Portland Farmers Market Marks 30 Years with At-market Celebration.
PORTLAND, Ore .— September 13, 2022 — Oregon’s premier farmers market organization is celebrating three decades of connecting Oregon’s food producers with Portland shoppers by hosting a full crop of 30th-anniversary festivities at its flagship location at Portland State University in the South Park Blocks this Saturday, September 17, 2022, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm.
This free, public celebration honors the community of vendors, shoppers, partners, volunteers, staff and board members that make the markets possible. Visitors to the PSU market this Saturday will enjoy a presentation by Portland Farmers Market (PFM) executive director Katy Kolker and others, chef demos, live entertainment, kids’ activities and a pop-up history museum with photos, memorabilia and a video series illustrating Portland Farmers Market’s history.
8:30 am – Market opening bell
9:00 am – History of PFM pop-up museum opens
9:30 am – Presentation by PFM executive director Katy Kolker, various PFM community members
10:30 am – Chef Demos by Elsy Dinvil of Creole Me Up and Laura Bennett of Eloisa Organic Farm
12:15 pm – 1 pm – Musical performance by The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers
“Over the past three decades, thanks to the dedicated farmers and food producers in our region, and the local shoppers who appreciate the value of connecting with their food-makers, we’ve seen Portland Farmers Market blossom from a single market on the waterfront to a multi-market organization that bolsters our regional food economy and keeps those dollars circulating right here in Oregon,” said Kolker. “As we look ahead to the next 30 years, we’re committed to ensuring that this organization will continue to serve as a vital conduit, connecting the people who make our food directly with the people purchasing it.”
Portland Farmers Market first opened on June 13, 1992, in the parking lot of the Albers Mill building on the banks of the Willamette River near the Broadway Bridge. This was the first farmers market in the heart of the city, enabling city-dwellers to choose farm-fresh produce directly from the growers. In 1996, this market relocated to the Portland State University campus where it still operates today. Of the original 22 vendors that helped launch the market, nine are still PFM vendors today:
- Baird Family Orchards – Dayton, OR
- Gabriel’s Bakery – Portland, OR
- Gathering Together Farm – Philomath, OR
- Kenyon Growers– Forest Grove, OR
- Lucky Farms – Gresham, OR
- Osmogaia – Woodburn, OR
- Salmon Creek Farm – Battle Ground, WA
- Liepold Farms – Boring, OR
- Favorite Produce of Oregon – Aloha, OR
Over the years, the Portland Farmers Market organization has grown to oversee as many as seven markets at once (there are currently five) in the downtown core and neighborhoods around town. Today, in addition to the flagship PSU market, PFM manages markets in Kenton, Lents, Shemanski Park and the King neighborhood. The markets have a significant impact on the regional food economy, generating up to $8 million in sales from up to 700,000 shoppers annually, at its peak. These dollars are especially notable in that they stay local, circulating through the rural economies of towns across Oregon and Southwest Washington, as well as in Portland.
As a small business incubator, providing strategic counsel, training, marketing and an established outlet for up-and-coming food producers. Many market vendors have gone on to enter the larger CPG space or open brick-and-mortar operations of their own, including Rogue Creamery, Choi’s Kimchi, Olympia Provisions, Jacobsen Salt Co., Marshall’s Haute Sauce, and Dave’s Killer Bread, which has become a long-time PFM sponsor.
Since 2009, matching funds have been offered to SNAP users, doubling their purchasing power at market. Increasing access to fresh food is core to PFM’s effort to foster a prosperous, healthy and sustainable regional food system.
About Portland Farmers Market
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2022, Portland Farmers Market operates world-class farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, and provide vibrant community gatherings. The independently run nonprofit organization manages five weekly farmers markets in Portland, including the flagship, year-round market on Saturdays at Portland State University. More than 700,000 shoppers purchase farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, seafood, baked goods and other specialty foods from more than 190 vendors, generating more than $10 million in sales annually. Through operating markets, Portland Farmers Market serves as an incubator for emerging businesses, a leader in the local food movement, a culinary focal point, a cultural destination and a beacon for Portland’s sustainability culture. To learn more about how Portland Farmers Market grows, nourishes and inspires the community, follow them on Instagram, become a Facebook fan, read the latest news and visit portlandfarmersmarket.org.