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Old favorites, new vendors dot downtown for popular event's 11th season



The market often features entertainment. Mark your calendars for next Wednesday, May 4 — the Forest Grove Farmers Market is making another return appearance.

“First Wednesday is happening that day as well, so the streets should be pretty full,” said Kaely Summers, market manager for Adelante Mujeres, the Forest Grove nonprofit that organizes the Wednesday afternoon event.

The market is open from 4 to 8 p.m. from early May until late October on Main Street between Pacific and 21st avenues.

In 2005, Adelante Mujeres launched the local market, “fostering cross-cultural exchange during this family-focused community event,” said Summers, a Tacoma, Wash., native and Pacific University graduate. “We strive to provide an outlet for small farmers and food producers so that they may connect with the community by offering fresh, local goods.”

Now in its 11th season, the market has expanded to include more fruit, vegetable and flower vendors, artisan craft vendors and — particularly this year — a number of local restaurants getting into the act.

Kama’aina, a Hawaiian food eatery, and Bites restaurant are joining veteran businesses in serving up their wares at the market in 2016. Urban Decanter will stage a wine garden in front of its building on Main Street and The King’s Head pub will offer a beer garden on the market’s southwest corner. Bites will have “seating and specials” on Main Street and Kama’aina will make tickets to a poke fish dinner available to market-goers, Summers said. Sales of fresh asparagus were brisk at the market last year.

“We’re also welcoming back Next Dimension Bakery, and Sugar Momma’s Bake Shop will be at the market as well,” she added. Dip-A-Lick, a Cornelius-based purveyor of hand-dipped ice cream bars, is a new feature as well.

Also available at the market will be musical entertainment and the Market Sprouts Kids Club, a program designed to “inspire children to take part in their local food system, enjoy eating nutritious foods and empower them to make healthy choices,” said Summers. It’s open to children age 5 to 12.

The market attracts a weekly average of more than 2,000 visitors of all ages and demographic groups to “share good food and listen to local musicians,” Summers noted. “The community of Forest Grove has really latched onto this event — there’s a big sense of ownership.” NEWS-TIMES FILE PHOTOS - Steve's Boot Scootn Kettle Korn is a popular item at the perennial Wednesday market in downtown Forest Grove.

Market vendors offer a wide selection of local goods ranging from fresh produce, eggs, meat, honey, baked goods and prepared foods to flowers, plant starts, hand-crafted soaps and more. The market also serves as a small-business incubator for businesses participating in Adelante’s Sustainable Agriculture and Empresas Small Business Development programs.

The market accepts SNAP, WIC and FDNP vouchers toward toward the purchase of all fruits and vegetables. Thanks to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, low-income shoppers also receive up to a $5 match in tokens to buy more produce.

A full list of market vendors can be found at adelantemujeres.org/fg-farmers-market.

A canine market-goer takes a rest in the middle of Main Street during the weekly Forest Grove Farmers Market in 2015.

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