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Beaverton Farmers Market gets a jump on the season

The Beaverton Farmers Market opens for the summer season one week earlier this year, on the first Saturday in May, for the first time in the market’s 27-year history.

Traditionally, the market has opened on Mother’s Day weekend. Instead, more than 120 vendors will head to the Beaverton City Park parking lot across from the library this Saturday.

A dozen new vendors will be among them, offering an array of plants, produce and food selections beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing through 1:30 p.m.

Market Master Ginger Rapport, who has served with the market for the past 19 years, predicts another record-breaking season, with more than 20,000 shoppers attending opening day.

“Our vendors have responded to the nearly year-round demand for their products to the point where there are only two months in the year when we do not have a market,” Rapport said. “Opening our regular summer season market a week earlier this year was a logical extension of the increased supply and demand for locally produced plants, produce and artisan foods.”

The market opens with a month-long celebration of the best of early spring offerings, including a selection of locally grown and crafted products from more than 120 Oregon and Washington farmers, producers and artisans. 

The Beaverton Farmers Markets also offers the largest selection of nursery stock available at any regional farmers market, including lush hanging baskets, veggie starts, annuals and a wide variety of the nursery stock grown in Oregon, Rapport said.

The market also welcomes the return of its heirloom vendors, the originals, or as Rapport likes to say, “Those growers, farmers and artisans who have been here longer than I have, longer than 19 years.”

Returning this year is “Local Liquid,” a sample, sip and dine area specially created to highlight Oregon’s craft distillers, brewers and winemakers that debuted last year.  The area features some of Oregon’s best distillers and craft breweries, offering tastes, cocktails and bottles for sale.The market will also continue to offer the popular pet care service new last year called “Sit-n-Stay” operated by Home Plate of Washington County. The market has always been pet-free, but now customers may bring their pet and pay a small donation for a dog-sit ($5 first half-hour), and help support the work of Home Plate.

The popular kids program “Market Sprouts,” now in its third year, will expand its activities this year, with more hands-on educational activities and scavenger hunt plans to educate young people about where their fruits and vegetables, meats and products come from. The kids who participate in Market Sprouts have the opportunity to interact with growers and farmers, beginning at the May 31 market.

For a complete listing of all the market vendors, visit beavertonfarmersmarket.com.




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