Summer drops into town
The Sherwood Saturday Market opened for the season on Saturday, May 5. Taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday at Cannery Square, the market features a lineup of more than 30 full- and part-time vendors, as well as a different musical performer each week.
"We have a lot of new vendors," said Erin Harrington, the market's manager of 10 years. "And we have a lot of part-time vendors, so it will be changing week to week. And we also have our loyal full-time vendors back."
Among those first-time vendors: Drop Shop Distillery, owned by Beaverton couple Bri and Bryan Toedtli. The Toedtlis are setting up their booth at six different outdoor markets around the Portland area this season.
"I love it," Bri said as she poured samples of Limoncello, a vibrant lemon liqueur. "It's our first market of this year, and it's smaller so it's a little more intimate. It's great to meet all the local people. It's got great vibes."
Mao Yang has sold her eclectic flower arrangements at the market for four years now. As she assembled a $20 bouquet for a customer, she gave her simple secret: "I like to pick all different colors."
Other longtime market vendors include Sweet Oregon Berry, which sells a variety of fresh produce; the Honey Pit, a Sherwood-based company; and Bumble Bee Stitch, which sells handmade goods.
The Sherwood Saturday Market has been operating for about 20 years, and is a fixture in the community well beyond the five months a year that it hosts events. It takes part in many local charitable efforts, including Helping Hands Sherwood, and gives out two $1,000 scholarships to Sherwood and Newberg students each year.
Harrington said those contributions are what keep the Sherwood community coming back each year.
"I think they see that we are local and community based, and we want to give back," she said. "That's what we're here for."