The fabulous Fibershed folks have set up an outpost at the Temescal (Oakland, CA) Farmers’ Market! Fibershed is a non-profit organization working to expand the “buy local” and “eat local” concepts into the world of textiles. While the group’s ultimate goal is to re-invigorate sustainable, regional textile production systems (a challenge to say the least in our “globalized” economy), it’s also currently connecting consumers with local fiber producers and artisans.
In keeping with this mission, the Fibershed booth was brimming with local yarns, fleece, roving, and handknit goods when I visited last Sunday. There were skeins of naturally dyed yarn from Twirl Yarns in Napa; fingerless mitts made with Sally Fox’s colored cotton; sheepskins from Meridian Jacobs; yarn from Bodega Pastures; and roving and raw fleece from other Bay Area farms.
For more on Fibershed and to find out if they’re coming to a market near you, check out their website. For now, they plan to have a booth at the Temescal market every second and fourth Sunday of the month. Check out this Facebook page for more info.