Oregon City Farmers Market changes to pre-order drive-thru format
Currently the only farmers market operational in the county, the weekly Oregon City Farmers Market is changing its model in an effort to help "flatten the curve" and to keep vendors, customers, staff and volunteers safe from COVID-19.
Starting at this weekend's market — from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 11 —you'll no longer be able to walk through the vendor booths in Oregon City. Customers will be able to place pre-orders at the market through the WhatsGood app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.
Once they've placed orders before 11 p.m. on Thursday for the next Saturday, customers will slowly drive down a line of vendors set up to hand off pre-orders. From their cars, customers will be able to add on extra products, but Market Manager Jackie Hammond-Williams said browsing and shopping out of vehicles at the market will be discouraged.
"Having the app for a couple of years already has enabled the market to get up and running quickly with the pre-order drive-thru, which started a couple of weeks ago as an add-on to the regular market," Hammond-Williams said. "It soon became apparent that customers (and some farmers and vendors) preferred this reduced-contact option."
As the market adapts to the COVID-19 crisis, she remains committed to keeping farmers and vendors in business and providing "nutritious local food as safely as possible to our community."
Farmers market online ordering
What: Oregon City Farmers Market moves to online ordering
When: Drive-thru pickups 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, order by 11 p.m. the Thursday before
Where: 2051 Kaen Road, near Beavercreek Road in Oregon City
Online: http://onelink.to/5wfazg; orcityfarmersmarket.com has a list of currently participating vendors for customers to contact directly. More farmers, vendors and products will be listed on the app as the season progresses.
SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program customers can use the mobile app and pick up orders at the drive-thru while accessing an extra $20 worth of food using the market's Double Up Food Bucks SNAP Match program.
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