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Parks and Recreation Department plans to pilot small-scale market March 7.

img:299717}Lake Oswego residents will soon have the opportunity to shop local and fresh at a new Lake Grove Farmers Market, which will open next month.

Beginning March 7, the Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department will pilot a small-scale market that will feature 15 to 20 local vendors every Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. until April 25.

"The team was approached by Mercato Grove, the development at Kruse (Way) and Boones (Ferry), with an interest in sponsoring community events as a way to connect with their new community. Through these discussions, the concept of the Lake Grove Farmers' Market reemerged," said Event Supervisor Jamie Inglis in a press release sent by the city. "Upon researching, the team discovered that Hallmark Drive presented a feasible location for a market and provided an ideal opportunity to evaluate interest in a permanent market in the 97035 ZIP code."

Mercato Grove, known to many as Mercantile Village, is on track to open in spring.

The development — which is located on six acres at Kruse Way and Boones Ferry Road — consists of 206 apartments, parking and 49,000 square feet of retail space.

The development team, led by High Street Residential, recently confirmed six new restaurants — each business is members of the ChefStable restaurant group — set to open this spring: Fills Donuts, Grassa, Lardo, Oven and Shaker, St. Jack and Tasty. Other businesses that have signed on include Clean Juice, CVS, Max Nails Nail Salon, Orangetheory Fitness and Ovation Coffee & Tea.

"For several years, there has been interest from both the community and city staff in expanding the existing Lake Oswego Farmers' Market's offerings to Lake Grove," the press release read. "The downtown market was founded with a mission to provide the community greater access to fresh local products while enhancing the neighboring business community. As the economic vitality of Lake Grove continues to grow, in tandem with the Boones Ferry Road construction project, the Lake Grove Farmers' Market became a higher priority."

The pilot program's goal is to gauge community interest in a permanent market in that area.

The market will follow COVID-19 safety protocols, and vendors will offer items including produce, flowers, meats and seafood. There will also be rotating hot food vendors.

According to the press release, the market will offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program matching of up to $20 a week.

"Access to healthy, sustainable and equitable food is more important than ever — especially during the pandemic," Farmers Market Manager Emily Liu said. "COVID-19 has shown how essential our local food systems are and the market aims to support our farmers and most vulnerable populations."

Parking will be located at Lake Grove Elementary School. For more information about the market, including additional parking and logistical details, visit the farmers market website.


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