And We Are Off!

A Fantastic First Day was enjoyed by many folks, farmer, vendor and customer alike on our Opening Day last Thursday. The setting was just as beautiful as we expected, the farmers, artisans and vendors were bursting at the seams with fresh, local produce and high quality products.

Come by this Thursday from 3 to 7 PM and check out the Damascus Fresh & Local Market! Stop by for some groceries, enjoy a bite to eat at one of our food vendors, enjoy some excellent live music and visit with lots of lovely folks.

Events This Week:

Kid’s Education Booth – Suzanne Haddix and Lora Modlin are designing a Fabulous Scavenger Hunt for the young one’s – what a great way for them to learn about farms, food and communication! They will also be using veggies to do a painting! Participating children will receive $2 in tokens to spend on farm fresh produce.

Food Demo Booth – Charity Chalmers, owner of Charitea’s in Sandy, will be coming by from 3 to 5 PM to do a Tea Tasting

Entertainment – RJ Ballard (A man of bold scribble and considerable whimsy)

We Cannot Wait to See You There!


July 10 

Thursday – 3 PM to 7 PM

Fresh Local Grown Food!      Thompson’s Farms, Karen & Reesa’s Gardens & More, C Changs Farms

Freshly Prepared Food!    Mixteca, Sara’s Tamales, Beverage Oasis

Kid’s Booth with Fun Opportunities!   Hosted by Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School – The kids will plant seedlings, and receive $2 in Market Tokens to spend on Farm Fresh Produce!

Food Demo Booth!  Resort at the Mountain Head Chef OJ Robinson

Sweet Treats!   Ingreedients & Goldfinch Caramels

Live Music Entertainment!   Sky in the Road

Herbal Goodies!   Gypsy Pocket & Shalduha Herbals

Locally made Ceramics!   Dadeo’s and Hillside Ceramics

So much more than this – Cannot think of a better place to come on Thursday afternoon to purchase some yummy goodness, enjoy some music, visit with other local folk, (maybe!) pet a baby goat, stock up on some herbal goodies……….the list goes on & on!

Share this with your friends and family! Contact us if you have an interest in doing a food demo, leading a children’s activity, being a vendor or just plain volunteering to make this community Farmer’s Market the best!

Food Demonstrators Wanted!

One of the events that we offer to our community are weekly Food Demonstrations. Have a love of cooking? Of food prep? Of sharing your passion with others? Of helping others learn how to prepare and eat locally grown, fresh foods? This is the place for you! Know someone that this is a perfect fit? Please share this with them!

Food demonstrations can be a hands-on teaching demo, a taste test of freshly prepared foods, or an educational piece featuring information on healthy eating and living. We would like to showcase locally grown produce. The options for a demo are only limited to what your imagination can do!

We have a small stipend available to purchase fresh, locally grown produce from our vendors to use for the demonstration. We also provide a propane-powered cook stove, a portable handwash station, a cooler, canopy, tables and chairs, and disposable taste test materials. Other supplies may be available upon request.

In return for doing this valuable community service, we would like to offer you the opportunity to advertise your business while you do so – perhaps a banner hanging from the table telling us who you are; perhaps flyers for folks to take home with them? No business to advertise? No problem! C’mon over and do it for the pure joy of it………..

Change is Good!

And now for the Exciting News you have all been waiting for! The Damascus Fresh and Local Market is moving to a new venue! We will be located on the St. Paul of Damascus Lutheran church grounds (24510 SE Highway 212) and are very excited to call this beautiful space our home! The move offers many benefits – some of these are listed below:

1.   This site is on Hwy 212, located about halfway between Damascus and Boring.
2.   The parking lot is paved and there is a lawn as well. Plenty of parking. Plenty of room for market growth.
3.Trees on the west side will shade the market after about 4-5 PM.  A big plus for an afternoon market.
4.   The area is recognized as a community area.  There is a church, a school, and also a little league park with seating, etc.
5.The site is relatively level.  No dust! Relatively quiet!
6. Beautiful trees, bushes and flowers make it a lovely space to come together in community.

Due to this change, we will open the Market on June 19, 2014 and look very much forward to seeing you all there!

Vendors are still being accepted – if interested, please let us know soon! 

Coming Along…….

We are busily preparing for yet another Amazing season at the Damascus Fresh and Local Market! Farmers and artisans are signing up, planning is coming together and we shall soon have some exciting news for you! Keep your eyes peeled for a wonderful announcement coming soon…………..


The Damascus Fresh and Local Market is a non-profit community farmer’s market operated by a subcommittee of Community Matters (CFD), an independent, 501-3 non-profit organization, seeking to serve the community through education, activities, and community-building.  The market is in its third year of operation and provides a venue for local farmers, artists, educators, and entertainers.  It is staffed entirely by volunteers.  We also provide SNAP to our customers.

We are seeking a Market Manager for the summer of 2014.  The market opens in May and runs through September every Thursday from 3pm to 7pm.    It is located in the City of Damascus. Compensation will be approximately $1500 for the season. There will be potential to increase this amount based upon vendor recruitment. Details to be negotiated during the hiring process. The Market Manager will be overseen by the market committee.

Duties would include:

  • Coordinate with the Damascus Fresh and Local Market committee to help plan and coordinate various aspects of the market such as publicity, signage, entertainment, market organization, and site development.
  • Recruit vendors and process applications.
  • Design the market layout and assign booth spaces.
  • Oversee all aspects of the market day, in accordance with the rules and guidelines of the Vendor Guide.  This may include managing setup, volunteers, entertainment, parking and the information booth as well as enforcing rules and collecting fees.
  • Complete and deliver to the Treasurer an accounting of all funds collected/spent for each Market.  This will be done weekly.


  • Must be able to provide own transportation.
  • Must be in good health and able to participate in market activities each week.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must have a strong interest in community building

To apply: Please submit a Letter of Interest and current resume.

c/o Leslie Shalduha

PO Box 1084

Boring, Oregon  97009

  • Phone:                 503.929.9482

Volunteers Needed!

We are actively recruiting volunteers for the 2014 season to help with different aspects of the Market – from publicity to Market day help to organizational help, we need it all! Our Market is nearly 100% run by volunteers – if you have been wondering if we can use your help, if you have a valuable skill to contribute, the answer is YES! Do not be shy – come on over and join in the fun!


The Damascus Fresh & Local Market has an excellent choice of pastries. Petite Patisserrie offers french bread wrapped in newspaper, rolls, and sweets. Ingreedients has excellent cookies, pies, and cakes that goes well with the coffee offered by the Green Corps Fresh Start kids. If you can resist such treats as this (right) then you have undeniable willpower!