Thousands expected to flock to Lake Oswego for 22 straight weeks

by: REVIEW PHOTO: CLIFF NEWELL - Jamie Inglis, left, hands Barb Randall of the Lake Oswego Review a poster of the 2014 Lake Oswego Farmers Market. The market is always a favorite of fresh food fans.What is needed by a farmers market that has everything going for it?

Fortunately, the Lake Oswego Farmers Market does not need a lot.

But market manager Jamie Inglis always has a few new attractions to keep the market fresh in its 14th year. It opens for the first time in 2014 on May 17 at Millennium Plaza Park. The average 8,000 market patrons who come every Saturday can’t be wrong.

“I’m already pumped up,” said Inglis, who is in her second year as market manager.

A few new farmers will bolster the already stellar lineup at the LOFM. Perhaps the most interesting newcomer is family-owned Parsons Farms, which for years has operated a popular fresh fruit and vegetable market at the corner of Kruse Way and Carman Drive. Parsons had to vacate to make way for a new shopping center at its old site, but it is back in Lake Oswego again. Parsons has other locations in Tigard, West Linn, Beaverton and Northeast Portland.

Another notable newcomer will be Rossi Farms. Potato lovers will be especially excited.

“They offer only potatoes,” said Inglis. “They will have different fun potatoes.”

Several new food vendors will brighten the scene in 2014, like Paul’s Paella. Not only will it be fun to eat Paul’s Paella but it will be fun to watch it being prepared in giant woks.

A tasty newcomer to the 2014 LOFM will Sterling Cookies, whose many varieties of cookies will surely attract long lines of customers.

The Juice Box Organic Juicery will offer a fresh, healthy, delicious product that will exemplify what the market stands for.

A great entertainment lineup is set for 2014, starting off as usual with Wayne Richards’ Southern Nights. Richards is a excellent showman and musician, and vocalist Karen Johnson-Miller will join him.

Of course, many popular vendors will be returning, such as Greens Bridge Farms, Victoria Lavender, Groundwork Organics, Vang’s Garden, KCK Flowers. Philly’s Fat Omelettes and Cat’s Crepes.

Cat’s Crepes is an excellent example of the LOFM’s impact. The crepe shop started in Lake Oswego and now has three store fronts throughout the Portland Metro area.

“How exciting it is to be approaching our 14th year and knowing that the market has been so instrumental in building a sense of place and community spirit,” said Kathy Schilling, director of special events for the city of Lake Oswego. “The market has been a catalyst for people to gather and make connections.”

The opening gong will sound at 8:30 a.m. on May 17. As always, Doggie Daycare will be provided.

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

For complete information on the 2014 Farmers Market go to or call Jamie Inglis at 503-675-3985.

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