Marilyn Goodman: Honoring a Beautiful Life


It is with great sadness that I need to let you know that our beloved Program Coordinator, Marilyn Goodman, passed away on Friday, August 15th. She did her best to hide that she has been battling with cancer over the last 10+ years and she continued to fight down to the last minute. She only wanted people to witness her joy and love for life. This is the 3rd season that Marilyn Goodman has been our Program Coordinator. Within her first year, it was immediately clear that she was exactly what our Market needed, as the Market and our mission of healthy living was near and dear to her heart. Since we hired her, she has eaten, slept and dreamt about the Market and her tireless efforts have paid off tremendously through the years. She has been able to take our Market to a level that we have been longing for since it was founded. Even though she has been one of two part-time paid staff for a portion of the year, she additionally spent countless volunteer hours during the off season working on her vision for the Market, because she loved the Camas Farmer’s Market. By her second year, she had the entire season planned out in detail months before the Market opened. Marilyn had training as a social worker and genuinely cared about the well being of all involved in the Market, from our sponsors, to our vendors, our volunteers, our customers, and our many special guests. We will remember her as the bright light she was in our world in general and specifically in our Market. We will forever be grateful for what she was able to do for our Market and how she touched our lives. Our hearts and prayers go out to her her husband, Bryan, her son Jhestin, her extended family, and her many friends.

The family has planned a memorial service (“Marilyn: Honoring a Beautiful Life”) at the Wood Village Baptist Church on Sunday, August 24th, at 2:00 PM, with a reception following. The address is: 23601 NE Arata Road, Troutdale, OR 97060. The family encourages everyone to dress casually & comfortably (no suits or ties). Feel free to wear bright and vibrant colors, rather than black, in order to honor Marilyn’s bright and vibrant spirit.

The Executive Board of the Market is planning a memorial within the Camas Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, August 27, at 5:45 PM. There will be a reception following at Journey Community Church, located at 304 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607. Please help us to honor Marilyn’s life and work by wearing University of Oregon gear, green, and/or yellow this Wednesday and especially the following Wednesday, August 27th, as she was very fond of the Oregon Ducks.

Here’s the schedule for August 27th:
-3pm: photo books will be available to sign for Marilyn’s family in the expanded Market area
-5:45pm: balloons will be available to sign in the expanded Market area (for a group balloon release in the middle of the Market)
-6:15pm: brief celebration of Marilyn and balloon release in the middle of the Market
-6:30pm: walk/drive to Journey Community Church (304 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607) for a reception
-6:45pm: reception begins at Journey Community Church, with some words from Pastor Frank Lednicky

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Marilyn requested donations be made to:
-Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington
-Children’s Home Society in Washougal, Washington
-Camas Farmer’s Market

Marilyn’s spirit will forever live on in our hearts and in the heart of our Market!

Take good care,
Shannon Van Horn
Camas Farmer’s Market Executive Board

Only 18 days until the market is open for business!

Are you getting excited?? We are! The Market opens for it’s 7th season on Wednesday June 4th. We’ll be open from 3 to 7 every Wed. through October 1st. Ready for fresh strawberries, wine tasting, healthy greens, BBQ, live music and kids activities? Then come on down. We’ll see you in less than a month!

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Two fine CFM Vendors!

An interview with Kimberly Koch of Truly Scrumptious and Jodi Vaughan of Caffe Piccolo:

look at this yummy caserole!

Sweet Potato & Apple Casserole by Daphne Oz

A sweet delight that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • 2 Tart Apple (1/4″ dice)
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Lemon (juiced)
  • 1 cup Sweet Potato Puree
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Almond Breeze Reduced Sugar Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup Uncooked Quinoa (rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup Golden Raisins
  • Non-stick cooking spray (to lightly oil pan)
    • Preheat oven to 350º F. Lightly grease a 9×9″ baking dish with non-stick Cooking Spray.
    • Toss together the Apples, Spices and juice of one Lemon.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together the Sweet Potato Puree, Eggs, Almond Milk and Maple Syrup. Fold in the Spiced Apples.
    • Spread the Quinoa in an even layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle in the Raisins and pour the Sweet Potato mixture over. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until mostly set.

Michael Symon’s Fried Brussels Sprouts With Walnuts and Capers

  • Canola Oil for deep frying
  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts (trimmed and quartered lengthwise)
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 1/2  teaspoon Honey
  • 1/2  Serrano chile (seeded and minced)
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Pour enough oil into a medium pot so that the oil comes 3 inches deep up the sides. Heat the oil to 350 Deg F.

While the oil is heating, whisk together, serrano, honey, red wine vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil in a bowl large to toss all the Brussels sprouts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep the bowl near the stove top.

