Popular produce festival blends old favorites with exciting newcomers

Thousands of people will start flocking to Lake Oswego on Saturday as the farmers’ market opens for the 2013 season at Millennium Plaza Park.

The market will offer a cornucopia of goodness from now until October, with the finest of fresh produce, flowers, doughnuts, jams, soups, jellies, beauty products and music, along with dogs lining the street next to the plaza. by: JAMIE INGLIS - Julie Traube of Greens Bridge Gardens will be back again to sell perhaps the most delicious strawberries in Oregon.There will be 80 vendors in all. All of these things make this farmers’ market one of the best and most popular in Oregon, attracting an average of 8,000 patrons every Saturday. The opening gong will sound at 8:30 a.m.

Farmers’ market favorites returning for another summer (and spring and fall) include Greens Bridge Gardens, Maryhill Orchards, Groundworks Organics, Vang’s Garden Flowers, Kelly’s Jelly and the incomparable Lowhill Bakery, which makes hot, fresh doughnuts just like your great-grandmother used to make.

There are also some exciting newcomers to the scene. One of them is Naked Acres. This is not a bunch of naturists who have taken up farming, but producers of all-natural and organic goods, including fresh vegetables and free-range eggs.

“They’ll have a lot of fun vegetables,” promised Kathy Schilling, director of special events for the city of Lake Oswego.

New good tastes will come from Brazi Bites, a Portland-based company with all-natural authentic South American cheese breads. Faustine’s Bakery will sell custom handmade sweets, including decorated cookies and cupcakes.

Wayne Richards Southern Nights, including vocalist Karen Johnson-Miller, will again kick off an outstanding lineup of entertainment. The music action starts at 10:30 a.m.

Presiding over the six-month festival will be a new market manager, Jamie Inglis.

“It’s going to be really crowded,” Inglis said. “But that’s a good thing for us.”

Inglis was proud to note that the LOFM’s Doggie Daycare is one of the few services of its kind offered by any farmers’ market in the nation.

Millennium Plaza Park is located at 200 First St. in downtown Lake Oswego.

For complete information on the 2013 Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market, including produce sellers, vendors and entertainment schedule, go to or call 503-675-3985.

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