Friday, October 31, 2014

Oregon Poultry Swap Inc.

Our first meetings were held last night - Officer Elections and October Board Meeting - and we are pleased to present you with the Board of Directors for Oregon Poultry Swap Inc.

Board of Directors:
Laura Castle - President and Event Organizer, Fall and Winter Swap
Lisa Ohling - Secretary and Event Organizer, Summer Chickenstock
Steve Castle: Treasurer
Amanda Burtch: Event Organizer, Spring
Thurman Main: Marketing Director
Christine Swanson- Strawn: Fundraising Director

Our team is hard at work improving your swaps!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thank you!!!

What an exciting weekend it was in Corvallis!!!  The 6th Annual Oregon Fall Poultry Swap was a huge success, again!  Over 100 vendors and a steady flow of traffic from 9am till closing at 4pm.  Door prize drawings, scavenger hunts, coloring contest, story time and was a nonstop day of fun for the community of Corvallis and beyond.  We have photos of the day coming very soon!

Many vendors sold out.  In fact, it went so well we already have over 50 vendors signed up for the 2015 Fall Swap on Saturday, October 10th.  If you would like to get in on the fun next year as a vendor, be sure and contact Laura Castle to grab a space.  Thank you to those of you who joined us Saturday, we hope you had a good time and we hope you will join us at our next swap in February in Rickreall - our first ever Winter Swap!


Friday, October 10, 2014

It's Swap Time!!!

Bring a friend or two!! Join us tomorrow in Corvallis for the 6th Annual Fall Swap!  Don't forget, if you have just a few animals to sell, you can still join in the fun by participating in our $1 Vendor Area!

EOA Designs!

Our last Fall Swap Vendor Spotlight is another new vendor to the swap - EOA Designs. Kristi Gonzalez joined our community this past summer, bringing to the swaps another innovative jewelry designer. Most of Kristi's jewelry items include natural stones such as turquoise, agate, quartz, jade, and jasper.
Stop by EOA Designs' booth - G15 on Saturday to see her beautiful jewelry collection!

EOA Design's on Facebook

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Celestial Farms at the Fall Swap!

With the Fall Swap just days away now, we are down to our last 2 Vendor Spotlights. Tonight, Celestial Farms in Jefferson, OR. Chris and Nicole joined our swap community this summer at Chickenstock. They bring with them not only fantastic products, but a following from the Farmer's Market - "peeps" they have invited to the Swap on Saturday. Their professional, filled to the brim with beautiful stuff and birds booth at Chickenstock blew us all away. Chicks, chickens, heirloom tomatoes and sauces, soaps, honey, candles, art, crafts...the list goes on and on...all beautifully packaged and marketed. We were in awe and thrilled to have them as part of our community.

They will have all this and more at the swap Saturday including for the first time ever, pasture raised roasting chickens (they are licensed meat sellers). Be sure you visit their page and stop by their booths - C6 and C7 - on Saturday. 

Celestial Farms Facebook page

Celestial Farms website

Contact Chris and Nicole

2014 Fall Swap Vendor Catalog - Final Draft

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Children's Chicken Story Time at the Fall Swap!

Our Fall Swap Vendor, Suzanne Franklin (in Space #B5) will be reading a number of her favorite children's Chicken Books during our "Chicken Story Time at the Swap" on Saturday at 10:30am and 1:30pm. She will also have some of these books for sale in her booth. Joining her will be her side kick and ever clucking husband, Steve, and Tillie, their miniature chicken!

Sample Titles include:
1) Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson
Hilarious photos and simple, earnest text introduce us to the head of the hen house: Tillie is a REAL chicken, and a very adventurous one, at that! Unlike the other hens at Little Pond Farm, Tillie isn't one to wait her turn to lay her eggs. And she's certainly not one to stay cooped up all day. Off she goes!

Author Terry Golson and photographer Ben Fink invite you to join Tillie on her first eggs-traordinary adventure. Come along as she explores the cozy world of Little Pond Farm -- and lays her eggs in the unlikeliest of places!

2)The Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato
Henrietta's two older sisters love to tease her. When they try to convince her that she's actually a chicken instead of a little girl, it's pretty hard to believe at first. But the evidence is all there: her legs are kind of yellow, and her toes are kind of long. The feathers she finds beside her bed the next morning settle it, and Henrietta heads off to the farm to find her real family.

The chickens welcome her with open wings, and this lovably gullible heroine's joyful acceptance of who she really is will have readers squawking with laughter.

3) Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
Mei Mei has the six happiest hens in China. She gives them treats and fresh hay baths, and when she calls to them-gu gu gu gu gu!-they all run to her as fast as they can. But, one of the hens, Daisy, is not always so happy. The other hens pick on Daisy and push her off the perch every night, knowing that she is too small to stand up to them. Then one day Daisy accidentally drifts out onto the river in a basket and must quickly learn how to survive. When Daisy finds her way home, this plucky little hen is no longer afraid.

Jan Brett and her husband, Joe, traveled with their daughter-in-law, Yun, and her husband, Sean, to China, the land where Yun was born. During this trip, Jan found the inspiration for Daisy's story.

4) Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure by Anna Walker
Peggy the hen is contented with her quiet existence and daily routine. When a powerful gust of wind sweeps her up and deposits her in the midst of a busy city, she explores her new surroundings, makes new friends, and cleverly figures out how to get home—with a newly kindled appetite for adventure.

Evocative full-color paintings follow Peggy’s journey, offering comical details that reward repeated viewing. This reassuring tale and its unruffled heroine invites discussions of exploration, safety, and resourcefulness.

5) Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story—and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood or even Chicken Little, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing.
Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting?

Energetically illustrated with glowing colors—and offering humorous story-within-a-story views—this all-too-familiar tale is sure to amuse (and hold the attention of) spirited little chicks. A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

Join us in the Barn east of the arena at 10:30am and 1:30pm for Chicken Story Time with Suzanne, Steve and Tillie!