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This Saturday, June 23, from 9am-2pm Portland Revels will be holding a special free performance at the southend of the PSU Market, plus processions through the market at 9am and 1:20pm. Portland Revels celebrates the seasons through song, dance, story and ritual of the past and present, creating community across generations and cultures. Their SummerFaire celebration at the market this weekend will be in honor of the Summer Solstice.

Event details courtesy of Portland Revels:

The revelry

Portland Revels’ new free public event in honor of the Summer Solstice will bookend our successful Christmas Revels performances honoring the Winter Solstice now in their 18th year in Portland. We’ll be at the PSU Farmer’s Market from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, June 23rd, the closest Saturday to the June 21 Summer Solstice.

Our mission is to celebrate the seasons in community with traditions and the performing arts, so we’ve invited some wonderful performers to grace our main stage, and we’ll have smaller acts “on the green,” as well as cultural groups, storytelling, and kids activities on the block next to – and in – the lively public venue of the PSU Farmer’s Market. Since many of the seasonal folk arts traditions that Revels preserves and showcases arose in the context of the agricultural cycle of planting and harvesting and small village life, basing this new celebration in the Farmer’s Market seems like coming home.

At 9:00am we’ll sally forth with banners flying and voices lifted in our opening procession to greet the morning. Then folks can enjoy performances on the mainstage and on the green until our 1:20pm closing procession.

Main stage guest performers include:

ViVoce Singers
The Oregon Chorale
Indonesian Performing Arts of Oregon.
The Portland Peace Choir
Yiddish Republik
Original Practice Shakespeare
Bollywood Movez
Inspirational Sounds from Latin America
NW Conservatory of Dance
The Tir Eoghain Dancers

On the green we’ll enjoy:

Renegade Rose Morris team
Maldon Meehan and her Sean Nos Irish Dancers
The Wild Rose Garland Dancers
Costumed rustics
Storytellers from the Portland Storytellers Guild

A happy reveler

We’ll have volunteer hosts offering hands-on fun workshops about the solstice, the seasons, and arts and folk traditions to engage and educate for children and families. And we are hosting cultural and ethnic organizations from around the world to share their home traditions about the Solstice, the sun, and the seasons.  Please join us!

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By Barb Skinner

The NW Portland Farmers Market is in full swing with plenty of opportunities to do more than shop for produce! Taste the Place is a program that introduces market attendees to local restaurants as well as ideas for cooking the produce they buy. Here’s what happened last week:

Berry Good

Elephant’s Delicatessen hosted a sampling booth with delicious strawberry shortcake – an example of how they incorporate seasonal produce into their menu. Many Portlandians are fond of Elephant’s Deli for their soups and sandwiches, and love to dine in at one of their 6 locations around town, have their business meetings catered, or choose the Uptown stores’ Garden Room for their special events. The delicious treat was welcome at the sunny evening market last week.

Mmmm, kale

Each week shoppers can also sample a recipe prepared at the market with produce from the market… Last week a Greens and Bean Salad was on display – its sweet, tangy dressing perfectly complemented the bitterness of raw kale, showing many kale skeptics that kale can easily be enjoyed raw when prepared well.

Also available at Taste the Place is a recipe box providing shoppers with hundreds of free ideas for meals that involve the fresh, local produce.

Next Thursday’s activity? Senior Bingo Night… See you then!

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Pioneer Courthouse Square starts its season on Monday. Every Monday between 10 am and 2pm until the end of September, anyone who finds themselves downtown can pick up produce, have lunch and enjoy a little piece of agricultural Oregon in the center of Portland. Our friends at Weinstein PR put together a complete list of vendors, products and lunch options, check it out below.

Our Newest Market, the Kenton, runs this evening between 3 & 7 at Denver and McClellan. If you’re taking the Max, detrain at the Kenton stop, take a left at Paul Bunyan and you can’t miss us. Make a whole evening of it, grab a beer at the Kenton Station, go the library, get your haircut at $7 bucks a whack and if somehow you don’t want tacos from the Taco Pedaler, pick up some Thai food from E-San.

On Saturday, the weather (mid 80s; On a weekend! How awesome is that? I know it’s a leading question), will be the star of the show. Next billing, Chef Cory Schreiber is leading young cooks through a recipe of Summer Berry Fool with Cookie Crumb toppings. This weekend’s class is booked up, but check out our website for more class dates. The classes run from 8:30 – 10:00am and cost $5 per child per class. Cory, the weather plus berries and  some cherries, possibly some late season asparagus, you’ll definitely find artichokes…sorry to interject some math here, especially a pernicious word problem but fresh eggs + spring garlic = killer aioli.

