FOOD

Summer’s Steady Market

Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University is one of the biggest and best in the state.  Photo by Andrea Johnson.

By Mark Stock

It is just about time to retire the grocery store club card for the year. The many browns of Oregon are giving way to green, meaning fresh produce by the pound, bushel and bunch is only days away.

A tradition as old as agriculture itself, the farmers market is more than a gathering place for the hungry. It marks the beginning of the region’s long and bountiful growing season, an energizing period strengthened by long days and colorful ripening schedules. In short, Demeter, the Greek goddess of the Abundant Harvest, would be very happy here.

Grapes and grub are never far apart. Under tents across the state, seasonal fruits and vegetables mingle with locally produced wines. In fact, with much of the produce raised on valley floors and much of the wine grown in surrounding hillsides, it feels like the perfect performance. While orchards bloom below, the vineyards watch from their balconies above. And just when the symphony approaches its finale in early fall, the grapes rise to their feet for a standing ovation.

The state’s many American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) are surrounded by farming districts. Tasters can stop in Newberg or Dundee for markets on their journey though the northernWillametteValley. In the Gorge, many of the wineries are flanked by pear orchards and never far fromHoodRiverorThe Dalles, where markets reign. In the south, bustling markets frame the Rogue and Applegate valleys. Even in northeasternOregon, where Cab and Merlot bask in the heat, lively markets enrich the towns ofBakerCity,Enterpriseand Hermiston.

There is the old-school class, consisting of wineries like Crumbled Rock in Dundee. Here, when the year’s crop is especially generous, owner Julia Staigers sets out excess zucchini, peppers and butternut squash from her garden for tasters to take away. At RoxyAnn inMedford, the winery hosts a market weekly starting in June. Attendees can stroll through stands of heirloom tomatoes while tasting wine, bunching two complementary figures of agriculture under one roof: The farmer and the winegrower. 

There is the new class, which blends classic agrarianism with contemporary culture. Take Yamhill Valley Grown, a community of growers who sell online. What’s available changes weekly, and, in a sense, it feels a bit like an auction, only the prices are fixed and the ingredients always fresh.

Mushrooms, grains, meats and much more are purchased through an online account and then assembled within the week, to be shipped straight to your home or picked up inEugeneat Hideaway Bakery. Yamhill Valley Grown intends to return much of the profit to the farming community, via new growing sites, heightened wages and increased sustainability practices.

Larger cities have not strayed from their rural roots.EugeneandCorvallishave renowned market scenes. InPortland, six neighborhood markets make up the largest collaborative in the state. None is bigger than the market atPortlandStateUniversity, nearly 20 years old and a weekend institution forRoseCitydwellers.

Thanks to fairly recent OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Comission) upgrades, wineries like Arcane Cellars and Nehalem Bay Winery can pour their releases beside fresh goat cheese, homemade vinegars and grass-fed lamb, to name a few. The idea itself is not new. However, with scores of vendors featuring ever-changing goods likely harvested that very morning, the experience feels fresh every time. 

Eaters are wise to approach pairings with the same seasonality farmers do.

In the spring, when rhubarb and asparagus fill market crates, bet on wines with lively acidity like Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

In summer, when grills are pulled out and the cherries and tomatoes arrive, go heavy to match barbecue — Cab Franc, Tempranillo — and light or sweet to pair with fresh fruit —Muscat, late-harvest Gewürz.

Come fall, with squash, spuds and sprouts, Pinot Noir is king, not too strong for veggies and not too wimpy for gamey, slow roasted meats.

Better yet, ask those who know best: the farmers and the winegrowers at your friendly neighborhood farmers market.

Mark Stock, a Gonzaga grad, is a Portland-based writer and photographer with a knack for all thingsOregon.

2011 FARMERS MARKETS

ALBANY

Albany Farmers Market
Fourth and Ellsworth Streets
April 16–Nov. 19
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.locallygrown.org

ASHLAND

Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market
Lithia Wayand First Street
May 7–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.rvgrowersmarket.com

Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market
1420 E. Main Street
(National Guard Armory)
March 15–Nov. 22
Tues: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
www.rvgrowersmarket.com

ASTORIA

Astoria Sunday Market
332 12th Street
May 8–Oct. 9
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.astoriasundaymarket.com

River People Farmers Market
Location to be determined
June 16–Sept. 29
Thursdays: 3 to 7 p.m.

