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Car-Free Saturday
Bring Your Mom to Market
Featured Vendor
This Week at
the Market

71st Avenue Ramblers
Tip of the Week
Biking to Market

Whether you shop by the backpack or bike trailer-full, biking home from the farmers' market is a great way to go!

1. Bring along empty yogurt containers or tupperware to pour your berries into before you ride.

2. If you buy plant starts at the market, they will ride home nicely sitting upright in a bike basket or a milk crate strapped to a rear rack. Just pack your other produce around them so they don't shift around too much.

3. Biking to the market is an added reason to enjoy a tasty treat while you're there. You'll need fuel for the ride home!

- Stephanie Noll, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
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Thank you for coming out to support us on opening day! With over 3,300 customers at the market last Saturday, our 2008 season is off to a great start.

Car-Free Saturday
Do you usually arrive to the market on four wheels? Are you tired of hunting for a parking spot? Try walking or biking to market instead!

This is the perfect weekend to leave your car at home since Grocery Outlet's grand opening is sure to draw crowds. Instead of circling for parking, jump start your day with a little exercise. You're already making the choice to eat fresh, healthy foods so treat your body to some movement as well!

If walking or biking isn't for you, but you want to avoid the tight parking situation we anticipate this weekend, TriMet is a great option. TriMet buses #12, #66, #75, #77 and the Red and Blue MAX stop near the market. Call 503-238-RIDE or visit for more information.

Bring Your Mom to Market

Flowersby Caryn Servis, HFM Volunteer

I believe most of us with mothers, grandmothers, and special women in our lives like to honor them 365 days a year. I also know that for most of us, the next few days will be a mad rush to find the perfect way to say "Happy Mother's Day!".

The Hollywood Farmers' Market would like to take some of the pressure off by providing you with a few suggestions:

1. Bring your mother to market! The Hollywood Farmers' Market is a great Saturday morning outing for the entire family. Munch on prepared foods and baked goods while enjoying the sounds of the 71st Avenue Ramblers. Hold mom's bags while she stocks up on produce for the week.

2. Give your mom Hollywood Farmers' Market tokens! If mom can't make it this weekend, use your debit card at the information booth to purchase $5 tokens. Tokens can be used to purchase any product from your favorite market vendor and are good all season long.
3. Shop for Mother's Day gifts at the market! Fresh-cut flowers, jams, vegetable starts, nursery items, and much more are available to create the perfect present.

4. Make a seasonal menu featuring products from the market! Whether it's brunch made with farm-fresh eggs, locally made cheeses and delicious veggies or dinner featuring hormone-free pork or succulent seafood, the creative cook in you will find the perfect dish. Choose ingredients from over 30 market vendors. Children love to assist with cooking too, so bring along your sous-chef!

Whatever you decide to do, we hope you will include the Hollywood Farmers' Market in your Mother's Day weekend. We'd like to wish you, and the mothers of the Hollywood Farmers' Market, a relaxing and enjoyable Mother's Day!

Featured Vendor: Herr's Family Farm

Herr's Family FarmHerr's Family Farm is a family-run business with an attention to detail. First time shoppers cannot help but notice their eye-catching bouquets and regulars have been buying their flowers since they started selling at the Hollywood Farmers' Market seven years ago.

The Her family began their farming career growing vegetables in California. When they moved to Portland, they knew they would continue farming but wanted to try something different. Herr's Family Farm was the first Hmong flower vendor in the Portland area in 2001 and since then many others have followed suit. Their new venture proved to be a success and through years of hard work, their business has flourished. Herr's Family Farm now sells at four other area markets including Hillsdale, Interstate, Montavilla and Parkrose.

Chow and Yua Her grow over 50 varieties of flowers on their four acres in Troutdale and Corbett, Oregon. They pride themselves in the freshness of their bouquets, cutting flowers for the market every Friday. They are sometimes in the fields until as late at 1:00 am.

A brief walk past their stand reveals bouquets of various sizes. Want a custom bouquet? Just ask! The Her family is happy to put together an arrangement with the particular colors or flower varieties you choose. They also assemble flower arrangements for weddings and other special events.
The Hollywood Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, May through October from 8am - 1pm and November 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 9am - 1pm. We are located on NE Hancock Street between 44th and 45th Avenues (one block South of Sandy Blvd).

For more information, check us out online at

See you Saturday!

Hollywood Farmers' Market