Today was the first day of the 2012 Eugene Farmers Market/Saturday Market, the 43rd year, and you couldn’t have picked a nicer day. With mostly clear skies, no rain and very little wind, it was perfect weather to open the market season.

The Farmers Market/Saturday Market is as much a social event as it is a market event. Marking the end of Winter, it provides an opportunity to get out and shop, to see friends, make new friends and enjoy the comfort of familiarity of being a part of the community. Watching the stands being set up, getting my favorite treat ( a potato donut from Hideaway Bakery), checking out all of the current in season produce and of course seeing and hearing Eagle Park Slim was like comfort food for the soul. It’s a new season and life is good!

It was a great day for the opening offering familiar sights, smells and sounds … with familiar feelings.

I hope that many of you were able to attend the opening day and if you have never gone or have friends visiting from out of town, it is a Eugene experience not to miss!

Welcome back Farmers Market/Saturday Market!

Setting up, I enjoy the busyness before the Market opens.

Early Market is my favorite time, beating the rush and crush of the crowds.

Early shopping gets you the opportunity for first choice in selection. (Or second, or third or …)

The carrots were especially stunning in the sunny morning!

Picking up flowers to take home is always a treat, giving them away is an even better treat!

Hmmm, the harmony was palpable!

And of course Eagle Park Slim tied the event together!

Welcome back old friend, Saturday Market, you don’t look a day over 42!!!


Donald R. Dexter, Jr., DMD