Frequently Asked Questions

About Our Organization

  • Does Portland Farmers Market (PFM) operate all the farmers markets in Portland?
    PFM currently operates FIVE markets in Portland: PSU, Shemanski Park, King, Kenton, and Lents International Farmers Markets. To learn more about other Portland area farmers market and beyond, visit the Oregon Farmers Markets Association website.
  • How long has PFM been around?
    The organization was started in 1992. Learn more about PFM’s history here.
  • Does PFM receive city, federal, or state funding to operate its markets?
    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.
    The organization is funded through vendor fees, the generous support of market sponsors, fundraising campaigns and countless hours of volunteer time.
  • How do I become a PFM vendor?
    Review the Become a Vendor page of our website to learn more..
  • How can I become a market volunteer?
    Visit the Volunteer section of our website to learn more and submit an interest form.
  • Why does PFM have sponsors?
    Vendors’ fees at PFM cover the essential cost of operating the markets, including site rental, permits, advertising, insurance, and staffing. To keep vendors’ fees as low as possible and fund educational outreach, PFM solicits sponsors for individual markets, special events and programs.  Learn more about becoming a PFM sponsor here.


Music at the Markets

  • Who do I contact about playing music at one of our farmers markets?
    To apply to perform at one of our markets, visit the Market Music section of our website.
  • Does PFM allow buskers or peddlers at the markets?
    Music buskers are permitted when space allows. Please review our 2024 PFM Busker Agreement to learn more.


Pets at the Markets

Can I bring my pet to the market?
At PFM’s two busy downtown markets (Saturdays at PSU and Wednesdays at Shemanski Park), we ask that pet owners keep their pets away from market vendors and shopper walkways.

  • Pet owners must abide by the following rules to make a pet’s visit to the market a good experience for everyone:
    • Pets must be kept on a short leash.
    • Pets must be under control and by the owner’s side at all times.
    • Keep pets away from produce, plants, and other food products.
    • Pets must be friendly with other animals and children to earn the right to be at the market.
    • Be considerate—not everyone loves pets and some shoppers are allergic to animals.
    • Owners must clean up after their pets!
  • PFM management reserves the right to request that owners remove pets from the market.


Currency At Markets

  • What currencies are accepted by vendors at the market?
    • Cash: Cash is accepted and typically the preferred payment method of vendors.
    • Credit/Debit Cards: Many of our vendors take credit or debits cards. Please ask vendors if they take cards before making your purchase.
    • Market Tokens
      • Shoppers can purchase $5 market tokens at the Market Information Booth using a credit/debit card or check.
      • These tokens can be used to purchase all market items.
      • Vendors treat the market tokens like cash and will provide change..
      • Market tokens are non-refundable once purchased and do not expire.
      • A $20 purchase minimum and a $4 convenience fee are assessed for market token purchases.
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
      • SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a federally funded USDA Food and Nutrition Services program. It administers benefits through an Electronic Bank Transfer (EBT) system.
      • All of our markets accept SNAP/Oregon Trail EBT cards.
      • SNAP recipients receive their benefits electronically, and access them with their Oregon Trail Card, which operates on similar technology as credit and debit cards. 
      • 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, bread, cheese, nuts, eggs, and plants intended for growing food.
        • $1 EBT Tokens may not be used for non-food items, hot prepared foods.
        • Vendors cannot give change back.
    • Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB)
      DUFB is a program that matches SNAP benefits spent at all of our markets.

      • All five of our farmers markets match up to $20 per day at each market.
      • Be sure to spend them before they expire on December 31!
    • Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP)
      FDNP is a state-administered federal nutrition program. FDNP funds go to low-income, nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and young children enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and to eligible seniors.

      • FDNP vouchers are valid from June 1 through November 30, and no change can be given.
      • Market vendors with qualified products (fresh vegetables, fruit, and cut herbs) are required to accept these vouchers at their booths.


Community at the Markets

  • Does PFM allow community organizations to set up a table at the market?
    PFM is proud to offer the market as a resource to other community-based nonprofits. Please review the requirements to confirm your organization qualifies and submit a interest form here.
  • Does PFM allow mobile signature collecting at the markets?
    PFM does not bar individuals from walking around to collect signatures at our markets. We request they do not interfere with the market’s business, including vendor sales and PFM transactions & interactions.


Tours, Events & Programs 

  • Does PFM conduct market tours?
    Our guided market tours are a fun and educational way for small groups to learn about food production and meet local farmers. Learn more about our tour offerings and submit an interest form here. We offer complimentary tours to local non-profit food access organizations who mission are aligned with our organization.  Please email for more information.
  • Why does PFM offer additional programs and events?
    PFM educates shoppers to support regional agriculture through market programs and events. Read more about the programs and events here.




Gift Certificates

Does PFM have gift certificates?
Visit our page about gift certificates to learn more.