New farms join the market! Including a few micro-farms
The Beaverton Farmers Market Summer Market is in full swing, but June 20th officially marks the summer solstice, which is already apparent in the bountiful market stalls. The Market heard customer feedback and sought out new farms to join the aisles and are excited to report they are here! Unfortunately, the market said goodbye to long-time vendor, Sun Gold Farm, as they focus on expanding their webstore and farmstand. However, in their place the Market welcomes a small handful of new microfarms with a rich assortment of vegetables.
Cartwheel Community Farm grows on Wapato Island (Sauvie’s) lined by wise oak trees and ringed by the mountains. Cartwheel is a women-run one-acre farm. Inspired by indigenous stewardship practices, Korean Natural Farming techniques and other approaches of caring for the land and building up their soil biome and plant resilience! They love growing food and community all at once! Their farm is powered by and for the community. You’ll find elders and little ones among the food they tend, learning from one another on their farm. Cartwheel Community Farm has a plethora of vegetables, tomato starts, and bokashi (fermented plant food mixture) at their vendor booth, as well as knowledge for you to build resilience and bounty in your own garden. The Market is excited to welcome this community-based farm!
De Leon’s Farm is another recent addition and is a small farm locally grown in Aloha, Oregon. De Leon’s practices sustainable farming methods free of pesticides and insecticides to coax plants for optimal growth and nutrient value. Customers will find a wide variety of produce throughout the season from melons to orach (red mountain spinach), romanesco to sunflowers. They also have a great selection of vegetable and squash starts for customers to bring variety to their own gardens. Beaverton Farmers Market delights in having this uber local family farm join the ranks!
~ Ginger, Market Master
What’s in Season – June
- Cherry tomatoes
- Sugar Snap peas
- Fava beans
- Green Beans
- Leafy greens
- Onions & leeks
Return of Market Sprouts
Building a nutritious and rich local food economy also means educating and empowering local youth, which is why the Market is pleased to announce the return of Market Sprouts! Market Sprouts is the Beaverton Farmers Market kids club that provides activities and education to the youngest market goers around healthy food choices, farming, gardening, and nature. Throughout the season, families can visit the Market Info Booth for take home activities, or a market scavenger hunt. Children (or their guardian) will fill out their own market card and can earn prizes for participation in weekly activities.