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Nella Mae's Farm

Fresh, naturally-grown produce from our family farm in Cove, Oregon
 

Weekly Update

Hello friends,

My gosh it is dry! I can remember Aprils where it rained nearly every day. Let's hope for some rain soon.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by the farmstand since we opened April 9th. Just a reminder that the farmstand has moved one driveway up the hill. It is now located at 69361 Antles Lane in Cove.

Finally, the dry weather and cold nights are making me think this is going to be a slow start to the season. We lost all our transplanted, covered cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower to frost and even some zucchini in the greenhouse. We've had to start over on some things, so thanks in advance for your patience with the volume, timing and variety of produce.

Other updates:
  • What's in Season
  • Nella Mae's Farmstand pantry
  • Job: La Grande Farmers Market Manager
  • Become a Friend of the Market or sponsor
  • Become a market vendor
  • Upcoming garden classes
  • COVID Vaccine info
The farmstand at 69361 Antles Lane in Cove.
What's in Season
This year I will be selling produce at our farmstand in Cove, the Saturday farmers market, Community Merchants and Hines Meat Co. Salad will also be available at Platz Family Farmstand and through the Val's Veggies CSA. As restaurants open up, you'll see produce there too.

Right now, our produce is only available at our Cove farmstand. The fridge is re-stocked with freshly picked produce on Tuesdays and Fridays by 5pm. Available until gone!
  • Bages of arugula, spinach or pea shoots
  • Blind Date Coffee
  • Eggs
  • Baked goods
Remember--we moved the farmstand up the road (east) one driveway to the farm entrance. 69361 Antles Lane.
Nella Mae's Farmstand pantry
Since the beginning of COVID, we have had a free food, books, and games pantry in the farmstand. Sometimes houseplants even show up there! Please feel free to take what you need from the pantry shelves and leave non-perishable, healthy foods, books and games to share. Potatoes, onions, garlic and other produce that doesn't have to be refrigerated is ok to leave too.
Building the new fence at the farmstand.
Become a Farmers Market vendor
Often folks think you have to have some sort of secret password to become a vendor at the farmers market. Not true! The market is open to folks who grow or make local products. You don't have to sign up for the whole season either. Come as you are with the time and products you have!

If you have something you make or grow and are interested in selling at the farmers market this year, you can apply to be a vendor at the market website: https://www.lagrandefarmersmarket.org/apply
Your grateful farmer, Nella Mae
 
Frost killed some of our greehouse squash.
La Grande Farmers Market is hiring
The La Grande Farmers Market is looking for a new market manager for the 2021 season. This is a rewarding job and pay starts at $17/hr. Please share with anyone who might be a good fit!


This is a part-time, year-round position with the work hours focused in April-October during the market season. We seek a manager with strong interpersonal skills, flexibility and creativity in problem solving, and an entrepreneurial approach to operating and growing the market. Must be able to work most Saturday and Tuesday markets during the market season (mid-May to mid-Oct). Candidates should be approachable and passionate about local agriculture, food, and community. This position is dynamic, rewarding and really fun! The La Grande Farmers Market is our area’s largest and most successful producer market with a strong Board of Directors, dedicated vendor base, and robust support from customers and the community. We seek a candidate that wants to continue the market’s success and take it to the next level. We welcome vendors, customers, staff, and volunteers from all backgrounds and are always working to make our organization as equitable as possible.

Click here for the full job description and details.
Become a Market Sponsor or Friend of the Market
The farmers market is gearing up to start in May, and your sponsorship or donation would really help. Join me in becoming a sponsor or a "Friend of the Market" donor here: https://www.lagrandefarmersmarket.org/friends.

Friends of the Market get a beautiful market poster, pay no credit card fees at the info booth, and are entered to win prizes throughout the season.
Farmers Market starts May 15th
Upcoming Garden classes
I will be teaching two more gardening classes at the farm soon.
  • Weed control & weeding party- Different methods for controlling weeds, weed identification, and an after-class (optional) weeding party.
  • Graze for More Pasture class- Simple rotational grazing methods to avoid over grazing, control weeds, and lengthen your grazing season. This class will help you better graze any species on small to large pastures.
I will finalize the dates this week and let you know more soon!
Vaccine info
First, thank you to all the health care workers, health department, and volunteers making the vaccine clinics happen!

As of April 19th, everyone aged 16 and over can get vaccinated in Oregon! Sign up for an appointment to get a Moderna vaccine through the public health department (CHD) here: https://www.chdinc.org/get-vaccinated. Make sure to subscribe for the CHD listserv if you're in Union County for updates. www.chdinc.org/subscribe

Don't forget to let others know about this opportunity and please help folks get signed up! Think about those in your life that don't have computer access, don't speak English or have other barriers to signing up online.
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Contact:
Nella Mae Parks (she/her)
Nella Mae's Farm
69361 Antles Lane
Cove, OR 97824
541-910-4098
nellamaesfarm@gmail.com
www.nellamaesfarm.com

Land Acknowledgement: I live on the Native lands of the Cayuse, Umatilla & Walla Walla past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and its people.

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