Farm Fresh

Fabulous Farmers Markets in Portland, Beaverton, and Beyond

Where to stock up on local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and more.

By Dalila Brent, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Margaret Seiler May 22, 2023

crowd of people and farmers market booths under leafy trees

A late-spring Saturday morning at the Portland Farmers Market on the South Park Blocks at Portland State University

Image: Michael Novak

In spring, summer, and fall, it’s so easy to keep the fridge and pantry stocked from farmers markets that a Portlander might need to stop at a grocery only for toothpaste and toilet paper. Offerings dwindle in the winter, but a few year-round markets keep the fresh stuff flowing. Here are some of our favorites.

Beaverton Farmers Market

Saturdays 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Apr–Nov, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Feb–Mar

On any given Saturday, central Beaverton is flooded with foot traffic, rain or shine. From food and drink vendors like N2 Nitro Coffee and Kalo Kitchen’s Hawaiian/Filipino fusion, to produce and fish vendors and even live music, there’s no shortage of items to see and buy, whether you’re looking to make a 20-minute cameo or spend hours perusing. —DB

12375 SW Fifth St, Beaverton

Hillsdale Farmers Market

Sundays 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Year-round, every other week in the winter

Held year-round in the parking lot of Rieke Elementary next to the Ida B. Wells High School track, this market is about half-and-half for farm produce vendors and prepared foods sellers, making it a solid grab-and-go stop when you’re en route to a picnic. —MS

1405 SW Vermont St

Hollywood Farmers Market

Image: Michael Novak

Hollywood Farmers Market

SaturdayS 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Apr–Sept, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Oct & Nov, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. First & Third Saturdays Dec–Mar

This year-round market has every kind of produce, baked good, and meat you could ask for, with manageable crowds, a lineup of hot food vendors, and bustling live music. Standout vendors include Kiyokawa Orchards for all your apple, pear, peach, and cider needs; Herr Family Farms for carefully curated bouquets; the best thick-cut honey-cured bacon from Pine Mountain Buffalo Ranch; and veggies from Pablo Muñoz Farm, Flying Coyote Farm, and Stoneboat Farm. —KCH

NE Hancock St between 44th & 45th Aves

nectarines and pluots and other fruits in boxes on a table

A few of the offerings at the King Farmers Market, one of a handful of Sunday markets in Portland

Image: Michael Novak

King Farmers Market

Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m. May–Nov

Under the umbrella of the Portland Farmers Market, this Northeast market is right next to the park and playground at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, so the kids can go play while parents peruse babka buns from Small Baking Co and the lineup of frozen sausages from Scratch Meats, plus farm finds and flowers. —MS

NE Seventh Ave & Wygant St

A Sunday scene at the Montavilla Farmers Market

Image: Michael Novak

Montavilla Farmers Market

Sundays 10 a.m.–2 p.m. May–Dec, every other Sunday Jan–Apr, 7700 SE Stark St // Thursdays 4–7 p.m. July–SepT

Along with the fruits and veggies you’d expect from a good Portland farmers market, where the Montavilla market really shines is in its food crafters. Sebastiano’s sells its focaccia, orange marmalade, and buttery, fruity Sicilian Castelvetrano olive oil; at the Chelo booth, chef Luna Contreras hawks three hot sauces; at Felton and Mary’s, find the best barbecue sauce in town. The market operates year-round, on alternating Sundays during the fall and winter and every Sunday in the spring and summer. (A weeknight edition happens nearby on Thursdays from July to September.) —KCH

SE 79th Ave & Stark St

Blooms for planting, at the Portland Farmers Market at PSU

Image: Michael Novak

Portland Farmers Market at PSU

Saturdays 8:30 a.m.–2 p.m. April–Oct, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Nov–March

The crown jewel of the city’s farmers markets hosts up to 100 vendors each Saturday, and as many as 10,000 shoppers might visit on a single day, from locals to chefs to tourists. Needless to say, lines can get long and parking can be scarce. But this is the place to be if you want to choose between a dozen heirloom varieties of squash, plus pick up artisan hot sauce, PNW saffron, freshly nixtamalized masa, and goat milk on the way. Don’t forget to grab a New Mexico–style breakfast burrito from Enchanted Sun, made “Christmas style” with both red and green salsas. —KCH

SW Park Ave & Montgomery St

Shemanski Park Farmers Market

Wednesdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m. May–Oct (with a bonus market the day before Thanksgiving)

Like many downtown entities that cater to workers on their lunch hour, this smaller branch of the Portland Farmers Market, held at the opposite end of the South Park Blocks from the weekend behemoth, saw its attendance dwindle during the pandemic. While it’s not back to full strength, it’s still a great place to grab lunch under the trees, pick up an ingredient for a midweek dinner, or score a bouquet, chocolates, or a jar of something yummy when you need a gift. —MS

SW Park Ave & Main St

St. Johns Farmers Market

Saturdays 9 a.m.–2 p.m. May–Oct

Long held on the plaza in the heart of downtown St. Johns, this market is now tucked back in the neighborhood and a little harder to find. But there’s plenty to score once shoppers find the market: produce and flowers galore, breads from Dos Hermanos, booze from Bull Run Distillery and Dregs Vodka, plus ample booths to grab coffee or lunch. —MS

N Charleston Ave & Central St

Vancouver Farmers Market

Saturdays 9 a.m.–3 p.m. & Sundays 10 a.m.–3 p.m. May–Oct

This massive two-day-a-week market brings serious street fair vibes to downtown Vancouver, selling not just produce but a massive array of hot food, plus flowers, handicrafts, and wine and spirits ideal for gifting. Snack on Taiwanese street food from Small Eats, buy bottles of Melchemy Craft Mead, and grab summer sweetness from Munoz Berry Farm. —KCH

W Eighth St & Esther St, Vancouver

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