Working in batches, deep-fry the Brussels sprouts until the edges begin to curl and brown, about 3 minutes.  Add the walnuts and capers to the last batch and stand back because the capers will pop and sputter!  Give the contents of the pot a stir, remove with a skimmer and place directly into the bowl of dressing. Toss to coat. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Get to Know Yacolt Mountain Farm and Nursery LLC

Dan and Caroline Swansey dreamt about starting a sustainable organic farm for a long time. Before starting our own farm, we worked as farm managers in California. We love everything about our job- it is our dream to do what we do. We love using sustainable, organic practices to produce food as it gives us confidence that it can be done. We love working with our draft horses, Bud and Charlie to plow the fields and use the manure spreader. We love lambing season when we get to see newborn lamb stand up after minutes of being alive. We love starting new seeds for a new growing season of producing a diversity of vegetables. There is also something so fun at watching our layer hens get excited when we move them to a fresh patch of pasture.

We like being at the Camas Farmer’s Market because they are focused on food products and thus the customers that come there are looking for good food of all types.

When we’re not busy farming we like to go running, hiking and exploring the forests and rivers around the area.  We have two young children who love the animals on the farm and their cats and one dog Moonie!

Come see us June 1st when the Camas Farmer’s Market opens for business!









Get to Know the Soap Chest!

Before starting her soap business, Gail Horn was an accountant, cook, chauffer, teacher, event coordinator, editor, a personal assistant and a home schooling mom! She started her soap business when she decided to make homemade Christmas gifts one year.  That was the beginning of her obsession of making hand crafted soaps. Many family members had suffered from dry skin issues like eczema, and she was intrigued by the prospect of making natural, moisturizing handmade soap that would soothe their skin and eliminate harsh additives found in commercial soap. After extensive research she launched The Soap Chest in the fall of 2000 and began selling the soap that her family had fallen in love with. She enjoys incorporating her own homegrown herbs and local honey and goat milk into her soap and experimenting with exotic oils and butters from all over the world.

When not busy making soap, Gail can be found reading, hiking, gardening, and traveling. Her  family has lived in Camas for years and  love working the land, growing and preserving their own food, entertaining friends and learning new things.

She remembers strolling through the Camas Farmer’s Market for the first time, and immediately feeling a sense of belonging that comes from a hometown community. She loves the opportunity to be part of this fun mid-week gathering in which people can not only pick up some local produce, but sit on the lawn in front of the library, listen to live music, and connect with friends and neighbors.

You don’t have to wait until the market begins to order soap from the Soap Chest, just visit their website and browse the many varieties you can order on line. soap chest

Get to know Yacolt Mountain Farm

It started with a dream of creating a sustainable organic farm for Caroline and Dan Swansey, owners of Yacolt Mountain Farm. In 2011 that dream came alive when they started their diversified small-scale horse powered farm. That’s right…..powered by horses!

The Swensey’s love their job as famers where they get to use sustainable, organic practices to produce food and work with  their draft horses, Bud and Charlie to plow the fields.They also enjoy starting new seeds for a new growing season of producing a diversity of vegetables and watching their farm animals in action.

Along with their baby Isaiah, their cats, and dog, the Swansey’s are indeed living their farm dream!

Come say hi to them at our market and visit their website at:



Get to know the Beautiful Pig

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In 1981, Christopher Leach had the good fortune to find himself on a train crossing the French countryside to Paris. It was on that first European adventure that Christopher discovered charcuterie, a wondrous world of flavor and texture that would change his life in the years to come. A seed was planted in the heart and mind of a young cellist that would grow into a passion.

That passion now has a name: The Beautiful Pig. Christopher Leach, charcutier and salumist for The Beautiful Pig has developed more than twenty original recipes for pork and beef products inspired by the traditions of Spain, France, Italy, Poland, Hungary and the USA.The Beautiful Pig products use exclusively Carlton Farms pork from Carlton, Oregon in the heart of Willamette Valley wine country. This pork is sustainably raised and is hormone and  antibiotic free and is so rich it almost looks like beef. The beef comes from Painted Hills Beef in Fossil, Oregon. The animals are naturally raised and are also hormone and antibiotic free. The wines in our salamis are of the finest possible quality and are indiginous to the areas that inspire the recipes.

No expense has been spared in the artistry of these products. The romantic combination of salami, wine, cheese, and bread is experiencing a reawakening in America and beyond. Experience the finest America has to offer, Experience The Beautiful Pig. You can learn about their excellent products at

Get to know The Red Bicycle Salsa!

Ring Ring……Here comes The Red Bicycle and it’s owner Mario Forzan! He brings 3 types of fresh salsa to the market every week – mild red salsa, salsa verde and a smoky chipotle salsa. Some weeks you will also find ceviche and fresh made guacamole that is oh so good with his homemade chips or at home with a tasty carnitas taco. Mario loves chatting up our customers and always has a smile or a joke or two to share! Margaritas not included 🙂 During the off season you can find his fine salsas at New Seasons Markets.mario red bicycle

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