A Message from your Market Manager
Have you noticed those handsome folks in town sporting the new farmers market T-shirts? If you have, you’re probably feeling a little envious and there really isn’t any need, because you can get yourself a T-shirt too. Just stop by the Information Booth at the farmers market any Saturday this season. The t-shirts are reasonably priced and all proceeds go directly toward the farmers market. And perhaps best of all, when you buy a farmers market T-shirt you are buying a piece of art made by a Roosevelt High School student.
Like the original farmers market shirts, the 2012 design was created by Roosevelt High School students in Renee Straube’s Intermediate Art class using the woodblock printing process. Woodblock printing is a technique where a knife, chisel, or sandpaper is used to cut a wood block to create the areas of a design to show ‘white’ leaving the characters or image to show in ‘black’ at the original surface level. Once the design is complete the block is inked and firmly pressed into paper or cloth to create a print.
Renee’s students learned the woodblock printing process and spent three weeks finalizing their designs. They discussed farmers markets, local food and St. Johns icons in order to create a design that was evocative of the St. Johns Farmers Market. The final design for the shirts was created by Jovany Romero-Carrasco, a senior who graduated from RHS this year. Renee describes Jovany as “a fastidious worker who often goes beyond the requirements of a given assignment and always strives to do his best work”. Jovany was part of Food Works in 2011, lives in North Portland and is proud to have his design represented in his community.
All of the Intermediate Art student’s designs can be seen on the SJFM blog, and purchased as prints at the farmers market Information Booth this season, along with the T-shirts. Come to the market and get one for yourself.
~ Gentiana Loeffler, Market Manager
A Wonderful Opening Day
Thanks to everyone – board members, volunteers, interns, vendors, shoppers, gleaners, donors – who made the opening day last Saturday a huge success. We had record attendance, vendors with record sales, record purchases of market tokens and record T-shirt sales. We’ll post some pictures next week.
Market Day Events for June 9th
Raised Bed Demo – Join us at the market and learn the techniques of building a raised garden bed on a flower-box size scale. Put yours together and take home some lettuce greens to get you started! (Donations from Shurway)
Community Booth: Community Energy Project
Sprout Corner: Wildwood Nature School
Market Day Poetry at St. Johns Booksellers:
Hosted by hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington 12 pm
Market Day Deals:
Roz - Offering 10% off all jewelry and 15% off sleeveless tops at Roz, “A Womens Boutique” Open 12-6 on Saturday
Portland’s Culinary Workshop Fundraiser June 22nd
The St. Johns Farmers’ Market has its monthly community meeting the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. The meetings are held at the BES Water Lab on 6543 N. Burlington Avenue Portland. We meet this Thursday, May 31st, in preparation for opening day. There are no meetings in June. We will resume our regular schedule in July, meeting on the 5th.
We always welcome fresh faces and ideas! If you have an agenda item you would like to add, please contact us prior to the meeting.