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Farmers' Market springs into action Saturday

Cornucopia of fresh produce and flowers coming again to Lake Oswego


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Scenes of abundance like this will be common in Lake Oswego for the next 22 weeks when the Farmers Market opens Saturday at Millennium Plaza Park.One of the happiest days of spring, the opening of the 2014 Lake Oswego Farmers' Market, is set for Saturday at Millennium Plaza Park.

This the 14th year for the extravaganza of fruit, vegetables, flowers and more, and it is one of the most popular farmers markets in Oregon, drawing an average of 8,000 people every Saturday.

“We are fortunate to have a community that really loves this market,” said market manager Jamie Inglis.

That is because Lake Oswego offers some of the best producers around with Greenbridge Farms, Groundworks Organics, Baird Family Orchards, Bigbfarm, Crawford’s Nursery and Produce, De Martini Family Farms, DeNoble Farms, Galin-Flory Farms, Kiyokawa Family Orchards, Liepold Farms, and Naked Acres.

A familiar newcomer on hand will be Parson’s Farms, which operated a popular fresh fruit and vegetable market for years on the corner of Kruse Way and Carman Drive.

Another notable newcomer is Rossi Farms, which sells potatoes and only potatoes. Potato lovers will be in potato heaven.

The ranks of food vendors keep growing. The latest to sign up are We R Nutz (hand roasted almonds and hazelnuts), Blue Raeven Farmstand’s fresh berry pies and Reverend Nat’s Cider (hard cider made from local apples).

Long-time vendors returning will be Phillie’s Fat Omelets, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Chuck’s Place, Country Grains Deli, Fetzer’s Sausage, Granni Fi’s Shortbread, Kelly’s Jelly, Kat’s Crepes, the Tamale House and many more.

One of the reason for the LOFM’s continuing success is the addition of new vendors. This year they will include Paul’s Paella, Sterling Cookies and the Juice Box Organic Juicery.

Once again kicking off a great summer of entertainment will be Wayne Richards’ Southern Nights, with vocalist Karen Johnson-Miller.

The Doggie Day Care, where owners leave their dogs while they shop for goodies, is an attraction in itself.

The siren will sound at 8:30 a.m. for the beginning of the market on Saturday. The LOFM will be held for 22 weeks, from May to October, each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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

For complete information on vendors and entertainment, go to the website ci.oswego.or.us or call Jamie Inglis at 503-675-3985.

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