Market Doggie Daycare Is Back with Sit-n-Stay at Beaverton Farmers Market!
To Our Market Community,
Sit-n-Stay Dog Sitting Services have returned to City Park!
We love our furry friends but enthusiastic canines on leashes are a tripping hazard in our crowded aisles. You are welcome to bring your pups into the market if you can hold them, carry them in a pack, or wheel them in a wagon. Otherwise, we ask that you leave your dogs at home, or better yet, leave them in the capable hands of our friends from HomePlate Youth Services who host the Sit-n-Stay program in City Park.
HomePlate’s Sit-n-Stay is a weekly dog-sitting service that provides a supportive employment opportunity for young people who face housing instability. Sit-n-Stay services are staffed by HomePlate youth and a supervisor on Saturdays. Dog owners check in with HomePlate youth staff members and then secure their dogs in the designated leash-up area on the fountain side of the Market. Each dog will have a designated tree and grassy area, cover from the rain, a dog dish with water, treats, supervision and security while their owners shop at the Market. Sit-n-Stay employment will complement HomePlate’s Youth Employment Program (YEP) which was launched in 2012 and includes a growing array of offerings including assistance with applications, resumes, and job-searching; workshops on leadership development and career-focused planning; tours and introductions to local area colleges; and guest speakers from local businesses. The combined program provides a bridge to long-term, full-time employment that can sustain young people financially and allow them to progress in other areas of their lives such as stable housing, higher education, caring for their children, and investing in the community.
This program is a win-win for everyone. There is a small hourly fee for leaving your dogs at Sit-n-Stay which supports the costs of the program.
Donations to support HomePlate Youth Services may be made here.
The Beaverton Farmers Market
We will see you this Saturday at the Market from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM.
Geraniums in the Pacific Northwest
We can’t think of a plant with more flower power than the geranium. Available in stunningly bright colors, brilliant whites, and intense deep tones, geraniums are show stoppers in any garden. Natives of South Africa, geraniums are grown as annuals here in the Northwest so summer is their time to shine.
Geraniums require at least 6 hours of full sun each day for best growth and flowering. OSU Extension recommends spacing plants in the garden eight to 12 inches apart in rich garden soil, fertilizing every two weeks. They also do exceptionally well in containers on decks, patios, and porches. Make sure your pot has adequate drainage and use good quality potting soil. Avoid using a saucer under the pot to allow for optimal drainage. Geraniums do not like soggy feet.
There are very few pests that bother geraniums, but they require deadheading to get rid of spent blooms. Here’s a pro tip from Stoller: keep your geraniums blooming all summer by taking the old blooms off clear to the stem of the plant.
The folks at Stoller Farms are the market’s resident experts on all things geraniums. They bring a stunning selection of plants every week and can help you choose the ones best suited to your garden or patio.
NOLA Doughnuts Brick and Mortar
NOLA Doughnuts has opened a new brick and mortar – back where it all started – Beaverton! Longtime market-goers may remember that NOLA first started selling their la’ssant doughnuts at the Market in 2015. Since then they have expanded with a brick and mortar location in Portland’s Pearl District, and Lake Oswego. They have come full circle and have a new location at 11703 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy (next to Moonstruck chocolate) in the Beaverton Town Square shopping center. NOLA Doughnuts is open Thursday through Sunday from 8 am to 3 pm, with plans to expand hours soon. This location will have the classics – brioche donuts, L’assants, and beignets – but also offers savory items (hand pies, la’ssant breadsticks, frittatas), brunch (la’ssant waffles!), and beer and wine.
While many market-goers are eager for early summer fruit, like berries and cherries, to come in we want to remind our community that it’s still a few weeks out for this produce to come in due to the late growing season this year. Thank you for your patience!
N&M Herb Nursery is not in the market this week, but they will be back next week.