More vendors and outdoor venue bring new ideas to Sandy's monthly market
by: Jim Hart, Standing at the edge of Pioneer Boulevard, Shelby Jones of Sandy promotes flower sales at Sandy’s First Saturday Market for flower business owner Mary Cha of Damascus, not pictured. The June 2 market will move to the City Hall parking lot adjacent to Meinig Park.

With the arrival of spring, local residents can find many more reasons to visit the First Saturday market in Sandy.

Not only is the weather improving, but also the market will have a new venue in the City Hall parking lot adjacent to Meinig Park.

The number of vendors also increases at this time every year, according to market coordinator Carol Cohen.

Vendors are still being added for the June 2 market, but some include handmade soap, plants such as shrubs and hanging flower baskets as well as vegetable starts, bird houses and the cutest alpacas on the planet.

Zach at Winona Farms will bring veggie starts such as tomatoes, peppers and herbs, while John from Boring will bring whatever veggie starts today's weather allows to grow.

Jack Foote will bring his custom bird houses. He even makes them fit the university where his customers graduated, especially if they are from UO or OSU.

Sandi and Arnie, owners of Cedar Springs Alpacas, will bring their Hucaya alpacas to exhibit (and some to pet) along with some of the products made from alpaca products.

And if all that walking between the vendors creates an insatiable hunger, there's no need to walk away. Busy Bee Catering also will be at the market, providing all of the favorites that people have been talking about for years.

How convenient will it be at noon to take some food into the park and rest a bit before visiting the rest of the market's vendors?

During that time also, the area south of City Hall will be filled with traditional American blues music as interpreted by Stu Kinzel and Lynnann Hyde, Portland musicians with a wide-reaching reputation.

Kinzel plays guitar and sings the blues like a true Southerner, while Hyde adds a harmonica or squeeze box accordion to the mix.

'Come to the market,' says Cohen, 'hang out with friends and neighbors; listen to some good live music; get a bite to eat; the kids can pet the animals or get their face painted while parents look for gifts for Father's Day or birthdays.

'One of my vendors is a photographer who makes photographic greeting cards showing the beauty of the local area - Mount Hood, Trillium Lake and mountain wildflowers.'

The monthly market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 2, behind City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd.

Parking for the new venue can be found near City Hall on Pioneer Boulevard, behind Joe's Donuts, near Centennial Plaza on Hoffman Avenue and in the lower Meinig Park parking lot.

For more information or to become a vendor for the market, call Cohen at 503-475-2347.

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