Customers browse booths as farmers and artisans describe their products inside Chetco Grange Community Center. The Pilot/Desireé Hood
The Wednesday Farmers Market at the Grange opened its doors on Wednesday, March 27, reminding Brookings residents that spring has arrived.
The farmers market will now be running year-round from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Chetco Grange Community Center, 97895 Shopping Center Ave. When weather is nice, vendors will be outside and when rain persists, vendors will be moved indoors. The vendors may change weekly, but one thing stays the same — shopping at the market means supporting local businesses.
If you’re like me you grew up right here in Brookings, surrounded by the abundant natural beauty. And if you’re like me, you take it for granted.
I grew up on Cape Ferrelo Road, north of Brookings, so spent lots of time playing outdoors as a kid. As a teenager I made gas money by picking and selling Chanterelle and Hedgehog mushrooms locally. Summers were spent “up river” swimming in the Chetco. I ran the coastal trails north of Lone Ranch Beach for conditioning every year for soccer. What I’m saying is I’m a local, born and bred in the boonies of Brookings.
Austin Tidwell, left, Barbi Slater, Kristi Daniels and Jan Fox hold envelopes with gift certificates to be raffled at fundraiser set Saturday. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Debby Phillips has been known as a community cheerleader, volunteering and spearheading fundraisers and events to raise money for the community.
She kept the community abreast of events when she worked for KURY Radio and later when she was the publicist for the Port of Brookings Harbor, not to mention a volunteer who helped organize many fundraisers including for the Brookings-Harbor High School Booster Club, Rotary Club of Brookings and Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Lamar “50-Cal.” Bates performs an original rap piece titled “Life’s Changes” dedicated to his father who recently died of cancer. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Screams of delight and rounds of applause greeted each of the performers at Brookings-Harbor High School’s student talent show Wednesday night.
From the opening act of Brittney Lamar playing the national anthem on the cello to the very last smashing of a guitar by Sad Program’s front man Lawrence Lamar, the capacity crowd seemed to be thoroughly entertained.