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We truly enjoy the flea markets in Sumpter for many reasons….but one thing we look forward to the most about the Sumpter Flea Markets……are the dogs!

It seems every year, more and more dogs are coming to Sumpter…..that in itself is pretty cool…..but we think the best thing about their visits is that they bring their owners with them!

We always love making new furry friends at our store……remember, all dogs that bring their owners into the store get free treats!

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Free treats for the dogs….!

Check out some of our favorite pet photos from the flea market……

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Don’t forget our annual Soda Mountain Fur Fun Dog Show at the Independence Day Flea Market  ~  July 7th at 3 pm  learn more.

See more photos of the 2013 Memorial Day Sumpter Flea Market here.

Coming to Sumpter this weekend for the 2013 Memorial Day Flea Market? Can’t wait to get your mouth around all those tasty snacks the flea market is always famous for…..? Yummy!

But what about your dog………?

Free Snacks for your dog at Soda Mountain!

Free Snacks for your dog at Soda Mountain!

While your furry friend is enjoying a free snack…..you can browse our collection of books and odds – ends……

You never know what you might find at Soda Mountain Pet Supplies!

See you at the Sumpter Flea Market

Okay, so most of us might not spend a lot of time shampooing our cats. The very thought brings up visions of claws out, pupils dilated, tail puffed bigger around than a swim noodle, suds flying all over everywhere action.

Occasions can arise, though, that require more than just the sandpaper and spit approach that is a cat’s tongue. Soda Mountain currently carries two different cat shampoos, and both of them smell wonderful.

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The earthbath brand shampoo is 100% biodegradable. The ingredients include purified water, coconut-based cleansers, aloe vera, and cherry essence. It smells a lot like chocolate-covered Queen Anne cherries. The Sentry brand Natural Defense is a natural flea shampoo for cats and kittens using peppermint, clove, cedar, cinnamon, and rosemary oils. Cedar and peppermint are the predominant odors to my nose. It also includes vitamin E, lecithin, and wheat germ oil for skin soothing and softness. Water is, of course, the main ingredient.

If ever you have to wash your cat, at least both of you can smell good doing it!

On the drive into Baker City last Tues (7 May 2013), I noticed the yellow-flowering currant were starting to bloom in the gorge. On the way back, the patch of locoweed at the base of the dam hill caught my eye. As I neared Sumpter, I saw squaw currant blooming. On Fri the 10th, it was the serviceberry blooms in the gorge that were new. I think SPRING has hit Hwy 7!

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This yellow-flowering currant (Ribes aureum) lives at The Grounds in Sumpter, OR. Yellow-flowering’s ripe fruit is purple. As with most currants, the fruits are great autumn food for birds and mammals. People can use the fruits for jams, jellies, and pemmican. Currants are part of the currant family.

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There is a wide variety of locoweed across the sagebrush steppe of eastern Oregon and southern Idaho. This coiled locoweed (Astragalus curvicarpus) is one of the medium-sized locoweeds, which are part of the pea family. The specific species was determined once the seed pods appeared.

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This squaw currant (Ribes cereum) lives in my back yard in Sumpter, OR. Squaw currant can be found all over Sumpter and along all the roads leading in and out of Sumpter. Squaw currant’s ripe fruit is red and too seedy to be of as much use to people as the fruit of other currants. On the USDA database, you find it listed as wax currant.

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This serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia) shrub is near the entrance to McCully’s Fork Campground on the highway from Sumpter to Granite. Serviceberry is also known as juneberry and shadbush. It is part of the rose family, making it a cousin to the currants, as both the rose and currant families belong to the rose order. Native Americans had a wide number of uses for serviceberry fruit, bark, and wood.

Glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum), also sometimes identified as deer tongue, is a member of the lily family. As the widow grass at Sumpter’s corner of Climax and Auburn was finishing up in the third week of April (2013), the deer tongue were showing up. That corner’s a bit sunny and dry, though, and the flower does better in a shadier, cooler meadow setting.

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