22 new vendors add their wares to seven weekly markets as the Portland Farmers Market enters its 26th season –
Portland, Ore. (May 1, 2017) – April showers have cleared the way for the May and June openings of neighborhood farmers markets, all bursting with the bounty of locally made, grown, and harvested goods.six seasonal downtown and neighborhood markets reopen to join the world-renowned, year-round PSU Market to provide hundreds of local farmers, ranchers, food producers and other vendors with an outlet to offer dozens of delicious products, including fresh meats, cheeses, produce, seafood, flowers and prepared foods.
This season, shoppers will see many familiar faces as they browse the stalls, along with a batch of brand-new vendors offering some tantalizing new products that have never been at the market before. The Lents International Farmers Market will even open a beer garden hosted by, a new addition to the Portland Farmers Market family.
“The weather is finally changing, the flowers are blooming, and the fields are bursting with well-watered, farm-fresh produce that will soon make its way to market,” says Trudy Toliver, Executive Director of Portland Farmers Market. “The community is ready to come on out and celebrate the new season with the colorful sights and irresistible aromas at the markets,”
CROP OF NEW VENDORS
For 2017, the markets welcome a fresh crop of 22 new vendors to its bounty of local farmers, ranchers and food producers. The latest group of businesses includes:
- Abundant Fields Farm (Orient): A petite farm located in Orient, Oregon, growing nutritious, delicious produce since 2013. (Northwest)
- Alder Creek Botanicals (Scappoose): Botanical company offering plant starts and food products with an emphasis on medicinal plants, flowers, and herbs. Elderberry and stinging nettle hot sauces, infused vinegars, elderberry and elecampane cough syrup, herbal teas. (PSU)
- Bethel Springs Farm (Rickreall): Small, Tilth-certified organic farm located northwest of Salem. They grow a variety of fruit and vegetables and specialize in vegetable varieties that offer the best flavor. (Kenton)
- Broth Bar (Portland): Specializes in traditional, homemade foods, like bone broths made from regional ingredients, carefully sourced from regional farmers and processed minimally to make nutrient-dense, deeply nourishing foods. (PSU)
- Bull Run Distillery (Portland): Oregon-made whiskey and unique barrel-finished spirits, including an Oregon single-malt made with Klamath Basin barley. (King, Lents International, Kenton, Northwest, PSU)
- Cardamom Hills Trading Co. (Portland): Small-batch, hand-made traditional chutneys are manufactured at Zenger Farm to the highest of standards, using locally sourced fruits and produce. (PSU)
- Cocacao (Beaverton): A dark chocolate/coconut experience that technically isn’t chocolate—it’s a coconut & cacao confection made with all organic ingredients for melt-in-your-mouth perfection. (PSU)
- Dreamboat Coconut (Portland): Woman-owned company that makes delicious vegan coconut ice cream served in push-pop containers as a ready-to-eat treat for customers and kids at the market. (PSU)
- Fennel Urban Farm (Portland): Small urban farm in NE Portland’s Cully neighborhood. On 1/4 acre, they grow a wide variety of organic vegetables and also maintain an urban food forest. (Lents International)
- Ground Up PDX (Portland): Small-batch nut butter company with a mission to employ women transitioning out of homelessness. They produce deliciously flavored almond and cashew butters, sweetened with a touch of honey. (Lents International, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski, Kenton, PSU)
- Layna Sa Pika Este (Hillsboro): Using unique home-grown pepper varieties, they produce flavorful hot sauces, pepper pastes, and spice mixes, while also offering small pepper bonsai-style plants for folks to grow at home. (PSU)
- Mozer Desserts (Newberg): Fresh-baked, made-from-scratch desserts with no artificial flavors or preservatives. Cookies, hand pies, cupcakes and more using local ingredients. (Northwest)
- Nom Nom Taiwan (Portland): Taiwanese artisan steam buns with varietal fillings, including Taiwanese braised pork belly, BBQ beef, chicken, and vegetarian options. They also produce seasonally flavored French macarons. (Shemanski)
- Oregonic Tonic (Portland): Small, family-run, craft kombuchery in North Portland, sourcing quality ingredients from Oregon and Washington. Their kombucha is pure and zingy (Shemanski)
- Pasta Gardner (Eugene): Delicious, high quality, nutritious pasta made from locally grown wheat in the Willamette Valley from farms that use sustainable organic methods. (Lents International, PSU, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Northwest)
- Roundhouse Foods (Portland):Plant-based hummus, sauces, dips, and dressings infused with local ingredients and creative flavors. (Lents International, PSU)
- SMALL Baking Co. (Portland): Hand-crafted baked goods made in Portland using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Includes thoughtful, well-balanced classic American treats, like chewy cookies and whole grain scones. (King)
- Spiritopia Liqueurs (Corvallis): Oregon-based distillery that hand-crafts premium liqueurs and brandy. They utilize seven different varieties of Oregon and Washington apples in their apple brandy and liqueur. (PSU)
- Stellar Pop (Portland): Artisanal ice pops company, with bright colors and unique flavors, made from organic ingredients and sourced locally whenever possible. (PSU)
- Tilthworks (Clatskanie): Small family farm from Clatskanie, Oregon, that specializes in beautiful varieties of flavorful garlic. (Shemanski)
- Wild Wines (Jacksonville): Micro-winery that utilizes locally grown, organic or wildcrafted plants. They use pure well water, and the freshest materials harvested at their peak quality and no added sulfites or additives to create unique flavors. (Shemanski)
- Zoiglhaus Brewing (Portland): Founded on the idea of supporting and celebrating with community, this Lents neighborhood favorite will support the farmers market with an adjacent beer garden. (Lents International)
Now in its 26th season, 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. Additionally, Portland Farmers Market has increased access to farm-fresh food to diverse communities throughout the city, and continues to provide educational opportunities through such programs as , and the new, monthly at King Market.
MARKET OPENING DATES
Although the Saturday PSU Market is open year-round, springtime heralds the opening of Portland Farmers Market’s other six weekly markets.
May marks two market openings:
· Wednesday, May 3 – Portland Farmers Market at Shemanski Park in the South Park Blocks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Sunday, May 7 – King Portland Farmers Market in Northeast from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June will welcome farmers back to:
· Thursday, June 1 – Northwest Portland Farmers Market in Northwest from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
· Sunday, June 4 – Lents International Farmers Market at SE 92nd & Reedy between Foster and Harold from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Monday, June 5 – Portland Farmers Market at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
· Wednesday, June 7 – Kenton Portland Farmers Market in North Portland from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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 $10 in tokens through Double Up Food Bucks, a program of Farmers Market Fund, at the Kenton, King, Lents International and Northwest markets.
Since the program’s inception, more than $158,268 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.
About Portland Farmers Market
Celebrating its 26th season in 2017, 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 nonprofit organization manages seven weekly farmers markets in Portland, the flagship, year-round market on Saturdays at Portland State University. More than 700,000 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 annually. Through operating markets, Portland Farmers Market 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 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 and Instagram follow er, Facebook fan, blog reader, and visit portlandfarmersmarket.org.