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They don't have to change location for at least one more year -- but they're still looking

DAVID F. ASHTON - Moreland Farmers Market volunteers and supporters Brooke Fitchen, Tagan and Michelle Rork, Allison Lugo Knapp, Dania Kali, and Market Manager Lannie Kali all show theyre thrilled to have one more year at the same location this year. After a national funeral home operator, "Foundation Partners" of Orlando, Florida, acquired Wilhelm's Portland Memorial last year, there was no change in the management team at Wilhelm's, or its services and policies. But, believing they did not need two parking lots, the new owners sold the south lot at S.E. 14th Avenue at Bybee Boulevard for development.

Learning this, the Moreland Farmers Market Board of Directors worked during their 2017 season, and through the winter months, to find a new home for their unique weekly Wednesday-afternoon marketplace.

"We do have big news! We get to stay on the lot! At least this year," exclaimed the market's manager, Lannie Kali, as she and volunteers took a quick tour of the site on a rainy afternoon just weeks before the upcoming opening of the nonprofit market's 13th season on May 9.

"We've been having good communication with the new property owner, Marty Kehoe, who has let us know their development of the site is in that stage of planning – permits and zoning – which could take a while," Kali told THE BEE. "So, this season, through October, we are permitted to continue to use this great lot, which has space for as many as 47 vendors, plus walking space and the play area!"

The market's Board President, Kristen Eberlin, chimed in, "As the neighborhood grows, and as all of Portland grows, empty parking lots and open spaces are in short supply, so we are still looking for a longer-term location.

"Meantime, we encourage everyone to come out on opening day to support the market, and to show how much they value it as a part of their community," Eberlin remarked.

Note down the market's new hours: 2 until 7 p.m. every Wednesday, starting May 9th.

For more information, go online – www.morelandfarmersmarket.org

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