Portland Farmers Market Springs into a Season Like No Other
Four neighborhood markets to open in support of farmers and shoppers with heightened safety precautions and requests to the community
PORTLAND, OR (May 1, 2020) – Portland Farmers Market is debuting a brand-new season as it prepares to open its four neighborhood markets with strict new protocols and guidelines for the safety of shoppers and vendors alike. While some things are the same as in past years—a bevy of new vendors and a bounty of fresh Oregon food on display—these essential markets have been pared down to their core functions.
Weekly markets will begin sprouting up in neighborhoods throughout Portland beginning with the King Farmers Market on Sunday, May 3. Shemanski Park Farmers Market opens downtown on Wednesday, May 6, Kenton Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 3, and the Lents International Farmers Market on Sunday, June 7. These markets join the year-round market at PSU, which has already successfully implemented social-distancing and sanitary safety measures, including limiting the number of shoppers in the market, special hours for vulnerable populations, extending space between vendor booths, frequent cleaning and pre-bagged produce options. Classes and entertainment at the markets are on hold.
As farmers around the Pacific Northwest prepare to harvest the first round of spring crops, they are dependent upon farmers markets as vital outlets for their bounty. With orders from restaurants and institutions like schools and universities greatly reduced or halted entirely, the region’s farmers are looking for innovative ways to ensure their produce makes it to people’s kitchens and dining tables while it’s still fresh.
“We need to plant, and to do that we need money,” said Lyle Stanley of Gee Creek Farm. Many farmers, including ourselves, are still ordering seeds for the upcoming season. We also need to source grain seed to plant for a late-summer harvest.”
New Vendors, New Options
This year’s new crop of vendors is prepared to offer freshly harvested, minimally handled food to shoppers all over the Portland Metro Area. Among the 25 new vendors shoppers will discover allergy-friendly baked goods from Sinful Confections, line-caught albacore tuna from Tre-Fin, plant-based dehydrated meals from Fernweh Food Company, and tempting dark-roasted peanut butter from Spoon & Nut.
“We are thrilled to be joining the PSU and Shemanski Farmers Markets for this unprecedented season,” said Ashley Lance, owner and founder of. “Our dehydrated, plant-based meals are good supplements to a well-stocked pantry, and they will come in handy when we’re all able to get out and safely explore the trails of the Pacific Northwest again.”
See below for a full list of new vendors.
New Guidelines for a New Era
The year-round PSU market, the organization’s largest and busiest venue, has been a valuable place to test new protocols in the age of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The continuous operation of our PSU market throughout the restrictions and stay-at-home orders has proven that farmers markets can operate safely during a pandemic,” said Trudy Toliver, Executive Director of Portland Farmers Market. “Our success is dependent on the cooperation of our vendors, our market staff, and our shoppers, who must work together to ensure that we are all protecting the health and well-being of ourselves and each other.”
The guidelines for each of Portland Farmers Market’s five venues will vary somewhat, depending on the latest health advisories, as well as the unique requirements of the individual locations. The organization’s websitewill always have the latest information for shoppers and vendors.
“We will continue to be nimble and adapt to the guidance of public health authorities and elected officials as advisories evolve,” continued Toliver. “We encourage shoppers to check our website before visiting the market each week to learn what to expect—and what’s expected of them.”
Investing in Local Farms
According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, most of Oregon’s farms have fewer than 50 acres, and agriculture typically contributes about $8 billion to the state’s economy each year.
“We need to be considering today the downstream effects of the pandemic on our region’s food supply,” remarked Toliver. “The support that we show farmers today, by choosing to shop locally and buy Pacific Northwest products, will help stem the long-term ripple effect of this crisis on our food economy.”
