In case you hadn’t noticed, the Portland Metro Area is home to a lot of farmers market – something like 45 and growing. Portlanders can visit a farmers market year-round and in the summer, every day of the week.
I love to visit farmers markets whenever I travel because I’ve found that each market is unique, reflecting the neighborhood it is in. Some markets are made up of just a small handful of vendors. Some sell crafts. Some have an international flare. Some are located in the heart of their city. But regardless of its features, I appreciate every market because of the important role it plays in local agriculture, community and health.
Wherever you live, I hope that you have access to a farmers market you love. And if you’re local, I encourage you to vote in The Oregonian’s survey about the best farmers market in the Portland area. They’ve nominated their favorite farmers markets in the area and are asking readers to choose their favorites.
The survey will be open to take your nominations until 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 14. On Tuesday, March 15, they’ll announce the top vote-getters and ask you to vote for THE best farmers market in the Portland area, with the voting closing at 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 21. The winner will be announced March 22 and receive a “best of” badge to display at market.
We’d love to have the privilege of that badge, whether it’s at our PSU, Shemanski, Kenton, King or Lents International market, so be sure to vote here.
While we’re on the subject, this Saturday marks the second week of PSU’s full market footprint and spring hours – 8:30 am to 2 pm. That means you’ll have more options to find local veggies, baked goods, flowers, hot food and many more local items for your dinner table this week. And if you get there early enough, you may be able to pick up the season’s first rhubarb from Winter Farm.
-Kelly Merrick, Communications Manager