Grown ups can get a cooking lesson too, and from one of Portland’s best.  Hosted by Allison Jones of Portland Monthly, Saturday’s Chef in the Market will feature Cathy Whims of Nostrana and Oven & Shaker.  Portland Monthly will also be on hand passing out free magazines near the chef’s stage.

Pour Some Aioli On Me!

Sunday for King Market, not quite as nice of weather, but still pretty nice, in addition to all the items listed above you can start your day with Night Owl Coffee and finish it by grilling something from the Deck Family or Columbia River Salmon.10-2, NE 7th & Wygant.

As of Monday, PFM has 7 of its 8 markets operating and as much as we loved our Winter Market, there is just no way its schedule will work in June. There are about 40 Farmers Markets in the Portland Metro area (you can visit other markets’ websites on the blogroll to the right). There are lots of people who work hard to make sure agriculture is a viable career and local foods a realistic consumer option in Oregon, but special shout out to the folks who put together the Lents International Market,  opening for the season this weekend, good luck with your season.

Overview of PCS Vendors

NEW!

Split River Growers – Nestled on the southern tip of Sauvie Island where the Willamette River splits into the Columbia, Split River Growers sustainably plants, fertilizes and harvests by hand greens, table vegetables, herbs and flowers, using no chemicals or pesticides. Their produce never travels further than 20 miles, often much less. Their goal is to use as few resources as possible to offer the freshest of what the earth has to offer.

Fungi Farm Shiitake – Started in 2005 by Tony Synarski and Bobbie Mohler, Fungi Farm allows people to grow their own shiitake mushrooms on logs. Their shiitake mushroom logs are produced from hand selected oak and alder trees and are cut, cleaned and inoculated at the perfect time of year to promote high nutrient levels in the wood, ensuring a long life and prolific mushroom production for years to come.

Marshall’s Haute Sauce – Marshall’s Haute Sauce creates delicious fresh and local small-batch hot sauce to those craving heat and spice. Their sauces have unique spice blends and flavor combinations. All sauces are gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan. They believe in small business owners, farmers and producers, and work with as many as possible.

Portland Creamery – This Portland-based artisan goat cheese producer is focused on providing high quality traditional as well as unique goat cheeses. Their award-winning cheese is made using family recipes with the finest ingredients. Their vision is to promote the awareness of the benefits of goat cheese as a natural and healthy food source. Locally produced and handcrafted, their cheeses are 100% hormone free.

Returning Farmers and Ranchers

Baird Family Orchards – Dayton, OR C & K’s Flower Garden – Molalla, OR – Cherry Country – Rickreall, OR dancing light ranch – Portland, OR   Lucky Farms – Gresham, OR Market Fruit/Packer Orchards – Hood River, OR Rick Steffen Farm – Salem, OR Salmon Creek Farm – Battle Ground, WA South Barlow Berries – Canby, OR   Tamiyasu Orchards Inc – Hood River, OR  The Berry Patch – Woodburn, OR  Unger Farms – Cornelius, OR Valley Berry Farm – Scotts Mills, OR  Bakeries and Food Artisans Black Sheep Bakery – Portland, OR Blossom Vinegars – Portland, OR Columbia River Smoked Salmon – Portland, OR Gabriel’s Bakery – Portland, OR  Grand Central Bakery – Portland, OR HOTLIPS Soda – Portland, OR  Missionary Chocolates – Portland, OR Nehalem Bay Winery – Nehalem, OR Nut-Tritious Foods – Vancouver, WA Olympic Provisions – Portland, OR, Rogue Creamery – Central Point, OR Two Tarts Bakery – Portland, OR Willamette Valley Cheese – Salem, OR

Prepared Food Vendors C’est Si Bon! – Portland, OR LoveJoy Food – Portland, OR Tastebud – Portland, OR Verde Cocina – Portland, OR

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Mayor Adams with wee Kenton Market shoppers

There is so much to look forward to this weekend.  First, if you feel like starting your weekend off with a bang, I suggest stopping by our new Kenton Market in North Portland, 3-7pm at N. McClellan and Denver.  You never know what might happen there.  Last week’s opening day started with a cameo by the Mayor, then a New Orleans style brass band marched through the market, then a transformer blew out the entire neighborhood and the party really started.

