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Food remains in high demand, even in a pandemic. That certainly benefited the Moreland Farmers Market

DAVID F. ASHTON - Shopping with Scratch Meats vendor Ash Davis, at the last Moreland Farmers Market of the season, we found Nancy and Tasha Kelter. Although its location shifted a block north of S.E. Bybee Boulevard, on 14th Avenue – for the 18th season of the mid-week Moreland Farmers Market – by all accounts, the nonprofit Market did very well, even in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"Fortunately, farmers markets like ours were considered 'essential businesses' at the beginning of the season; so, we made the necessary arrangements, and we're really excited that we've been able to have a good season," exclaimed Market Manager Lannie Kali. We spoke to her at the twenty-sixth and last Wednesday Market of their 2020 season, on October 28.

"This was great, because produce doesn't 'care' about COVID-19 – our farmers had already invested in their crops, and they were growing – so, we're really glad that we were able to help them offer these great, fresh foods to our community," Kali told THE BEE.

The Market saw about 600 shoppers a day, a bit fewer than usual, Kali said. "But, the good thing about it was that the people who came here spent more per shopper, than did our regular shoppers in the past. All of our vendors say they've done very well – especially for a mid-week market!

"People are telling me that they missed the live music and our in-person kids' programs, but they also say they're feeling really grateful just to be getting fresh food."

Expect to see familiar faces one again in the 2021 season, Kali told THE BEE, because they expect almost all of their vendors to be back. "We're supportive of them, and they're supportive of us -- providing quite a wonderful community here!"

Kali added, "One more thing: The owners of Wilhelm's Portland Memorial Funeral continue to be really gracious to us, offering this space every Wednesday; they are really great neighbors and supporters."

Keep in touch with the Moreland Farmers Market during the off season by visiting them online – www.morelandfarmersmarket.org


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