- Kathy Fuller
- Portland Tribune - News
- Hillsboro Farmers' Market opens under dry skies with happy shoppers
The first farmers market of the season is always filled with anticipation.
Will there be fresh asparagus?
Are the vegetable starts big and healthy? Any new vendors this year?
And the biggest question on everyones mind: When will those fresh, juicy Oregon strawberries be ready?
Opening day at the downtown Hillsboro Farmers Market last Saturday was filled with shoppers getting their fill of a little fresh air the rain held off until after the market closed and a lot of fresh cut flowers, hanging flower baskets, hundreds of veggie starts offered by the Tualatin Valley Garden Club, tender organic asparagus straight from Zillah, Wash., and plenty of food carts to take care of the hunger pangs.
We come here for the fresh fruit and for Ochoas breakfast burritos, said Hillsboro resident Amy Ellis who, with her daughter Kaitlin, has been coming to the farmers market for 18 years.
Local Mexican food restaurant Ochoas is a perennial favorite among market-goers, as is the fresh-baked bread from Great Harvest, Fetzers sausage and the fresh-popped kettle corn.
Now in its 32nd year, the Hillsboro Farmers Market is one of the longest-running open-air markets in Oregon.
Market manager Pat Rossetti said Saturdays opening day was a success, with 63 vendors on hand to sell their wares.
The crowd was nice, especially later in the morning. I think people were waiting to see what the weather was going to do, said Rossetti, adding that a dry market day is a successful day. This being Oregon, well take what we can get.
By contrast, Sundays market opening at Orenco Station was a bit damp, with the wet stuff falling intermittently and sometimes hard.
I half-expected an ark to come floating by, Rossetti joked. Its nice, though, because the crowd still comes out.
Going strong since 2003, the Orenco Station Market had about 50 vendors May 4.
If were going to have a rainy day, we might as well get it out of the way early in the season, Rossetti said.
And those Oregon strawberries?
Im going to guess right at the end of May, Rossetti said. Im crossing my fingers for that.