BAKER CITY

Baker City Farmers Market
Campbelland Grove Streets (GeiserPollmanPark)
June 15–Oct. 26
Wednesdays: 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
www.bakercityfarmersmarket.org

BEAVERTON

Beaverton Farmers Market
Hall and Fifth Streets
May 7–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
June 22–Aug. 31
Wednesdays: 3 to 6 p.m.
www.beavertonfarmersmarket.com

BEND

Bend Farmers Market
Top of Mirror Pond off Franklin Street
June 1–Oct. 12
Wednesdays: 3 to 7 p.m.
www.bendfarmersmarket.com

Bend Farmers Market
2500 N.E. Neff Road(St. CharlesMedicalCenter)
June 3–Sept. 23
Fridays: 2 to 6 p.m.
www.bendfarmersmarket.com

BROOKINGS

Brookings Harbor Farmers & Artisans Market
Lower Harbor Road(off Highway 101)
June 11–Oct. 15
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Brownsville Farmers Market
Main and Park Streets
April 16–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon
www.brownsville-farmersmarket.org

CANNON BEACH

Cannon Beach Farmers Market
S. Hemlock and E. Gower Streets
June 14–Sept. 27
Tuesdays: 2 to 5 p.m.
www.cannonbeachmarket.org

CHRISTMAS VALLEY

Tumbleweed Farmers & Crafters Market
87285 Christmas Valley Highway
June 3–Sept. 30
Fridays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CLACKAMAS

Sunnyside Grange Open Air Market
13100 Sunnyside Road
April 3–Oct. 30
Sundays: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.windancefarmsandart.com

COOS BAY

Coos Bay Farmers Market
200 S. Broadway (and Curtis)
May–October
Wednesdays and Sundays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.coosbaydowntown.org/farmers-market

CONDON

Condon Farmers Market
Main and Gilliam Streets
July 2–Oct. 1
First Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.discovercondon.com/farmers-market

COQUILLE

Coquille Farmers Market
115 N. Birch Street (Coquille Community Center)
April–October
Thursdays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CORVALLIS

Corvallis Farmers Market
First and Jackson Streets
April 16–Nov. 23
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.locallygrown.org

COTTAGE GROVE

Cottage Grove Growers Market
14th and Main Streets
May 25–Oct. 12
Wednesdays: 4 to 8 p.m.

CRESWELL

Creswell Farmers Market
182 S. Second Street
Year-round
Tuesdays: 4 to 6 p.m.

DALLAS

Polk County Bounty Market
850 Main Street
May 5–Sept. 29 (exclude July 28)
Thursdays: 2 to 6 p.m.

DAMASCUS

Damascus Farmers Market
S.E. Highway 212 and Weise Road
July 3–Oct. 2
First Sundays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DEXTER

Dexter Lake Farmers Market
39011 Highway 58
June 5–Sept. 25
Sundays: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DUNDEE

Dundee Summer Market
Highway 99W and Seventh Street
June–September
Wednesdays: 2 to 7 p.m.
www.dundeesummermarket.com

ENTERPRISE

Wallowa County Farmers Market
Main and River Streets
June 2–Sept. 15
Thursdays: 4 to 7 p.m.
www.wallowacountyfarmersmarket.com

ESTACADA

Estacada Farmers Market
Third and Main Streets
May 7–Oct. 1
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.estacadafarmersmarket.com

EUGENE

Fairmount Neighborhood Farmers Market
Agate Street and 19th Avenue
April 17–Oct. 2
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friendly Street Farmers Market
28th and Friendly Streets
Mid-May–October
Tuesdays: noon to 5 p.m.

