Market Services

We offer many services to make your farmers market shopping experience more relaxing, rewarding, and enjoyable!

Market Information Booth

If you are new to shopping at farmers markets, have a question, or just want to say hi, our market staff and volunteers are happy to help. Stop by the yellow tented Market Information Booth during market hours to learn more about vendors, events & activities, purchase market merchandise or tokens, and more!

Veggie Valet (PSU Market)

Bags weighing you down? Leave your purchases at our free Veggie Valet, and come back later to pick them up. The Veggie Valet is available at our PSU Market on Saturdays during market hours only at the yellow-tented market information booth in the NW corner of the market as SW Park & Montgomery.

ADA Accessible Parking (PSU)

There are a handful of disabled parking spaces, some of them designated for wheelchair users only, at the following locations 2-3 blocks from the market.

  • SW Park Ave between Clay and Montgomery
  • SW Mill between Park & 10th Ave in front of Plaid Pantry
  • SW Broadway between SW Hall and Mill
  • How to Pay

    Credit/Debit Cards
    Many of our vendors take credit cards. Just look for signs or ask vendors before purchasing. You can also use your credit or debit card at the Market Information Booth to purchase market merchandise or $5 market tokens.

    ATM
    Machines are located on-site at our PSU, Shemanski, Pioneer Square and King markets. Or stop by an ATM before you arrive at market for a smoother shopping experience!

    Market Tokens
    Shoppers can purchase $5 tokens at the Market Information Booth using a credit/debit card or check. These tokens can be used to purchase all market items and should be used like a $5 bill. Tokens are non-refundable once purchased and do not expire. A $20 purchase minimum and $4 convenience fee is assessed for token purchases.

    SNAP (Oregon Trail card)
    PFM is pleased to accept SNAP/Oregon Trail EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards at all of our markets. To use your card, visit the market information booth, where you will receive $1 red wooden tokens which may be spent directly at vendor booths:

  • $1 EBT Tokens may only be used to purchase SNAP eligible foods such as fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, cheese, nuts, eggs, and plants intended for growing food
  • $1 EBT Tokens may not be used for: non-food items, ready-to-eat foods, hot foods
  • No change can be given back by vendors
  • SNAP Matching
    Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) is a program that matches SNAP benefits spent at Portland Farmers Market’s three neighborhood locations – Kenton, King, and Lents International. For every $2 of SNAP benefits you choose to spend, you’ll automatically get a match of up to $10 in DUFB that you can spend on fruits and vegetables. So, if you spend $10 in SNAP benefits, you’ll get an extra $10 – FREE – that you can use to buy more produce. DUFB are the look and size of a playing card, and are worth $2 each. They are not refundable, but can be saved to spend on another market day. Be sure to use them before they expire December 31.

    Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program Vouchers
    The Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) is a benefit offered to WIC families and eligible seniors and people with disabilities. FDNP checks are green and are issued in specific denominations which may differ from year to year. They can be spent directly with farmers for fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, and cut herbs only. The checks are valid June 1 through October 31, 2018, and no change can be given.

    FDNP vouchers are accepted at all six Portland Farmers Market locations by vendors that sell eligible produce. To find out which vendors participate in this program, look for signs displayed in their booths, or ask someone at our market information booth.

    OHSU Food Rx Program
    Vouchers received through the OHSU Food Pharmacy (Food Rx) Program can be used to purchase fresh, dried, or frozen whole or cut fruits and vegetables without added sugars, fats, oils, or salt. This includes mushrooms, fresh herbs, dried beans, nuts and SNAP eligible seeds and plants intended for cultivation and consumption (e.g., tomato plants).

    Food Rx vouchers are accepted at all six Portland Farmers Market locations by vendors that sell eligible products. To find out which vendors participate in this program, ask someone at our market information booth.

    Each voucher is valued at $3 and no change may be given.

    Please note: The vouchers originally expired on December 31st, 2016, but the program has been extended through 2018. All vouchers, regardless of the printed expiration date, will be accepted through 2018.

    Waste Reduction

    Portland Farmers Market encourages waste reduction at the farmers market in a variety of ways.

    Durable Dining Program
    Durable Dining is Portland Farmers Market’s initiative to encourage more reuse and less waste at the markets by having hot food vendors at select markets serve their goods exclusively on reusable dishware.

    After enjoying a meal at our Portland State University and King markets, customers return used dishware to specially marked bins at the dirty dish stations where they can also find compost, recycling and waste receptacles, as well as drinking and hand-washing water. Dishes are sorted throughout the day by market staff and returned to vendors each week for washing, sanitizing and service at the next market.

    Water Bottle Fill Stations
    Portland Farmers Market does not allow the sale of disposable water bottles and instead encourages shoppers to bring their own reusable water bottle or cup. For your convenience we offer fill stations are provided at each market.

    Reusable Bags
    To reduce waste, shoppers are strongly encouraged to bring their own reusable shopping bags to the farmers market. Should you forget yours, you can purchase a tote bag for $5 from select vendors. The market information booth also sells canvas tote bags and cloth produce bags.

    Market Merchandise

    The Market Information Booth sells the following farmers market items:

  • Relaxed & Fitted t-shirts: $25
  • Tea towel: $10
  • Canvas tote bag: $15
  • Cloth produce bag: $3
  • Infant onesies: $17
  • Portland Farmers Market Cookbook: 1 for $20, or 2 for $30!
  • Gift Certificates

    Shoppers can purchase Portland Farmers Market gift certificates on our website here. Redeem gift certificates for $5 green market tokens at the Market Information Booth.

    Educational Handouts

    Visit the Market Information Booth for seasonality charts, recipes, and other informational literature.

    Self-Guided Market Tours

    We welcome community partners to give free tours of our farmer’s markets. Market tours are a fun and educational way for small groups of students, civic groups, and community members to learn about how food is produced, why it is important to make good food choices, and have a chance to meet the farmers and artisan food producers from our market community.

    If you would like to host a self-guided tour at one of our markets, please review the guidelines below.

    Self-Guided Tours Information Sheet

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