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Bridgeport Village to start farmers market next month

Tualatin mall says market will fill niche for mid-week produce.

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Bridgeport Village is getting into the farmers market business with a new market that launches at the Tualatin shopping center on May 18.Farmers' market season is fast approaching, but as locals prepare for farm fresh produce and local goodies, one new farmer’s market in Tualatin is hoping to attract shoppers at a rather unusual location.

The “Local Goodness Farmers Market,” kicks off at Bridgeport Village next month and runs Wednesday evenings through September.

Hosting a farmers market isn’t Bridgeport’s usual fare. The mall, which dubs itself a “fashion-forward shopping experience,” is known for its boutiques and the state’s largest Regal Cinemas, not local farmers selling handmade soap.

But Kimberly Blue, regional marketing director at Bridgeport Village, said the market will fit right in with the shopping center's mission of providing a meeting space to the community.

Check it out:

What: Local Goodness Farmers Market

Where: Bridgeport Village, 7455 S.W. Bridgeport Road

When: 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, starting May 18

“Personally, I love going to farmers markets on the weekend, but by midweek everything is gone,” said Blue. “I’m a family mom who is juggling kids’ sports and everything else. We wanted to give consumers that ability to get their veggies and have fun mid-week.”

The market is also a first for Bridgeport Village’s owner, CenterCal Properties, which operates shopping malls across the West Coast, including Nyberg Woods and Nyberg Rivers in Tualatin and Cascade Station near the Portland International Airport.

“We’re really excited to launch this,” Blue said. “We want to share this with the rest of the (CenterCal) portfolio and have them see what we have done.”

Adrian Arenas carves a cantelope into a rose at the Tigard Farmers Market in 2013.The Tigard area is already home to several farmers markets. The Tigard Farmers Market has been in operation for years, as have The Sherwood Saturday Market and Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market, which open their seasons May 1.

Wednesday markets aren’t new to the Tigard area, either. Last year, the Tigard Farmers Market tried a Wednesday market along busy Pacific Highway at the Tigard Grange, but canceled those plans this year.

Blue said the Bridgeport Village market will be different.

“We’re already established,” Blue said. “Bridgeport Village is the place to be on a sunny day. The traffic is already here.”

Blue said that more than 60 vendors have signed up for booths at the market, with room for more.

Farmers markets are known as incubation chambers for local businesses, Blue said, giving small-scale operations the chance to see if there is demand for their product.

Blue said that’s what excites her about the mall’s new market.

“Some vendors at the market may become permanent tenants at Bridgeport Village,” she said. “It’s like being in the mall, without paying mall rates.”

Bridgeport Village is partnering with Market Pantry, a food relief program developed by the Wilsonville Farmers Market to provide fresh produce and nutritional support to local families in need. 

“Many people who rely on food banks only have access to dry goods and pantry items,” said Chris Perry, Market Pantry’s founder. “It’s the difference between eating canned spaghetti made on the other side of the country and having a local farmer hand you a head of vibrant green Kale and then share tips for how to cook it.”  

The group will adopt 20 needy families who will be able to pick up produce at the market.

“The produce is a donation from the vendors, who donate their goods to Market Pantry in lieu of their payment for the space,” Blue said. “It’s a way to give back and be a part of the market.”

The market begins May 18 from 4 to 8 p.m.

The market is still looking for additional vendors. Interested parties are asked to visit managemymarket.com.

By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood
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