Gresham Farmers Market set for new season
The Gresham Farmers Market has been wowing residents with local produce, fruit, flowers, nursery stock, handcrafted food and baked goods, crafts and much more for more than three decades.
And this year is going to be bigger and better than ever.
The market made a big move midway through the season in 2018, to its new home at the Center for the Arts Plaza, at the corner of Northeast Third Street and Northwest Hood Avenue. Now they have signed a 20-year deal with the city of Gresham, allowing them to dive into their new home in downtown.
"At first we had some push back from the vendors last year, but after making the move they had an increase of 25 percent in their sales," said Ryan Stonemetz, president of the Gresham Farmers Market board. "We worked out all the kinks last year."
The Gresham Farmers Market is set to have a rotation of 164 vendors, with even more options joining in this year. They also have more space to work with. Rather than being contained along Third Street, the market will wrap all the way around the plaza. That means less crowding and more spots for the vendors.
"We verify all the products are handmade and top-notch," Stonemetz said.
The market's season kicks off Saturday, May 4, running from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every weekend through October — but opening day may be one of the highlights. Market leaders are working with the city of Gresham to have plenty of fun things to do, and with it being during Mother's Day Weekend, the market said they will have several vendors selling flower baskets, roses and other bouquets.
"Everyone is excited about the season starting," Stonemetz said. "We are going to have a great year."