The fifth-annual Downtown Oregon City Winter Farmers Market will be accepting donations on behalf of the Officer Libke Fund at its Thanksgiving market, this Saturday, Nov. 23, and the Oregon City branch of OnPoint Community Credit Union will match up to $1,000 in community donations made at the markets Officer Libke Fund booth.
Hardy souls converged to buy fresh local produce, artisan foods, crafts, ready-to-eat hot food, and to listen to live music at the bi-weekly open-air markets opening Saturday, Nov. 9. Food artisans and 25-30 local farmers gathered to sell produce, pastured meats, fresh seafood, baked goods, mushrooms, preserves, hot food, drinks, holiday trees, wreaths and gift baskets.
Market Manager Jackie Hammond-Williams encourages everyone to shop for healthy foods at the market from the people who grow, raise and make them, support the local merchants on Main Street, and get a breath of fresh air throughout the winter.
Farmers are a hardy bunch and will always have plenty of fresh produce, no matter what the weather brings, Hammond-Williams said.
She noted that only freezing rain or significant snowfall may cause a cancellation. If in doubt, check the markets Facebook page or call her at 503-734-0192. The Winter Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. twice a month, through April, with three markets in March.
Thanks to a grant from the Oregon City Rotary Club Foundation, the market is able to offer matching funds to those with the Oregon Trail Card, helping low-income families eat through the winter months with up to $5 to spend at each market per cardholder.
Plus the Power Of Produce Club continues through the winter. Kids ages 5 through 12 receive $2 to shop for fresh produce, introducing them to seasonal winter veggies and fruit.