Spring celebration launches 2019 farmers market season
May flowers are already in bloom, which means it's almost Mt. Hood Farmers Market time.
The market is set to open Friday, May 3, at the AntFarm outdoor building, 38600 Proctor Blvd., Sandy.
This year, Tiffani Nute, market manager and local farmer, said the market is aiming to capture and promote "what community looks like in Sandy."
Besides offering a myriad of shopping options with goods such as honey, flowers, crafts, farm-fresh eggs and meats and more, the market will also feature a community booth for the second year.
"(The community booth) is for businesses to inform the community around them of what they offer," Nute noted. "It's kind of a push for us not to just be a bedroom town (but) more as a destination than just a place to blow through. The community booth gives the tourists an opportunity to learn more about what Sandy has to offer."
Nute is optimistic that the market will be bigger and better this year, increasing its already formidable popularity.
"Our popularity has skyrocketed this year," she said. "I've gotten a tremendous response from the community. I also know as a vendor at the market that people come from out of state, (and) a lot of them are just enchanted. The market is an experience for people."
This year's market will host a revolving group of 15 to 20 vendors, now including local wineries and breweries that choose to participate.
"I think we should be supporting them as businesses too," Nute noted. "They utilize local farms."
Weekly themes are a new addition to the market. The first on May 3 will be Spring Celebration. Nute plans to have a Maypole at the event and hand out free seeds. The last Friday of every month will feature an open mic, and every market will have live music.
As the market attempts to cater to audiences of all ages, the Power of Produce program will be offered again this year to educate children ages 5-12 about healthy food. Kids who participate in the weekly lessons will earn a $2 token to spend on produce from the market.
The AntFarm's bottle deposit and compost collection site will also be available for community use.
"I'm personally looking forward to being able to work with the kids through the POP program," Nute told The Post. "There's so much delight I saw (from the kids who participated before) as a vendor. Getting to experience all of those first experiences with them is great."
The market runs from 3-7 p.m. every Friday into October, with a closing date yet to be officially determined.
For more information, visit mounthoodfarmersmarket.org.