by: Vern Uyetake, 
Paula Westlund, Lake Oswego, buys strawberries Saturday at the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market from Kevin Pohlschneidger of Greenbridge Garden, which is based in Jefferson .

Lake Oswego Farmers' Market opened to eager crowds and bright sunshine Saturday.

'We had a tremendous turnout for the market,' said market manager Maddie Over-nell. 'The crowd definitely had high energy. You could tell the people were happy to be there. It couldn't have been a nicer day, either.'

Though temperatures climbed into the 90s, market shoppers took their time strolling through the market, reconnecting with favorite vendors and meeting new ones. New vendors included Two Tarts Bakery, Zoey's Cheesecake, Oswego Ice and Highland Oaks Farm; more will join the market as their crops ripen.

The Kudo Kids Marimba band provided entertainment in the morning and Millennium Brass Band played in the afternoon for the enjoyment of market goers.

A highlight of the day was the dedication of the pergola to Doug Schmidt, former city manager. Schmidt was on hand for the dedication, as well as Mayor Judie Hammerstad and the city council members.

Hammerstad cited Schmidt's longevity and commitment to many projects of the city of Lake Oswego as grounds for the dedication. A plaque was installed on a wall near the pergola, which is located at the stage end of the plaza.

The Lake Oswego Farmers' Market is open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Millennium Park Plaza.

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