City Guide / Portland

A Local’s Guide to the Best Farmers Markets in Portland

By Matt Wastradowski | Oct 19, 2022
Produce from farmers markets in Portland, Oregon.

In many ways, Oregon is a land of makers, dreamers, and doers. All over the Beaver State, farmers grow more than 170 crops in fertile soils rich with volcanic nutrients, ranchers raise animals on expansive farms, and hardworking chefs toil for hours in kitchens to craft the perfect salsa, hummus, jam, and jelly.

And while you’ll find these items on store shelves, there may be no finer way to connect with the entrepreneurial spirit of the region than at the many farmers markets across Portland and in surrounding communities. At these markets, which take place all year long, you may find fresh-picked produce, prepared food items spanning cuisines from around the world, works from dedicated artists, and other one-of-a-kind goods that aren’t available anywhere else.

With that, here’s a round-up of the best farmers markets in Portland, Oregon, including:

  1. PSU Farmers Market
  2. Hollywood Farmers Market
  3. Beaverton Farmers Market
  4. Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market
  5. Hillsdale Farmers’ Market
  6. Montavilla Farmers Market
  7. King Farmers Market
  8. Lents International Farmers Market
  9. Woodstock Farmers Market
  10. Milwaukie Farmers Market
  11. Come Thru Black & Indigenous Market
  12. Shemanski Park Farmers Market
  13. Wednesdays In Willamette Summer Street Market
  14. South Waterfront Farmers Market

Time to shop!

Saturday farmers markets in Portland

1. PSU Farmers Market

It only makes sense to start with the PSU Farmers Market, which started in 1992 and is today the largest of all farmers markets in and around Portland. On Saturdays all year long, up to 130 growers and makers take up four tree-lined South Park Blocks near Portland State University to sell fresh produce, coffee, cheese, and baked goods—as well as hot food items (including tamales and breakfast burritos). Gathering Together Farm, for instance, is based outside Corvallis and brings a taste of the Willamette Valley to the downtown Portland farmers market with carrots, arugula, and other fresh produce. Adding to the fun are buskers who perform throughout the market.

2. Hollywood Farmers Market

Portland is full of neighborhood markets all year long—and few are as beloved as the Hollywood Farmers Market. The appropriately named market takes place on Saturdays year-round in the leafy Hollywood neighborhood, bringing together as many as 60 vendors at the height of growing season. (Note that the market cuts back to the first and third Saturdays of each month between December and March.)

Part of the reason the Hollywood Farmers Market is so beloved is the sheer variety of producers that create such a vibrant atmosphere each week. On any given week, you may find apples and pears from Kiyokawa Family Orchards, colorful lavender from Dancing Light Ranch, crackers and crisps from Robyn’s Craft Bakehouse, and even all-natural vodkas and gins from Wild Roots Spirits. Live musicians round out the experience as well.

3. Beaverton Farmers Market

Having opened in 1988, the Beaverton Farmers Market is a regional institution in the market’s namesake Portland suburb, boasting more than 175 vendor booths on any given weekend. The market runs every Saturday April through mid-November, and its many participants include farmers, wineries, creameries, and more. You’ll also find fresh meats, baked goods, hot foods, doughnuts, and so forth.

With so many skilled vendors on hand, it’s tough to narrow down the market’s many highlights—but we’re partial to NOLA Doughnuts (known for beignets and decadent doughnuts that take three days to prepare), Himalayan Dumplings by Kyikyi (serving Tibetan hand pies and, well, Himalayan dumplings), and May’s Produce and Flowers (offering sustainably harvested fruits and veggies, as well as fresh flowers).

Other market highlights include seasonal events (from cooking demonstrations to blood drives), live music from local performers, and the Market Sprouts Club, which encourages young children to eat healthy foods and learn more about the Beaverton-area food system.

4. Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market

Immediately south of Portland, the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market runs Saturdays between May and early October in the city’s Millennium Plaza Park. Each week, nearly 80 vendors gather to sell produce, fresh meat and seafood, artisan cheeses, pastries, and other handcrafted fare (from jams and jellies to salsa and hummus). Those with a green thumb will even find a few plants and flowers to take home each week.

Other fun events include trivia questions geared toward young children (who can win $1 tokens to spend at the market) and live music from local performers.

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Sunday farmers markets in Portland

1. Hillsdale Farmers’ Market

The Hillsdale Farmers’ Market is a year-round market that showcases the best of Oregon in southeast Portland, with a wide-ranging selection that includes fresh produce, regionally sourced meats, and creative baked goods. The market is open twice monthly (typically the first and third Sunday of each month) between December and April—and weekly on Sundays during peak growing season between late April and mid-November.

Some of the market’s nearly 50 vendors include Martinez Family Farm (which sells peppers, carrots, and other seasonal items—as well as colorful hanging baskets in spring), Pine Mountain Buffalo Ranch (which sells a variety of meats, including beef, bison, yak, elk, and pork), and Baked By Sara (dishing wood-fired bread, rolls, and other fresh-baked items).

2. Montavilla Farmers Market

In 2007, the Montavilla Farmers Market opened in southeast Portland as the result of countless volunteer hours spent trying to create a regular market with fresh produce in the neighborhood. When it opened, the market boasted 17 merchants—some 15 years later, visitors may see upwards of 75 vendors throughout the year, with passionate dreamers selling fresh fruit from Berkey’s Blueberries, oyster mushrooms and shiitakes from Mindful Mushrooms, Filipinx-inspired treats by Allie G’s Pastries, and hot Oaxacan fare from Mixteca.

The Montavilla Farmers Market is open Sundays all year long—weekly between May and mid-November, the first and third Sunday of December, and the second and fourth Sunday of each month between January and April.

