Our next open-air Winter Market is Saturday December 6th, 10am-2pm, on 8th Street at Main. Find a good selection of products (rain, shine or sleet!) from 30+ local farmers and vendors, live music and hot food. A fresh blog will be posted next Thursday, Dec. 4th, check back and find out what’s coming…
Meanwhile…just as you are finishing up the last of the Thanksgiving Pie (made from scratch from a Market pumpkin I’m sure)…we wanted to let you know how your holiday shopping this season can help the Market.
If you are shopping on-line this Cyber Monday we are registered with Amazon Smile: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-4094762 The Farmers Market Fund (which benefits all metro-area farmers markets SNAP Match programs including ours) is listed in the Willamette Weeks Give Guide: https://giveguide.org/ And if you are shopping at Fred Meyers this season the Market’s Kids POP Club is listed in their Community Rewards Program and you can help by linking your Rewards Card to our NPO# which is ..80317.
The Year-Round Oregon City Farmers Market is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corp so donations are ALWAYS very welcome AND Tax-Deductible. You can mail checks directly to us at: PO Box 2931 Oregon City, OR. 97045. Donations can be specified to support the Market in general or for one of the two Market programs (or both) please see below.
The Kids P.O.P. (Power Of Produce) Club program, started in 2011, is a healthy eating program and over 1,600 local kids join each year! It’s a free kid’s club held each week on Saturdays at the Market for ages 5-12yrs. We give them a shopping bag and every market day the kids receive $2 in wooden tokens to buy fresh produce or food plants. We also provide them with activities focused on healthy eating, cooking, food-growing and physical excercise. This P.O.P. program has now gone national and markets all over the States (even in Canada) have copied our lead and are introducing kids to healthy foods too! You can watch the P.O.P. Club video Clackamas County made this past summer here: http://youtu.be/JkXZATbO3Pg
The Market’s SNAP Match Program gives our low-income food stamp customers an extra $5 when they purchase $5 or more in Market tokens at the Info. Booth on market day with their SNAP Card. This gives them extra funds to purchase healthy whole foods and gives them an incentive to shop “fresh and local”. We strive to keep this program going year-round . New Seasons and The Rotary Club Foundation of Oregon City support this program, for which we are very thankful , but nevertheless we always run out several months each year, with your help we can keep it going every month!
Also…if you have a couple of hours now and again we have all kinds of opportunities during the Winter for Volunteering! We need help at set up (8-10am), in the Info Booth (10am-2pm) and at close (2-3pm). It’s not necessary to help at every market (Saturdays, twice a month in the Winter) or to take more than one shift! But we’re a happy bunch, it’s a GREAT way to start the weekend off , you get excercise in the fresh air AND help the market continue to be community resource! Most of our volunteers have been with us for many , many years…and they need a well-earned break:) Call the manager with questions: 503 734-0192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org And Thank You!!!!!