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Shoppers at local farmers market to learn about the farms and farming practices, share favorite recipes

OSU Extension Service and Oregon City Farmers Market are offering a "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" market tour on the second Saturday of the month through October.

COURTESY PHOTO - Melissa Streng, of Sun Love Farm in Oregon City, shares produce tips during the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' tour that takes place the second Saturday of the month at the Oregon City Farmers Market. Shoppers will meet local farmers, learn about their farms and farming practices, share favorite recipes and sample fresh produce. Following the market tour, shoppers can watch a demonstration where chefs will prepare a seasonal recipe using ingredients sourced at the market and can taste the final product. Copies of the recipe will be available.

The SNAP-To-It! program, now in its fourth year, will continue on the second Saturday of the month for those who qualify for the state's food-stamp program, now on EBT cards. SNAP shoppers can gather at the Information booth at 9:15 a.m. to sign up and purchase market tokens with their SNAP EBT cards. This year the Oregon City Farmers Market will match the first $6 purchased.

At the end of the chef's demo, SNAP shoppers who return to the Information booth will receive a $5 coupon to be redeemed at the market, along with other giveaways.

Everyone is welcome to participate starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at the information booth. Remaining tour dates are July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, and Oct. 12. Spanish translation will be available.

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