Farmers' Markets
Seasonal farmers’ markets offer the ability for farm direct purchasing. These markets have been on the rise in Oregon and within the last ten years their number has more than doubled in the state, serving an estimated 90,000 visitors per week and illustrating an increase in both production for local communities and local consumption1. Farmers’ markets are located in 64 communities in Oregon providing income to over 1000 small farms2, 3. Within the Willamette Valley, there are an estimated 57 farmers’ markets2. Produce, eggs, meat, dairy, honey, rice, flowers, nursery plants and plant starts, wines, prepared foods, and arts and crafts are some of the products available at farmers’ markets1.

Many farmers markets now accept Oregon Trail cards and are a part of the Women, Infant and Children and Seniors and People with Disabilities farm direct program4. Benefits for farmers at these markets include liability insurance, network opportunities, and state wide advocacy and publicity2. The Oregon Farmers’ Market Association provides a list of markets, locations, and how to become a part of the organization.

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1. Oregon Department of Agriculture (2009) Oregon farmers markets and farm stands. Available at (accessed July 2009).
2. Oregon Farmers Market Association (2009) Oregon 2009 Farmers Markets. Available at (accessed August 2009).
3. Kulongoski, T. (2008) State of Oregon Proclamation: Office of the Governor. Available at June 2009).
4. Oregon Department of Agriculture (2009) Farm Direct Nutrition Program Overview. Available at (accessed August 2009).

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