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Aug 15, 2015

Visit the Village Gardens’ Farmers Market Thursdays Until September 24

Date: Every Thursday, June 18 through September 24, 2015

Time: 3 – 7 pm

Location: 4632 N. Trenton, Portland, OR 97203 (map)

The Village Gardens’ Farmer Market is returning for their third season offering organic produce grown by local families and Food Works youth. Located outside the Village Market store in North Portland, the Farmers Market promises to be a fun and festive community event.

In addition to the certified organic produce from Food Works Farm, the Village Gardens Market Gardeners will offer a wide variety of unique vegetables such as amaranth leaf, squash leaf, bean leaf, African eggplant, chili pepper, tomatillos and squash blossoms representing the culturally diverse neighborhoods of New Columbia and Portsmouth.

Other new and returning vendors include:   

  • Village Market
  • Churros Locos
  • Andale Mexican Food
  • Cason’s Fine Meats
  • La Botica Perfume
  • Charles Hawkins Incense
  • African Imports

To kick off the season, Thursday’s first market will feature face painting by Mystiques Fancy Faces, art from Wendy Gehring and Nancy Romero, a salad dressing demonstration by Kitchen Commons and live music by Andre Billingsly and Mainstreet.

Prepared Food Vendors will also be on site providing cuisine from Ethiopia and Mexico. Enjoy injera with lentils or tamales, aqua fresca and churros while you shop for produce and support your community.

See you on Thursdays! 

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