“Hot” is an understatement

Today,  possible thundershowers will pale in comparison to all the heat that Kenton Market is bringing.  There’s spicy handmade salsas from Hot Mama Salsa and Little Gnome Farm will have a heap of hot peppers, including the infamous Ghost Pepper, aka the Naga Bhut Jolokia pepper, aka the hottest pepper IN THE WORLD.  No joke, this pepper dominates the Scoville Scale (unit of measure of the spiciness of chili peppers) with a rating of over 1,000,000 units.  By way of comparison, your typical jalapeno tops out around 8,000.  Before you leave, cool down with an creamy cone from Scoop Handmade Ice Cream and fill your basket with fresh veg, cheese, salami and a plant start or two.

Get some

At PSU this Saturday the market will be positively overflowing with strawberries.  Unger Farm is bringing sweet, sweet Hoods.  You might also want to stop by Winters Farms for a taste comparison between Hood and Shuksan varieties.  It’s nearly impossible to decide which one is more delicious.

Strawberries will most definitely star in next week’s Kids Cook at the Market class.  Chef Cory Schreiber (of Wildwood fame) and students from The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland will be making this mouthwatering berry fool recipe.  Want to sign up your kiddos up for the class?  Register here.

Perhaps the biggest news of the week?  CHERRIES, people!  Gala Springs will be bringing the first batch of cherries to market on Saturday at PSU and Sunday at King.  Prepare to fight me for them.

See, kids like to cook AND eat vegetables

Also at King this Sunday, Julie Merry from The Merry Kitchen will be showing kids how fun it is to cook and eat seasonally at our Bite Size Kids Cook class.  Classes are free and you can drop by to make lettuce wraps with strawberries, snap peas and mint all market long from 10am-2pm. The Merry Kitchen is a home-based cooking school for kids in NE Portland where Julie Merry teaches year round classes to kids, offers cooking birthday parties, and teaches after school cooking classes at various schools. To learn more, check out Merry Kitchen website and Facebook page.

Happy shopping and eating.  See you at the market(s).

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Northwest by Northwest

Big Thanks to Debra Pleva at Weinstein PR

Thursday, June 7 marks the return of Northwest Portland Farmers Market. The lively neighborhood market, run by Portland Farmers Market and sponsored by Food Front Cooperative Grocery features 20 vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods. Northwest Market will be held every Thursday from June 7 through September 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in a parking lot adjacent to and generously donated by community partner Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at NW 19th Avenue and NW Everett Street.

Opening day will feature the launch of new programs and promotions including cooking demonstrations, market orientations, and senior days.

Also new this year, Northwest Market shoppers eligible for SNAP benefits can now receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $7 in market tokens through Fresh Exchange, a program of Farmers Market Fund. SNAP recipients buy market tokens with their Oregon Trail Card to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese and some baked goods. Fresh Exchange is also available to shoppers at the King and Buckman neighborhood markets.

“We want our Northwest Market to not only bring healthy farm-fresh produce to residents of the Northwest, but also to serve as a vibrant community gathering place that reflects the surrounding neighborhood,” said Trudy Toliver executive director of Portland Farmers Market. “We hope the combination of new and returning vendors, events and programs will provide a lively market experience week after week for our wonderful shoppers.”

Opening Day – June 7

Opening day will include musical entertainment by Water Tower and Dan Lange.

Northwest Market Vendor

About 20 vendor stalls brimming with farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods will crop up every Thursday in a parking lot adjacent to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Five vendors new to the Portland Farmers Market family – Ravenhill Farm, Rudio Creek Ranch, Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking, Marshall’s Haute Sauce, Portland Creamery and Serious Business Pastries – will join the Northwest Market lineup.

