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Scott Burgwin

Photo by Paul Neevel.

Scott Burgwin and a small crew of volunteers set up the Coast Fork Farm Stand in Cottage Grove’s Coiner Park by 2 pm on Wednesdays. Burgwin volunteers as coordinator of the Cottage Grove Growers’ Market during its summer season, when it shares Wednesday evenings with a series of concerts in the park. “The music has given us a lift,” says Burgwin, who moved the market from Saturdays downtown to Wednesdays in the park six years ago. A year later, he launched the year-round, twice-weekly outdoor farm stand to provide consignment space for small farmers and specialty food producers. A graduate of Madison High in Portland, Burgwin was working for the Forest Service in the Olympics of Washington when he reconnected with former classmate Birdy Hoelzle, then a 25-year resident of Cottage Grove, at a school reunion. He moved south to join her in 2002. Now that the Growers’ Market season is done, Burgwin is preparing to move the Coast Fork Farm Stand to a new permanent indoor/outdoor location, as part of a community market and local food hub planned for two adjacent buildings across the street from Bohemia Park. Organizers will host the “Food Hubbub,” a variety show and fundraiser to support the new development, at the Axe and Fiddle in Cottage Grove, beginning at 5:30 pm Sunday, Oct. 6.