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Tigard Farmers Market makes move downtown

New market location will allow for growth and better accessibility


The Tigard Farmer’s Market is celebrating its 20th anniversary in May, but when it starts up again this summer, don’t expect to find it at its usual spot along Pacific Highway.

Rather than at Young’s Funeral Home on Pacific Highway, where it has operated since 2009, the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce announced last week that the market will be moving to the Tigard Public Works building on Southwest Burnham Street.

“We are excited about the improved parking access, walkability, community access and feel this location will provide,” said chamber CEO Debi Mollahan.

The market operates every year from Mother’s Day to October, treating thousands of visitors to food, flowers and live music.

More than 75,000 people attend the market each year, averaging more than 3,000 customers every Sunday, according to the farmer’s market.

The chamber took over the market’s operations this year and announced plans to move the market closer to downtown.

“Our vision for the market is one where the community can buy their entire meal and more in one stop,” Mollahan said.

The new location gives the market room to grow for the first time in years and bring in new vendors, Mollahan said.

Parking will be available along Burnham Street and at the Frontier Communications building near Ash Street Dog Park.

The market has a long history of traveling around the community. When it first began on Southwest Commercial Street in downtown, the city wasn’t keen on having the market clogging traffic.

But times have changed, and the city is now knee-deep in plans to revitalize the downtown over the next several years, replacing building facades, widening streets and plans to construct a new public square somewhere downtown.

“There is more willingness today (to have it be downtown) than there was before,” City Councilor Marland Henderson told The Times. “I think that willingness not only comes from having fresh fruit and vegetables, but (downtown) is where people want to go. People are doing more local stuff now.”

The Tigard Public Works building is located at 8777 S.W. Burnham St.

For more information about the market, visit tigardfarmersmarket.org.



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