Lane County Farmers Market
Eighth and Park Streets
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 3–Oct. 27
Tues. and Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.lanecountyfarmersmarket.org

Spencer Creek Community Growers Market
86013 Lorane Highway
June 4–Oct. 8
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.spencercreekgrange.org/market

FAIRVIEW

Fairview Open Air Market
1601 N.E. Market Street
April 7–Sept. 29
Thursdays: 3 to 8 p.m.
www.windancefarmsandart.com

FLORENCE

Florence Local Organic Farmers Market
Quince Street and Highway 126
May 28–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FOREST GROVE

Forest Grove Farmers Market
Main Street (at 21st Avenue)
May 11–Oct. 12
Wednesdays: 4 to 8 p.m.
www.adelantemujeres.org/farmersmarket.html

GRANTS PASS

Grants Pass Growers Market
Fourth and F Streets
March 5–Dec. 17
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

GRESHAM

Gresham Farmers Market
Third and Miller Streets
May 14–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

HINES

Harney County Farmers Market
Circle Drive and Highway 20
July 7–First Hard Freeze
Saturdays: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

HERMISTON

Hermiston’s Own Saturday Market
415 S. Highway 395
June 4–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon

HILLSBORO

Hillsboro Farmers Market – Orenco Station
N.E. Orenco Station Parkway and 61st Avenue
May 1–Oct. 30
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.hillsboromarkets.org

Hillsboro Farmers Market – Downtown
Main Street (Third and First)
April 30–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
www.hillsboromarkets.org

Hillsboro Farmers Market – Tuality Community Hospital
Baseline Road and Eighth Avenue
July 21–Sept. 15
Thurs.: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
www.hillsboromarkets.org

Hillsboro Farmers Market – Tanasbourne
Cornell Road and Stucki Avenue June 1–Aug. 31
Wednesdays: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
www.hillsboromarkets.org

Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace
E. Main Street and Second Avenue June 14–Aug. 30
Tuesdays: 5 to 8:30 p.m.
www.hillsboromarkets.org

HOOD RIVER

Gorge Grown Farmers Market
1602 May Street (Hood River Middle School)
June 2–Oct. 6
Thursdays: 4 to 7 p.m.
www.gorgegrown.com

Hood River Saturday Market
419 State Street
May–September
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.hrsaturdaymarket.com

JOSEPH

Wallowa County Farmers Market
Joseph and Main Streets
May 28–Oct. 15
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.wallowacountyfarmersmarket.com

KLAMATH FALLS

Klamath Falls Farmers Market
Ninth and Main Streets
June 11–Oct. 15
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.klamathfallsfarmersmarket.org

LA GRANDE

La Grande Farmers Market
Fourth and Adams Streets
June 7–Oct. 18
Tuesdays: 4 to 6 p.m.
May 21–Oct. 22
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to noon

LAKE OSWEGO

Lake Oswego Farmers Market
200 First Street (First and Evergreen Streets)
May 14–Oct. 8
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

LEBANON

Downtown Farmers Market
Grant and Main Streets
May 19–Oct. 27
Thursdays: 3 to 7 p.m. (or dusk)

LINCOLN CITY

Lincoln City Farmers Market
540 N.E. Highway 101
May 1–Oct. 22
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.lincolncityfarmersmarket.org

MADRAS

Madras Saturday Market
S.E. Seventh Street (B and C Streets; Sahallee Park)
June 1–Labor Day Weekend
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MANZANITA

Manzanita Farmers Market
467 Laneda Avenue
June 10–Sept. 23
Fridays: 5 to 8 p.m.
www.manzanitafarmersmarket.com

MAUPIN

Maupin Farmers Market
550 Deschutes Avenue
June–September
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.gorgegrown.com

MCMINNVILLE

McMinnville Farmers Market
Cowls and Third Streets
May 26–Oct. 13
Thursdays: 1:30 to 6 p.m.
www.downtownmcminnville.com

McMinnville Public Market
845 N.E. Fifth Street
Year-round
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.mcminnvillepublicmarket.com

MEDFORD

New Heritage Public Market
2310 Voorhies Road (EdenVale)
April 2–Fall
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.edenvalewines.com

Rogue Valley Growers & Crafters Market
1701 S. Pacific Highway
March 17–Nov. 17
Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
www.rvgrowersmarket.com

Hillcrest Friday Growers Market
3285 Hillcrest Road (RoxyAnn)
June 3–Oct. 28
Fridays: 3 to 7 p.m.
www.roxyann.com

MILTON-FREEWATER

Milton-Freewater Farmers Market
Downtown (follow the signs)
June 1–Oct. 5
Wednesdays: 4 to 7 p.m.

