May 31, 2024 - Things to Do

Your guide to Portland's farmers markets

Woman at a farmers market stand with shoppers lining up at the next stand

Cleo Frizzell sells Hot Mama Salsa at the Montavilla Farmers Market. Photo: Joseph Gallivan/Axios

More of Portland's farmers markets are opening as summer produce arrives to be sold next to sumptuous pastries, pickles, tinctures and proteins.

Why it matters: Our 30-plus farmers markets are the perfect Portland way to meet new people, eat well and partake in conscious capitalism.

Here are some of the markets worth checking out. The first five operate as part of the Portland Farmers Market nonprofit.

Portland Farmers Market at PSU

  • Saturdays year-round, except Dec. 28. 8:30am-2pm from April through October (and 9am-2pm the rest of the year).
  • With nearly 150 vendors, it's accessible by the Portland Streetcar and contains a variety of food carts and produce to tote away.
  • Standouts include Enchanted Sun New Mexico-style burritos, Vtopian Artisan Cheeses (plant-based cheeses) and Mio's Delectables (Japanese-inspired French pastries).

Shemanski Park Farmers Market, downtown

  • 10am-2pm Wednesdays, May-October, plus a Harvest Festival Nov. 27.
  • Bob Hopkins, the pastry chef at Southpark Seafood, told Axios he gets lots of seasonal fruit for the restaurant at this market, starting with berries, through peaches, plums and pears.

King Farmers Market, Alberta Arts District

Kenton Farmers Market

  • 3pm-7pm Wednesdays, June-September.
  • This market includes hands-on cooking, tastings and interactive games for kids from Oregon State University food scientists.

Lents International Farmers Market

  • 9am-2pm Sundays, June-November.
  • The Lents market brings fresh produce to big-box country, and it has the same OSU Food Hero kids programming as Kenton.

Montavilla Farmers Market

  • For some SE foodies, this is Sunday church. Recent entertainers included a three-piece band playing a klezmer version of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" with a plastic melodica.

Milwaukie Farmers Market

What they're saying: "There's so much engagement at the market because people are so curious about the farms and the ingredients," PSU market vendor Tamara Hattar told Axios. "Whatever pickle I'm sampling sells the best."

  • Her company, Euzumeh, sells Middle Eastern food with a Pacific Northwest flair using her grandmother's Jordanian recipes.

Other markets:

St. Johns Farmers Market

  • 9am-2pm, Saturdays, May-November.

Hollywood Farmers Market

  • 8am-1pm, Saturdays, April–September; winter hours vary.

South Waterfront Farmers Market

Hillsdale Farmers Market

  • 9am-1pm Sundays, year-round, with weekly markets starting in April.

If you go: Bring your Axios tote bag.

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