Farmers markets are vital to the health of our communities—urban and rural alike—in providing access to high quality, local food that supports the local economy and by fostering community connections. Shoppers at the farmers market have 15-20 social interactions compared to the 1 or 2 at the grocery store. Here are just two of the friendly faces you’ll find at Portland Farmers Market weekly.
Sulina and Lee cultivate their flowers and produce themselves on roughly four acres in Boring, Oregon. Each week you’ll find beautiful arrangements, farm fresh vegetables and berries. Sulina say she is stunned by the beauty of flowers and loves bringing happiness to shoppers at the market every single week. You can follow Sulina’s Garden on Instagram.
Northeast Portland: King Farmers Market
Sundays through November 21st
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at NE 7th & Wygant
Vendor: Robyn’s Craft Bakehouse
Robyn’s Craft Bakehouse is a small-batch bakery in Portland, Oregon that specializes in whole-grain crackers, crisps, and breads made from locally grown, organic grains sourced directly from Oregon farmers. Robyn’s vision is to support a local, sustainable grain economy by connecting our community to the farmers who grow our food. Check them out on social media to get a look behind the scenes and see what’s baking.
Oregon joins states across the country in celebration of National Farmers Market Week, August 1-7th, in coordination with the national Farmers Market Coalition.
Farmers Market Week is a celebration of everything that farmers markets provide in their communities and across our state. Oregon Farmers Market Association (OFMA) provides opportunities for everyone to get involved in the festivities!
Want to share your love of the farmers market?
Enter the annual Farmers Market Week Photo Contest: Shoppers, market staff, board members, and vendors, can enter OFMA’s photo contest! This is a great way to share your favorite market photos. This contest closes on Friday, July 23rd, the winners will be featured on OFMA social media August 1-7.
Enter the Recipe Challenge: What could be more delicious than a home cooked meal featuring local farm-direct ingredients grown with care? Nothing! Many of us ate and cooked at home more than ever this past year, and we’re looking forward to sharing more time around the table with friends and family. This contest closes on Friday, July 23rd, the winners will be featured on OFMA social media August 1-7.
$4 Million in State Funds Secured for the Expansion of Double up Food Bucks
This Spring our sister organization, Farmers Market Fund, led a coalition of statewide organizations who successfully secured a state appropriation of $4 Million in the final days of the Oregon Legislature. This is nearly triple the State of Oregon’s previous investment inDouble Up Food Bucks, and we are SO excited!
By providing a dollar-for-dollar match at farmers markets, Double Up Food Bucks enables SNAP shoppers to stretch their food budgets and purchase more farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. These funds will make a HUGE difference in supporting families, farmers, and farmers markets over the next two years—especially as we’ve seen demand for the program skyrocket during the last year.
From the Chef: “This blueberry limonada is inspired by chicha morada—a traditional Peruvian drink that families from Lima to the Andes mountains make with a purple corn elixir and lime juice that is sweetened and spiced with cinnamon. Corn is one of the primary foods that my Inca ancestors cultivated, and purple corn is rich in antioxidants. I now live in Oregon, so I wanted to make a drink that honored chicha morada but with local ingredients. Blueberries are native to the Pacific Northwest, have the same deep purple color as the corn in chicha morada, and are also rich in antioxidants. Here, the syrup is infused with cinnamon, cloves, and orange peel to give the drink aromatics. The vibrant color of the drink celebrates summer, and the garnish gives the drink a cocktail vibe.”
Portland Farmers Market appreciates our sponsors, who provide generous support that makes our educational and outreach programs possible.
225,000 of your neighbors have joined PGE’s Green Future program. How about you?
Nature was extra kind when it came to Oregon. Now you can return the favor by matching your home’s electricity use with renewable energy through Green Future. When you sign up for Green Future, you’re not just helping build a clean energy future for Oregon, you’re also helping create local jobs and build renewable power projects right in the community through the PGE Renewable Development Fund.
Depending on the renewable mix you choose, Green Future typically costs an additional $6/month. Enrolling in Green Future means you’re doing something good for the planet and our local community. Stop by our booth during your visit to Portland Farmers Market to learn more.
Talking About Food Justice
Staff at PFM and Farmers Market Fund have teamed up for a monthly discussion club to learn about anti-racism, historic disparities in food and farming, and the current food justice movement. This is part of moving our equity and food justice work forward. It’s opened our thinking about policies and practices. Here’s what we watched and discussed last month: