WL Farmers Market set to kick off
June 1 kicks off a summer full of free events every Wednesday at Historic Willamettes Summer Market. Bring out the family, meet up with neighbors and friends as the market has expanded.
Not only will you find locally grown produce, homemade foods, arts and crafts, but the market has added vendors selling vintage items, a food court, beer garden and live music. Its a place to gather, support local farmers, artisans and businesses.
This year the market thanks its local business sponsors that have helped promote the thriving shops, restaurants, services and fellow nonprofits that call Historic Willamette their home.
The market also wants to thank Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for its grant helping fund this community event.
The first 100 customers at the market June 1 will receive free reusable canvas bags.
There will also be various contests held throughout the summer.
Visit westlinnfarmersmarket.org/blog/ for rules and registration.
Local libraries aid food banks
The Libraries in Clackamas County (LINCC) collected more than 11,500 pounds of donations for local food banks during a Food for Fines drive held in celebration of National Library Week from April 10 to 16.
Libraries waived $1 in overdue fines for every nonperishable nutritious food item that was donated, which resulted in the removal of more than $14,000 in fines from patron accounts.
All of the donated food items went to food banks in the communities where they were collected. There are 13 public libraries in LINCC located throughout the county.
For information about a library near you, visit lincc.org. Library cards are free for all residents.
Find area farm stands
Strawberries, asparagus, squash, and salad greens not to mention a vast array of bedding plants, flowering baskets and fresh-cut flowers are just a few favorites of the agricultural bounty of spring.
But if you want to buy directly from the source on a trip out to the countryside, where do you go?
Use a smartphone to easily find farm stands, U-pick fields, on-farm festivals and get driving directions with Oregons Bounty atoregonfb.org.