Midweek 'Moreland Farmers Market' opens on same site for another year
Thanks to the benevolent property owner who bought the south parking lot of Wilhelm's Portland Memorial for an eventual residential project, the Moreland Farmers Market continues to thrive on that lot, at S.E. 14th and Bybee Boulevard, for at least one more year. So, there it opened for 2019 on May 1.
"The owner of the lot has been very generous; as long as it's under development, they're letting us remain here this year, till the end of October," said its Market Manager Lannie Kali, who is celebrating her ninth year with the market.
New to the market this year is a gluten-free and vegan cupcake vendor called "Sinful Confections", Kali pointed out, adding, "they're super on-trend and crazy delicious."
By June, Kali said there should be a full complement of farm stands – 50 vendors in all – at each of the Wednesday afternoon markets, selling fresh-from-the-farm vegetables and fruits as they come into season, as well as prepared foods.
"And, we're the only farmers market in the state with a Senior Nutrition Program, now in our sixth year," Kali told THE BEE. "It's sponsored by Bob's Red Mill: Seniors who are at risk of being food-deficient get five dollars to spend here every week."
The vendors, the ready-to-eat foods and snacks, the live music, and the kids' activities continue to make the Moreland Farmers Market a valuable community resource for about 1,500 neighbors who come by every week, Kali remarked.
To see who and what is at the Market this week, stop by 1400 S.E. Bybee Boulevard from 2 until 7 p.m. every Wednesday till fall, or go online – www.morelandfarmersmarket.org