If you haven’t tried shopping at your local farmers market yet, you’re missing out. Not only are you getting the freshest produce when shopping at farmers markets, but you are also supporting your community and local economy. Today, farmers markets are popping up all over the place, from year-round markets to seasonal popup markets. The same goes for Portland; there is no shortage of farmers markets. Thinking about going green? Here’s your opportunity to try with our list of Portland’s farmers markets.
Portland Farmers Market
A favorite among Portland residents, this farmers market has been operating since 1992. The Portland Farmers Market operates six markets around Portland, which means it provides connections to more than 250 vendors from the Pacific Northwest. These vendors include farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood provides, cheese makers and specialty food producers. Not only will you get the best produce in the area, you’ll also experience local bands, which play while you shop. Additionally, sign your kids up for the Kids Cook at the Market classes.
Where: Portland State University, 1717 SW Park Ave., Portland, 97201. For more locations, visit http://www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/index.php/markets.
Hollywood Farmers Market
Open year-round, Hollywood Farmers Market’s purpose is to build community, enhance education, create partnership and focus on sustainability. They take pride in the quality of the selection at Hollywood Farmers Market, and the organizers believe that their number-one obligation is to be mindful of the market’s integrity, sustainability and prosperity. The selection at the market is diverse, and it includes a mix of fresh produce, artisan cheeses, wine and flowers. If you want your four-legged friend to join you, Hollywood Farmers Market offers “dog hours” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily.
Where: Northeast Hancock & Northeast 44th Avenue, Portland, OR 97213
Hillsdale Farmers Market
Located in the Hillsdale neighborhood, this farmers market is open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round. One of the main reasons to visit this Portland market is because it’s not as crowded as other markets in the area, and there is a variety of vendors. Whether you’re looking for vegetables, fresh bread, fruit, smoked salmon or even honey, Hillsdale will probably have it.
Where: Rieke Elementary Parking Lot, 1407 SW Vermont, Portland, OR 97255
Moreland Farmers Market
Part of the neighborhood since 2006, Moreland Farmers Market makes sure its mission of providing locally grown fresh produce, nursery stock, cut flowers, cheese, meat, fish, honey, baked goods and specialty items is fulfilled. Their goal at Moreland is to get the community to get together and socialize during market events, which include music tastings, chef demos and booths for local nonprofits. If your children are joining you at the market, Moreland hosts a variety of free kids’ activities throughout the season, including crafts, face painting and balloon animals. And if Fido is hungry for fresh produce, feel free to bring him to Moreland, as they encourage you to bring your well-behaved dogs to the market.
Where: Southeast Bybee Boulevard & Southeast 14th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202
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