Now in its 11th year of operation, the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market has grown in size from 50 vendors to over 80 with more than 100,000 visitors coming to shop, sample, and visit during the course of its 22 week schedule from May 14 to October 8. What’s the secret to its success?
- VARIETY– Farmers’ Market coordinator, Kathy Kern-Schilling, points out that shoppers can choose from organic, no spray, as well as traditional growers.
While it is primarily an agricultural market, vendors also offer a variety of produce, meats, eggs, honey, nuts, cheeses, artisan breads, jams and jellies and fresh seafood, not to mention flowers. In addition, over 36 refreshment vendors offer everything from cheesecakes to tamales with a cup of coffee or raspberry lemonade to wash it all down.
- ENTERTAINMENT – The sound of music winds its way in and around the market booths with live entertainment every week. The lineup of musicians reflects the variety of the vendors with Andean Music coming up this Saturday followed by the Millennium Brass on October 8 with jazz, flamenco, marimba and more on the Saturdays in between.
- DOGGIE DAY CARE- Complimentary day care is provided for your four legged friend while you shop. Staffed by volunteers, dogs are provided with water, shade and TLC.
- LOCATION – Located in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego at Millennium Plaza Park on the corner of Evergreen and 1st, the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market offers a chance to explore downtown shops once you’re done as well as enjoy a fantastic view of Lakewood Bay. Walk the steps down from Lake View Village and enjoy the outdoor fountain where kids can be found cooling off on a sunny Saturday morning. Park in the Lake View Village parking garage and you are only steps away from the Farmers’ Market. Convenient for everyone, it proves to be a popular place for friends to meet, run into each other and visit.
- POSTER CONTEST – Each year market fans are invited to submit entries in either the adult or youth category for a chance to be designated as the official Farmers’ Market Poster. This poster art is used throughout the season to promote the market and reinforces what a community event the market continues to be.
For more information about the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market, click here.
Photo: taken by Brady Costello