14 June 2011

PFM Turns 20

Original Albers Mill market, photo by Craig Mosbaek

It’s amazing to think that Portland Farmers Market has been bringing farm-fresh, local produce to the residents of Portland for 20 years.  Established in 1992 by three founders – Craig Mosbaek, Ted Snider and Richard Hagan – the original market was held in a parking lot along the Willamette River at Albers Mill with just 13 vendors that later grew to 22 that first year. Since then, Portland Farmers Market has blossomed into a thriving network of over 180 vendors at six weekly markets in diverse neighborhoods throughout Portland.

To celebrate this momentous occasion and to thank Portlanders for supporting our markets for 20 years, we are throwing a big birthday party this Saturday, June 18, at the PSU Market. Here are some of the festive activities we have planned for you:


  • Keynote speakers Congressman Earl Blumenhauer, Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Nick Fish
  • New PFM logo designed by FRANK Creative revealed
  • Market founders, sponsors and other key contributors honored
  • Winner of COUNTRY reusable bag design contest announced
  • Market picnic samples provided by Adam Sappington, chef/owner of The Country Cat, Market chef Kathryn Yeomans and Ellen Jackson, co-author of The Grand Central Baking Book
  • Musical guest 3 Leg Torso plays from noon-2pm


  • Dunk tank for shoppers to dunk their favorite PFM farmers, vendors and staff
  • Birthday hat-making activity for kids
  • Signature books where shoppers can write a note or share memories about the market

Remarkably, the 22 founding vendors that kicked off the inaugural 1992 market season are still with us today! The following original vendors will be identified by a special booth sign, so stop by and thank them for providing our community with fresh food and flowers for the past 20 years:

  • Baird Family Orchards, Dayton, OR
  • Early Mom, Aloha, OR
  • Favorite Produce of Oregon, Aloha, OR
  • Gabriel’s Bakery, Portland, OR
  • Gathering Together Farm, Philomath, OR
  • Hummingbird’s Flower Farms, Salem, OR
  • Kaleng Produce, Canby, OR
  • Kenyon Growers, Forest Grove, OR
  • Liepold Farms, Boring, OR
  • Lucky Farms, Gresham, OR
  • Market Fruit/Packer Orchards, Hood River, OR
  • Oregon Walnuts, Beaverton, OR
  • Osmogaia, Woodburn, OR
  • Persephone Farms, Lebanon, OR
  • Philleos Premium Pak, Eltopia, WA
  • Rick Steffen Farm, Salem, OR
  • Rogue Creamery, Central Point, OR
  • Salmon Creek Farm, Battle Ground, WA
  • Spring Hill Farm, Albany, OR
  • Springwater Farm, St. Helens, OR
  • Thompson Farms, Damascus, OR
  • Viridian Farms, Dayton, OR

Join the party this weekend.  We’ll see you there!