Eighteen years ago the Farmers Market on Central Avenue in down-town Coos Bay was just one city block. It has come a long way since it first started. Today the Market runs three city blocks plus a little more on the side streets. With the ability to have a maximum capacity of 87 vendors, up by 18 from last year, the market is still growing.

Over sought by the Coos Bay Downtown Association, an independent organization with a mission to revitalize the down-town area, the market runs from the first Wednesday in May through the end of October. Within the season the market runs every Wednesday from 9am to 2pm, making it a big part of the community’s lifestyle.

“I think it is really important for customers, for community members to be able to directly consume fresh, wholesome produce that is grown in their region,” said Market Manager Karlee Cottrell.

Cottrell was born and raised in Coos Bay. After living out of town for a while, two and a half years ago she moved back and found a position she’s always wanted to get involved with. Starting as the Assistant Manager, she took over as the Market Manager in September and her favorite part about the market is the sense of community that it brings in.

“It connects a whole range of different individuals,” said Cottrell. “As far as the vendors who come form the Salem area, all the way down to the Roseburg area to come sell here and then all of our community members who come to shop here as well as the tourist that are traveling through. So it gives a really good opportunity to let people see what our region has to offer.”

According to Cottrell, the market sees around 2000 customers every Wednesday with a good portion of those being tourists visiting the area. The attraction brings in people from all over, representing a large amount of local businesses and artists.

“I think that is really important as an economic stimulus as well,” said Cottrell. “This money is coming from community members and going back into the community.”

Vendors that want to participate in the Farmers Market can do so by applying through the online application process and paying a $17 non-refundable application fee. Customer’s that are on Oregon Food Stamps can also shop at the market.

 

For more information about the Coos Bay Farmer’s Market please visit: https://coosbaydowntown.org/farmers-market/

 The Oregon Coast has some excellent areas for tide pooling, which amazes and attracts visitors of all ages. Tide pooling is going out to rocky shores at low tides to touch and observe critters that live there. During low tide, organisms that live in zones between the high and low tide are exposed from the water. They can be seen stuck to rocks or swimming and crawling in small tide pools of water. Some cannot withstand being exposed to air for very long. As tides go out, more delicate organisms will be visible. Therefore, it is important to track low tides and times before planning a tide pooling trip.

There are many resources for identifying wildlife in tide pools and along the beaches, such as ID guides found in bookstores or that can be printed online. In addition, some Oregon State Parks offer interpretive walks and other programs open to the public. There are also opportunities to hire guides for tide pooling, such as Wavecrest Discoveries. By going tide pooling with a guide, you get much more out of the experience than just being able to identify different species. You also learn more about the area, hear additional stories about the organisms, and gain more information that you could never learn independently.

 

Giant Green Anemones and Sea Stars are reveled at lower tides. Photo by Susan Dimock

 

 

When tide pooling, it is important to wear proper footwear, as many of the rocks are went and covered with algae and can be very slippery. The marine layer can also lead to variable weather, so wearing multiple layers will provide the most comfort.

 

Rocks covered in kelp provide habitats for many species that are fun to look at. Photo by Justin Myers

 

 

For more information about tide pooling on the Oregon Coast, visit http://oregontidepools.org/. 

Rasha Aridi

Summer 2018 Sea Grant Scholar, Rasha Aridi is all the way from Virginia Tech. Double majoring in Wildlife Conservation and Journalism, Rasha has enjoyed her time on the Oregon Coast. Rasha loves whales and was able to see a Resident Gray Whale in Port Orford during a kayak tour! Tasha did extensive research and wrote a report on the many guided tours offered along the Oregon Coast. Anywhere from whale watching tours to guided fishing charters, Rasha is your expert. She also contributed to the blog postings.

Keana Pigg

Keana Pigg made the move south from Oregon State University. She is studying Digital Communication Arts and double minoring in anthropology and business and entrepreneurship. After studying abroad with Semester at Sea in the Fall of 2016, she discovered the need for more sustainable tourism practices. As one of the Summer Marine Studies Initiative interns, she worked with the Tourism program, developing her graphic design and video skills. She also helped develop the GORP Program and contributed to the website’s article postings.

Sophia Troeh

Sophia Troeh is a Summer 2018 Sea Grant Scholar from Gonzaga University in Washington State. Studying Biology and minoring psychology, she is interested in science outreach. In fact, during her spring semester she’ll be studying abroad in Turks and Caicos doing research and living the island life! This summer Sophia helped develop materials for the new Guide & Outfitter Recognized Professional (GORP) Program, researched and wrote articles for the tourism.oregonstate.edu website.