Farm to Table: Farmers Market Season is Back
Spring is obviously here and with it comes the unpredictable weather: sunshine in the early morning, hail and dark ominous clouds at midday, sunrays and a few rainbows in the afternoon and showers by nightfall. Though spring has erratic weather its saving grace is definitely the launch of Farmers Markets throughout the state. Hooray for fresh produce, just-picked flowers and a closer connection to the culinary wonders Oregon has to offer! Check out the list of farmers markets throughout the state at the Oregon Farmers Market Association. Though some markets are not quite open, here’s a list of those you can visit this week and soon to come:
Southern Oregon‘s warmer climate makes it one of the first regions in the state to launch their farmers markets. With eight scattered throughout the area, there is no shortage of supply here. Most occur early morning to midday in Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass and Roseburg but check out Talent’s evening market, Fridays from 5 p.m. -9 p.m.
The Greater Portland area has more than 40 farmers markets to chose from and within the city border, they’ve expanded! The Portland Farmer’s Market doubled in size adding two locations at Pioneer Courthouse Square and NW 23rd Avenue to their roster. Though these two new locations won’t officially start until June, you can preview the delicious goods at the PSU Market, now open
Central Oregon has seven farmers markets that open in early May and June. Visit downtown Bend on a Wednesday and stop at Mirror Pond Park for the weekly market that goes from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Learn more here about the offerings at Bend’s farmers markets. In Christmas Valley, find fresh fruits and veggies along with handcrafted goodies from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Fridays at the Tumbleweed Farmers’ & Crafter’s Market.
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