Farmers Market sprouts in Milton-Freewater

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Interested in being a vendor at the new farmers market on the grow in Milton-Freewater?

Those interested in participating are invited to attend a 6 p.m. vendor meeting Wednesday at the Community Building, 109 N.E. Fifth Ave. The event will serve not only as a way to share information on the upcoming market season but also to discuss ideas for a successful inaugural year.

The Milton-Freewater Farmers Market will run Wednesdays, June 1 through Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. at 1221 E. Main St. in the former Oregon First Community Credit Union location.

Volunteer Mike Mathisen, a Hermiston resident spearheading the market, said sponsors are still needed for 2011. The sponsorship dollars help pay for portable toilets, music, chamber membership, insurance and other items. Sponsorship costs range $59 for four weeks to $199 for the 18-week season. Those who participate get advertising mentions on the website, social media sites and at the market. The promotion may include booth space, coupons and/or messaging to followers.

This year's logo was created by one such sponsor, Caryn Appler. Her logo will be released at Wednesday's meeting.

To learn more, visit www.mffarmersmarket.com , email Mathisen at mike@mcommunitygarden.com or call him at 541-561-0731.

The 15th annual Tour of Walla Walla bike race will include a new feature: a community ride for racers and friends this weekend.

A 15-mile social ride to Walla Walla Vintners winery on Mill Creek Road will take place Thursday. Riders will meet at Allegro Cyclery, 200 E. Main St., and ride out to the winery for tasting and hors d'oeuvres. Riders can return on their own or in a group.

"Walla Walla Vintner's has supported the Tour for years and this year we wanted to find a way to integrate the visiting racers with our community," said Walla Walla Vintners owner Gordy Venneri, in a prepared statement. "Offering a community ride provides a relaxed social riding opportunity to the race weekend."

Details on the race, as well as the social ride and online registration, are available at www.tofww.org . Those interested can also contact Beth Swanson for details at bethswanson@charter.net .

The race runs Friday through Sunday. Friday's event kicks off at 3:45 p.m. with the Waitsburg Road Race. It continues Saturday morning with a time trial and then the afternoon criterium presented by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation.

That portion takes place on a 1.1-mile course throughout downtown and the Whitman College campus starting at 2:15 p.m. The tour ends Sunday with the Kellogg Road Race starting at 8 a.m. in Waitsburg. will take place on a 1.1 mile course throughout

Tumac Outdoor continues its celebration of spring with its Green Tag Days event this weekend.

Guests who stop by to check out the lawn and landscaping equipment will be treated to complementary barbecue cooked up on Traeger grills, ice cream from Schwan's and special Green Tag Day deals, according to an announcement.

A blowout sale on many TumacOutdoorSupply.com items and a drawing for a free Traeger grill will also be included.

Tumac Outdoor, 902 W. Rose St., sells and services a full range of Kubota tractors and landscaping equipment, Honda Power Equipment, Traeger grills, Husqvarna lawn and garden items, Walker mowers and more. The Walla Walla company features everything from lawn mowers for small yards to tractors for farms. To learn more, visit tumacoutdoor.com or call 525-4550.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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