Happy Valentines Day from your Year-Round Farmers Market friends! We’ll be back on 8th St at Main, 10am-2pm on Saturday February 21st with a winter market full of fresh produce, meats, fresh fish, mushrooms, eggs, wines, artisan foods, crafts and spring planters. Hot food, live music and friendly faces! We always accept Debit and SNAP Cards and have a $5 SNAP Match ($5 free to SNAP customers)…thanks to a generous grant from the Rotary Club Foundation of Oregon City. The Kids Power Of Produce (POP) Club gives $2 to every child (5-12yrs)..bring the kids!
Remember all that wonderful produce last summer…the berries, the cukes, the beans , the tomatoes, the corn? Remember how you vowed to learn how to can and preserve one day? How you wished you knew more about canning, drying, freezing, pickling? How you thought it would be good to know so you could make cute jars of delicious jams, relishes and pickles to give as gifts? WELL….the OSU Extension Family Food Educators (Master Food Preservers) are gearing up to offer their FREE classes..the catch is you have to volunteer 24 hrs in one year to pay it forward! The instructors are a hoot, you’ll have fun. Follow this link and register, we may even see you volunteering at the Market , and you’ll know how to preserve the bounty, eat healthier and save money:) http://extension.oregonstate.edu/clackamas/food-preservation If you are on Facebook, this is a great page for preservation info and inspiration: https://www.facebook.com/discover.youcan
Interested in local, sustainable food issues? Join Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District for the FREE live-stream webcast of this year’s TEDx Manhattan: “Changing the Way We Eat” event at Clackamas Community College on Saturday March 7th…yes it’s a Market day..if it wasn’t we would all be there! They have limited the size of the event and wanted to invite local folk first before opening up to the whole area. If you RSVP soon, locally-sourced and prepared food will be cooked for you by G Gourmet…our very own food vendor at the Winter Market!! Follow this link http://conservationdistrict.org/2015/changing-the-way-we-eat-a-conversation-about-sustainable-food-and-farming.html
And when you’re sorting out seeds this weekend , set some aside to share at our Seed Swap..coming next month, Saturday March 21st. Bring seeds, labelled and with any tips on growing, plant divisions, spare tools, catalogs…anything “gardeny” that day and we’ll have tables set up to display it all. Nothing to bring? Take some seeds, plant and save for next year’s swap! Master Gardeners and seed-saving experts will join us. Knife-Sharpening too…if not totally pouring down..we are ever hopeful!
See you NEXT Saturday…