Moreland Farmers Market ends season, seeks new location
After having perhaps its best season ever, the Moreland Farmers Market is now looking for a new home.
On October 30, the last weekly Wednesday afternoon market of its season, Market Manager Lannie Kali reported, "The highlight of 2019 has been that we saw a big uptick in customers this year – most likely because there are a lot of new apartment dwellers in the neighborhood.
"Last year, we typically saw 1,500 people shopping every week; the average market this year had 1,850 shoppers, the most significant uptick in shoppers that we've had in many years! Now, we're being considered the busiest midweek market in the entire Portland Metro area," Kali said.
Each season, the market has far more vendors applying that it can accept, she told THE BEE. "We accept between 50 and 80 vendors per year; different ones are here during the course of the season. So, what we like to do is to pick the very best of the best for our shoppers."
Asked about the location for their 2020 season, Kali replied, "I wish we knew. The [former Portland Memorial south parking] lot's owner has been very generous with us; he's letting us leave our storage container here up until they break ground," Kali remarked. The new owner will construct high-density housing on the lot.
"We have a couple of alternative locations under consideration," Kali said. "What's important for people to know is that we are going to exist! And we're trying to stay right here in the Sellwood-Westmoreland neighborhood; to stay walkable, and have a kids' area, with grass and shade."
Keep up with the Moreland Farmers Market online – www.morelandfarmersmarket.org
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