This Saturday..and every Saturday through October 24th, 9am-2pm. The Winter Farmers Market runs every-other Saturday, November 7th through April, 10am-2pm. Year-round at 2051, Kaen Rd, off Beavercreek Rd. This week: 53 vendors..and a celebration!
Hard to realize… but we are 10 years old this year. The Market was founded in May 2005 by a group of people dedicated to seeing Oregon City with it’s own weekly event which would support small family farms, offer food security to the community and provide education on nutrition, food preservation and food-growing. By creating a marketplace for fresh local produce and artisan foods since 2005, the original mission continues! Until that May day ten years ago, even though Oregon City was close to fertile land and farms, you had to drive to Milwaukie or Portland to find an outdoor market selling fresh produce.
On that misty, cool morning in 2005 the first Oregon City Farmers Market opened with just 6 vendors. The organizers were so worried about how few vendors had signed up, that we all went home that night and dug plants out of our gardens to sell the next day,even lemon balm! But soon more vendors joined and later in the season the Market moved from the gravel lot by the old Dog Control building to the parking lot off Beavercreek Rd. Fast forward ten years..and we are still here, except now year-round (since 2010) and in one location!
Many folks have helped the market along the way, not least of which is Clackamas County, who have given us a wonderful location, with plenty of space and customer parking, for a decade. So this Saturday we are celebrating! Come and meet some of the initial dedicated group..and the current Market Board and volunteers. Most of the volunteers you see at the Market have been with us for over 7 years…yup, that’s how much fun we have! We are currently (shall I say desperately?) looking for MORE volunteers. If you love the Market and have a few hours to spare a month, please see us at the Info Booth. The Market runs on Volunteer Power!
The fun starts this Saturday at 11am with a drawing for 2 X $50 bags of market tokens! Arrive before then and get your free ticket..you must be present to win at 11am, up by the music booth! Then we are giving away FREE market shopping bags, buttons and bowls of ice-cream and berries, as long as supplies last! See photos of the Market that first summer..let the volunteers know how much you appreciate the Market, and tell us what you’d like to see in the next 10 years!
Bring a cooler to leave in the car while you enjoy the fun. Stick around for some wood-fired pizza…or perhaps a Bloody Mary! Green Card Salsa, known for their delicious fresh salsas have now developed a line of Bloody Mary Mixes! 53 vendors this week, bringing you fresh produce (Leone’s Farm will have sweet gooseberries and red currents, tomatillos and Armenian cukes and Sungold tomatoes!), Organic meats, fresh seafood (including tuna and salmon), breads and pastries, eggs, infused butters, wild mushrooms, wines, coffee, preserves, pickles (Pam’s Pickled Products start back this week, their 8th year!) and other artisan foods plus crafts, skin care products (new is Ess, locally-made facial care), plants, fresh flower bouquets and even ‘green’ washing powder..it works great!
The Master Gardeners will be talking about tackling WEEDS in your garden at 10am-10.30am. Ditch the toxic Round-Up and use tried and true methods that are safer for the birds, bees and you! The Market Kitchen will be making stir fry pork with orange rice and potatoes and padron peppers starting at 10.30am. Grab a seat in the shade and take a recipe…chef Amy will demonstrate simple techniques to create delicious healthy meals using market products.
Kids POP (Power Of Produce) Club gives all 5-12 year-olds $2 every time they come to market to buy fresh produce. Debit and SNAP accepted at the Info Booth (some vendors accept debit too) and we have a $5 SNAP Match thanks to New Seasons. Live music from 10am-1.30pm by the Cafe Cowboys..Pizza, BBQ and Mexican, smoothies, ice-cream, coffee, italian sodas..and water by the cup…bring your own water bottles, but leave the dogs at home please. Plus bring the kids, family, friends, neighbors…enjoy the day at the Market, we’ve grown up!