Farmers Markets Calendar
A guide to farmers markets around the Portland area.
• Hillsboro Farmers Market
Besides a variety of produce, this market, which also takes place Saturdays, features a showcase of classic cars, prepared foods from local ethnic restaurants, a gallery of arts and crafts, and wellness exhibits sponsored by Tuality Healthcare. On Saturdays, jazz, blues, folk and ragtime musicians perform.
Main Street between First and Third avenues, Hillsboro, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., through Aug. 29, 503-844-6855, www.hillsboromarkets.org
• Beaverton Farmers Market
See Saturday listing.
Southwest Hall Boulevard between Third and Fifth streets, Beaverton, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., through Aug. 30, www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com.
• Interstate Farmers Market
The more delicate spring fruits and lettuces are making way for some hearty summer vegetables at North Portland's largest market, including produce like squash, corn, Swiss chard, burdock, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, as well as stone fruits like apricots, cherries and peaches.
North Fremont Street across from the Kaiser Permanente Campus, adjacent to Overlook Park, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., through Sept. 27, 503-331-3011, www.interstatefarmersmarket.com
• Moreland Farmers Market
This new market debuted with a particularly helpful Web site showing a graph of which fruits and vegetables should be available (weather and other conditions permitting) each month.
On tap for July and August are apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, kohlrabi (kind of a cross between a water chestnut and a potato), garlic, corn, beets and broccoli, just to name a few. The produce is complemented by a nice selection of artisan cheeses, vinegars, coffees and some meat.
Across from the Moreland Theater, Southeast Glenwood Street and Milwaukie Avenue, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., through Sept. 27, 503-341-9350, www.morelandfarmersmarket.org
• People's Food Co-op Farmers Market
One of the few markets that runs year-round, the People's market focuses on small, organic farms. Besides unusual vegetables like stinging nettles, the market sells honey, herbs, eggs and specialty confections like Thai chili truffles. Don't be put off by the fact that not all the produce looks 'perfect'; sometimes funnier-looking fruits and veggies have the earthiest, freshest flavor.
329 S.E. 21st St., 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., year-round, (store open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily), www.peoples.coop/communityfarmersmarket
• Portland Farmers Market - Downtown
Head out on the lunch hour to pick up fresh goodies for dinner at this offshoot of the bigger Saturday market.
South Park Blocks between Southwest Salmon and Main streets, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 25, 503-241-0032, www.portlandfarmersmarket.org
• West Linn Farmers and Artists Market
A market that prides itself not just on fresh produce, fruit and flowers, but also family-centered food booths and entertainment.
13th Avenue and Willamette Falls Drive, West Linn, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., through Sept. 27, www.westlinnchamber.com
This offshoot of the Portland Farmers Market features an array of crops from Denison Farm and Valley Berry Farm; breads and sweets from Great Harvest Breads; Ruby Jewels Ice Cream treats; cut flowers and a selection of plant starts for home gardeners.
Hinson Memorial Church Parking lot at Southeast Salmon Street and 20th Avenue, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., through Sept, 28, 503-241-0032, www.portlandfarmersmarket.org
• Ecotrust Market in the Pearl
Another annex of the Portland Farmers Market, this version includes more than just immaculate produce (much of it from Spring Hill Organic Farm). Shoppers can gather fresh pasta, natural meats, cheeses, artisan breads, wine and oysters.
Ecotrust building parking lot, Northwest 10th Avenue between Irving and Johnson streets, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., through Sept. 28, 503-241-0032, www.portlandfarmersmarket.org
• Alberta Street Farmers Market
Still growing, the tiny Alberta Street Market has just a few vendors with prepared foods, seedlings and local produce. As the season matures, the number of vendors will as well. Free stalks of rosemary are given away.
• Beaverton Farmers Market
Cut flowers, bulbs, perennials, ground cover, dried flowers and eucalyptus trees are a few of the bevy of plants sold at this nurserylike market. The advantage it has over traditional nurseries is Grand Central bread, gelato, monastery-made mustards and asparagus from the Canby Asparagus Farm (the only farm in the area to specialize exclusively in asparagus).
Southwest Hall Boulevard between Third and Fifth streets, Beaverton, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through Oct.28, www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com
• Cedar Mill Sunset Farmers Market
Enjoy the views along with local produce.
Sunset Park, 13565 N.W. Cornell Road, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Sept. 30 (or through Oct. 14, weather permitting), 503-913-7733, www.cmfmarket.org
• Gresham Farmers Market
Take the MAX to the market. Apples, beets, broccoli, carrots, dill, eggplant, mushrooms, peaches and nectarines should be particularly plentiful in July and August.
Third Street between Miller and Main avenues, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 28, 503-727-9828, www.greshamfarmersmarket.com
• Hillsboro Farmers Market
See Tuesday listing.
