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Farmers markets

Nearly every day in Southern Oregon is a good day for farmers markets.

Local farmers markets convene around the region every day except Wednesday. Saturday boasts markets in several locales, where shoppers can purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, baked goods, preserves, prepared foods and hand-crafted goods.

The region’s oldest and largest farmers market draws more than 100 vendors Saturdays through November. The Grants Pass Growers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fourth and F streets downtown. See www.growersmarket.org. Also in Josephine County, the Williams Farmers Market meets from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through October at 206 Tetherow Road.

Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market serves Ashland on Tuesday, Medford on Thursday and both cities on Saturday. Hawthorne Park, at Hawthorne and Jackson streets in Medford, is this season’s newest venue, where vendors populate the parking lot and lawns starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the market fills Ashland’s National Guard Armory parking lot at 1420 E. Main St. Saturday brings smaller numbers of vendors to The Commons at Sixth and Bartlett streets in downtown Medford and on Oak Street in downtown Ashland. See rvgrowersmarket.com for times, locations and vendors.

Starting in June, Talent Artisans & Growers bring a festive feel Fridays, from 5:30 p.m. until dusk, to Talent’s Main Street through mid-September. And the Jacksonville Farmers Market caps off the week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through mid-October on the grounds of the town’s courthouse and museum, 206 N. Fifth St.

People crowd into the Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market at the Ashland National Guard Armory. Mail Tribune file photo