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Explore Portland’s Fresh, Flavorful Bounty

Portland’s dining scene is legendary, but not every great meal is served at a restaurant or a food cart. Local farmers markets and u-pick farms are full of colorful offerings and loaded with fresh, sustainable berries, produce and small-batch, locally crafted eats. The days are still sunny and long enough to enjoy Portland’s best outdoor markets and acres of stunning farmlands.

Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University
Portland Farmer’s Market is the city’s largest and most celebrated outdoor grocery market. Boasting 140 farmer and vendor stands, this market is a great place to pick up not only heirloom tomatoes, marionberries, broccoli and other hyper-local produce — but also some of the most iconic edible goods in town. From Olympia Provisions, Oregon’s first USDA-approved salumeria, charcuterie to bottles of Marshall’s Haute Sauce and bags of Nossa Familia Coffee, there are plenty of goodies to take home, even if your home is thousands of miles away. Open every Saturday, from 8:30am-2pm (9am-2pm, November-February).

Shemanski Park Market
Located only three blocks from Pioneer Courthouse Square, locals and visitors can stock up on organic produce from pears to pumpkins from over 50 vendors and farmers. Shoppers can also chow down on kimchi hot dogs and grilled duck from Bingo, sandwiches and wood-fired pizza from Tastebud, liquid treats including herbal kombucha from Eva’s Herbucha, and cold-pressed juice blends from the Portland Juice Company. The market is open 10am-2pm on Wednesdays from May through Thanksgiving.

The city’s other six quadrants (yes, Portland has six quadrants) host their own farmers’ markets, as well. No matter which neighborhood you find yourself in, or what day of the week you arrive, there’s bound to be a bustling hub of farm-fresh bounty nearby! Find more live music, local goods and seasonal produce at these Portland area markets.

North Portland Farmers Market
In the heart of the historic Kenton neighborhood, North Portland Farmer’s market offers live music and a festive street-fair atmosphere. Open Wednesdays 3pm-7pm through September.

Northeast Portland Farmers’ Markets:

South Waterfront Farmers Market
Thursday afternoons, 2-7pm, (June-October); winter market is held in the morning on the second Thursday of the month (November-February).

Southeast Portland Farmers’ Markets:

Southwest Portland:

Nothing is sweeter than picking berries off the vine or veggies fresh from the garden. Here’s our picks for family-friendly farms with great scenic views and a bounty of fresh produce, plants and trees from local growers.

Columbia Farms U-PickLocated on picturesque Sauvie Island, Columbia Farms has over 80 acres with more than 15 varieties of berries. The farm practices thoughtful growing practices like integrated pest management and crop rotation so you can feel good about letting your little berry picker take bites. This farm offers over fifteen types of berries throughout the summer, as well as veggies, peonies, pumpkins and all types of fall décor items.

Bella OrganicThis certified organic farm rests on 100-acres of stunning land and is the epitome of the Sauvie Island strawberry picking. Proud of their sustainable farming practices, this u-pick option grows over 70 varieties of berries, fruits, vegetables, pumpkins, herbs and more. As if that wasn’t cool enough, Bella Organic is 100% run on solar energy, making it an ultra-green stop for the eco-conscious.

Topaz FarmAnother awesome Sauvie Island picking spot for families who love the island life!  Along with strawberries, you’ll also find that this cool spot hosts the Sauvie Island Farmers Market, and even has farm to plate dinners! They not only have acres of u-pick berry fields, but you’ll also find cute farm animals to pet and a large farm stand with homegrown produce and artisan food items.

Douglas Farms – This 5th generation farm is open through November and grows marionberries, boysenberries, raspberries, Asian pears and Gravenstein apples in the summer and fall. This is one of the only nearby farms that has u-pick peaches.

Smith Berry BarnThis Hillsboro farm specializes in “no-spray” berries and grows over 20 varieties of them, including unique offerings like tayberries and loganberries.

The Original Pumpkin PatchAlso located on Sauvie Island, the Original Pumpkin Patch offers so much more than just pumpkins. It’s a great spot for little sticky fingers, open for strawberry picking through the summer. Visit their Big Red Animal Barn, which typically has goats, rabbits, and perhaps a turkey or peacock or two.

Farm-fresh experiences are plentiful in and around the Rose City. Explore these and other Portland flavors while supporting local farmers and food artisans highlighting the bounty of our region.

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