Douglas County farmer's markets to join forces

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- Five Douglas County farmer's markets will soon be joining forces, after a grant from the USDA will allow a joint marketing campaign.

Officials from NeighborWorks Umpqua announced on Wednesday that $100,000 will be distributed to the farmer's market groups to not only market their events, but provide workshops for vendors.

In a release, organizers say that rather working in competition against each other, the groups will combine their resources to get the word out about the different markets and educate vendors on how to better reach consumers.

The markets included in the collaboration are:

  • Sutherlin Farmer's Market
  • Canyonville Farmer's Market
  • Lookingglass Grange Farmer's Market
  • Old Town Market (Roseburg)
  • Umpqua Valley Farmer's Market (Roseburg)

Advertising from the grant is expected to not only increase business for the vendors, but support the local economy as well.

If you would like more information on when and where the classes will be held, you can visit the Think Local Umpqua Web site.