Thank you to everyone who came to our party at the PSU Farmers Market on September 17. It was a perfect late summer day to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, celebrate community, and enjoy the festivities.
If you were not able to attend the event, let us catch you up! Here’s what transpired…
8:30 am – Opening market bells!
Each week at the start of the market, we ring the bell to signify that market is open. We asked a few vendors who have been with us since the 1992, Gathering Together Farm, Gabriel’s Bakery and Baird Family Orchards, to ring the opening bells. Watch it in our Instagram reel!
There were two more original vendors were at market on Saturday – Osmogaia and Salmon Creek Farm.
9:00 am – The opening of the PFM Museum pop-up
Our pop-up featured a screening of our 10-episode Anniversary video series and archival photos. Photos included PFM’s first season at Albers Mill, vendors, notable visitors, volunteers, staff and community partners over the last 30 years. There was also a table filled with vintage PFM memorabilia – thank you to our fantastic longtime volunteers, Robert, Joan & Ross, for contributing their items.
9:30 am – Official welcome and event kick-off hosted by PFM executive director Katy Kolker.
We were honored to have the following special guests speak and talk about the impact of our markets over the last three decades:
- Nikki Guerrero, Hot Salsa Mama owner & PFM board member
- Molly Notarianni, Farmers Market Fund executive director
- Jason Little, District Director from the Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer
10:15 am – Ceremonial cake cutting with founders Craig Mosbaek & Ted Snider and new 2022 PFM vendor Prentice Onayemi of Foglight Farms.
PFM vendor, Small Baking Co. created the beautifully decorated and delicious confetti cake with seasonal peach & strawberry jam served to special guests, vendors and staff throughout the day. Small Baking Co.’s decadent gluten-free brownies and perfectly chewy & crisp plant-based lavender sugar cookies by Orange & Blossom Modern Patisserie were also available.
10:30 am Chef Demo – Elsy Dinvil, Creole Me Up
In celebration of beet season, Elsy regaled the audience with SIX different beet dishes: beet hummus, beet & potato salad, beet smoothie, beet crudités with vinaigrette, roasted beets with garlic & olive oil and a beet salad. Everyone got to sample Elsy’s tasty vegan allergen-free dishes, convincing many audience members that they actually can enjoy beets.
11:30 am – Chef Demo – Laura Bennett, Eloisa Organic Farm
Also honoring seasonal produce in her demo, Laura prepared a delicious late summer salad consisting of radicchio, frisée, perfectly ripe Zee Lady peaches, fennel, basil, toasted hazelnuts & croutons tossed with a Caesar dressing and topped with parmesan. The salad was a massive hit with the audience and staff.
12:15 – 1 pm – Musical Performance by Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers
This local marching drum corps played two amazing sets throughout the market that thrilled shoppers, vendors, and staff.
Our celebration event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you to Amica Mutual Insurance, Dave’s Killer Bread, and PGE Green Future. We greatly value our partnerships with each of you!
Thank you to the entire Portland Farmers Market community for a wonderful 30 years – founders, past & present vendors, staff members, board members, community partners, and shoppers. Here’s to another 30 years and beyond!