On your next trip to shop at one of our markets, we encourage you to make a special visit to each of these Black-owned farms and businesses, and give them your support. Whether you’re looking for farm-fresh produce, a delicious prepared meal, or a tasty snack, you’ll be glad you did:
Happiness Family Farm
Rosata and Prosper Hezumuryano, Owners
Kenton Farmers Market, Wednesdays
Culturally diverse vegetables grown locally and sustainably is the focus of Happiness Farm. They began farming on donated land on Sauvie Island in 2013 to feed their family of eight and give back to their community. Drawing on farming experience from when they lived in Africa, soon their diversity of culturally significant vegetables expanded to sell at farmers markets. Visit their stall to find spring onions, garlic scapes, African eggplant, zucchini, various leafy greens and a lot more.
Simington Gardens is a certified organic family farm located just 25 miles south of Portland. Michael Simington, founder, comes from a family of Oregon farmers and educators. Mike is adventurous, hardworking, and focused on making a contribution to his community. He returned to farming in 2007 and the farm just keeps growing with customers as varied as New Season Markets, restaurants, and individual farm-share (CSA) members. Simington Gardens offers a wide selection of greens, root vegetables, herbs, squash, tomatoes and so much more.
Spice of Africa
Wambui Machua, Owner
PSU Farmers Market, Saturdays (North end, outside of controlled entrance)
A unique cultural experience. A delicious and tantalizing journey of food and spice. Wambui and her team have a mission to enhance our local and international communities by sharing education of their food and cultures. They create delicious African food from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Ghana and Nigeria, that take their patrons on a journey to explore African cuisine through their taste buds. Try her lentil soup, samosas and Kenyan tomato chutney. She also offers catering, online ordering and classes.
Elan Hagens, Owner
PSU Farmers Market, Saturdays
A forest to plate lifestyle! Since 2011, Elan and her well-trained dogs wild harvest edibles from the Oregon coast to the cascade mountains. She’s dedicated to the mushroom harvest craft and a wealth of knowledge on all things mycology. If you’d like a mushroom and truffle tour, she offers those as well. At her booth you’ll find wild foraged forest products, truffles, cultivated mushrooms, salts and other treats.
The Cracker King
Jovani Prince, Owner
Will return to PSU Farmers Market in the Fall.
People call him the Cracker King because he built his company from the ground up! It took three years to develop his recipes. Look forward to handcrafted gluten-free crackers when the King returns. But in the meantime, you can find them at New Seasons Markets or order them online.
We recognize this list of Black-owned vendors is far too few. We are connecting with Black business leaders to adjust our vendor application process to accommodate more vendors of color.