The North Plains Farmers’ Market evolved from a proposal presented to the North Plains City Council in January of 2010 by current board member Vanessa VanDomelen. The City Council voted to support the inception of a Market and recently retired City Manager Don Otterman submitted a grant request to the R.A.R.E. program. Upon being awarded, AmeriCorp intern Angie Lehnert collaborated with the volunteer Market board on the process of starting a Farmers’ Market. There are currently six board members on the board, who meet once a month in the off season, continuing to develop the Market for the community.
The North Plains Farmers’ Market first opened for business in July 2011 with a goal to increase the accessibility of the North Plains seniors and community to fresh produce, goods, prepared foods, crafts and other items. The Market strives to assist Pacific Northwest area farmers, producers, and artisans with sustainable business opportunities and generate a sense of local pride while furthering the economic development of our community.