With the city’s DIY-everything atmosphere, love of all things local and proximity to amazing agricultural regions, Portland’s farmers’ markets are in a league of their own. In the past two decades, these open-air marketplaces have increased from a handful to more than 40 around the metro area.
These markets, which sprout up all over the city throughout the year, carry the standard array of local (mostly organic) produce, baked goods, regionally raised seafood and meats, artisan cheeses, pickled vegetables, honeys, jams, flowers and more. But they also commonly book local musicians and usually host a number of food carts or booths. A festival atmosphere prevails, and visitors can enjoy the people watching and music, and make a memorable meal of the food-vendor offerings. Markets generally run from spring through fall, though a few extend their dates well into winter.
Portland Farmers’ Market
The city’s most famous market, which continues to gain national acclaim, is the Saturday morning Portland Farmers’ Market at Portland State University on the downtown Park Blocks at Southwest Montgomery Street. This gorgeous, tree-shaded spot draws legions of locals and tourists to browse the goods of more than 100 market vendors (some of which have brick-and-mortar locations throughout the city) who enjoy delicious, fresh-prepared food from Pine State Biscuits, Verde Cocina Mexican food, Via Chicago pizza, Salumeria di Carlo sausages and many others.
The Portland Farmers’ Market sets up at six other locations around the city, including Pioneer Courthouse Square in the heart of downtown (Mondays, June-September). Others take place at Shemanski Park (in the downtown Park Blocks at Southwest Salmon Street; Wednesdays, May-November), in Northwest Portland (Thursdays, June-September), and in the Buckman (Thursdays, May-September) and King (Sundays, May-November) neighborhoods.
Many of the other dozens of markets around the city are relatively modest and held in residential areas, but some notable neighborhood markets include the Hollywood Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings, the People’s Farmers’ Market in the Division / Clinton neighborhood on Wednesday afternoons and the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market on Sundays.
And the bounty isn’t limited to Portland proper (although there are plenty of markets in the city) — there are farmers’ markets all around the metro area. In fact, at the height of the season, there’s a market somewhere every day of the week.