Gorge Grown Market is in full swing


HAHRC is dedicated to making the healthy choice the easy choice for people in Hood River County!

The Gorge Grown Farmers Market is in full bloom right now. It is one of the most fun and easiest ways to improve your and your family’s health.

Here are some of the features to look for as you stroll through the market stalls of more than 30 vendors:

n Fresh fruits and veggies galore — Nothing beats fresh fruits and vegetables to improve your health. Most are picked the very same day you buy them. They can stay fresh in your refrigerator far longer than produce you buy at the regular store, where they were picked a week ago or more.

n SNAP promotion — $5+$5. Swipe your SNAP (food stamp) card for $5 and get another $5 match for free. This will allow you to buy $10 worth of fresh produce! This matching program is offered every week, so come each week and get extra value while improving your health!

n Punch Card promotion — The goal is to have your card punched 10 times so you can enter the raffle. Pick up a farmers market punch card at the information booth. Go to one market 10 times or go to all 10 markets in the Gorge and have it punched once at each.

Get your kids a LOCAL FOOD FIRST T-shirt too, and have them get jazzed on being farmers market regular attendees!

n August Block Party — For the five Thursdays in August, the GGFN Farmers Market will be teaming up with Community Ed’s Families in the Park for a weekly Block Party!

To allow people to move safely between the farmers market and Jackson Park evening concert at 7 p.m., May Street will be closed to cars between 13th and 18th streets.

Tables will be set up in the blocked-off street with many offerings including health screenings, bike helmet safety checks and food preservation advice booths.

So, mark your calendar now: Every Thursday, 4-7 p.m., at Hood River Middle School. In the event of rain, look inside to the school cafeteria for vendors. You’ll discover the easy choice is the healthy choice!

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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