www.portlandfarmersmarket.orgPortland Farmers Market

Where country and city meet!

Founded in 1992 by local activists Craig Mosbaek, Ted Snider, and Richard Hagan, the Portland Farmers Market is a 501(c) 6 not-for-profit organization operated by paid staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors. This umbrella organization operates six markets and receives no city, state, or federal funding. Instead, it is funded through vendor fees, market sponsors, an annual fundraising event, hours of volunteer time, and numerous food donations by vendors to education programs. With nearly $6 million annually in sales, the majority of this income goes directly to the more than 250 vendors currently participating.

Baby boomers and their families will love that each market has its own personality serving as gathering places to grow, nourish and inspire community. Grass-fed beef, pastured pork and chicken, grass-fed lamb and sheep highly nutritious and high in omega-3 fatty acids will satisfy the taste buds. Greenhouse flowers, organically grown fruits and vegetables are ripe for your selecting. Delight yourselves with Baby Bok Choy and Asian Bitter Leaf – just super in stir frys. Potatoes, squash, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, corn, beans, and sweet and hot peppers abound. Apples, pears, peaches, plums, and cherries are ready for pies and tarts. Free and unfettered chickens provide ample supplies of free range eggs for fabulous morning omelets. Buttery, soft cheeses that melt on the tongue are available and adventurous souls will want to try the Black Pearl, a creamy cow’s milk cheese coated in ash. Be sure to pick-up the Oregon state nut which is hazelnut and can be found raw, roasted, seasoned or coated with chocolate. These of course are certified. Wet your whistle with cherry, pear, and apple ciders or snack on homemade ice cream (sprinkle on some fresh blueberries) as you spend a leisurely afternoon strolling around the market.

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