Just as most farmers markets are closing for the season…Oregon City’s Year-Round Market is just getting going again… for the Winter! Find us on 8th St at Main, 10am-2pm THIS Saturday Nov. 8th for opening day. Our Winter Market runs Saturdays twice a month through April, open-air, on the street, rain, shine or sleet! Call 503 734-0192 if in doubt about the weather. For up-to-date news LIKE our Facebook page. Pick up a bookmark schedule at the Info booth. AND don’t think this market is the same as the small Wednesday event…..well, it’s on Saturdays for starters (!) and MUCH bigger ….. with even more fresh produce this winter, new and returning vendors…28-30 stalls each market day!!
You thought summer was over? Nope…RJ Farms are bringing heirloom and cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, even strawberries this week! Add to that ALL the beautiful seasonal produce, carrots, kale, chard, a rainbow of colored cauliflower, spinach, collards, broccoli, cabbage (red, green, savoy) fennel, garlic, rutabaga, turnips, tomatillos, eggplant, lettuce, radish, onions, 3 kinds of sweet potatoes, plus red, butterball and fingerling potatoes and of course many kinds of winter squash and pumpkins… from RJ Farms (Molalla), Caldwell Family Farms (OC) and Homegrown Harvest and Pitkin Winterrowd Farms (both Canby).
On the Fruity side we’ll have Kiyokawa Orchards (Parkdale on the slope of Mt Hood) with an incredible selection of apples and pears, including Crimson and Honey Crisp, Pink Pearl and sweet sweet little Seckel Pears. The Fall season is nothing without Quince, Quince,Quince– this fruit is from the rose family and the fragrance is heavenly. Makes a lovely center-piece for the table. It resembles a hard fleshed yellow apple and is used for marmalade, jelly and preserves. Pitkin Winterrowd Farms makes a great Quince/Applesauce. Ask Tom on Saturday how to cook with quince!
On the Wild side we have both Wild Oregon Seafood and Natures Wild Harvest. Robin from Wild Oregon selects only the FRESHEST seafood. She has a loyal following so talk to her and find out what’s in season as the Winter develops. Robin’s very happy for special orders, so make sure you take down her number. This Saturday she is bringing fresh Dungeness Crab, probably the last of the ocean Chinook Salmon and a nice selection of line-caught Oregon fish…which has been vacuum-packed and frozen the day it was landed….including Albacore Tuna. Back (after a couple of years absence) is Natures Wild Harvest. Bill is a wild-forager with over 40 years experience. He’ll have wild mushrooms, wild berry jams, nettle teas and other more exotic finds.
Vul Coffee will have their roasted beans, and be serving hot coffee, and chocolate. We’ll have baked goods from Lake Grove’s La Provence Bakery (gone this Saturday, back for the season on Nov. 22nd) and Aurora’s White Rabbit Bakery, delicious and gluten-free…even if you’re not! (The espresso-cream filled Bismarks are to die for) Artisan market foods include granola, hummus, fresh salsa, nut-butters, pickles, preserves, chutneys and relishes, chocolates. Oregon City-grown wines by King’s Raven Winery and Tbees will have local honey and honey products to keep you healthy through the winter.
On the Crafty side…wood and fiber crafts from Spindles and Fiber, plus ceramics from Impressed Pottery who will have will have (plus other products) an assortment of Japanese Vases (Ikebana’s) fresh from the kiln. Mention this blog and receive a FREE magnet when you purchase another magnet of the same size! Daisy Fed is introducing their exciting artisan line of soaps… new scent blends, beautiful colors and ALL natural. Plus new Soaking Salts just in time for buying Christmas Stocking Stuffers. And their fabulous (and personal fave) Whipped Body Butter is returning. JK Goats will have an extensive selection of goats milk soaps, balms, lotions too.
Find Blossom Vinegars at the Market on Nov. 22nd,and Homegrown Harvest will bring trees and wreaths to our Thanksgiving Market. Edgemaster Sharpening will be able to put a good sharp blade on your carving and hunting knives starting Saturday. Hillcrest Nursery are bringing Fall Planters to brighten up your porch or deck.
Mitzil and G Gourmet provide hot food this winter, hand-crafted from scratch….Mexican and BBQ..and more. We kick off the season with live music favorites…Oregon City’s very own Steve and Margo Show, playing from 10.30am-1.30pm. Did you catch them playing at Nebbiolo’s Wine Bar this summer? Speaking of which Nebbiolo’s will be OPEN for lunch this Winter…soups, sandwiches, salads, tapas..and wine.
Debit, SNAP cards can be used to buy market tokens at the Info Booth, with a $5 SNAP Match! The kids Power Of Produce Club runs ALL through the Winter Market…kids (5-12) get $2 to shop for fresh produce! Parking is FREE and EASY on Saturday’s in Downtown. Check out all the cool new boutiques and businesses that have recently opened up…Downtown is looking SMART. Keep it local. See you Saturday! We’re EXCITED:)