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Clearwater Valley News: First Kooskia Farmers’ Market sees good event participation

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Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— A few friends and I had a fun time checking out the 1st rendition of the Kooskia Farmers’ Market. Longtime residents tell me the last time there was a market was 15 years ago. The market included about 10 booths with smoked salmon, lettuce, strawberries, herb plants and succulents, cookies, jewelry, crafted flowers, quilts and snazzy aprons. We enjoyed visiting with Mary Kolstad and her kids. Her booth featured produce and cookies plus flour sack aprons and tote bags with sharp-looking graphics printed from historic feed and seed sack designs. Amy and Candice from Back in Balance massage had a booth where they were doing chair massages and selling mini paintings. Linda Morrison, esteemed dispenser of gardening tips (she writes the gardening column for the Clearwater Progress) had a booth with plant starts and free advice. A beautiful sunny day greeted market-goers. Live music played in the bandshell in the background provided a festive atmosphere.


Kooskia’s Farmers’ Market was a hit last week, its first for the summer. (Top, L-R) Lauren Paterson, Linda Morrison and market organizer Melissa Knapton discuss one of Linda's plants; (middle) Carol Cowles of Forever Flowers crafts at her booth; and (above) Cynthia Valle models her new apron while tasting strawberries. Free Press / Norma Staaf

The market will continue every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the summer with an increasing variety of fresh produce available as gardens progress. It’s not too late to sign up to have a free booth at future markets; contact market coordinator Melissa Knapton at 208-739-1602 for details. Remember, the markets’ focus is on handmade and homegrown items. Melissa’s day job is a personal trainer, who teaches some fitness classes at Freedom Fitness in Kamiah. The farmers’ market is in part her effort to encourage eating healthy, local foods. Thanks Melissa for getting this going and encouraging us to buy food grown by our neighbors! I especially loved the strawberries; the ones in my garden aren’t even pink yet.

If you don’t know where the park is in Kooskia, it’s just one block off Main Street from downtown, along the South Fork Clearwater. It’s a pretty green riverfront park and the splash park is open for the season, so you can cool off on hot days.

I noticed some of the Transamerica road bikers coming through the area last week. This is the 5th annual coast-to-coast race. This self-supported bicycle race is 4,200 miles long from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va., with the leaders expecting to finish in 25 days or so. A hundred or so racers come from across the U. S. and other countries. It’s pretty exciting that their route takes them through our area, up Highway 95 to Grangeville, then Highway 13 north to Kooskia and Highway 12 to Lolo Pass. Check out to learn more.


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