Portland, Oregon has a lot to offer, from its laid back vibe to its reputation for be a “bit quirky” it will not let you down. Come with us as we review this popular destination and some of its top ways to enjoy the day.
Whether engaging in outdoor activities or going to local markets, the residents are known for being connected to nature. This is why the Portland Farmer’s markets are so significant to the community. More than 200 vendors with local ties to Oregon participate in these year-round markets. The hope of the organization is to assist local community members to establish healthy and sustainable food and to ensure that everyone has access to farm fresh foods.
The five locations are scattered throughout the city and operate at different times of the year. Each of the markets are in high travel areas in the city, from downtown to the vibrant Alberta Arts District, and each offers a unique experience.
Portland State University is the flagship location of the Portland Farmer’s Market. The only location that is open year-round, it features 140 stall spaces filled with local produce, artists and artisan food producers. During the course of the year more than 200 different vendors take part in the market, selling their wares and their produce. During the busy point of the season there are upwards of 20,000 guests who shop the market each Saturday. In addition to the fresh fruits and vegetable, there are chef demonstrations, cooking classes for kids, live music and food education classes.
The market is located on the campus of Portland State University in the South Park Blocks between SW Hall & SW Montgomery. It is open on Saturdays year round from 9am-2pm, (November-February) and 8:30am-2pm, (March-October).
The second most popular site is the Pioneer Courthouse Square location. This started as a mid-day market in 2010 in the square, which is known as “Portland’s Living Room,” by the locals. The square has foot traffic of nearly 32,000 people during and average work day, that alone makes it an ideal spot. It is centrally situated in town and is a hub for the three rail lines and a number of bus routes. The market offers a plethora of fresh lunch options, baked goods, vegetables and locally grown flowers.
The market is located at SW 6th Avenue between SW Morrison and SW Yamhill. It is open annually on Mondays from 10am-2pm, June 13th-September 26th.
Visit portlandfarmersmarket.org to see a full listing of locations and their hours/months of operation.