Phew, now the hot summer is officially over and we’re into Fall we are planning all kinds of Autumn Fun at the Market. Find us every Saturday through October 24th (9am-2pm), then every-other Saturday during our Winter Market season (10am-2pm), starting November 7th, at 2051, on the parking lot at Kaen Rd off Beavercreek Rd. Hot food (yes they’re back this week!), live music and 50+ vendors!
We have plenty of tomatoes, all kinds of peppers, corn and peaches…even pickling cukes. So still time to get canning, freezing, pickling and drying! Loads of local produce, pastured meats, fresh seafood, locally-made artisan foods, baked goods, flowers in brilliant colors, skin care and soaps, wines, (and 2 Towns Cider), crafts, knife-sharpening (time to get gardening tools and carving knives in perfect shape)..and both our hot food vendors are back, wood-fired pizza and Mexican, don’t forget the heavenly ice-cream!…plus cool tunes by Daniel Cecil playing guitar from 10am-1.30pm.
This week to celebrate the apples Apple-Tasting and you can vote for your favorite! Maryhill Orchards, Parsons Farms, Pitkin Winterrowd Farms and Kiyokawa Orchards are all donating apples. Stop by the booth and get a taste of them all. Kiyokawa Orchards are in the top 5 US Orchards in a USA Today poll, vote for them here: http://www.mthoodfruit.com/ The POP Club kids (ages 5-12yrs) can pick up $2 from the Market to buy their own apples and Saturday the Lions Strides kid’s activity is happening with help from the Portland Thunder! Complete the course and earn points towards great prizes given out by the OC Lions Club at their November dinner.
This week marked the end of American Farmland Trust’s summer-long Farmers Market Celebration – an annual effort to rally support for local farms and family farmers by calling on shoppers to identify the best of America’s farmers markets and Oregon City Farmers Market was rated top 50 best in class!!!
“Farmers markets are critical for new and beginning farmers,” says Susan Sink, American Farmland Trust’s Vice President of Development and External Relations. “Next generation farmers selling directly to consumers at farmers markets have nearly a 10 percent greater chance of staying in business than those selling goods through traditional retail. And when family farmers thrive – our community, economy and families thrive.”
This year’s Celebration encouraged market customers, family farmers, community members – anyone who believed they had the best farmers market in the country – to endorse their market in four unique areas: Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community, and Champion for the Environment. Oregon City Farmers Market national rankings are: People’s Choice: 28th , Focus on Farmers: 28th, Healthy Food for All: 28th, Pillar of the Community: 29th, Champion for the Environment: 27.so a BIG thanks to you all who voted…we ended up #1 on Oregon! It takes dedicated shoppers to grow a market year-round and in 10 years we’ve been able to do just that with your help!
Next Saturday October 3rd it’s Bike to Market Day. Free safety check-ups, an obstacle course and prizes! Buy Market tokens (if you run out of cash) at the Information Booth with either Debit or SNAP cards…and we still have the $5 SNAP Match (going to a $10 SNAP Match in January!). See you all this Saturday….it’s going to be another beautiful day at the Market!