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MARKET WATCH

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The market: Oregon City Farmers Market, in the Clackamas County Public Service Center parking lot, 2051 Kaen Road, at Beavercreek Road; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27; www.orcityfarmersmarket.com

The market-watcher: Kathleen Bauer, who writes the Good Stuff NW blog, http://goodstuffnw.blogspot.com

What caught her eye: Cake stands with baked goods sitting on white doilies made the Farmer's Tea booth look like an old-fashioned tea shop had plunked down in the middle of this parking lot on the outskirts of Oregon City. And who could resist the homemade frosted cakes, scones, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and several gluten-free goodies that owner Trista Ainsworth and her family whip up every week? The way Ainsworth tells it, it's a labor of love. "We feel like we're paid to have a party every week," she says.

The Oregon City Farmers Market, like many of the smaller markets in the metro area, closes for the season at the end of this week, but vendors such as Judy and Curt Norquist of Canby and their gorgeous array of jewel-toned soaps will be there until the bell rings on the last day. As will Leone Schaefer of Woodburn's Schaefer Farm, with her 3-foot-long snake gourds and dark green speckled swan gourds that look like, well, swans. And I can't say for sure, but I could swear the gnome on the top of Bill Sallee's walking stick winked at me from his booth of beautiful handmade birdhouses and bird feeders. The market is the perfect stop on a fall day if you feel like taking a beautiful drive through the back roads of Molalla.

Farmer's Tea's prices range from $1.50 (tarts, shortbreads) to $3 (cinnamon rolls, slice of cake).