Overview of New Vendors

  • Ravenhill Farm – Based in Carlton, Oregon, Ravenhill Farm is in the business of inspiring cooks. Their vegetables are chosen with the kitchen in mind, honoring the culinary traditions that have graced today’s cuisine. They are committed to bringing the highest quality produce, grown sustainably, without the use of chemicals.
  • Rudio Creek Ranch – The 6,200-acre Rudio Creek Ranch is nestled in Salem, Oregon, where grass-fed Black Angus cattle co-exist with the natural wonders of the surrounding spaces. Pure grazing practices combined with a commitment to a stress-free environment for every animal create premium, distinctive beef processed in a healthy and responsible way.
  • Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking – Lacy Gillham and Jan (pronounced Yawn) Taborsky are Camp Captains and founders of Happy Campers Baking based in Tigard, OR. They believe that life’s an adventure, and pure and simple foods help people stay energized. Their baked products are gluten-free, wheat-free, and vegan, and they contain no soy, corn, refined sugars, or GMOs. They source their ingredients and supplies locally whenever possible and donate baked goods to local charities twice a week.
  • Marshall’s Haute Sauce – Marshall’s Haute Sauce creates delicious fresh and local small-batch hot sauce to those craving heat and spice. Their sauces have unique spice blends and flavor combinations. All sauces are gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan. They believe in small business owners, farmers and producers, and work with as many as possible.
  • Portland Creamery – This Portland-based artisan goat cheese producer is focused on providing high quality traditional as well as unique goat cheeses. Their award-winning cheese is made using family recipes with the finest ingredients. Their vision is to promote the awareness of the benefits of goat cheese as a natural and healthy food source. Locally produced and handcrafted, their cheeses are 100% hormone free.
  • Serious Business Pastries – Serious Business Pastries is serious about quality and craftsmanship, but fun and funky when it comes to flavors and creativity. They make their pastries every day from scratch using all-natural ingredients, and never any preservatives or artificial flavors. In the summertime, they visit local farms and hand-pick the berries that go into their pastries, and they make a considerable effort to source all other produce, honey and jams direct from farmers markets.

Farmers and Ranchers

Bakeries and Food Artisans

* New vendor for the 2012 season

New and Returning Programs and Events

Throughout the season, Northwest Market will organize activities to promote neighborhood restaurants and attract new and loyal shoppers to the market.

“We have a terrific line-up of new and returning events this season at Northwest Market,” said Anna Curtin, Program Manager of Portland Farmers Market. “There are activities for the young and old to learn about the market, sample food from local restaurants and even play fruit and veggie bingo. We invite Northwest residents to join us for the festivities, fun, fruit and veggies on Thursdays from June to September.”

New programs include:

  • Portlandivore Program – Market organizers are launching the Portlandivore Program, a frequent shopper promotion. Shoppers who visit the market three times a month can enter to win a basket of $30 worth of market products. The drawings take place on the last market of each month.
  • Meet the Market – On Thursday, June 14, Northwest Market will host the first-ever open house featuring cooking demonstrations, market orientations, recipes showcasing market ingredients, product samples and giveaways from vendors and market sponsor Food Front Cooperative Grocery, and market prize drawings. Market organizers hope to attract new market shoppers to this informative, festive event.
  • Taste the Place - Neighborhood restaurants will provide samples and recipes to market shoppers the second Thursday of every month. Participating restaurants include Elephant’s Deli (June 14), World Cup Coffee (July 12), Dick’s Kitchen (August 9), and Touché (September 13).
  • Senior Day - On senior day, elderly shoppers are invited to take a brief guided tour of the market to learn more about the Portland Farmers Market organization, as well as discuss tips, techniques and new ideas for working with peak season produce. The tour will begin at 5 pm and last approximately 30 minutes. Plus, seniors are invited to play fruit and veggie bingo where the prizes come in the form of produce from market vendors. Senior Days take place the third Thursday of every month.

For up-to-date information on these events, shoppers can visit the Portland Farmers Market Northwest Market page.

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Kenton Market opens today, June 1st at 3 pm. If you get there early/on-time, there will be an actual ribbon cutting, with what we believe are Portland’s only giant pair of scissors, an apt tool for a community that boasts a statue of Paul Bunyan. The Kenton Market, will happen every Friday on McClellan at Denver Ave from 3 to 7 through the end of September.

One of the most important parts of opening a Farmers Market in a neighborhood is that you have to be invited in by the community members (in this metaphor, PFM is Vampire Bill and Kenton is Sookie). PFM, it’s farmers, growers and ranchers are excited to be teamed up with the Kenton Neighborhood Association and excited to work with local restaurants and neighboring businesses including Cason’s Fine Meats, E-San Thai Cuisine, Kenton Station, Pizza Fino, Po’shines Café, Posies Bakery and Café, and others will stay open to engage with market vendors and shoppers on Market nights.

