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Oregon farmers' markets open for business over winter

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Oregonians don’t have to wait until next spring to still enjoy the experience of going to a farmers’ market:

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The bounty of locally grown Oregon agricultural products is usually in full bloom in late spring, summer, and early fall. But that has not discouraged some markets from keeping their doors open:

BARTON:  “Oregon is one of those states that has really broadened the farmers’ market season to both running right up to the holiday time and we also have a handful of markets that run year around now.”  :13

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Trade manager Laura Barton with the Oregon Department of Agriculture says there are plenty of offerings over the winter months:

BARTON:  “It’ll run the gamut from products that were perhaps harvested in the spring and earlier in the season that have turned into value-added products like jams and chutneys as well as your winter squashes and pears and apples that are stored, harvested in the late fall, but then are stored, certainly your hazelnuts.”  :18

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Add artisan cheeses, beer, wine, cider, meat products, and the seasonal greenery and other plants, there should be more than enough to keep the flow of shoppers happy. Some 23 Oregon farmers' markets are operating at least through most of November with a handful staying open year round. In Salem, I’m Bruce Pokarney.

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BARTON says there are a variety of ag products available during the winter months at farmers’ markets, including some rather specialty items:

“We also have some markets– not all of them– but some markets that also have artisan or craft brewers and wineries and cider makers.”  :11

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BARTON says some farmers’ markets that stay open year round have incorporated educational programs to bring people in, such as chef’s demonstrations and programs that target young people:

“The winter markets are introducing programs with kids, especially because some of the schools now are doing things like school gardens and trying to build a connection with kids to where their food comes from and eat healthier. So the farmers’ markets have a piece of that.”  :18

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