MILWAUKIE

Milwaukie Farmers Market
Main and S.E. Harrison Streets
May 8–Oct. 30
Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.milwaukiefarmersmarket.com

NEWPORT

Newport Farmers Market
Angle Street and Highway 101 May 7–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.newportfarmersmarket.org

NORTH PLAINS

North Plains Farmers Market
N.W. 314th Avenue (N.W. Commercial and Kaybern Streets)
July 30–Oct. 1
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.northplainsfarmersmarket.org

NYSSA

Nyssa Farmers Market
N. Sixth and Main Streets (Thunderegg Park)
June–September
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

ONTARIO

Ontario Farmers Market
S.W. Third and S. Oregon Streets
June 2–Oct. 13
Thursdays: 5 to 8:30 p.m.

OREGON CITY

Oregon City Farmers Market
2051 Kaen Road
May 7–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.orcityfarmersmarket.com

Oregon City Farmers Market
Eight and Main Streets
June 1–Oct. 12
Wednesdays: 3 to 7 p.m.
www.orcityfarmersmarket.com

PENDLETON

Pendleton Farmers Market
300 Block of Main Street
May 13–Oct. 21
Fridays: 4 to 7 p.m.
www.pendletonfarmersmarket.net

PHILOMATH/WREN

Kings Valley-Wren Farmers & Artisans Market
35515 Kings Valley Highway
June 5–Sept. 25
Sundays: noon to 4 p.m.
www.wrenditions.org

PORTLAND

Cedar Mill Farmers Market
N.W. Cornell (by Sunset Park)
May 7–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.cmfmarket.org

Cully Community Market
5600 N.E. 42nd Avenue
June 5–Sept. 11
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.cullycommunitymarket.org

Hawthorne Urban Farmers Market
S.E. 43rd and Hawthorne Streets
June 19–TBD
Sundays: 1 to 4 p.m.

Hillsdale Farmers Market
S.W. Capitol Hwy. at Sunset Blvd.
May–November (weekly)
December–April (twice a month)
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.hillsdalefarmersmarket.com

Hollywood Farmers Market
N.E. Hancock Street (between 44th and 45th Avenues)
May 7–Nov. 19
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (begins at 9 a.m. in November)
www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org

Interstate Farmers Market – Lombard
N. Interstate and Lombard Streets
May 21–Sept. 24
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Interstate Farmers Market – Overlook
N. Interstate and Fremont Streets 
May 18–Sept. 28
Wednesdays: 3 to 7 p.m.

Lents International Farmers Market
S.E. 92nd and S.E. Foster Streets
June 5–Oct. 16
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lloyd Farmers Market
N.E. Holladay Street (between Seventh and Ninth Avenues)
Year-round (Tues.)
June–September (Thurs.)
Tues./Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.lloydfarmersmkt.net

Montavilla Farmers Market
7600 Block of S.E. Stark Street
June–October (plus Nov. 20)
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.montavillamarket.org

Moreland Farmers Market
S.E. 14th and Bybee Streets
May 11–Aug. 31
Wednesdays: 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7–Oct. 12
Wednesdays: 2 to 6:30 p.m.
www.morelandfarmersmarket.org

OHSU Farmers Market
Mackenzie Hall
May 17–Oct. 4
Tuesdays: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.ohsu.edu/farmersmarket

Parkrose Farmers Market
12003 N.E. Shaver Street
May 7–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.parkrosefarmersmarket.org

People’s Farmers Market
3029 S.E. 21st Avenue
Year-round
Wednesdays: 2 to 7 p.m.
www.peoples.coop/farmers-market

Portland Farmers Market – Buckman Neighborhood
S.E. 20th and Salmon Streets
May 5–Sept. 29
Thursdays: 3 to 7 p.m.
www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland Farmers Market – King Neighborhood
N.E. Seventh and Wygant Streets
May 1–Oct. 30
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland Farmers Market – Northwest
N.W. 23rd and Savier Streets
June 2–Sept. 29
Thursdays: 3 to 7 p.m.
www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland Farmers Market – Pioneer Square
S.W. Sixth and Yamhill Streets
June 20–Sept. 26
Mondays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland Farmers Market – Portland State University
S.W. Montgomery and Park Avenue
March 19–Dec. 17
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (starts at 9 a.m., Nov.–Dec.)
www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

