Summer Market Begins!
Summer Market begins this Saturday, May 2nd, at 9am. We never would have guessed we would be opening the season as a preorder drive thru market, yet here we are. Normally around this time our market musicians are finalizing their set lists, POP Club tokens are getting organized, vendors are eagerly anticipating seeing their customers and shoppers are hauling out their market shopping bags ready for another robust season.
Nevertheless, we carry on. Farmers Markets have been rushing to figure out new methods of feeding communities under strict safety and health guidelines. It hasn’t been easy. The markets have become a lot more about logistics, versus planning chef demos. We are grateful to be considered as ‘essential business’ and in order to continue as such, we are working very hard to maintain proper social distancing and safe practices. Our staff is gloved and masked with plenty of hand sanitizer and bleach wipes at the ready. We are wiping down our credit processing machines, disinfecting equipment, porta potty handles and any exposed surfaces. We have established 10 ft distances between each vendor stall and vendors are also disinfecting their credit processing systems, wearing gloves and are equipped with handwashing stations within their booths.
While the format of our market has changed. the quality of fresh, nutrient dense food hasn’t. We are grateful to our farmers who are planting larger crops in order to accommodate a greater demand for local food. We are grateful to you, as our customers, for your patience, friendly waves in the drive thru and continued support of our market. We appreciate all of you.
On a personal note, I want to thank you for the warm welcome I’ve received since joining Oregon City Farmers Market as your new Market Manager. Jackie is irreplaceable and not only do I consider her a mentor, I also consider her a dear friend. I’ve been working for Beaverton Farmers Market for the past three years and watching Jackie implement new programs to serve the greater good of local communities and beyond, has been awe inspiring. Jackie has worked tirelessly for the past 12 years in order to bring resources, mentorships, grants, support to new farmers, POP Club and countless acts of good deeds. Her passion for the industry is unsurpassed and I am humbled by the opportunity to work with her.
Working with different Farmers Markets throughout the valley has afforded me with a humble respect for those who grow food for our state. It’s been a privilege to work alongside vendors who show up every week with the fruits of their labor, ready to serve faithful customers.
As a fellow Oregon City resident I’m looking forward to connecting with my own community through a shared love of nourishing our town.
Farmers Markets are so vital to our communities by providing local access to healthy food. More than ever it is essential we support our growers and educate ourselves and others on the importance of community supported agriculture.
While the market looks a lot different this season, our committment to supporting our farms, vendors and customers remains stronger than ever.
This weekend we have some updated signs to help guide you through our drive thru. Please remain in your vehicle and pop your trunk, if possible, so vendors can place your order in it.
Don’t see your vendor? No problem. Follow the drive thru all the way to our pick up station at the end of the line and we will have it for you. Just look for the colorful flag banner.
Don’t see your vendor on the app OR in the market? Just head over to our website and click on the link titled, “Pre Order Vendor Contact Info” This is especially significant for our distilleries since OLCC prevents them from being on order apps. You are welcome to direct order from our alcohol vendors via their websites and take advantage of their many options, including curbside pickup and in some cases, delivery.
Plan on bringing a printed copy of your order OR up on your app when you drive through. This will help you know which vendors to stop at in order to get your purchases
SNAP recipients: We will have our SNAP token booth available. Just follow the signs on where to park so we can run your card. 10.00 Double Up Food Buck match this month!
Our weekly pre order cutoff time is Thursdays at 11pm. Vendors will still have some product available for purchase onsite.
Now to fun stuff….
It’s time to start thinking about planting a victory garden. Maggy’s Farm and Sun Love Farms are here to help. Certified Naturally Grown, both farms have plant starts available for preorder and some onsite for purchase, as well. Wait to plant tomatoes and other heat loving veggies for a bit. A good rule of thumb is to plant them on Mother’s Day weekend. Speaking of Mother’s Day, why not plant a garden for Mom? (just don’t leave her to do all the weeding)
Now is a great time for getting those cool crops in, such as mixed lettuces, broccoli, kale and cauliflower for example. Lots of options on the app to browse, allowing you to plan your garden from the comfort of home.
RJ Farms will have a limited supply of fresh strawberries this weekend. Not enough to go on the app yet but keep watching, they’re on the way as the season progresses a bit.
Lindsay from Coyote Ridge Farms is back this week! Her inventory is on the app with fresh favorites, such as radishes, mixed greens, turnips and her well known spicy chili salt.
We have 24 vendors scheduled to be at the market this Saturday plus many more dropping off your preorders. Please be patient as you make your way through the market. Bring your dog, turn on some music or a podcast, wave at all of us or sip some coffee. We are finding joy in simple pleasures right now and for us, having you at the market is one of ours!
Wishing you a healthy week!