Another great Portland community member, Urban Gleaners will be participating in the new Market. Urban Gleaners collects leftover and unused food and distributes to organizations who help families working through household food scarcity issues. This is doubly nice because food banks aren’t always able to work with fresh produce. You can read more about Urban Gleaners here or you can respond to a message from Emily at Urban Gleaners: “Urban Gleaners will be picking up for the next few weeks from the Portland Farmers Market Kenton location. Fridays at 6:45pm. Let us know if you are interested helping us collect this bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables for during the month of June! Email us at emily@urbangleaners.org

As someone who has resided in the 97217 zipcode for the last decade, the addition of a Farmers Market is another positive step for neighborhoods that haven’t always had a full service grocery store within a mile of many of its residents. Our food options, which have dramatically improved over the last ten years are going to get a little better.

Big thanks to Weinstein PR for putting together the list of vendors below.

Our Kenton Market Vendors

About 20 vendor stalls will crop up every Friday on the streets of Kenton. Six vendors new to the Portland Farmers Market family – The Good Food Farm, Island’s End Farm, Bushel and Peck Bakeshop, Hot Mama Salsa, Scoop Handmade Ice Cream and Taco Pedaler – will join the Kenton Market lineup.

Overview of New Vendors

  • The Good Food Farm – The Good Food Farm in Silverton, Oregon, grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Their wide selection of summer vegetables includes more than 30 varieties of tomatoes both heirloom and hybrid. In addition, they have three acres with 26 varieties of sweet cherries.
  • Island’s End Farm – Based in Cathlamet, Washington, Island’s End Farm grows high quality, organically grown vegetables, promotes the enjoyment of eating leafy greens, and continually nurtures the soil in which they have grown their vegetables for more than 30 years. They also sell small batch kraut, kim chi, jams and jellies.
  • Bushel and Peck Bakeshop – This new NE Portland bakery specializes in modern, nostalgic baked goods.
  • Hot Mama Salsa – Owner Nikki Maria Guerrero hand makes small batch salsas inspired by family recipes. The ingredients she sources locally are grown specifically for her products. Products include salsas, hot sauce, chili oils, chili powders, and blends, and homemade tortilla chips made from white corn.
  • Scoop Handmade Ice Cream – From Portland, Scoop starts with local cream and milk and adds fresh local fruit and berries, organic fair-trade cocoa and other tasty flavors to create delicious hand-crafted, small batch ice creams. Their flavors include Salted Caramel, Triple Threat Ginger, Oatmeal and Brown Sugar, Avocado, Thai Iced Tea and more. They also make vegan sorbets, including strawberry balsamic, basil pineapple and dark chocolate marionberry.
  • Taco Pedaler – Taco Pedaler is a NE Portland green business, serving authentic tacos on traditional Mexican tricycles. Their meats come from Carlton farms, the produce is sourced from local produce venders, and their salsas are made fresh. They pride themselves on being pedal powered and bike to each location with joy.

Farmers and Ranchers

Bakeries and Food Artisans

Prepared Food Vendors

* New vendor

Other Market Locations
With the opening of this location, Portland Farmers Market will operate eight weekly markets – four neighborhood markets: Kenton in North Portland, Northwest in Northwest Portland, King in Northeast Portland and Buckman in Southeast Portland; and four downtown markets: PSU, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski Park, and the Winter Market. As with all other Portland Farmers Market locations, Kenton market shoppers eligible for SNAP benefits will be able to receive $1 tokens using their Oregon Trail Card to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese and some baked goods.

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SALAD, Salad, salad

Thanks to Weinstein PR

The King Market season begins Sunday, May 6, and will continue every Sunday until October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NE Wygant Street and NE 7th avenue.

On opening day, season sponsor COUNTRY Financial will unveil the winning design of its second annual Reusable Bag Design contest at 11:30 am at the music booth. All Portland Public Schools (PPS) high school students were invited to display their artistic abilities and illustrate this year’s contest theme, “Fill up on Fresh.” The student with the winning design will have his or her artwork displayed on thousands of reusable canvas bags and receive a $1,000 scholarship. The reusable canvas bags will be distributed to shoppers at Portland Farmers Market events throughout the season. Two runner-ups will also have their designs featured at the unveiling ceremony and will receive a $500 scholarship.  The bag contest will supplement initiatives to reduce waste and promote recycling at market locations.

