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Keep them pouring. Moscow Farmers Market now welcomes winemakers and brewers.

Saturday the Moscow Brewing Company and Camas Prairie Winery will sell beer and wine at the Farmers Market.

Jeremy Ritter, winemaker and owner of the Camas Prairie Winery, has owned the Moscow winery for the past four years.

The market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and this week the market will be relocated to the Jackson Street Parking lot, but it will return to its usual Main Street location for Oct. 25.

The week’s featured vendor is the local Sisters Cookies Company, and Voodoo City Radio will provide live music in Friendship Square at 11:45 a.m.

Last weekend was the first time open alcohol sales were allowed in the market.

Smiling as he packed up his tent in pouring rain, Rate said the market went great.

“I think it was pretty well received,” Ritter said, “despite the rain.”

Ritter said Kathleen Burns, Moscow art director, pushed for the resolution to allow the sale of wine and beer in the open at the Farmers Market. She said the markets in October will act as a test run for wine and beer sales.

“Both vendors were really happy with their sales,” Burns said of last weekend’s market.

The Moscow-Pullman area is really receptive to local businesses, Ritter said. Ritter’s winery is named after the surrounding area and specifically after the fields of camas flowers found in Idaho.

“It’s buy local,” He said, “And try to keep things local.”

Ritter buys the grapes for the wine from the Tri-Cities area. Camas Prairie Winery also makes wine out of honey called mead, Ritter said, they are the only meadery in Idaho. The winery is located in Moscow on Main Street.

“The whole process happens here with the exception of growing the grape,” Ritter said.

Burns said it isn’t just the Moscow’s Farmers Market that sells wine and beer, she looked to other cities’ markets, like the one in Boise, that already allow open alcohol sales. Although Moscow isn’t Sonoma, Idaho wine is an emerging market, she said.

The effects on the community were really positive, Burns said.

“It was on the front page of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News,” she said.

Oct. 25 will be the last Farmers Market for the season, and the last chance for community members to buy baked goods, specialty food items, produce, and other products from local vendors at the market.

Reporting by Addy Forte

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