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Farmer's Markets Near PSU

 

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Did you know that there are TWO farmers markets near the PSU campus in downtown Portland?

Many people are aware of the famous Saturday morning PSU Farmers Market, located in the heart of campus on the beautiful Park Blocks. It’s a popular destination for good reason, and often hosts over one hundred vendors. Goods range from local fruits and veggies to fresh-baked pastries, sustainably grown or wild-harvested meats, delicious cheese and dairy products, craft beverages, multiple ready-to-eat meals and snacks, and more. The PSU Farmers Market runs all year, so be sure to make time on a Saturday morning to wander through the stalls and sample your way through some of Oregon’s finest fare.

Fewer people are aware that there is another farmers market near PSU, just a little ways down the Park Blocks. On Wednesdays from 10-2, make your way to the Shemanski Park Market between SW Main and Salmon. While smaller than the Saturday morning farmers market, it still offers plenty of fresh produce, meat, prepared foods, and more! Conveniently, as it lands in the middle of the week, it is the perfect place to pick up lunch, a snack, or some quick groceries between classes or during a lunch break. 

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If you don’t live near downtown or like to explore more of the city, Portland hosts many other farmers markets on nearly every day of the week! The King Farmers Market runs on Sundays from 10-2, May through November, in northeast Portland, and the Lents International Farmers Market, in outer Southeast Portland, runs from 9 am-2 pm through November. The Oregon Farmers Market Association created an interactive map of many more markets, located all around the state! Keep in mind that many markets accept EBT/SNAP and WIC, and offer credits for customers using these programs.

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One recent Wednesday, I stopped by for a snack and a look around the beautiful array of fresh vegetables, berries, peaches, and other late-summer offerings. After taking it all in, I snagged a fresh pastry to munch on the walk back up to campus. This might just have to become my new Wednesday midday routine – at least until Shemanski Market wraps up for the season around Thanksgiving. Make sure you check it out before then!