In addition to the reusable bag winner unveiling, opening day will include musical entertainment by How Long Jug Band and Gypsy Jazz West, as well as booths featuring seasonal produce samples and recipes, planting activities for children, and community partners Metro Master Gardeners, Alberta Main Street and Slow Food Portland.

In preparation of opening day, King Market experienced some digging around its digs this spring thanks to the King Neighborhood Association. Community member Diego Gioseffi led a project to refresh the landscaping adjacent to King Market site replacing invasive plants with native groundcover, shrubs and trees.

New Vendors

Four vendors new to the Portland Farmers Market family – Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking, Mudjoy Farm, Night Owl Roasters, and Scoop Handmade Ice Cream – will join the King Market lineup.

  • Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking - Lacy Gillham and Jan Taborsky are Camp Captains and founders of Happy Campers Baking based in Tigard, OR. Their baked products are gluten-free, wheat-free, and vegan, and they contain no soy, corn, refined sugars, or GMOs. They source their ingredients and supplies locally whenever possible and donate baked goods to local charities twice a week. happycampersglutenfree.com
  • Mudjoy Farm – Hailing from Dayton, OR, this small family farm’s mission is to showcase novel and rare crops, while at the same time offering the traditional varieties. They aim to provide healthy and nutritious food that is grown with care in a sustainable manner. mudjoyfarm.com
  • Night Owl Roasters – These NE Portland-based coffee roasters offer fresh, great-tasting whole bean coffee. They carefully select the finest green coffee beans from around the world and roast each one to perfection. Each bean is different and requires a unique roast profile to bring out its best aroma and flavor. nightowlroasters.com
  • Scoop Handmade Ice Cream – From Portland, Scoop starts with local cream and milk and adds fresh local fruit and berries, organic fair-trade cocoa and other tasty flavors to create delicious hand-crafted, small batch ice creams.  facebook.com/scoopicecream

Programs and Events

Throughout the season, King Market will organize activities to help shoppers build skills in gardening and cooking, promote local seasonal produce, and attract new and loyal shoppers to the market.

A sampling of new and returning programs include:

  • Get Growing – Throughout May, shoppers who spend $15 or more on plant starts purchased from market vendors can enter to win a drawing for a basket brimming with market goodies on the last Sunday in May. Plus, volunteers from the Metro Master Gardener Program will be on hand to answer questions and kids can take part in a hands-on a planting activity. To help neighborhood residents get a jump start on this year’s planting, the first 50 shoppers to purchase tokens at the market on opening day will also receive an edible plant start sponsored by Farmers Market Fund, a companion charitable organization to Portland Farmers Market dedicated to providing low-income, elderly and under-served populations in the region increased access to healthy, locally grown food.
  • *Bulk Buy*– This new program to promote height-of-harvest produce will feature vendor specials on bulk purchases of seasonally abundant crops. The program provides incentives and inspiration for bulk purchases including shopper discounts, recipe packets, and education on how to preserve the

    Asparagus

    harvest. Look for bulk buys at vendor stalls throughout the season.

  • *Portlandivore Program* – Market organizers are launching the Portlandivore Program, a frequent shopper promotion. Shoppers who visit the market three times a month can enter to win a basket of $30 worth of market products. The draws take place on the last market of each month.
  • Build a Burger – The annual barbeque fundraiser on Sunday, July 1, at King Market will benefit Fresh Exchange, the token-matching program available to low-income residents receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In return for a small suggested donation, market-goers are treated to a made to order grass-fed burger with all the fixings sourced from King Market vendors.
  • Bite Size Kids Cook– Kids can enjoy a free drop-in cooking activity once a month throughout the market day (10-2). Each activity focuses on a simple recipe preparation using seasonal produce and few steps. These classes take place the second Sunday of the month and are hosted by nutritionists:
  • *Ask the Expert* – This new urban homesteading information fair was created for shoppers to ask questions and learn more from specialists on the subjects of home gardening, beekeeping, urban chickens, wild foods, food preservation, DIY home/personal care, etc. It will take place Sunday, July 15.

For up-to-date information on these events, shoppers can visit the King Market page.

As with all other Portland Farmers Market locations, King Market shoppers eligible for SNAP benefits will be able to receive $1 tokens using their Oregon Trail Card to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese and some baked goods. Additionally, SNAP recipients can receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $7 in tokens through Fresh Exchange, a program of Farmers Market Fund, at the King, Buckman and Northwest neighborhood markets

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