East County Farmers Markets to return next month
Two farmers markets will kick off the 2022 season next month — bringing fresh produce, hot meals, hand-crafted goods and more to East Multnomah County.
First is the return of The People's Market at Rockwood, which is back showcasing a diverse mix of vendors in the heart of Rockwood.
The market, hosted by nonprofit youth organization Play Grow Learn, is a Black-led farmers market that used to run out of the Sunrise Center parking lot. But with the completion of the Downtown Rockwood Market Hall, the group has a new venue.
During cold months the market will operate inside the Market Hall, while in the warmer summer months it will move outdoors into the public plaza featuring nearly 40 vendors. There will be healers specializing in food and herb wellness, healthy services, farm-to-table meals and snacks, and more, with a specific focus on serving the BIPOC communities.
The first day for The People's Market is from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1.
Then on Saturday, May 7, will be the return of the Gresham Farmers Market, held every Saturday from May through October in the Gresham Arts Plaza. The market brings together countless vendors offering local produce, fruit, flowers, nursery stock, handcrafted food and baked goods, beer, crafts and more.
Since last year, the market has welcomed a new layout that sprawls throughout the downtown park, allowing for more space to comfortable spread out and bring in new vendors. In the hot weeks of summer the plaza's Children's Splash Pad is on, allowing for a fun activity for youths tired of shopping.
The nonprofit market was established in 1986. Vendors spent the first season selling locally grown produce and flowers from the tailgates of pickup trucks in the parking lot of Gresham City Hall. The market moved around for several years, before settling in a downtown Gresham parking lot on Northwest Third Avenue and Miller Street from 1999-2018. Its permanent home is now in the Arts Plaza.
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