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Holiday Block Party offers produce and crafts posted on 12/01/2019

Based on the success of a Harvest Market held in late October, Lauren Carusona will offer a Holiday Block Party from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in the Hoodland Shopping Center, including indoor vendors offering a range of produce and crafts. The event will be hosted by Mountain Mel’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar & Shop, offering two indoor locations for local shoppers to stock up on holiday essentials.

“It was pretty cold for the Harvest Market we did, we realized it was going to be colder,” said Carusona, the Market Manager for the Hoodland Farmers Market held on Sundays during the summer.

Vendors at the event will operate in two shifts, the first from noon to 4 p.m. and the second from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Carusona expects some of the vendors from the farmers market in attendance, offering produce, preserves, locally raised pork and more, alongside handmade crafts.

“We’ll have lots of different variety; a little different and more unique,” Carusona said, adding she expects approximately 30 vendors to be on hand. “It’s kind of an extension of the summer market with a little more crafts.”

She added that some businesses in the immediate area will offer specials and that people can float back and forth between the stores and the market, while those in attendance can also expect a plump and jolly visitor spreading holiday cheer.

Carusona noted the Block Party evolved from a holiday market last year at Camp Arrah Wanna, which was held after she received numerous requests for the event.

“They’re speaking to us, so let's listen,” Carusona said.

She added that the vendors are local and that the demand for market and block party show that people are valuing local shopping options for their food and gifts, particularly those made on Mount Hood.

“It’s all super local people,” Carusona said. “I think people are starting to value and do that more. We’re happy to provide that.”

She added that if the event proves to be as popular as she thinks, there is potential to hold more events during the winter.

“We’ve talked about it, (we’re) going to base it off how this one goes,” Carusona said.

Vendors expected at Cooper’s Wine Bar during the Holiday Block Party include Chicken Coop Botanicals (noon to 4 p.m.), La Fountain Herbal (4:30-8:30 p.m.), Copper Goddess Designs (noon to 8:30 p.m.) and Jerry Cave Jewelry (noon to 8:30 p.m.).

Vendors expected at Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods during the Holiday Block Party from noon to 4 p.m. include Hood Soaps, Brown Bottle Farm, Hood Hills Farm, Frances Waddell Art, Harrington Family , Designs by Viki and Sugar Maple Swine.

Vendors expected at Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods during the Holiday Block Party from 4:30-8:30 p.m. include Sometimes Sewing, Golden Wander, Creative Tensions and Hoss Soss.

Vendors expected at Mountain Mel’s Essential Goods during the Holiday Block Party from noon to 8:30 p.m. include Seams Like Sunshine, Eco Chick, 4 Hearts Kombucha, Alleyways Handmade and Wyeast Woman.

For more information, find “Hoodland Farmers' Market” on Facebook.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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