Ayers Creek is leaving the HIllsdale Farmer's Market after a 15 year run. Below is their take on the City's support and the future of our farmer's markets. If this is true, then we will go by the way of San Francisco & East Bay with the JB Public Market only and all other neighborhood markets gone.
I don't know if I completely agree with them on this though. The PSU market sits on a public green space, not a parking lot. Beaverton's market is at the main library parking lot, so I don't see that going away. And Hillsboro's market is on Main Street, so I don't see that going away either. But they may be correct about the remaining smaller neighborhood markets that do sit on parking lots. Time will tell. I hope they are wrong.
When you slice away the rhetoric and hype, I think Portland, and Oregon in general, are failing when it comes to direct sales. There is no improvement or investment in the neighborhood farmers’ markets. Most have a tenuous hold on their sites. Carol and I expect to farm for another decade or more, and we have made substantial investments to make sure that is possible on our end. The city has not. Portland’s Comprehensive Plan – the overall view of what the city will look like in 20 years – treats farmers’ markets as an acceptable temporary use for undeveloped land, with the proviso that they will close or move when the property is eventually developed for some other use. Followed to its logical end, farmers’ markets will disappear from the urban area. We would love to see greater public commitment to direct farm sales. With neither certainty nor comfort in store at the market, we decided to shift to a different way of selling what we grow.