After months of online delivery and abbreviated grocery runs, you’re likely ready to get closer to the source of your food. Oregon farmers are ready, as well, to greet you with the fruits — and vegetables — of their labor at one of the many farmers markets around the state. The Oregon Farmers Markets Association has a list of markets, plus an easy-to-use map that you can download. Best of all you can now pre-order goods at these new online marketplaces featuring farmers markets across Oregon. Below we’ve highlighted a few locations in each of Oregon’s seven regions.
There are a few things to know before you go. Markets are implementing measures to increase safety, including additional hand-washing stations at entrances, more spacing between vendors, pre-bagged produce to eliminate weighing and a requirement for vendors to wear face coverings. Also, all food that’s prepared at the markets will need to be to-go orders; sit-down areas won’t be available. You’re being asked to only send one person from your household. Wear a face covering and maintain six feet of social distancing at all times. And leave pets at home for now, though service animals will be allowed.
There are more than 40 farmers markets in and around Portland, so needless to say, you’ll have no problem finding fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. The largest downtown market (Saturday) occurs in the South Park blocks on the Portland State University campus, now with a limited number of people allowed in at once. The city’s four other markets take place Sundays and Wednesdays. Many of the suburban markets are popular too: Beaverton (Saturday), Forest Grove (Wednesday), Hillsboro (Saturday and Sunday), Lake Oswego (Saturday), Milwaukie (Sunday) and Tigard (Sunday).
Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge
If it’s a fruit that grows on a tree in a moderate climate, it likely thrives in the Columbia River Gorge and near Mt. Hood. Check out the weekly farmers markets in Cascade Locks (Sunday), Estacada (Saturday), Hood River (Saturday), Sandy (Friday) and The Dalles (Saturday). And don’t forget about the East Gorge Food Trail and the famed Hood River Fruit Loop that links 26 produce stands, farm stores and wineries along an easy-to-follow route. Download a map here.
You could visit a different farmers market in the fruitful Willamette Valley nearly every day of the week, including markets in Eugene (Sunday), Salem (Monday), Sweet Home (Tuesday), Molalla (Thursday) and Corvallis (Wednesday and Saturday). In particular, they’re bustling during the bountiful berry season. Give yourself time to explore the Mid-Willamette Valley Food Trail and the South Willamette Valley Food Trail.
Eastern Oregon’s high desert has its share of summer bounty. Towns big and small host weekly farmers markets: Baker City (Wednesday), Irrigon (Saturday), John Day (Saturday), Joseph (Saturday), La Grande (Tuesday and Saturday), Ontario (Saturday) and Pendleton (Friday). Along with fresh produce, you’ll find locally raised eggs, meat and honey.
Hit up one of these farmers markets while visiting Central Oregon: Bend (Wednesday), Madras (Saturday), Prineville (Saturday) and Sisters (Sunday). In addition to fresh-picked crops, you’ll find local ranchers selling high-quality cuts of meat.
The Wild and Scenic rivers of Southern Oregon contribute to fertile farmland and abundance at local farmers markets in Ashland (Tuesday and Saturday), Canyonville (Wednesday), Cave Junction (Friday), Grants Pass (Saturday), Jacksonville (Sunday), Klamath Falls (Saturday), Medford (Thursday) and Roseburg (Saturday). Bonus: The Umpqua Valley Farmers Market is part of the Great Umpqua Food Trail.
Finding coastal farmers markets and U-pick farms along the Oregon Coast is as easy as following one of the established food trails. Stretching from Astoria to Lincoln City, the North Coast Food Trail is peppered with weekly markets, including those in Seaside (Wednesday), Manzanita (Friday) and Neskowin (Saturday). Along the Central Coast, those in search of fresh produce and fresh seafood can head to markets in Toledo (Thursday), Yachats (Sunday) and Florence (Tuesday). The Wild Rivers Coast Food Trail along Oregon’s Southern Coast features the largest market in the region, in Coos Bay (Wednesday).
Wondering what’s in season throughout the summer? Check out our handy guide to Oregon’s U-pick farms and consider signing up for a CSA for fresh, local bounty you can pick up at a convenient location or get delivered to your door. In addition, explore the many self-guided food trails around the state.