Southside Community Market is a project of the neighborhood association South East Roseburg Voices in Community Enhancement (SERVICE). It is a result of the community outcry for a local source of fresh produce and other groceries in our area of town, which is located in heart of Oregon’s beautiful Umpqua Valley.
While there are plenty of convenience stores within a 1-mile radius of downtown Roseburg, the area is considered a food desert due to lack of access to fresh produce within walking distance of area residents. SERVICE of Roseburg Oregon came together and formed a two-fold plan in an attempt to resolve this urgent need.
Our first priority was to establish a Community Farmers Market where local farmers and gardeners can sell fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, bakery products and other local food directly to the community.
Our second priority is to attract either a full-service grocery store or individual food shops such as a bakery, meat/fish market, year round produce market, as well as specialty foods to meet the community’s needs.
We have achieved our first priority:
Southside Community Market Farmers’ Market
This will be our 2nd year of operating a Farmers’ Market in downtown Roseburg on Tuesdsays from 3 to 7 pm in the parking lot of the Roseburg Senior Center, between SE Stephens & Pine. Opening day is June 19th this year and we will run into October for the 2018 season.
We opened in June 2017 and this year hope to get more local food producers to serve customers in our area of town by provide both some incentives this year.
Double Up Bucks
Food Heros is a program for kids that provides weekly activities and tokes for kids to buy their own fresh fruits and vegtables from our Market vendors.
Double Up Bucks allows helps increase the buying power of those who receive SNAP, WIC and Farm Direct Coupons by doubling their benefits to a maximum of $10 each week. These can be used for anything that SNAP, WIC or FD allows the consumer to buy.
For information about the Southside Farmers’ Market check out the Market pages on this site.
We are still working on achieving our the second priority:
We are still conducting the Southside Community Market Food Survey to find out what residents and others need. The initial results have already generated the push to get the Farmers’ Market going last year. The results are also being used to facilitate discussions around finding other ways to end our food desert and making the SE/downtown Roseburg a food oasis.