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They're still looking for a new location, but they've been given another year at their old spot

DAVID F. ASHTON - The Moreland Farmers Markets Manager, Lannie Kali.  Shoppers gathered on Wednesday, May 9, at S.E. 14th and Bybee Boulevard in Westmoreland to celebrate the opening of the 13th annual Moreland Farmers Market. The market has been granted one more year to use the parking lot across from Wilhelm's Portland Memorial.

However, since the lot under the nonprofit market has new owners, Market Manager Lannie Kali is still searching for another local venue.

"In the meantime," she told THE BEE, "We're open every Wednesday from 2 to 7 p.m., with about forty vendors, through October 24. The market will expand and contract throughout the season, as crops go through their natural cycles. We're still focused on health and nutrition for all ages."

Visitors will find produce from such anchor vendors as "Gathering Together Farms", and "Greenbridge Gardens". John Eveland, from "Gathering Together", says, "This is one of the best neighborhood Farmers Markets we've ever been to. We like the interaction with so many regular customers." Julie Laube, also from Greenbridge, says succinctly, "Get to know your farmer and your food."

"We're a service to both the neighborhood and to small businesses," explains Kali. "When you spend $1 at a grocery store, the farmer only gets 7 cents of that. Here, the farmer gets the whole dollar. And the nutritional value here is huge, since everything is only about twelve hours old – not stored."

Among new vendors at the Moreland Farmers Market are "HAB Sauce, LLC", which offers "creative habanero hot sauces"; Aesthete Tea; and Roundhouse Foods' hummus options. New sweets supplier "P-Dough-X" sells cookie dough you can bake or eat like ice cream, with toppings. Owner Becky Rodriguez confides, "I make it with pasteurized egg whites and heat-treated flour."

New "adult beverage" vendors are Stone Circle Cider (hard apple cider), and Leikam Brewing, which offers "Crowlers" – defined as "growler-sized cans of beer".

Sponsors of this year's Market include Green Drop Garage in the Reed neighborhood, Unitus Community Credit Union (which opens in June down the street at 1615 S.E. Bybee Boulevard), and many more.

"Opening day was 'Pet Day', sponsored by Natural Pet Food Solutions," Kali pointed out. "Among our featured activities are an Art & Handcraft Booth, our Senior Nutrition and SNAP match tokens, and our POP ("Power of Produce") Kids' Club Booth, which features seed planting. There are also family-friendly activities on the grassy area, thanks to volunteers from East Bridge Church. "We also have a new hot-food vendor – Heart and Bones Kitchen – which offers gluten-free, Paleo, Ketogenic, and vegan options. Come visit and explore. You can also donate to support our Market online – www.morelandfarmersmarket.org ."

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