Community Spotlight: Farmers Markets

Community Spotlight is an occasional look at some of the fantastic organizations around the beautiful Portland metro area. This is a new blogging event we’ve created to reach out, as we are deeply involved in our community and want to put some focus on the special parts of it. This week’s spotlight covers the local farmers markets.


3022848799_e539f23db9_zThere are over a dozen farmers markets in the area, most of which are open spring through fall, although there are a few winter markets. Local farmers and businesses set up booths and sell their wares to market attendees. Most booths sell fresh produce and preserves, as well as other varieties of food, but there are also booths dedicated to selling flowers or goods.


The neatest thing about the markets is that they are pretty evenly spread around the metro area and are in easy-to-get to locations. Most people can easily get to one using any sort of transportation. Some markets, such as the Beaverton Farmers Market, takes place right in the heart of the community, near a library and a beautiful park. The main Hillsboro Market is also in a park, only one block from a MAX stop.


Many booths in the markets accept supplementary food programs, which is a fantastic way for those in the programs to get fresh, affordable produce without having to deal with quickly-wilting grocery store lettuce. You can receive vouchers or tokens to use instead of your Oregon Trail card.


Local farmers markets benefit our community by bringing fresh food directly to the people who live here. They’re a special addition to everyone’s life, and anyone can attend and gain some benefit.


Div Creative endorses and supports our local community events!


Other Community Spotlight posts: Park and RecreationThe Blind Cafe, Portland Community College, An Interview with Free Geek