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SHOP LOCAL: 14 PORTLAND FARMERS MARKETS YOU NEED TO HIT UP

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Alyssa Ackerman

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So, you’ve spent the last couple hours scrolling Pinterest for recipe inspiration. You’re not alone, but we have a potential remedy: some fresh air and local fare from the nearest farmers market. And you’re in luck — Portland’s loaded. Here are a few of our favorites.

This seasonal, Sunday market is for the whole crew. With nearly 50 stalls brightening SE Vermont St. with local produce, quality meats, baked goods, and live music, you're bound to find what you're searching for. Grab a coffee and all sorts of samples as you weave between the tents. And make sure you don't leave without scoring some lunch at one of the handful of delicious food carts and picking up some potted plants for your home and garden.

A popular Saturday morning destination, this is Portland’s main squeeze when it comes to farmers markets. Open year-round (except for December), the PSU market features more than 100 vendors set up right downtown (between SW College and Montgomery). Explore our region’s colorful bounty beneath a green canopy of trees and enjoy live music, chef demonstrations, and some pretty incredible prepared food. Who says you can't snack while you shop?

Montavilla is getting cooler. If the yoga studio and coffee shops aren’t evidence enough, a farmers market seals the deal. The small red barn on Stark St. and 78th marks the spot and is conveniently located within walking distance of a cafe, restaurants, and a number of bars. With 60 vendors, live music, and a progressive food program to help everyone secure access to quality ingredients, this Saturday operation is definitely a deep Southeast gem.

Wake up early to hit up the Hollywood neighborhood and peruse 50 energetic vendors proudly providing their community with quality and local goods. You won’t have any problem getting here, either — this market is easily accessed by the green, red, and blue MAX lines, bikes, vehicles, or by foot. Expect awesome produce, live music, and plenty of activities to start your Saturday off right.

It’s Tuesday and you probably need an upper. If that’s the case, check out the Lloyd Center midday farmers market in Oregon Square. It’s a tiny market in a tall gazebo filled with warm tamales and organic produce for mid-week re-ups for your fridge and pantry. If anything, it’s the excuse you’ve been looking for to get out of the office. Bonus: food trucks. Even better, this market operates all year-round.

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Nestled on 42nd St., this Thursday night market is packed with amazing fresh foods you'll be waiting all week to stock up on. You can find everything you need for this weekend’s homemade culinary adventures — whether you’re making grilled pesto chicken with summer squash or a Moroccan vegetable stew. From June to September, this market is the community’s epicenter, and you’re going to see a lot of Cully’s finest, funky, and familiar faces here, too.

Rebecca at the Well, one of Portland’s favorite fountains, will greet you at this open-air market. And who doesn’t need a little pick-me-up come Wednesday? From May to October, great produce and delicious, local lunches let you kill two birds with one stone by allowing you to grab a freshly-prepared meal while you shop. Oh, and don't miss the local wine, the impressive display of foraged mushrooms, and the loads of lavender.

You will be sure to find Milwaukie’s residents gathered about this lush Sunday market from May to October. If you’re coming from downtown, it’s a quick bike ride up the East Side Promenade Bike Path. And the best part? Indulging in a slice of Zoe Ann’s Cheesecake while you stock up on nutritious veggies to cook at home.

If you’re waking up hungry on a Sunday, wander over to the King neighborhood anytime after 10am. One block off of Alberta St., you can find coffee and breakfast to bring you back to life, but you might swear that you’re still dreaming — the sounds of cheerful dogs and playful kids mix with the wafting fresh smells of this open-air market. Bonus: Parking is a breeze and the crowds are minimal.

In search of some diversity? Portland Farmers Market’s Lents setup is the only internationally-focused market in town, and they’re not messing around. If you walk through this fresh food haven on Sundays from June to November and you’ll find flavors from Peru, Mexico, Russia, Japan, and our beloved Pacific Northwest, plus authentic ingredients you won't be able to get anywhere else.

You won’t have to feel guilty about packing your pantry with goodies from the Lake Oswego Farmers Market. Situated in the Millennium Plaza Park, this Saturday go-to has over 80 vendors selling everything from the homemade jams and jellies to the sustainably-sourced seafood and grass-fed meats. After you’ve made your rounds, treat yourself to a gluten-free cookie from Blue Moon Bakery — you deserve it.

Nestled in Downtown Tigard on Burnham St. is where you’ll find this market that’s about to be your new go-to for fresh-cut flowers and flower baskets. Pick up a bouquet to brighten up your living room, then fill your tote bag with locally-grown produce from a number of area farms. It's the perfect way to spend a relaxing Sunday before you have to get back to the weekly grind.

Aside from the Shemanski Park Market, you won't find a more charming weekly setup than the South Waterfront Farmers Market. Lined with towering trees and featuring views of the river, it's the ideal place to relax and unwind on a Thursday night after work while you pick up snacks and essentials for the weekend ahead. Don't worry — they've got that charcuterie board covered. And although they close down in October, you can hit up the Winter Farmers Market once per month from November to February. Just check their website for specific dates.

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