doing things.

Visit the market on Friday afternoons and join in the fun!

Joy Kingsbury is an Oakridge resident and regular contributor to The Herald.
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