Portland Farmer’s Market

Now in its 20th year, the Portland Farmer’s Market is in full swing again. While they appear in several locations around the city, the one I am most familiar with is the one at PSU, in the South Park Blocks between Hall and Montgomery. The market is open from 8:30 until 2pm and there are so many reasons to go there. First, there is the produce of all kinds from fruits and vegetables, to flowers, mushrooms, meat, fish and so much more. This is all fresh produce so the only things you will find here is what is naturally ripe at that moment (not that you want fish that is ripe…). Nothing that has been kept in freezers for months, or shipped up from South America (at least I would hope not). Many of the vendors are organic as well.

In addition, shopping there has other benefits. With the economy the way it is, more people than ever are relying on programs such as food stamps to get by. When you have smaller amounts of food available, it is even more important than ever that you eat good healthy, nutritious food. Two of the vendors at the market offer $1 for $1 matching up to $5 worth of produce per week. Since this program started it has helped to the tune of $30,000. Support them by spending your dollars with them! More information is available at the market information booth.

Then there is another reason to go there if you are a photographer. The displays are often quite incredible and the colors are just dying to be captured in photographs. Two words of caution – get there early so that the display are complete and fresh and there are fewer people around and don’t get in the way. If you make a pest of yourself then the vendors are not going to be happy with you. Go without a tripod, and thank them by buying something.

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