Student Plans New Farmer's Market

Students challenged with balancing a heavy school load and a healthy lifestyle may be inspired by fellow student Delores Spencer, who is leading efforts to help revitalize the downtown Roseburg area through the implementation of a downtown farmer’s market.

This will be one of several local markets this spring and summer. “We are not in competition with one another. Rather we are all here to help support local area,“ said Spencer who reported on her work in her Technical Writing class report.

Farmers markets and their vendors at Lookingglass grange,  Canyonville, Diamond Lake and Henry Estates, as well as the new downtown option, are meeting as the Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Markets,  in a combined effort to provide local produce, music and art in open air markets through our communities this spring and summer.

“We are not in competition; we want to support and work with one another,” said Mary of Wicker Works, one of the leaders. Most markets are now setting up schedules and looking for vendors.

Canyonville’s manager Maryjean said that they are going into their first season. Their market is going to be held in the north end parking lot of the Seven Feathers Casino. The casino is providing the vendors with water, electricity, use of tables and chairs.

“You know that you have arrived when you see your event on the huge Seven Feathers big screen,” said Maryjean who has connected her efforts with that of the Canyonville food banks. The food banks will receive the leftover goods which will be given to the walk-ins who arrive at the food bank Thursday.

Spencer said the downtown Roseburg market will be held at the block of Main Street right out front of the U.S bank. Her goal is to take up the entire Main Street on Thursdays.   Their market does not do jurying.  “As long as I do not find it inappropriate, it is OK.”

The Lookingglass farmer’s market manager Sandee McGee (who teaches Visual Communication at UCC) shared that their market will begin May 18 and will be held from 3 p.m. to 6  p.m. “It’s like a family affair,” said McGee. Those who join the grange receive half off their vendor fee. McGee believes that their market is not  a competition, but a coming together of friends who have not seen each other in years. She said that it is a way to connect and engage with one another in true community.

Heather with the Diamond Lake Saturday market (located next to Dutch Brothers) said that they jury new vendors on the first Wednesday of each month at the Douglas County Courthouse in room 310 at 7 p.m. This year no pets are allowed at the market, and the first Saturday of each month will have a celebration which holds live music and demonstrations.

Karry Johnson, who oversees the entire Umpqua Valley Farmer’s Markets operation, was the primary orchestrator of this meeting and is very pleased with the turn out.

Syndi Henry Beavers of Henry Estates will be participating in a majority of the farmer’s markets and the Roseburg wine walk on May 10 in addition to starting a farmer’s market on the Henry State grounds.



Contact information


Cost per booth



4:00pm – 7:00pm

10 X 10 is $10


Downtown Roseburg

Dolores Fiddler

5:00pm -8:00pm

$25 each night


Looking Glass

541-459-5120 or 541-679-0756

3:00pm – 6:00pm

$30 entire season


Umpqua valley

9:00am – 1:00pm

$35 per year fee


Henry’s Estate

I:00 pm – 5:00pm

$5.00 per day

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