Where to Find Portland Farmers Markets
The five markets under the Portland Farmers Market umbrella are:
SW Park & SW Montgomery
Open Saturdays, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Opening May 3:
NE 7th & NE Wygant
Open Sundays, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Opening May 6:
SW Park & SW Salmon
Open Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 2: 00 pm
Opening June 3:
N McLellan & N Denver
Open Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Opening June 7:
SE 92nd & SE Reedway
Open Sundays, 9:00 am -2:00 pm
New Vendors at Market in 2020
The five markets welcome a wide variety of vendors this season, including prepared foods, medicinal herbs, convenience foods and fresh ingredients.
Offering a uniquely delicious ginger beverage carbonated naturally through fermentation. (Lents)
Nourishing, handcrafted bone broths and vegan broth made with the finest ingredients from Oregon farmers. (PSU)
Vegan, nutrient-dense mushroom tinctures, powders and jerky in 100% compostable or recyclable packaging. (PSU)
Buddha Chocolate Portland, OR
Handcrafted chocolate made from single-origin cacao and organic coconut sugar. Vegan, organic, paleo, and free of refined sugar. (PSU)
Coastal Kefir Multnomah County, OR
Organic, non-GMO coconut kefir made with the highest quality ingredients available. Naturally fermented with sustainably harvested coconuts. (Shemanski)
Eloisa Organic Farm LLC Albany, OR
A wide variety of certified organic produce grown by experienced farmers in the Willamette Valley. (PSU)
Delicious, portable plant-based dehydrated meals and snacks, using local produce and better-for-the-Earth packaging. (PSU, Shemanski)
A certified organic woman-run farm nourishing the Portland area with fresh veggies, fermented vegetables and culinary and medicinal herbs. (Shemanski)
Hey Babe Portland, OR
Vegan cashew cheese that tastes delicious, and is good for people, animals, and the planet. (King)
La Portena Portland, OR
Authentic Argentine chimichurri sauces made from locally sourced farm-fresh ingredients. (PSU)
Newks Hot Sauce Portland, OR
All-natural, vegan, gluten-free hot sauce free from chemical additives or coloring. (Lents, Kenton)
Indoor farming methods blend tradition with tech to provide sustainably grown, nutritious food that’s harvested fresh weekly. (Kenton)
A small, family-owned nursery specializing in rare cacti and other succulents, including a variety of carnivorous plants and air plants. (PSU, King)
Traditional Japanese recipes meet Pacific Northwest ingredients and unique twists to provide delicious, one-of-a-kind plant-based meals. (PSU)
Orange & Blossom Portland, OR
Decadent whole food, plant-based desserts made from ingredients that are local and in season. (Kenton)
Sweet Home, OR
Pasture-raised pork and poultry from the Willamette Valley that’s certified Animal Welfare Approved and Non-GMO. (Lents, Shemanski)
Rise Up Remedies Gresham, OR
Potent, certified organic medicinal herbs to promote wellness and connection with the Earth. (PSU)
Small-batch, whole grain rustic rye crackers and buckwheat crisps made from locally grown and milled grains sourced directly from Oregon farmers. (King)
Authentic Oaxacan tamales made with a unique blend of locally sourced produce, freshly ground organic corn masa and traditional seasonings. Includes vegetarian, vegan and meat options. (PSU)
Scratch-made baked goods that are free of gluten, soy and dairy. Cupcakes, brownies, cookies, breads and more are made for everyone. (Shemanski)
Medicinal and useful plants grown from seeds that are carefully selected, saved or bought from Pacific Northwest seed growers. (PSU)
Dark-roasted peanut butter that’s toasty, rich, and unlike any other nut butter–delicious by the spoonful, or on a sandwich! (King)
A delicious variety of quality mixed organic vegetables, herbs and fruit grown in the lush, fertile Willamette Valley. (PSU)
100% whole meal flour that’s milled fresh daily in the bakery results in wholesome, flavorful breads and pastries. (Shemanski)
Local cabbage and other vegetables fermented into sauerkraut and other tasty products that are beneficial to your microbiome. (PSU, King)
Fresh Pacific albacore and groundfish hook-and-line caught from the day boat Oppor-Tuna-Ty, hand-cut and flash frozen within hours of harvest. (Shemanski)
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