Portland Farmers Market is a nonprofit organization operating five vibrant farmers markets in Portland, Oregon. Our markets provide a direct connection to more than 200 vendors with deep roots in Oregon and Southwest Washington, including farms, nurseries, bakeries, meat and seafood providers, cheese makers and specialty food producers.
Portland Farmers Market operates world-class farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, and create vibrant community gatherings. As a trade association, success for our vendors is our primary objective. Listening and learning from vendors and shoppers produces outstanding farmers markets where vendors prosper and communities thrive.
Portland Farmers Market is a catalyst for the nation’s most prosperous, healthy and sustainable food system.
Portland Farmers Market believes that to be an effective leader at growing an equitable, healthy, and sustainable local food system, we need to reflect those principles internally. It all starts with a strong foundation. PFM is a sustainable organization that invests in its vendors, employees and volunteers.
Embracing equity as a guiding principle, we encourage employment applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and from underrepresented groups. We believe that when our staff represents a diversity of perspectives and life experiences, we can be most responsive to the needs of our vendors and shoppers, and better reflect the communities where our markets call home.
For our vendors, we are a marketing organization that attracts shoppers to marketplaces where small businesses can prosper. We are committed to providing business acceleration opportunities such as expanded marketplaces, educational workshops and a diversified shopper base. Read our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan here.
Three local activists - Craig Mosbaek, Ted Snider and Dr. Richard Hagan - establish Portland Farmers Market and hold the first market in a parking lot at Albers Mill on NW Naito Parkway with 13 vendors.
The market grows and relocates to the PSU campus.
A second market is added mid-day on Wednesdays at Shemanski Park, downtown in Portland's Cultural District.
As the vendor pool swells, another market opens on Thursday afternoons in the NW Portland's Pearl District.
PFM accepts the offer to take over the Buckman Market on Thursdays in that SE Portland neighborhood.
The King Market opens on Sundays in that NE Portland neighborhood. SNAP matching starts here and later expands to all neighborhood markets.
Another downtown market opens mid-day on Mondays at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Shemanski Park Market extends through the winter as PFM's first step toward a year-round market.
North Portland welcomes the Kenton Market on Fridays which later moves to Wednesdays.
Farmers Market Fund becomes an official charitable companion to PFM.
The PSU Market goes year-round and shopper counts increase each winter.
The Durable Dining program reduces food service waste at PSU Market and later expands to other markets.
The last year for the Buckman Market; closed due to competition from numerous nearby grocers.
PFM accepts management of the Lents International Farmers Market in SE Portland and gets a federal grant to secure its success.
For the 25th Anniversary - PFM launches its Cookbook.
After moves to three NW Portland locations, the Northwest Market closes.
The Pioneer Courthouse Square Market closes due to lack of produce vendors and competition from food carts.
Lents International Farmers Market extends its season through November.
Double Up Food Bucks (SNAP matching) expands to Shemanski Park Market and winter months at PSU.
PFM never closed a market due to the pandemic. Staff, board, and volunteers worked together to defend our mission, support our vendors and deliver a safe shopping environment for Portlanders.
Three days of markets were closed due to hazardous wildfire air quality.
PFM continued to flourish during the pandemic. Staff, volunteers, and board members worked tirelessly to ensure the markets were welcoming and safe places for vendors and shoppers alike.
With about 200 vendors at five sites in Portland’s urban core, PFM is an incubator for farmers and small food businesses that serve a loyal shopper base at each location.
Food is the heart and soul of our lives. Access to fresh nutritious food is a foundation for health and human dignity.
Our markets and operations model social, economic and ecological sustainability.
Positive personal connections and cooperation underlie our contributions to the community.
By combining innovation and industriousness we achieve our best while making farmers markets fun, functional and beautiful.
We maintain financial strength and professional fulfillment in a lively team environment.
We are accountable to our shoppers by requiring our vendors to produce what they sell and source what they can from local growers.