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Farmers Market Shines

East Oregonian | May 5, 2013 3:21 p.m. | Updated: May 5, 2013 10:21 p.m.

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NATALIE WHEELER East Oregonian

Pendleton Farmers Market opened its season Friday with sunny skies.

“We lucked out with this weather,” market manager Cheryl Montgomery said as people hustled by. “I think people were looking forward to (the market) after a long winter.”

“Planting” was the theme for the market’s opening week. OSU Extension’s master gardeners roaming the street to help strengthen green thumbs and the Children’s Museum of Eastern Oregon hosted a planting activity.

Pendleton native Barbara Nelson sat strumming on her guitar as she played music for the crowd. She said she likes stopping to chat with her audience as she plays for the passing crowds.

“It’s cool to how amazed the little kids are to see music actually coming from a person,” said husband and “roadie” Nels Nelson.

Twenty-four booths filled up Main Street Friday afternoon, some vendors and some non-profit organizations. Selling leafy greens for the start of their harvest season, John and Chris Finley of Finley’s Fresh Produce have been coming to the market for six years.

“People here seem to understand about good eating,” John Finley said.

Contact Natalie Wheeler at nwheeler@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.

This story originally appeared in East Oregonian.

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