Portlanders do love their Farmers’ Markets. The granddaddy of them all is in the southernmost end of the South Park Blocks on Saturdays. The setting is ideal, with towering trees and a plaza where musical acts and cooking demonstrations can take place. I can remember when it consisted of a few card tables in a parking lot down by the river. Now it is wall to wall people, and a major draw for tourists. It has also spawned a number of satellite markets taking place in other parts of town on various days. My favorite is the Wednesday Market.
It retains the park setting by moving to the extreme north end of the park
where vendors, shoppers and nibblers blend with the statuary. Parking is nearby and plentiful, the hours (10am-2pm) are civilized and the whole scale of the thing makes it easy to work it into a weekly schedule.
The selection is not as extensive as Saturday’s, but I never fail to find something interesting to experiment with.
Flowers seem to be one of the most popular items at all of the markets. It tickles me to see so many people on the street carrying bags of veggies and armloads of bouquets…feels very European, somehow.
Loree did a post on the Saturday Farmers’ Market with fine photos of vegetables and fruits on display as if they were fine jewels (which I guess they are, in a sense).