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6 Of Portland Areas Best Farmers Markets Return This Week
Dated: May 2 2016
It's a big week for fans of farm-fresh produce and artisan goods. Six of the Portland area's best farmers markets return to the calendar, offering a wide variety of spring fruits and vegetables.
On Saturday, the Beaverton Farmers Marketreturns to its weekly schedule, after operating every other week over the winter. The market, which has been around since 1988, is one of the largest in the region, and fills a massive parking lot off of Southwest Hall Boulevard with nearly 200 vendors. The market, which ranked at the very top of our Best Farmers Markets list earlier this year, includes stands from some of Washington County's best farms, but also plenty of nursery plants for avid home gardeners. Arrive early, since as many as 20,000 shoppers come to the market. A Wednesday edition of the market returns in mid-June. 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 7-Sept. 24.
On Wednesday, the Portland Farmers Market brings back its popular Wednesday edition at downtown's Shemanski Park. This mid-week market has been around since 1998, and is a favorite with downtown shoppers looking to score lunch along with vegetables for weeknight meals. Lines can be long at some of the more-popular food vendors – we love the seasonal salads from Tastebud Farms, which this time of year might feature fiddlehead ferns. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, through Nov. 23.
Also back is theHillsdale Farmers Market, which resumed its weekly run on Sunday, after operating on alternate weeks during the chilly seasons. The family-friendly market, which first took root in 2002, is popular because its one of the few Sunday markets, and runs between Wilson High and Rieke Elementary schools in Southwest Portland. Expect about four dozen stands offering produce, baked goods, meat, seafood, and prepared and fresh foods.10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, through November.
The area's other great Sunday market – the Milwaukie Sunday Farmers Market – also returned on Sunday for its 18th season. With 80 different vendors, it's a great excuse for a weekend outing on the new MAX Orange Line, which stops just three blocks away. The market finished in second place in our People's Choice poll on the area's best farmers market. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, through October.
TheForest Grove Farmers Marketreturns this Wednesday evening, featuring a bounty from nearby growers. About 2,000 shoppers come each week, drawn by the mix of fresh food and live music.4-8 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 26.
Other popular markets are scheduled to return soon. The Lake Oswego Farmers Market, which was our People's Choice winner, returns May 14. The West Linn Farmers Market returns June 1. And a brand new farmers market enters the mix on May 18, with the arrival of the Local Goodness Farmers Market at Bridgeport Village, which will feature around 60 vendors.
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