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The popular Wednesday afternoon farmers market in Westmoreland is underway for another summer

DAVID F. ASHTON - Moreland Farmers Market Manager Lannie Kali, left - with a new vendor at the market, Andrea Ludlow of Showstopper Cookies. When the Moreland Farmers Market (MFM) opened its 2021 season on Wednesday, May 19th, it was difficult to tell which were more excited: The shoppers, the vendors, or the market's staff. Part of the market's ebullience was likely because a passing heavy rain storm, bringing hail, had cleared away after the first hour.

"Here, on the opening day of our 16th season, we feel fortunate that we're still here!" exclaimed the market's Manager Lannie Kali.

"Wilhelm's Portland Memorial has been, and continues to be, really generous to us by letting our market shift around on their parking lots, and stay in this neighborhood – as well as providing parking for their shoppers on their grounds across the street," Kali told THE BEE.

"What neighbors can expect to find, this early in the season, are strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, and all kinds of greens," remarked Kali. "As the season progresses we'll get lots more berries and fruits.

"We're also highlighting local 'spirits' producers," Kali pointed out. "Many of them started their alcoholic beverage businesses last year, during the pandemic lockdown."

DAVID F. ASHTON - Philppe Cagnant of Cote dOr Bakery sells a fresh baguette to Paulette Bierzychudek and Gary Reiness, Westmoreland neighbors who said they live just blocks away.  The market started out with 32 vendors, including those bringing in fresh vegetables and plant starts, and the prepared-food sellers with hot and fresh meals ready to go.

"Last year we doubled the amount of SNAP benefits for EBT shoppers at this farmers market; and we're offering 'Double-Up Food Bucks' again this year – so great for low income families."

The Moreland Farmers Market is open from 2 until 6 p.m. every Wednesday through October 19th. The precise current location is S.E. 14th Avenue in Westmoreland, between Glenwood and Clayborne Streets, across from Wilhelm's Portland Memorial.

For more information, go online – Here's>www.morelandfarmersmarket.org

Here's a video of what you'd have seen if you were a visitor at the Moreland Farmers Market's opening day: youtu.be/M9nXdqtupi8


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