Spring has sprung at Beaverton Farmers Market
Well…… maybe spring hasn't exactly sprung yet, but we are a hopeful crew. You see, at Beaverton Farmers Market, it's hard to not feel happy with the warmth of the sun and our smiling customers.
Flowers are starting to bloom around the Pacific Northwest and that means it's almost flower season at the market. Growers are carefully tending to their flowers and vegetables too, to bring you their beautiful bounty. In the upcoming weeks, look for snow peas, lettuce, kale, radishes, and broccoli. But keep in mind, many of our farmers utilize greenhouses to bring you all kinds of vegetables and blooms. Aren't we lucky?
Did you know the first farmers market originated in Egypt over 5,000 years ago? Throughout history people have 'set up shop' to sell their wares. In America, markets are documented in the 1600s, but First Peoples have had markets for centuries. These markets have been vital for a community's economic success, and social interaction was equally important for people living agrarian lifestyles.
With the Industrial Revolution, markets decreased, and it was estimated that in the 90s food in the U.S. traveled an average of 1,300 miles and changed hands six times before being eaten. But today, people are wanting farm-to-table foods, small-batch provisions, artisan creations and the benefit of meeting the producer. Local markets still benefit a community by investing in residents and keeping the sense of community alive.
Again, aren't we lucky?
Beaverton Farmers Market
Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth Streets, Beaverton