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Two farmers markets kick off this weekend in Tigard

Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood will be teeming with markets after this weekend's grand openings in Tigard

TIMES FILE PHOTO - Two Tigard farmers markets launch their 2015 seasons on Mother's Day weekend. The markets have long been a home to local produce and small businessesThe crowds will converge at two spots across Tigard this weekend, as the city celebrates the start to a new farmers market season.

For three years, Tigard has been home to two competing farmers markets, the Tigard Area Farmers Market and the Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market.

Both kick off this weekend and run through October.

Here's what you need to know about both of the Tigard markets, and what you'll be able to get at each:

Tigard Area Farmers Market

Tigard Area Farmers MarketThe Tigard Area Farmers Market launches its summer market “The Original Tigard Farmers Market,” this Sunday, May 10, at the corner of Southwest Burnham Street and Hall Boulevard.

Kim Marshall, the market manager, said she expects to see record-breaking crowds this season.

The market, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013, is run by the Tigard Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Sunday only event will boast 40 different vendors, including about a dozen new additions to the market, when it opens this weekend, Marshall said.

"As always, the opening of the summer market is known for its bountiful and beautiful flower baskets and bouquets, jewelry, hand made soaps, delicious baked goods, fresh produce, artisan food products, and more," the Chamber said in a release about the market's opening. "All perfect for Mother’s Day celebrations."

The market is expanding its “Market Sprouts” children’s program this year, with more hands-on educational activities and scavenger hunts aimed at teaching kids about where their food comes from.

The Tigard Area Farmers Market has grown by leaps and bounds this year. In April, the organization launched a Wednesday farmers market at the Tigard Grange Hall. The Wednesday afternoon farmers market is meant to attract customers on their way home from work.

The Original Tigard Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays, through October. The Wednesday Market” is scheduled to wrap up in August.

What: Original Tigard Farmers Market

Where: Tigard Public Works, 8777 S.W. Burnham St., in Tigard

When: Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting May 10

More info: Visit the Tigard Area Farmers Market's website

Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market

Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers MarketBut that’s not the only market vying for your attention this weekend.

The city’s second farmers market, the Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market located at Canterbury Square, 14389 S.W. Pacific Highway, is also launching this weekend, but a day earlier.

The market, which broke off from the Tigard Area Farmers Market in 2013, will open Saturday, May 9, and will run both Saturday and Sunday through October.

"You spoke, we listened," organizer Sean Matthews wrote on the market's Facebook page earlier this year. "We hope that by adding Saturday we will better be able to reach every citizen and encourage more people to put fresh local fruits and veggies on the table every day and help everyone stay connected to friends and local community organizations."

The Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market will feature about 30 vendors this year, including free face painting for kids.

The Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market

Where: Canterbury Square, 14389 S.W. Pacific Highway, in Tigard

When: Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., starting May 9

Website: Visit the Tigard Bull Mountain Farmers Market's website

The area is home to several other farmers markets as well. The Sherwood Saturday Market officially launched on May 2, at Cannery Square, 22341 SW Pine Street. The Tualatin Farmers Market will open at a new location, the Tualatin Public Library, in June.

By Geoff Pursinger
email: gpursinger@commnewspapers.com
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