by Judy Bushy
Thursday is the Premiere Happy Camp Farmer’s Market at the Gail Zink Memorial Park at 5 oclock p.m.. This first event is anticipated with much excitement in the community as there will be produce, crafts and jewelry available by local gardeners and craftspeople. It will be happening from 5 pm to 7 pm Thursday afternoon. The location, Gail Zink Memorial Park is next to the High School baseball field, where a game will be going on Thursday and across the parking lot from the Happy Camp Union Elementary School on Park Way. Founder Abigail Yeager, anticipates that the market will run for ten weeks, every Thursday until mid September and invites vendors to join, free, and come to as many markets as you like as they welcome all vendors.
This Thursday Market will kick off with a BBQ featuring a “local” green salad, baked beans, fruit, and bread to go with those BBQ ribs dinner for $12 a plate. Tickets are available in advance and all proceeds will help with marketing and grocery expenses. A softball game will also take place at the ball field “next door” and they plan to have music to shop by as well.
The Market is Certified by the Department of agriculture, able to accept (Women Infants and Children program) W.I.C checks and Senior Nutrition Program checks for fruit, vegetables, fresh herbs (and honey for Seniors only.) although they may not have the equipment at the first market, they will also be able to accommodate EBT through SNAP CalFresh.
This Happy Camp Farmer’s Market is a pilot project for a new nonprofit, Hope for Happy Camp, hoping to improve economic development. Happy Camp Chamber of Commerce encourages this opportunity for Hope for Happy Camp as a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the community of Happy Camp, California through economic development projects and youth programs that are environmentally-conscious and sustainable. Grant Gilkison of the Mid-Klamath Food Shed endorses the Farmer’s Market as well!You can show your support by “liking” the Hope for Happy Camp nonprofit Facebook page to assure you get news of events, and join the Farmer’s Market, as a vendor or customer or just stop by for dinner! They would love to see you there!