Spring ritual brings out vendors, gardeners, free cake provided for the opening.

Through a heavy downpour on a Saturday morning, vendors sold their wares to kick off farmers market season at the Gresham Saturday Market on Saturday, April 13.

Attendees braving the rain wandered through booths that offered crafts, artisanal food, and early season plant starts.

Pam Colby sold her stained glass creations for the third year at the market. PMG PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Sisters Misa, 8, and Mila Mengiste, 4, pose for a photo during the Gresham Saturday Market opening Saturday, April 13.

"I just love the experience, and it gives my me an outlet for my crafts," Colby said.

She added that Gary Dillon, market manager, has done a great job of coordinating the weekly marketplace.

The Gresham Saturday Market at Mt. Hood Community College will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays until Sept. 28. Vendors gathered in the "W" parking lot, at the corner of Northeast Kane Drive and Southeast Stark Street.

Bekalu Abebe wandered the market while carrying his 8-month old daughter Elaric Bekalu. PMG PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Pam Colby offers her stained glass creations during the Gresham Saturday Market.

Abebe was checking out what the market had to offer as he recently moved to Gresham from Seattle.

Sisters Misa, 8, and Mila Mengiste, 4, wandered the market looking at food.

Misa, who was born and raised in Oregon, didn't mind the downpour. She even enjoyed the rain more than the free cake that was handed out at the market's opening. PPMG PHOTO: MATT DEBOW - Attendees wander around at the Gresham Saturdays market opening during a downpour.

"I like being in the rain a lot," Misa said.

Contact Gresham Outlook Reporter Matt DeBow at 503-492-5115, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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