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Crowds return for opening day of LO Farmers Market

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO Foods of all configurations were available for people attending last Saturday’s initial Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market. Such fare will continue throughout the summer and fall as the market runs for its 11th season.

Happy days are here again for the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market.

The doors opened for the 11th season of the ever-popular spring-summer event on Saturday at Millennium Plaza Park, and the thousands of patrons were greeted by a record-setting 86 booths.

One way to tell that the Lake Oswego Farmers' Market is back is the long, long lines for Lowhill Bakery, which sells the kind of fresh, hot, old-fashioned donuts that you can't get anywhere else.

But this year's LOFM features a big boost in food vendors, and many of them had great opening days.

None of them sounded happier than Mohamed Hamzaoui, owner of the Hummus Stop. He offered 16 flavors of hummus, and he sold out all of them by noon.

'There was a really great environment,' Hamzaoui said. 'It's really unique. The staff, vendors and customers were all so nice. Everything worked out great.'

Of course, nobody beats out Kathy Kern Schilling, city director of special events, when it comes to enthusiasm.

'Oh gosh, I was delighted!' said Schilling. 'Everyone was energized knowing that the market was back.'

Nothing but good times are ahead, especially as more and more produce fills up the market booths. More produce means more people.

Besides vegetables and fruits, the cornucopia of goodies include cheese, soups, meats, seafood, jellies, salsa, honey, nuts, mushrooms, eggs, and more.

As one market lover noted, 'What a great way to spend a Saturday morning!'

The Lake Oswego Farmers' Market is held each Saturday through Oct. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

To keep up with the food and fun of the 2011 market, including the latest produce available, go to the website at ci.oswego.or.us/farmersmarket .