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REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Rigel Getlin of Lake Oswego was excited to find fresh strawberries at the Lake Oswego Farmers Market, which opened for the 2016 season on Saturday. Saturday was supposed to be about flowers.

After all, more than 70 volunteers awoke early in the morning to hang 250 flower baskets throughout Lake Oswego, and thousands of people flocked to Millennium Plaza Park to enjoy the colors of the season — flowers, yes, along with fruits and vegetables and so much more.

REVIEW PHOTO: J. BRIAN MONIHAN - More than 70 volunteers awoke early Saturday morning to help hang flower baskets throughout the city. Among them: Rotarian Bill Warner, who kept his streak alive by volunteering for a 26th consecutive year.But look a little closer and you’ll see that Saturday was really about people. People who cared enough to rise before dawn and add a little “village character” to sidewalks and streets. And people who ventured out to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of the now-iconic Lake Oswego Farmers Market.

At the market, happy families reveled in the first of 22 weekly celebrations of farm-fresh produce, breads and baked goods, ciders and salsas, mushrooms, cheeses, meats and more. There were lots of flowers, of course, and musical entertainment. But nothing shone as bright as the smiling faces that took it all in.

And that’s what Saturday was really all about.

— The Review