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It's market time in Hillsboro

Downtown, Orenco farmers' markets open for season


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: KATHY FULLER - Flowers, including hanging baskets, are among a plethora of products vendors have to offer at farmers markets in Hillsboros dowtown and Orenco areas.Hillsboro is on market time.

Residents last weekend celebrated the long-awaited opening of the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market and the Orenco Station Farmers’ Market.

A sure sign summer is on its way, the downtown market is a 32-year tradition in Hillsboro and one of the longest-running open air markets in the Northwest.

The downtown market opened at the bell at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3, on Main Street between First and Third avenues.

Each week market-goers will find fresh local produce, crafts, food and live music. The market runs until 1:30 p.m.

The Orenco Farmers’ Market takes place each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot adjacent to New Season’s Market at Northwest 61st Avenue, just off Cornell Road.

Beginning its 11th year, the Orenco market draws several thousand shoppers each week.

“The market is always changing and fluctuating,” said Pat Rossetti, who returns as manager of Hillsboro’s markets this year after a six-year hiatus. He estimated there would be 60 vendors at the downtown and Orenco markets on opening day.

Rossetti wants to bring back some agricultural-based events that might be “a little on the hokey side, but they’re fun,” he said.

“A corn-husking contest is easy to put on and everybody has a good time,” he said.

Both markets run through the end of October.

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