Shemanski Park Portland Farmers Market Opens

posted by Brad Ford - 

Portland residents and visitors will fill their market baskets with delicious food as they welcome back familiar farmers and local food producers to the Shemanski Park Portland Farmers Market this morning.

Centrally located on the South Park Blocks behind the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, this market buzzes with downtown employees, tourists from nearby hotels, neighboring school teachers leading little locavores, and culinary students and chefs gathering produce for the night’s dinner specials. A popular lunch destination, this market features about 25 vendor stalls filled with farm-fresh and locally-made food under a lush green canopy of trees. 

Along with dozens of familiar vendors, the Shemanski Park market welcomes these fresh faces:

Freeland Spirits (Portland) A women-owned and -operated distillery featuring unique varieties of scratch-made gin and whiskey distilled from organic Northwest-grown grain.    

Frogsong Farm (Woodburn) family-owned and -operated hemp business specializing in CBD industrial hemp products.  

Taste of Old Poland (Portland) A family-owned business making handmade Polish pierogis.

The Hummus Stop (Portland) Locally made Mediterranean food, including 16 flavors of hummus and pita chips.

Celebrating its 27th season in 2018, Portland Farmers Market operates world-class farmers markets that contribute to the success of local food growers and producers, and create vibrant community gatherings. The independently-run nonprofit organization manages six weekly farmers markets in Portland, the flagship, year-round market on Saturdays at Portland State University. More than 700,000 shoppers purchased farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, seafood, baked goods and other specialty foods from more than 190 vendors generating more than $8 million in sales annually. Through operating markets, Portland Farmers Market serves as an incubator for emerging businesses, a leader of the local food movement, a source of education, a culinary focal point in the community, a cultural destination and a beacon for Portland's sustainability movement. To learn more about how Portland Farmers Market aims to grow, nourish and inspire the community, become a  Twitter  and  Instagram  follower,  Facebook  fan,  blog  reader, and visit portlandfarmersmarket.org.

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