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Published on August 14, 2018 8:14PM

Alberto Vasquez of Greenbridge Farms serves up some fresh veggies

Alberto Vasquez of Greenbridge Farms serves up some fresh veggies

Marquetry barrettes at Jim’s Woodworking

Marquetry barrettes at Jim’s Woodworking

Your guide to the dedicated and creative entrepreneurs who bring life to the Lincoln City Farmers & Crafters Market. Catch them from 9 am to 3 pm every Sunday on the lawn of the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Lincoln City Warming Shelter

The nonprofit behind this booth is sharing the warmth in every sense — serving up hot dogs and chili while raising funds to support a year-round homeless resource center and seasonal emergency weather shelter.

Customers can opt for the classic hot dog, served with ketchup and mustard, or spice things up a little by adding a scoop of chili on top. Volunteers also serve up bowls of chili as well as the unforgettable Frito pie — chili served on a bed of delicious crunchy chips.

And every purchase supports a program that helps the neediest members of the community stay safe and warm, and even take the first steps to turning their lives around.

Greenbridge Farms

Owned by Jason and Julie Laube, this family farm sits south of Salem on fertile land that seems to grow every fruit and vegetable under the hot, plentiful sun.

Each week Amalia and Alberto Vasquez bring the farm’s bountiful booth to Lincoln City, where customers line up early to fill their bags with everything from legacy blueberries and Gravestein apples to lemon cucumber and huge Walla Walla onions.

Alberto said the Valley climate offers a long growing season, with late summer being the perfect time to grab flavorful strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries as well as succulent peaches.

Come fall, he said, keep your eyes peeled for apples and apple cider.

Jim’s Woodworking

Painstaking does not begin to describe the attention to detail that Jim Langsather brings to his work, creating functional pieces of art from woods of all kinds.

The son of a lumberyard owner, Jim had always enjoyed woodwork. But what had been a hobby shifted to the next level when he began experimenting with marquetry — a technique that involves creating images by piecing together thin veneers of different types of wood like a puzzle. A single piece can include blood wood from Brazil; maple, holly, cherry and walnut burl from Oregon; lemon wood from Africa; and koa from Hawaii.

Jim’s wife, Corine, is also learning the trade, creating simpler items such as cutting boards, coasters, necklaces and jewelry.

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