As patrons visited the Mission Falls Farmers Market last week, they were treated to the sounds of local music and a visit from the Garlic Fairy.
Rose Bear Donít Walk, manager of the farmers market, donned garlic garb as she moved about Friday, Sept. 28, for a Garlic Festival at Old Timers Park in St. Ignatius.
Bear Donít Walk explained that while ďa lotĒ of the farmers market board members are farmers, they came up with the idea to celebrate garlic because many people grow it in the Mission Valley.
About 150 attended the event, which organizers plan on making an annual happening, Bear Donít Walk said.
The market board intended to host special events throughout the season, she said, going with the market philosphy to provide local events to promote local food ďand enjoy what this community has to offer.Ē
About one-third of the vendors offered garlic or garlic-themed treats, ranging from seasonings to confections shaped like the garden staple.
In the nearby field, a pig was cooked along with corn.
The dinner was donation-only, with proceeds benefitting the market and community, Bear Donít Walk said, including the SNAP and Double SNAP programs.
The last day of the Mission Falls Farmers Market is Friday, Oct. 5.