Oregon City Farmers Market celebrates exemption from shutdown
State officials came out with an official statement that identifies groceries stores, pharmacies and farmers markets among the essential businesses and services that are exempted from the shutdown requirements outlined in the governor's recent executive order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"The whole farmers-market community is relieved that the governor has called us essential services," said Jackie Hammond-Williams, executive director of the Oregon City Farmers Market. "We provide nutrient-dense local foods in the fresh air which very few hands have touched."
Farmers plan to arrive in Oregon City weekly from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays (subject to change) — instead of every other week as usual in winter and early spring — at the corner of Beavercreek and Kaen roads.
"This decision was made to provide more shopping choices for the customers and to help our small farms and food businesses during this worrying time," Hammond-Williams said.
The market will not be providing its usual music, the kid's Power of Produce Club or any other events at this time. The market is developing an app for customers to download and order from for drive-through pickups. Debit/credit cards are preferred, but the market is still accepting SNAP Cards with a $10 match to help vulnerable families.
More information is available at orcityfarmersmarket.com.
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