Prizes await in Sisters Farmers Market raffle

 

Last updated 8/9/2022 at Noon

TL BROWN

Michelle Jiunta stands with the colorful “Bugs in a Bottle” quilt.

Time is running out to buy tickets for the August raffle at Sisters Farmers Market. The winning tickets will be drawn during the market at Fir Street Park this Sunday, August 14. Purchase tickets online through Saturday at 5 p.m. or in person at the market’s Info Booth.

“You do not need to be local or present to win,” said Market Manager Michelle Jiunta. The market is prepared to ship the grand prize if necessary; it has garnered much admiration from locals and out-of-town visitors alike.

The grand prize is a bright, colorful quilt from the estate of Boyd Wickman, a forestry entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service. The vintage “Bugs in a Bottle” quilt—in pristine condition—depicts cheerful butterflies, bees, and beetles.

More prizes are available as well. A new Sisters Farmers Market tote bag, packed up with fresh veggies from Seed to Table farm, will be taken home by someone in the crowd. Sisters Farmers Market merchandise, including T-shirts and tie-dye style Silipint cups, are among the other prizes.

“Our Market raffles are important fundraisers for Sisters Farmers Market and Seed to Table,” explained Jiunta. “The raffles are a fun way for anyone to help support us and our community programming.

“And you might even win something awesome,” she added.

Online tickets can be purchased on the market’s website through 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. Online raffle ticket purchases start at $10 for three tickets. Visit sistersfarmersmarket.com/raffle for details.

In person, prices begin at $5 for a single ticket. Tickets will be sold at Sisters Farmers Market’s Info Booth on Sunday. The booth is tucked behind the splash pad, just across from The Barn, at the corner of Main Avenue and Fir Street.

The raffle drawing will be held at the end of the market day on August 14th.

Blackberries, blueberries, peaches, carrots, and rainbow chard have been available at recent markets. Local ranchers bring locally raised eggs, beef, pork, and lamb to market every week.

Wood-fired coffee beans, sourdough breads, gluten-free treats, organic soaps and shampoos, wild-caught seafood, and handmade gourmet popsicles are among other recent offerings.

Crops change frequently throughout the season, and some vendors do, too. To find out exactly what’s available at Sisters Farmers Market on Sunday, market-goers should plan on browsing the booths. Bring a cloth bag for wares, or buy one at the Info Booth.

Sisters Farmers Market takes place Sundays all the way through the first week of October, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Fir Street Park. The park features the Songbird Stage, with musicians from throughout Oregon playing each week, and a splash pad for kids, dogs, and grownups to play in on hot days.

Sisters Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT, WIC, and FDNP programs. Drop by the Info Booth to get token cards for using these currencies. Many customers are eligible for Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB), adding up to $20 purchasing power to their market day.

Sisters Farmers Market is a program of Seed to Table Oregon, a Sisters-based nonprofit organization. For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, see www.sistersfarmersmarket.com.

 

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