3. King Farmers Market

Since 2009, the King Farmers Market has brought together up to 30 vendors in a quiet northeast Portland neighborhood. The market takes place on Sundays between early May and mid-November, typically highlighting the agricultural bounty of Oregon, fresh meats and seafood, prepared foods, and more. You’ll find a wide range of goods at the one-stop-shop market, including salsas and chili oils from Portland-based Hot Mama Salsa, produce and flowers from Winters Farms, and produce and herbs from Red Truck Homestead. Local musicians routinely perform at the market.

4. Lents International Farmers Market

Based in deep southeast Portland, Lents International Farmers Market is the city’s only farmers market with an international focus—delivering fresh, culturally appropriate produce and prepared foods to the diverse neighborhood. Nearly 20 vendors participate in the market, which runs Sundays between June and mid-November.

A few notable highlights include Tamales Poblanos (which sells tamales and aguas frescas), Happy Moment Farm (which sells seasonal produce), and Granja Nuevo Horizonte (selling Asian vegetables and other produce items). Children 3–12 can participate in educational activities each week and receive $3 to spend on items at the market.

5. Woodstock Farmers Market

The Woodstock Farmers Market is open every Sunday between June and October (with a special harvest market taking place each November) in the heart of the bustling Woodstock neighborhood. Nearly 50 vendors may showcase their wares each week, with selections that include hot sauces and prepared food from the likes of Alleamin Products, cold-pressed juices from Portland Juice Co., stone-ground spices from Spice Pilgrim, veggies and herbs grown at Storybook Farm, and more.

In addition to its many merchants, the market invites a different nonprofit to share its message and engage visitors at the Community Booth each week. These organizations typically focus on healthy living, local farms, and sustainable practices.

6. Milwaukie Farmers Market

When Milwaukie Farmers Market began in 1999, it did so with just seven growers and producers. Nearly 25 years later, the longest-running Sunday farmers market in Oregon features more than 80 vendors in the Portland-area community of Milwaukie. The market takes place every Sunday between May and October, with live music soundtracking the fun every weekend.

Each week, visitors can purchase a variety of nut butters from Bliss Nut Butters, artisan cheeses from Jacobs Creamery, cut flowers from Mom’s Farm, and even handmade charcuterie from Portland-based Olympia Provisions. And that’s to say nothing of the many produce vendors showcasing the bounty of the nearby Willamette Valley.

Monday farmers markets in Portland

Come Thru Black & Indigenous Market

The Come Thru Black & Indigenous Market takes a unique approach to farmers markets by supporting BIPOC growers and farmers and helping turn their dreams into reality in the farmers market environment.

On the first and third Mondays of each month between May and October, nearly 30 vendors come together in inner southeast Portland to sell local produce, artisan items, and more. A few favorites include Wapato Island Farm, a BIPOC-owned working farm that grows organic herbs, flowers, and more on nearby Sauvie Island, and 7 Waters Canoe Family, led by a Nez Perce tribal fisherman and farmer.

Wednesday farmers markets in Portland

1. Shemanski Park Farmers Market

In the heart of downtown Portland, Shemanski Park Farmers Market brings together more than 30 vendors on Wednesdays between May and October. The lunchtime market features produce from local farmers, fresh and smoked fish from Native Candy, and prepared foods from local purveyors—such as vegan truffles from Missionary Chocolates.

2. Wednesdays In Willamette Summer Street Market

Held on Wednesday afternoons between late May and mid-September, the Wednesdays In Willamette Summer Street Market creates a lively atmosphere in the Portland-area community of West Linn. All summer long, myriad vendors sell fresh fruits and veggies, prepared foods, handmade artisan items, and more—and local cider makers, wineries, and distilleries are on hand to pour refreshing, locally produced beverages. Children ages 5–12, meanwhile, can receive $2 worth of tokens to purchase market items such as produce, honey, or even plants.

Thursday farmers markets in Portland

South Waterfront Farmers Market

Not far from the banks of the Willamette River, the South Waterfront Farmers Market spotlights roughly three dozen vendors in summer, fall, and winter in Portland’s South Waterfront neighborhood.

The market takes place on afternoons and evenings every Thursday between June and October, as well as the second Thursday of the month between November and February. When it opens, the market spotlights fresh produce (including juicy berries from Fujii Farms and organic veggies from Rainbow Produce), all-natural salsas from Romero’s Salsa, and even hearty Chicago-style pizza from Via Chicago.

Farmers markets outside Portland

Sure, you’ll find plenty of farmers markets in the Portland area—but the fun doesn’t end there! In recent years, farmers markets have popped up all over the metro area.

The Vancouver Farmers Market, for instance, takes place Saturdays and Sundays mid-March through October in downtown Vancouver, just north of Portland. Roughly 175 vendors show up each weekend to sell fresh produce, coffee, soaps, and other locally sourced items. The fun also includes hot food from local producers, a handful of food trucks, and live music.

And, in the friendly community of Sandy, the Mount Hood Farmers Market showcases the best of the northern Willamette Valley with locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, prepared food items, handmade items (from soaps to Hawaiian leis), and more. The market runs Fridays between mid-May and mid-October in the heart of Sandy.

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Matt Wastradowski

Matt Wastradowski is an Oregon-based travel writer who loves writing about the great outdoors, the Pacific Northwest's craft beer and cider scene, and regional history. He's been lucky enough to write for the likes of Willamette Week, Northwest Travel & Life magazine, the REI Co-op Journal, and more—and has authored three guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides (including Moon Oregon, due out in 2023). When he isn't hiking around the region or bellying up to the bar at his favorite breweries, Matt is probably rocking out to Pearl Jam (as he owns more than 40 albums by the seminal band).