Portland Farmers Market – Shemanski Park
S.W. Salmon Street and Park Avenue
May 4–Oct. 26
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.portlandfarmersmarket.org

St. Johns Farmers Market
N. Lombard and Philadelphia Streets
June 4–Oct. 15
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.sjfarmersmarket.com

Woodstock Farmers Market
4600 S.E. Woodstock
June 26–Sept. 11
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

PRINEVILLE

Prineville Farmers Market
387 N.E. 10th Street
June 18–Oct. 1
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to noon

REDMOND

Redmond Farmers Market
S.W. Evergreen Avenue (Centennial Park)
Mid-June–September
Tuesdays: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

ROGUE RIVER

Rogue River Sunday Market
110 Pine Street
May 1–Oct. 2
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.rrsundaymarket.com

ROSEBURG

Umpqua Valley Farmers Market
2082 Diamond Lake Boulevard
April 16–Oct. 29
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
www.uvfarmersmarket.com

SALEM

Salem Public Market
1240 Rural Avenue S.E.
Year-round
Saturdays: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.salempublicmarket.com

Salem Saturday Market
Summer and Marion Streets N.E.
April 2–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
www.salemsaturdaymarket.com

Wednesday Farmers Market
Chemeketa Street N.E.
May 4–Oct. 26
Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.salemsaturdaymarket.com

SCAPPOOSE

Scappoose Farmers Market
Next to Heritage Park
May 21–September
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.scappoosefarmermarket.com

SHERWOOD

Sherwood Saturday Market
22560 S.W. Pine Street
May 7–Sept. 24
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SILVERTON

Silverton Farmers Market
Main and Fiske Streets
May 7–Oct. 15
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD

Springfield Farmers Market
590 Main Street
May 6–Oct. 14
Fridays: 3 to 7 p.m.
www.springfieldfarmersmarket.net

SWEET HOME

Sweet Home Farmers Market
621 Main Street (Thriftway)
May 7–Oct. 21
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.sweethomefarmersmarket.org

TALENT

Talent Evening Market
110 E. Main Street
June 3–Aug. 26
Fridays: 5:30 p.m. to dusk
www.talenteveningmarket.org

THE DALLES

The Dalles Farmers Market
Fifth and Union Streets
June 4–Oct. 8
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

TIGARD

Tigard Area Farmers Market
11831 S.W. Pacific Highway
May 8–Oct. 30
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.tigardfarmersmarket.com

TILLAMOOK

Tillamook Farmers Market
Second and Laurel Streets
June 11–Sept. 24
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.tillamookfarmersmarket.com

TROUTDALE

Troutdale Open Air Market
551 E. Historic Columbia River Hwy.
April 2–Oct. 29
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.windancefarmsandart.com

TUALATIN

Tualatin Farmers Market
8325 S.W. Nyberg Street
June 17–Sept. 30
Fridays: 4 to 8 p.m.
www.tualatinfarmersmarket.com

UMATILLA

Umatilla Farmers Market
306 Sixth Street
June 2–Oct. 6
Thursdays: 4 to 7 p.m.
www.umatillafarmersmarket.com

VENETA

Veneta Downtown Farmers Market
88267 Territorial Road
June 10–Sept. 30
Fridays: 2 to 6 p.m.
www.ci.veneta.or.us/farmersmkt.cfm

WILSONVILLE

Villebois Sunday Market
11422 S.W. Barber Street
May–October
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.villebois.net

WEST LINN

West Linn Farmers Market
13th Avenue and Willamette Falls Drive
June–September
Tuesdays: 4:30 to 8 p.m.

WOODBURN

Wellspring Saturday Marketplace
1475 Mt. Hood Avenue
June–December
Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
www.wellspringsaturdaymarketplace.com

YACHATS

Yachats Farmers Market
Highway 101 and Fourth Street
May 29–Oct. 16
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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