Philomath Farmers' Market
The Philomath Farmers' Market will run for 20 Sundays this summer from June 5-Oct. 16. (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The trips that I’ve made to the Philomath Farmers’ Market always seem to be just a little different. On most visits, I’m on the lookout for vegetables and salad greens, perhaps some in-season fruits.

A few times last summer (when the heat was not overbearing), I went down to the market with my young sons in the double stroller. It’s an opportunity for me to get exercise, of course, but it also gets us out of the house on a Sunday afternoon. The kids usually got some berries or even cookies out of the deal.

On one occasion, I remember how my then-3-year-old enjoyed the music so much. It turned out to be a marimba group (Jean Goul — you may know from her work with Philomath Community Services, as a puppeteer or as an EMT with the fire department — is among the musicians).

Another time, I remember having an extended conversation with a vendor offering quail eggs. He was trying to get me to try one and I passed, but if he’s back this coming summer, I just might go for it this time. I think I did buy something from his stand, though — might’ve been a spicy spread of some sort.

Then there was the time when the kids really got acquainted with snow cones for the first time with Jason’s Tropical Sno set up at the market. That was fun to see — although a bit sticky and I believe my wife finished at least one of them.

And there were other chats with vendors. They’re friendly, of course, but most of them don’t come off as someone just trying to sell something, if you know what I mean. It’s as if you’re seeing a neighbor who starts up a pleasant conversation (and if you buy something, great).

The Philomath Farmers’ Market will be back this summer with a 20-week run on Sundays from June 5 to Oct. 18. The organization has chosen to revise its hours — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If anyone out there is interested in becoming a vendor, they’re now accepting applications.

(Brad Fuqua is publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He can be reached at

Brad Fuqua, Philomath News

Brad Fuqua has covered the Philomath area since 2014 as the editor of the now-closed Philomath Express and currently as publisher/editor of the Philomath News. He has worked as a professional journalist since 1988 at daily and weekly newspapers in Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arizona, Montana and Oregon.