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Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets Records, 1991-2012

By Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Nielsen.

Collection Overview

Title: Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets Records, 1991-2012

Predominant Dates: 1998-2012


Primary Creator: Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets

Extent: 0.1 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets Records document the establishment, organization, and promotion of seasonal markets for farm-direct products in Corvallis and Albany, Oregon. The non-profit organization, Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets, was established in 1998 through the merger of the Corvallis Wednesday and Saturday markets with the Albany Saturday market.

Scope and Content Notes

The Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets Records document the establishment, organization, and promotion of seasonal markets for farm-direct products in Corvallis and Albany, Oregon. Promotional materials include posters, flyers, bookmarks, and brochures. The Records also include vendor handbooks and applications, the Market Line newsletter, grower information sheets, clippings, annual reports, and related materials. A 2012 pricing study and site plans for market layout at various locations are also included. The collection includes annual brochures listing all farmers markets in Oregon for 1998-2012. These were published initially by the Oregon Department of Agriculture and, beginning in 2002, jointly by the Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Farmers' Markets Association.

Biographical / Historical Notes

The Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets offer three weekly markets in Corvallis and Albany, Oregon during April-November selling farm-direct seasonal produce, nursery plants, cut flowers, and some prepared foods. Farmers' markets have been held in the Corvallis-Albany area since 1978. The most recent Corvallis Saturday market began in 1991 when Ron Spisso worked with local farmers and community volunteers to develop a proposal and launch the market in June 1991. In 1995, Rebecca Landis was hired as the first paid Market Director. A Wednesday market had been operating in Corvallis since 1981 and the Albany market on Saturdays had started several years before in 1978.

In 1998, the Albany and Corvallis markets joined together to form the Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets (CAFM), which operates as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. The CAFM is overseen by a 10-member board, seven of whom must be farmers.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additions to the collection are expected.

More Extent Information: 2 boxes, including 1 oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: This collection was established in 2012 with materials that were separated from the Memorabilia Collection. Additional materials were donated by the organization in 2012.

Related Materials: The Extension Service Photographs (P 062) include images of the Corvallis Wednesday farmers' market in the mid-1980s. An MA thesis examining the Albany farmers' market, Challenges to Re-embedding Food Systems: Tracing the Decline and Revival of a Farmers' Market on the Edge that was completed in 2007 is available online. The Lawrence A. Burt Papers (MSS Burt) include materials pertaining to farmers' markets in Oregon.

Preferred Citation: Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets (MSS CAFM), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets
Landis, Rebecca
Oregon Farmers' Markets Association

People, Places, and Topics

Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets
Farmers' markets--Oregon--Albany.
Farmers' markets--Oregon--Corvallis.
Farmers' markets--Oregon.
Local History
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