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OC market starts season with piece of history

by: submitted photo, A stand at the Oregon City Farmers Market.

For the freshest produce in Oregon's oldest city come to the Oregon City Farmers Market, opening on Saturday, May 3. The market hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday.

County Commissioner Bill Kennemer and other dignitaries are planning to be on hand for a ribbon cutting to launch the fourth season of this popular market.

Under new management this year, the Oregon City Farmers' Market celebrates the city's history and heritage by bringing a bit of the past back to the present. On opening day and every first Saturday of the month throughout the season, the market will feature a 1960s Massey Ferguson tractor. A donation by Fishers Mill Supply, the red tractor is the market's signature logo and a symbol of Clackamas County's position as a statewide leader in agriculture.

Continuing the market's 'Go Green' attitude this season, the Clackamas County Master Gardeners will hold 30-minute 'Grow your Own' workshops on the third and fourth Saturday of each month. These workshops will provide urban gardeners with plenty of advice on planting and caring for many of the vegetable, fruit and herb plants that are available at the market throughout the year. Certified organic growers are signing up to become vendors this year as well.

On May 10, Rosemarie Nicholls-McGee of Nichols Garden Nursery will be talking about growing food in containers and will also be signing her latest book, 'Bountiful Container.'

Later in June, local chef and restaurant owner, Lydia Bugatti, will be cooking up seasonal recipes from fresh market ingredients for customers to sample.

The market will also feature even more live music, with entertainers performing every Saturday.

The Oregon City Farmers'Market is a collaborative effort of Clackamas County Friends of Extension, in partnership with Clackamas County, the City of Oregon City, OSU Extension Service (Clackamas), Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and many community volunteers and sponsors. The market is located in the parking lot of the County Public Services Building at 2051 Kaen Road at Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

For more information visit the Web site at www.orcityfarmersmarket.com or contact Jackie Hammond-Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-734-0192.