– Six markets prepare for May and June openings, while 11 new vendors make their market debuts –
Portland, Ore., April 22, 2015 – As fertile garden beds sprout across the city, Portland Farmers Market’s six markets are gearing up for a bountiful 2015 season, welcoming a crop of 11 new vendors to its field of local farmers, ranchers and food producers.
“This year, I invite the community to visit more than one of the markets to get a sense of the enormous diversity our vendors are offering,” says Trudy Toliver, Executive Director of Portland Farmers Market. “Grab your market basket, walk or bike to a market and enjoy the bounty that our local farmers, ranchers and artisans have created for you.”
CROP OF NEW VENDORS
The fresh batch of businesses includes four additional hot food options, encouraging the convenient pairing of a market visit with a fresh breakfast or lunch. Two small urban farms provide new, hyperlocal produce options, while a third farmer offers heirloom beans and heritage grains grown in the Willamette Valley. Two passionate bakeries present their craft in the form of decadent pastries and French-inspired artisan breads. A familiar North Portland shop presents a variety of unique salts, hard-to-find chocolate and gourmet ingredients. Northwest hard cider and Portland-distilled spirits complete the freshman vendor list.
- Atlas Cider – Bend, OR (Pioneer Courthouse Square, Northwest, Buckman, Kenton) – Hard cider made with a range of Northwest apple and fruit blends. atlascider.com
- Decadent Creations – Beaverton, OR (Pioneer Courthouse Square, Buckman) – Hand-made, small-batch pastries, cakes and macaroons made from locally sourced ingredients. www.decadentcreations.com
- Eastside Distilling – Portland, OR (PSU) – An assortment of award-winning spirits produced on Portland’s Distillery Row. www.eastsidedistilling.com
- Eastside Farm – Portland, OR (Buckman) – A micro-farm in SE Portland offering local and heirloom produce. facebook.com/eastsidefarm
- Of The Rose – Portland, OR (Kenton, King) – A prepared salad company using local vegetables. fancyplantspdx.com
- Lonesome Whistle Farm – Junction City, OR (PSU, King) – Heirloom dry beans, heritage grains, dry corns and vegetable seed crops. www.
- Money Bowl – Portland, OR (Pioneer Courthouse Square) – Southwestern China rice noodle bowls.
- Phillipe’s Bread – Portland, OR (Pioneer Courthouse Square, King) – Fresh artisan loaves from a French baker. www.philippesbread.com
- Secret Slice – Portland, OR (Buckman) – Mobile wood-fired pizza. www.facebook.com/pages/
- Simpson Street Farm – Portland, OR (King) – Urban farm located in inner NE Portland. www.facebook.com/
- The Meadow – Portland, OR (PSU) – Portland shop offering unique salts, chocolates and gourmet ingredients. www.atthemeadow.com
In its 23 years, the market has sustained the region’s food and farming community by helping to launch more than 50 small businesses and providing a lively and profitable sales outlet for small family farms, many of which count on farm-direct sales as their main source of income.
MARKET OPENING DATES
May marks three market openings:
- Portland Farmers Market at Shemanski Park in the South Park Blocks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6
- Buckman Portland Farmers Market in Southeast from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 7
- King Portland Farmers Market in Northeast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 3
June will welcome farmers back to:
- Northwest Portland Farmers Market in Northwest from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 4
- Kenton Portland Farmers Market in North Portland from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5
- Portland Farmers Market at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 15
As in past seasons, shoppers eligible for SNAP benefits will be able to receive $1 tokens using their Oregon Trail Card to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese and some baked goods all Portland Farmers Market locations. Additionally, SNAP recipients can receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $5 in tokens through Fresh Exchange, a program of Farmers Market Fund, at the Buckman, Kenton, King and Northwest markets.
Since its inception, more than $116,500 in matching funds has been distributed to residents in need. These funds have ultimately been directed into the hands of regional food producers, contributing to the success of the local food economy and fostering healthier communities.
PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Throughout the season, Portland Farmers Market will organize activities to help shoppers of all ages build skills in gardening and cooking, promote local seasonal produce, and attract new and loyal shoppers to the market.
Kids Cook at the Market
Portland Farmers Market at PSU
Celebrating its 13th season in 2015, Portland Farmers Market’s popular Kids Cook at the Market program lets junior chefs age seven to eleven cultivate their culinary skills and experience a cornucopia of farm-fresh foods. At these classes, which take place at the Saturday PSU Market, kids learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers and gain first-hand experience preparing ingredients purchased fresh at the market.
Kids Cook at the Market classes are taught by rotating professional instructors from The Merry Kitchen in August and Young Abundance in June and July and include a market shopping trip, hands-on instruction and recipes to take home so students can share what they learn with family and friends. The full class schedule:
June 6 – Pasta Salad
June 13 – Spring Rolls
June 20 – Omelets
June 27 – Personal Pizzas
July 11 – Vegetable Sushi
July 18 – Make your own Ravioli
July 25 – Berry Pancakes
August 1 – Breakfast Tacos
August 8 – Lettuce Wraps
August 15 – Veggie Stir Fry
August 22 – Build your own Salsa
August 29 –Peach Blueberry Crisp
All classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 10:00 a.m. and take place near the music stage at the Portland Farmers Market at PSU, located at SW Park between Hall and Montgomery. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as class size is limited. Each class costs $5 per child. For more information and to register for classes, contact Anna Curtin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.241.0032.
Chef in the Market
Portland Farmers Market at PSU
Aromas and expert advice draw crowds for seasonal cooking demonstrations conducted by the area’s best chefs. Curious cooks watch market vendors, chefs and cookbook authors from Portland as they turn the market’s seasonal produce into simple, delectable dishes. Chef demonstrations begin at 10 a.m. on the center stage, each Saturday from June through October.
Fruit and Veggie Bingo for Seniors
Third Thursday of every month
Seniors are invited to play fruit-and-veggie bingo, where the prizes come in the form of produce from market vendors. Rounds run every half hour.
Kids Play Zone
Buckman Market; Kenton Market; King Market
May-September – Weekly
The Kids Play Zone will offer little shoppers new things to do every week. The activity schedule includes mini music workshops, make your own Mr. Potato Head, food-themed art projects, drop-in cooking activities, gardening activities and recess-style games to get kids moving.
Taste the Place
Weekly May – November
Taste the Place is an education program that aims to introduce shoppers to under-appreciated produce. At weekly tastings, customers learn about seasonal eating, simple preparations, and nutritional information for the featured recipe. In addition to tasting something new, visitors to the Taste the Place booth can pick up recipes, tips on selection and storage for the item of the day, and simple serving suggestions. Taste the Place is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.
Portland Farmers Market is generously supported by community partner Dave’s Killer Bread, which sold its first loaf of bread at the market in 2005.
About Portland Farmers Market
Founded in 1992, Portland Farmers Market operates world-class farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, and create vibrant community gatherings. The independently-run local 501(c)6 nonprofit, which receives no ongoing support from government agencies, employs five full-time and five part-time employees who manage seven weekly farmers’ markets in the Portland area year round. More than 720,000 shoppers purchased farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, seafood, baked goods and other specialty foods from more than 190 vendors generating more than $8 million in sales in 2013. In addition to operating markets, Portland Farmers Market also serves as an incubator for emerging businesses, a leader of the local food movement, a source of education, a culinary focal point in the community, a cultural destination complete with musical entertainment, and a beacon for Portland’s sustainability movement. To learn more about how Portland Farmers Market aims to grow, nourish and inspire the community, become a Twitter follower, Facebook fan, blog reader and visit www.portlandfarmersmarket.org.