Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tigard Farmers Market got into full swing on May 31 and customers were bustling along Tigard Street Sunday, picking out items from among 45 vendors.
"We're down about one-third (attendance) of what we normally get," said Jessica Love, Tigard Farmers Market manager, although she expects numbers to pick up later in the summer. "We usually hit our peak around July."
The vendors Sunday ranged from Westward Whiskey Distillery of Portland, which has been making whiskey from scratch since 2004, to Our Biz is Bees in Tualatin, which offers raw honey and pollen.
And while last year's market had eight more vendors, the market hit capacity early because of new social distancing guidelines.
Since 1993, the Tigard Farmer's Market has been a way for farmers to sell their locally grown produce, plants and flowers.
"This is our 28th season of the market," said Love, who has served as market manager for the last four years. "It started out on Commercial Street and then we've bounced around to a few different locations. We were on Burnham Street last year and now we're on Tigard Street."
There has even been talk about moving the market to Burnham Street once Universal Plaza is eventually constructed on 1.18 acres of land formerly owned by Ferguson Plumbing.
In 2012, the market came under the leadership of the Tigard Chamber of Commerce, strengthening its presence, according to chamber officials.
Love said she loves both the market and the fact it brings people together.
"There's so much community," she said. "It's awesome."
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