In This Issue
Cinco de Mayo
Volunteer Spotlight
Featured Vendor
This Week at
the Market

Phil Hatton Youth Jazz Band (9am)

Xavier and the Classic Band (10am)

Free Geek
Growing Gardens
ReDirect Guide

Wiggles the Clown

Celebrity Guest
Tip of the Week
Plant your tomato plants as soon as possible to keep them healthy and strong. Remember, we must protect them from our Northwest weather. The benefits will outweigh your effort!

-Suzanne Brillat
THINK Unique Gardens
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Welcome to the first issue of the Hollywood Farmers' Market e-newsletter. Learn about special events, market vendors, volunteer opportunities, gardening tips and more each week. Stop by the information booth this Saturday, May 5 to vote on a name for this newsletter and to kick off the market season!

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Hollywood Farmers' Market with Xavier and the Classic Band. A group of young musicians commence the festivities, so come early to catch the opening act.

The Phil Hatton Youth Jazz Band is a group of talented young musicians who have been playing together for two years. Most of the group graduated from All Saints School last year and are now high school freshmen.

Xavier and the Classic Band offers a unique style of Cuban music, expressing the rich melody of the Caribbean Islands. The band has created a new sound by weaving together Bolero, Cuban Traditional and Ballad music.

Volunteer Spotlight

The Hollywood Farmers' Market is made possible only with the help of volunteers! Each Saturday, over 20 volunteers are needed to help set-up and breakdown the market, greet customers, and staff the information booth. Every month, a Volunteer of the Month is selected to win a gift certificate to the market and will be featured in this column.

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Sign-up with the Volunteer Coordinator, Caryn Servis, via telephone 503-803-7279, email, or at the market's information booth. 

Thank you HFM Volunteers!

Featured Vendor: Hacienda

Hacienda Community Development Corporation was formed in 1992 to address the affordable housing needs in Oregon. While the development of affordable urban housing is our central focus, it is only part of a long-term strategy for economic and social development.

Last year, we launched a micro-enterprise initiative to coach and mentor residents to be successful prepared food vendors at local farmers' markets. Vendors are trained on developing business skills including management, finance, marketing, securing licenses and learning compliance issues with local governments.

The market vendors are all women from different regions of Mexico. Each vendor prepares 250 - 300 tamales for a single market session and typically sells out, so come by early!

Vendors use the income earned selling prepared foods at local farmers' markets in different ways. One bought her own equipment and another bought a juicer in order to sell drinks along with her tamales. Maria Gastelum, a vendor and Hacienda CDC resident since 1995, paid down her debt and secured a car loan so she could transport herself to the markets. Her vision for the future is to open a tamaleria that provides cooking classes in addition to food.

For more information, check us out online at

See you Saturday!

Hollywood Farmers' Market