Return of the Farmers’ Markets

Get ready for another season of farm fresh produce delivered to the heart of the city—Portland area farmers’ markets will be debuting throughout the next few weeks, and we’ve got the cheat sheet to make sure you don’t miss opening

By Allison Jones March 9, 2012

With over three dozen farmers’ markets in the Portland metro area, our community has access to produce and artisan foods fresh from local farms, ranches, and kitchens every day of the week throughout most of the growing season. Although a growing number of year-round markets have made the colder months a bit more bearable, enthusiasts celebrate the spring opening of local markets with all the pomp and revelry of a major national holiday.

To make sure you don’t miss opening day of your local market, we’ve compiled a list of regional markets and their launch dates. Get your baskets and reusable bags ready, because the season is about to begin.

The big boy, the Portland Farmers’ Market PSU location, debuts Saturday, March 17 at 8:30.

PFM’s Downtown Portland Shemanski Park location opens Wednesday, May 2 at 10 am, Southeast’s Buckman opens Thursday, May 3 at 3 pm, Northeast’s King Market launches Sunday, May 6 at 10 am, and both the NW Portland and Pioneer Courthouse Square markets are slated for June openings.

The Hillsdale Farmers’ Market Downtown Hillsboro location launches Saturday, April 28 at 8 am, the Orenco Station location opens Sunday, April 29 at 10 am, and the Tanasbourne and Tuality Hospital locations open in June.

The Hollywood Farmers’ Market weekly season begins Saturday, May 5 at 8 am (winter hours can be found here).

Northeast’s Parkrose Farmers’ Market opens Saturday May 5 at 9 am.

The weekly season of the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market debuts Sunday, May 6 (bi-monthly winter dates can be found here).

Moreland Farmers’ Market launches Wednesday, May 9 at 3:30 pm.

The Beaverton Farmers’ Market opens Mothers’ Day weekend, Saturday May 12 at 8 am. The market will be celebrating its 25th season in 2012, so stay tuned for information and special events and celebrations.

The Gresham Farmers’ Market also opens Saturday, May 12 at 8:30 am.

The Milwaukie Farmers’ Market launches Mothers’ Day, Sunday May 13 at 9:30 am.

The Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market debuts Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 am.

The Montavilla Farmers’ Market will open on Sunday, June 3 at 10 am.

The OHSU Farmers’ Market opens Tuesday, June 5 at 11 am.

The Lents International Farmers Market will debut Sunday, June 17 at 11 am.

Southeast’s People’s Farmers Market (Wednesdays from 2 to 7 pm) will continue its year-round dates, and The Interstate Farmers market will not be returning in 2012. Have I missed a market? Fill in more information and share which market opening you’re most looking forward to in the comments!

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