Oregon City Farmers Market opened in May 2005 in collaboration with Clackamas County, Oregon State University Extension, the City of Oregon City, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and volunteers. In 2011 OCFM became a 501c3 allowing tax deductible donations.
Nutrition Education for Kids
Our POP Club (Power of Produce) kid’s educational nutrition program opened in May 2011. The Power of Produce Club was created by now retired Market Manager, Jackie Hammond-Williams and has won national recognition from the Farmers Market Coalition and the Union of Concerned Scientists, among others. As a result, the Power of Produce Club is thriving both nationwide and in Canadian markets.
Help for low-income individuals:
Since our SNAP inception in 2011, through the end of 2020 our market has distributed over $130,000 in SNAP/EBT tokens, almost $60,000 in Double Up Food Bucks and over $78,000 in POP Club tokens. These funds were raised through grants and community donations.
In 2019 the market was awarded Outstanding Large or Urban Market by the Oregon Farmers Market Association.
Volunteer Board of Directors:
Oregon City Farmers Market is comprised of 10 board members, which includes our Market Manager.
Heather Loechle – Board President
What do I love about OCFM? Where do I begin? Feeling good about my shopping and food, supporting local vendors, having meaningful conversations with farmers, and the overall energy of the market including the fabulous staff and volunteers. It’s my community.
Mary Otto – Board Member
I love buying amazing food directly from the farmers who grow it and producers who make it (and, talking with them about it, too!) It’s a happy and friendly place to be every Saturday!
Amber Kelly – Vice President
I love the community feel of the market, the fun atmosphere and superior food products I can get on a weekly basis.
Jeanne Becker – Treasurer
When I found the OC Farmers Market, I found a community within the community: people who care about where their food comes from and how it is raised and produced. I love that our market connects us to each other on so many levels.
Susan Ziolko – Board Member
The market is my favorite place to shop – I always go there before the grocery stores. It is wonderful to see the variety of vendors and how it has grown since that first year! I love it that local small businesses are able to get a start at our market and grow, and that the number of vendors offering organic produce and ingredients are increasing yearly. Knowing that the POP Club for kids began here and has crossed the nation and beyond makes me so proud of our community.
Caili Nance – Secretary
Eben Polk – Board Member
Lindsay Howell – Vendor Rep/Owner of Coyote Ridge Farm
The Oregon City Farmers Market is my home, my small town, my community center, and my livelihood. It is incredibly rare in our modern world, to have all of these needs met in one place, and I love the community of vendors, staff and customers who show up every week to support our mutually beneficial local food system.
Melissa Streng – Vendor Rep/Owner of Sun Love Farm
I love the market because it helps create a resilient and equitable local food economy, and is a community building hub in Oregon City.
Jessica Land – Market Manager
It is a humbling experience to watch farmers and vendors pull their trucks into the market at dawn and unload a week’s worth of labor to feed our community. I always take a moment to breathe in gratitude for their resilience and tireless pursuit to nourish our city with the healthiest, freshest food available. I am so grateful to our community of customers who faithfully support our market and show up rain or shine and shop for their groceries. For me, the market is a joyful, creative space!
The Oregon City Farmers Market brings together community, farmers, artisans and educators to celebrate, discover and promote healthy, local, sustainable food as an integral part of a resilient and thriving local economy.