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Markets still going strong

Most places will be open until the end of October

— Some farmers markets around Okanogan County have closed for the season, but there’s still a few weeks left to stock up on locally grown produce in several towns.

The Methow Valley Farmers Market, 201 state Highway 20 S., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 26, organizer Richard Murray said.

“We’re still going strong,” Murray said. “Even with the rain last weekend, I’d say a majority of the vendors showed up.”

The Sept. 28 market featured tables and boxes overflowing with vegetables, fruits, handmade crafts, freshly cut fall flowers such as dahlias, grains and corn. Chilly market-goers huddled around one table for some hot, sugary elephant ears made by a Mazama couple, Dennie and Lillie Smith.

Murray said vendors come from as far as Bridgeport and Tonasket to sell their goods.

“For us, all you have to do is reside and produce goods in Okanogan County,” he said. “We’ve had an excellent market season.”

The Okanogan Valley Farmers Markets, which is every Tuesday and Saturday, also runs through the end of the month, market Chairman Rick DeLap said.

“We still have baked goods, crafts, tree fruit – apples and pears – pluots, squashes,” DeLap said. “There was still watermelon last week.”

Some vegetable offerings have included cucumbers, tomatoes and potatoes, and coffee is served as well.

“Come out and support the vendors through the last of their harvest,” DeLap said.

The Tuesday market is from 3:30-6:30 p.m. through Oct. 22 at Civic League Park on the corner of Central Avenue and Ash Street in Omak. The Saturday market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct. 26 at Legion Park in Okanogan, on the corner of Second Avenue and Harley Street.

Markets in Bridgeport and Brewster are open until about mid-October, Bridgeport organizer Verla Groeneveld said.

“What we usually cite is after the first hard frost,” she said.

The Bridgeport market is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at Fireman Park, located on the corner of 10th Street and Columbia Avenue.

“We still have melons from Moses Lake and all the good stuff,” Groeneveld said. “We’ve had all kinds of other fruit and vegetables.”

The Brewster market is from 2-5 p.m. every Friday on the corner of U.S. Highway 97 and Grange Road.

Tonasket and Oroville markets are still on through October as well, but for Tonasket the hours have shortened to 3-6 p.m. Thursdays at Triangle Park, on the corner of Western Avenue and U.S. Highway 97.

The Oroville market is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 1276 Main St.

Farmers markets that have closed for the year:

• The Grand Coulee Saturday Market, at North Dam Park in Grand Coulee, wrapped up Sept. 14, Manager Peggy Nevsimal said.

• The Winthrop Market in Winthrop Park, 51 N. state Highway 20, closed Labor Day weekend.

• The Mazama Market, 512 Goat Creek Road, ended Aug. 28.

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