The Joy of the Season: Portland’s Farmers Markets

After living through one of the wettest Portland winter’s on record, we deserve a treat. Luckily, it is farmer’s market season, where the rain literally bears us fruit – and vegetables, honey, baked goods, great coffee, and so on.

Shopping at a farmer’s market is about celebrating the abundance of our region. It’s about buying delicious, amazing food. It’s about expanding our culinary palate.

There are also very real social and political reasons why it’s just a very good idea to buy what food you can at a farmer’s market. It’s about supporting local farmers, who struggle against agribusinesses that grow sub-par food. We ensure that our food doesn’t come with a high gas tag. We buy food from producers who often choose to not chemically spray the beejeezus out of their food. These workers put their hands in the dirt, and treat our food as if they were growing it for their own families (which often they are.) We also connecting our kids, face-to-face, to farmers, to what it means to grow and sell food. It’s just a great thing to do.

For those on a quite limited budget, a great many farmer’s markets also accept food stamps. Great food should not be only for the well-off. The list below indicates those markets that welcome food stamps.

And lest you think farmer’s markets are only about produce, or that I’m a pure mama, feeding my children chopped kale for breakfast, here is a picture of my two-year-old eating a cinnamon role the size of his head, fresh from the Portland Farmers Market.

So, go get a cinnamon roll, or kale, or whatever suits you…..No matter where you live in our great city, you can find a farmer’s market to suit your schedule. Here’s the complete list.

Portland Farmers Market
Accepts Oregon Trail Food Stamps

Multiple Locations
North Park Blocks @ PSU            April 5 – December 20           Saturdays, 8:30 – 2:00
South Park Blocks                         April 30 – October 29             Wednesday, 10:00 – 2:00
Eastbank – 20th and Salmon     May 15 – September 25          Thursday, 3:30 – 7:30
Ecotrust – NW 10th                       June 5 – September 25           Thursday, 3:30 – 7:30
(between Irving and Johnson)

Alberta Farmers Market            May – September Last            Thursdays, 5:00 – 7:00
Accepts Oregon Trail Food Stamps
NE 15th and Alberta

Hillsdale Farmers Market         May – October                       Sundays, 10:00 – 2:00
Accepts Oregon Trail Food Stamps                           Twice a month, November – April
SW Sunset Road & SW Capitol Hwy

Hollywood Farmers Market     May 3 – November 17       Saturdays, 8:00 – 1:00
Accepts Oregon Trail Food Stamps                                 (November markets open at 9am)
NE Hancock between 44th and 45th Avenues

Interstate Farmers Market       Mid- May – September     Wednesdays, 3:00 – 7:00
Accepts Oregon Trail Food Stamps
Overlook Park, N Fremont & Interstate

Lents International Market     Mid-June – Mid                  October Sundays, 9:00 – 2:00
SE 92nd and SE Foster Road

Lloyd Farmers Market             June – September               Tuesdays, 10:00 – 2:00
NE Holladay St. Between 7th and 9th

Montavilla Farmer’s Market   June 8 to Oct. 5                  Sundays, 10 :00 to 2:00
7600 SE Stark St, Portland, OR

Moreland Farmers Market      May 14 – September 24       Wednesdays, 3:30 – 7:30
SE Bybee/14th

OHSU Farmers Market             Mid May – Mid October       Tuesdays, 11:30 – 3:30
Accepts Oregon Trail Food Stamps
OHSU Auditorium Courtyard (near the fountain)

Parkrose Farmers Market        May – October                     Saturdays, 8:00 – 2:00
NE 122nd St & NE Shaver Street

People’s Farmers Market       Year-round market              Wednesdays, 2:00 – 7:00
Accepts Oregon Trail Food Stamps
3029 SE 21st Avenue

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