New Farmer’s Market in Josephine Co.

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GRANTS PASS, Ore. — It’s the first event of its kind for the Josephine County Fairgrounds. Officials hope the new weekly farmer’s market will bring in new money.

35 vendors set up inside a fairgrounds building for the first Farmers and Crafters Market on Thursday. It’s one of many new events that can be seen at the fairgrounds this year. The interim fairgrounds manager says the new events are part of an effort to bring in more money to keep the fairgrounds going.

Officials say the farmer’s market should bring in an extra $3,000 a month for the fairground. When the interim manager took over in October, she’s says they were more than $300,000 in the hole, so any extra money helps.

“We absolutely need this and we need people to come to this market, and we need people to attend the fair. We want to show the commissioners that the fairgrounds can make money for the county and we can pay our own way,” said Fairgrounds Manager Mary Groves.

The Josephine County Farmers and Crafters Market is every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.