Main Street between First and Second avenues, Hillsboro, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 28, 503-844-6685, www.hillsboromarkets.org
• Hollywood Farmers Market
Peaches, apricots, plums and nectarines come into season as strawberries grow scarce. Plenty of hearty vegetables like beets, potatoes, cauliflower, eggplant and broccoli also are abundant in late July and early August.
Each week the Hollywood Farmers Market, which has a festive, fairlike atmosphere, features a musical performer and two booths devoted to nonprofit groups like Big Brothers/Big Sisters or Meals on Wheels.
Wiggles the Clown and ice cream also make appearances at Hollywood, one of the most kid-friendly of all the markets. And most of the vendors gladly accept the Oregon Trail Card.
Serious shoppers should arrive early, when selections are best and Wiggles hasn't yet taken over.
Northeast 44th Avenue and Hancock Street, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., through Oct. 28, www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org
• Lake Oswego Farmers Market
This agricultural market offers nuts, breads, seafood, cheeses and meats as well as produce.
Millennium Plaza Park, First Street and Evergreen Road, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., through Oct. 14, 503-697-6590, www.ci.oswego.or.us
• Oregon City Farmers Market
Pick from fresh-brewed teas or Marquam Hill wines while shopping at the Oregon City Farmers Market. Other offerings here are a particularly wide variety of chili peppers and a booth devoted just to heirloom tomatoes and heirloom tomato starters.
Clackamas County Public Service parking lot, 2051 Kaen Road at Beavercreek Road, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 28, 503-557-1622, www.oregoncityfarmersmarket.com
• Portland Farmers Market
Sort of a cabaret show for produce, 'Taste the Place' is a way for the Portland Farmers Market to introduce consumers to 'underappreciated' vegetables, with lots of information and a variety of free samples. On July 15, fennel is the featured act; beets appear July 22, summer squash July 29, and artichokes Aug. 12.
In July and August other, more exotic vegetables begin to appear, like Asian cucumber, arugula, brocollini, cardoon, bush beans and amaranth.
This market can nearly replace going to the grocery store: Vendors also sell local eggs and dairy, nuts, grains, pork, beef, lamb, buffalo, eggs, pasta, cheese and seafood, including fresh crab, oysters and even elk.
Throughout the season various foodies make appearances at the market to entertain and educate. On July 15 it's Dan and Amy Winas from Slow Food Portland; July 22, Joseph Stiles from Fratelli; July 29, cookbook author Emily Luchetti; and Aug. 5, Mark Omafray from Cafe Castagna.
South Park Blocks near Portland State University. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Dec. 16, 503-241-0032, www.portlandfarmersmarket.org
• Sherwood Farmers Market
Handmade crafts, fine art and bedding plants mingle among the produce from local farms, many within a five-mile radius of the market.
• Troutdale Farmers Market
Even if it's not the closest market to you, the Troutdale Farmers Market, now in its second year, is a fun drive on the Columbia River Highway, and gives the feeling of getting closer to where the actual produce is grown; farms are plentiful in the area. Artwork and crafts are sold alongside the very local fruits and vegetables.
Depot Park, 473 E. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Oct. 28, 503-408-5209
• Vancouver Farmers Market
Fresh-cut flowers, ethnic-food vendors and plant starts are highlights at this weekend festival just over the river. There also is an extensive display of local art. More food, crafts and fresh produce can be found in the adjacent year-round indoor market.
Corner of West Eighth and Esther streets, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., outdoors through Oct. 29, indoors year-round, 360-737-8298, www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com
• Hillsboro Sunday Market
This fledgling market, sponsored by nearby New Seasons Market, is growing weekly, adding more produce vendors as well as prepared food caterers. Live acoustic blues, bluegrass and folk music.
Orenco Station, between Orenco Station Parkway and 61st Street, Hillsboro. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 15, www.hillsboromarkets.org
• Hillsdale Farmers Market
A terrific, lesser-known market, featuring some unique vendors.
Behind Hillsdale Shopping Center, Southwest Sunset Boulevard and Capitol Highway, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 29, 503-475-6555, www.hillsdalefarmersmarket.com
• Milwaukie Farmers Market
Area growers offer very local produce.
Main Street between Harrison and Jefferson streets, Milwaukie, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 29, 503-407-0956
• Tigard Farmers Market
This is a great market for canners, preservers and pie-makers, with hearty apples, peaches, apricots and cherries ideal for processing in a boiling vat and keeping all winter long.
10125 S.W. Washington Square Road, Tigard. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 29, www.tigardfarmersmarket.com
• Vancouver Farmers Market
See Saturday listing.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., outdoors through Oct. 29, indoors year-round, 360-737-8298, www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com
- Brooke Myers
See www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org for a complete list of farmers markets statewide.