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OC Farmers Market to host senior day Aug. 9

A large portion of farmers market customers are seniors. To thank them for their support, the Oregon City Farmers Market has created a fun and informational farmers market day especially for seniors 60 years and older, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The market, located in the parking lot of Clackamas County's Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, off Beavercreek Road, will host informational booths, including free blood pressure testing by Providence Willamette Falls, plus Elder Place and Medical Group, Portland Veterans Office, Clackamas County Social Services, Health Net, Choice Senior Services, Helping Hands, Clackamas County Extension and more.

In addition to information, there will be giveaways, free drawings for $5 in market tokens and vendor products every hour, market vendor specials for seniors, plus live music, hot food, more than 50 farmers and vendors, live chickens and goats.

The Saturday market site has easy access and nearby parking and is especially favored by those needing handicapped parking and good surfaces for walkers and wheelchairs.

For a lot of seniors the market atmosphere reminds them of buying from the local farmer when they were young, and they enjoy it immensely, noted market manager Jackie Hammond-Williams, adding that the shady dining area by the live music is especially popular.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the How Long Jug Band will play music from the Depression era through the 1960s, including ragtime, early jazz and blues on washboards, kazoos and tuba.

All produce farmers accept Senior Farm Direct Checks; SNAP shoppers receive $5 free when they spend $5 or more; and cash and debit cards also are accepted.

For more information, contact Jackie Hammond-Williams, at 503-734-0192 or visit orcityfarmersmarket.com.