30 April 2010

Market Report – April 30

Its all new – Portland Farmers Market launches 3 new Markets in the next 7 days. King Market, gets going first – located between Alberta and Prescott on NE 7th, The King Market begins its 2nd season this Sunday – May, 2nd at 10am.

Wednesday at 10 am, at the seemingly paradoxical North end of the South Park Blocks, the Shemanski Market gets going. Formerly known as the Downtown Market, the newly named Shemanski Market, pays tribute to the patron who donated the fountain bearing his name in the middle of the Market.

On Thursday, Buckman Market kicks off its season. The Market that used to be Eastbank, begins its 2010 campaign – still in the same location at Hinson Church – Buckman has changed its name to better reflect its neighborhood location & supporters. Now with an extra ½ hour for shoppers, the start of the market moves up to 3pm.

Also new, Portland Farmers Market has a new website. The students at Art Institute of Portland designed a website that is 100% less crowded and more pretty. Special thanks to AIP leads Tom Wells, Isaiah Downing, Brianne Baker and Ky Belderrain, as well as our own Mona Johnson for making this happen. You can visit their handy work here.

Julie Merry of The Merry Kitchen will be providing on hand instructions for the young cooks at the King Market this week between 10-12. Children of any age can make veggie slaw lettuce wraps for free.

At PSU there is a beverage extravaganza – Hot Lips Soda, Oregon Kombucha and Arcane Wines pour it off. Sol returns with their frozen liquids. For those who like solids Sexton Ranches and The Total Pig return this week selling lamb & beef and pork respectively and Gee Creek and Square Peg have produce for Marketeers.

While April offered the chance to get growing, May entices people to get moving as part of the Market’s bike month. PSU Bike Hub will be donating time and expertise to make small repairs on your bike at every market in the month of May.

Tim Connor and The Dapper Cadavers are on PSU’s North Stage. 5th Gear Bluegrass – Galynne Davis- folk-rock the South Stage this Saturday. While Sunday at King, James Clem and later The Gordon Neal Herman Trio provide music to shop by. Beginning next week, this very Market Report will be posted one day earlier, on every Thursday – a little preview: The first Thursday Afternoon edition we will welcome new Buckman Vendors Two Forks, Reister Farms and Hansen Family Farms and their heirlooms who you might have already read about here.