EUGENE, Ore. — On Sunday mornings at New Day Bakery in the Whiteaker neighborhood, its patio morphs from a seating area into a farmer’s market.
“A lot of small farmers are here and we’re really happy to do it,” said New Day owner Bill Mahoney.
The idea came about at a different farmer’s market — the one in Springfield. That’s where Mahoney met Circle H Farm owner Sarah Hucka.
“Sarah had the idea of doing it every Sunday, here in the Whiteaker neighborhood,” Mahoney said.
“It’s great. I think this neighborhood offers a lot of opportunity for getting to know the customer well,” said Hucka. “There are a lot of routine shoppers; it’s just part of their weekly schedule to come here and get what they need.”
Mahoney gets what he needs too: “We end up buying a lot of product here from the farmers at the end of the market. ”
Mahoney doesn’t just work with the farms on Sundays. Throughout the year, he turns to them to source his ingredients.
“I can have leeks almost nine months out of the year instead of winter onions, which are really difficult for me to grow,” said Hucka. “I feel like he’s in touch with what’s a realistic expectation from local farmers.”
“We’ve always bought locally as much as we could, but recently I’ve become more focused on doing a good job,” Mahoney said. “The customer appreciates it, we appreciate it.”