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In a time of quarantine, a Farmers Market opens -- one block north of where it had been before

DAVID F. ASHTON - Ringing the market bell to open the 2020 season was Moreland Farmers Market manager Lannie Kali, joyously joined by volunteers Camilla Muldrow and Michelle Rork.Those driving by the established recent location of the Moreland Farmers Market on its opening day – Wednesday, May 20 – may have done a double-take. The sign was still posted facing S.E Bybee Boulevard, in its usual place, announcing opening day -- but the parking lot it was standing in was devoid of vendors.

"It's true! We've moved one block north of our original location, because it's a much larger parking lot, which makes more space for vendors," acknowledged the market's Manager, Lannie Kali. "So far, it's a good first day of our market this season; in fact, within the first half hour, we counted more than 100 customers!

"And we've had just a ton of pre-orders, all of which are now packed and ready to be picked up, at our special station, at the far end of the lot."

This year's market started off with 24 food-only vendors, in keeping with current COVID-19 coronavirus "social distancing" regulations. "We'll open the market to other vendors later, assuming we're allowed to do so in the future," Kali said.

Operating the Moreland Farmers Market under these conditions takes more volunteers to set up, and to be present during the afternoon. Kali reported, "We have about 18 volunteers helping out here; our volunteers are absolutely the best!

Market hours are still 2 until 7 p.m., every Wednesday through the end of October.

The Moreland Farmers Market is currently one block north of Bybee Boulevard, facing Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral Home – at S.E. Glenwood Street, along 14th Avenue.

For market safety information, and to learn about the "Pre-order Service", visit their official website –

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