Rocky Butte Farmers Market Grows Into a Weekly Saturday Market For 2022 Season!
RBFM Increases Frequency and Size to Bring More Local Food and Artisan Goods to Historically Underserved NE Portland Neighborhoods
[PORTLAND, ORE., January 24, 2022] – Northeast Portland non-profit Rocky Butte Farmers Market is expanding in 2022 to produce weekly farmers markets with even more vendors in their spacious location at the base of Rocky Butte. After a very successful summer of monthly markets in 2021, this growth supports RBFM’s mission to provide area residents with better access to affordable, seasonal, and locally grown foods and artisan products.
In 2022, Rocky Butte Farmers Market will take place every Saturday from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M., June 4th through September 24th, in the parking lot of Mannahouse Church, 9200 NE Fremont Street. Best-practice COVID safety measures will be in place to ensure the health and safety of the vendors, volunteers, customers and community.
Rocky Butte Farmers Market increasing to weekly markets will allow for:
Vendors to plan for regular staffing and sales. Farmers will have certainty in a consistent outlet for produce, which is harvested continuously throughout the growing season.
Community members to shop weekly, providing steady access to fresh, affordable food filling a need in this part of Portland.
Opportunities for businesses to thrive, neighbors to connect, and all to experience joyful activity that the market brings each event.
In addition to many popular returning vendors, RBFM hopes to attract new vendors that reflect their NE Portland community, especially beginning and under-represented vendors, by continuing to keep vendor fees affordable and providing vendors with resources for success. The vendor application will be available beginning February 7th.
“Supporting the local economy is more important than ever,” says Hillary Barbour, volunteer Vendor Coordinator. “We have seen pandemic induced supply chain failures, as well as neighbors responding to job reduction and layoffs by becoming entrepreneurs in record numbers. Robust, successful markets that support human health, community connections, and agricultural resilience make a tremendous difference to people, farmers, food makers, and artisans.”
Rocky Butte Farmers Market is organized entirely by volunteers and funded by donations and sponsorships from local businesses and neighbors. Community members in the Madison South, Sumner, and Roseway neighborhoods and beyond are encouraged to get involved to help make RBFM a success during this exciting time of growth. RBFM’s first major fundraiser of 2022 is a spring native plant sale in partnership with Sparrowhawk Native Plants.
ABOUT ROCKY BUTTE FARMERS MARKET: Established in 2019, Rocky Butte Farmers Market is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit providing area residents with access to affordable, seasonal, and locally grown foods and artisan products. Our goal is to lower barriers to market participation for beginning and under-represented vendors, and to strengthen connections within our diverse community. The Rocky Butte Farmers Market 2022 season is scheduled for every Saturday, June-September, 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at Mannahouse Church, 9200 NE Fremont St. For more information, visit https://www.rockybuttemarket.