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Ways To Support Our Farmers

By 16 September 2020

Open 9-12 Noon This Saturday

We are grateful to our firefighters, first responders, countless volunteers and city/county officials for their tireless efforts in fighting Oregon’s wildfires. Oregon City Farmers Market thanks you all!

For the health and safety of all due to the compromised air, we have decided to shorten the market hours in an effort to minimize exposure outside. This Saturday we will be open from 9-12 Noon. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support and understanding.

 

The recent fires have brought unprecedented challenges to our farmers. Many were evacuated with little notice. Crops were damaged with falling ash and debris. Windstorms destroyed greenhouses and threats to homes and livestock increased with every hour the fires grew closer.
We are happy to report our vendors are safe and accounted for. Our farmers have been able to return to their land and homes. Now they are in the midst of surveying damage and assessing next steps. Our farmers are strong and resilient and are facing these challenges with determination. More than ever they need our support. This weekend when you come to market consider buying extra foods to stock up. Take advantage of summer produce while helping our farmers at the same time. Keeping your dollars local will help our economy and our growers.

(Pictured here is Zach Menchini of Campfire Farms. Thankfully their farm was saved but they were forced to evacuate. We are grateful their family and livestock are safely home)

Lindsay from Coyote Ridge Farms has lots of Certified Naturally Grown tomatoes to sell this week and she is offering bulk boxes for sale. This is a great opportunity to preserve the season’s bounty for winter nourishment. One of the many tangible ways you can help your farmer right now is buying in bulk since many lost sales with the absence of last week’s market. What a terrific way to lend support while stocking your pantry with healthy goodness!
Food preservation brings the wealth of summer flavor and vitamins into the winter months. There are many ways to keep the freshness of the season alive in the cold months when options are a bit more limited.

  • Fermentation: One of the older techniques that keeps fruits and vegetables edible (and delicious) with the use of lactic acid produced by good bacteria.
  • Canning: Creates a sterile environment that keeps oxygen and harmful microbes out, preserving foods without refrigeration.
  • Freezing: The simplest way to keep produce (berries, shredded zucchini, corn, etc)
  • Drying: Methods include laying thinly sliced produce, such as tomatoes, and oven drying at a low heat. A dehydrator is excellent for this as well.

All of these techniques have wonderful resources in place to guide you. The OSU Extension Service provides helpful information to ensure safe and healthy food preservation!

Oregon State University Extension Home Food Preservation Website
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/food/preservation
WAYS TO HELP FARMERS AFFECTED BY FIRE

As we search for ways to help Oregon farms impacted by the wildfires, it can be become overwhelming when the needs are so great. Below are some resources to consider:

Support your local farmers by continuing to shop at farmers markets.

Consider signing up for a winter CSA (community supported agriculture) from a nearby farm.

Buy in bulk from your farmers

SNAP Recipients can use their food benefit at the market.

Donate to Portland Area CSA Coalition (a Go Fund Me for small farms affected by Oregon’s wildfires)

Home Landing

Donate to UNETE Immigrant Fire Relief Fund to support agriculture workers

Welcome to UNETE: Center for Farm Worker and Immigrant Advocacy

Thanks to the Farmers Market Fund and the Oregon City Metro Enhancement Grant, we are able to match up to 20.00 additional dollars each market day for our SNAP recipients. Make sure to stop by the info booth so we can run your card for your tokens and match. The market is a great place to use your SNAP benefit and receive extra funds!
Given the fires and air quality our list of attending vendors is in process. For the latest updates please refer to our website’s interactive map at

http://maps.managemymarket.com/4184

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