In This Issue
We open May 2nd!
Featured Vendor: Willapa Hills Farmstead and Artisan Cheeses
Volunteer Orientation and Work Party
Briney Seas Delicaseas
New Dog Policy
This Season at
the Market

You can expect to find:

Farm fresh produce, meat, fish, eggs, pasta, nuts, baked goods, cheese, flowers, plants, and delicious prepared foods.

Music from different artists every week.

Non-profit community booths providing information and resources.

Cooking demos on the second Saturday of each month

Tip of the Week
Each week, we ask our vendors for a tip to pass along to our customers.

We will continue that tradition this year, but thought you might also have some wisdom to share!

Do you have a favorite recipe? Cooking method? Storage technique?

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The Local Dirt
The Hollywood Farmers' Market is heading into its thirteenth market season! We have been working hard to get ready for opening day and hope you can join us on Saturday, May 2, 2009.

The market will be open every Saturday from May until Thanksgiving. Our regular season hours are 8am to 1pm, with the November markets beginning one hour later.

Hollywood Farmers' Market
Opens May 2nd!

by Jody Anderson,
Community Volunteer Coordinator

It was a rainy, windy walk to the bus this morning, but I couldn't help but notice the amazing colors of the tulips and daffodils blooming brightly in so many yards. The flowers remind me that the rain and wind are true signs of a Portland spring. Along with the budding of so many growing things around town comes the reopening of the Hollywood Farmers' Market. 

At 8:00 in the morning on Saturday, May 2nd the market will return to offering captivating fresh, local produce, meat, cheese, fish, baked goods, and plants. This is the time of year to look for a variety of greens and lettuces, asparagus, radishes, carrots, scallions, beans, and peas at the market. It's also a great time to pick up plants! As always, the market offers live music, community booths for local organizations and monthly cooking demonstrations. What better place is there to connect with friends and neighbors?

I was recently hired as the new Community Volunteer Coordinator for the Hollywood Farmers' Market. I'm so excited to be part of the market staff! I've been coming to the market since its early days, and have always appreciated the feeling of community that the HFM has. I'll look forward to meeting all of you over the next seven months!

Don't forget to join me and your neighbors on May 2nd from 8am to 1pm for the season opening of the Hollywood Farmers' Market!
Featured Vendor:
Willapa Hills Farmstead
and Artisan Cheeses

Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese logoby Lianne Bannow, HFM Board Member

Now let me be perfectly clear: Not a single cheese from Willapa Hills Farmstead and Artisan Cheeses has yet passed my lips. But you will still have to fight me for first-in-line when they debut at the Hollywood Farmers' Market on May 2. That's because my research for this article tells me that after one taste of the Fresh with Ewe cheese, a mild 100 percent sheep milk cheese, I will be a fan.

On the people side of the Willapa Hills cheese production are Amy Turnbull and Steve Hueffed and their family. Four years ago, they bought their farm, located about 20 miles west of Chehalis, near Pe Ell, Washington, with the goal of starting a sheep dairy. The historic gambrel barn and beautiful natural setting drew them to the spot, and it has proven to be a perfect location for creating their farmstead and artisan cheeses.

On the non-people side of the operation are 200-or-so Lacaune-East Friesian cross ewes, who are raised on pasture year-round without exposure to pesticides, commercial fertilizers, or growth hormones. Their feed is free of animal byproducts and their grass hay is locally grown. Twice each day the sheep make their way to the barn to provide some of the freshest, creamiest milk there is. The cows that contribute milk to the cheese-making enterprise are from a local family cow dairy that shares the Amy's and Steve's commitment to fresh and natural milk.

Think hues of blue when you think about Willapa Hills products. Hand-crafted blue cheeses constitute the bulk of its family of sheep milk, cow milk, and sheep-cow milk cheeses. Amy and Steve work with the natural rhythms of the year, orienting themselves to the seasonal nature of sheep milk, so when the farmers market opens in the spring, varieties of fresh cheeses will be featured. Later in the season, aged cheeses will be added to the mix.

Sheep produce smaller quantities of milk than cows or goats, but with a higher fat content and richer flavor. This makes a noticeable difference. The quality of Willapa Hills' cheeses is such that they have already earned a place at New Seasons Markets and several other local purveyors of fine food. Steve says that he and Amy love what they are doing and are grateful that their cheeses have been so well received.

I'm sure you will join me in welcoming them to the Hollywood Farmers' Market. Just don't take my place in line.

Volunteer Orientation   & Work Party
info booth

Have you ever thought about what it takes to make the market happen? The Hollywood Farmers' Market depends on volunteers like you! From market-day responsibilities to behind-the-scenes operations, we have volunteer opportunities for people of all types.

To learn more about the Volunteer Program and changes for the upcoming season, please come to the 2009 Volunteer Orientation, Saturday, April 25th from 10am-2pm. The orientation will take place at the Rose City Park Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of NE 44th and Sandy, adjacent to the market site.

The Hollywood Farmers' Market opens May 2nd and we're excited for the return of our awesome volunteers! We can't do it without you. See you next Saturday!

Please RSVP to Jody Anderson, Community Volunteer Coordinator, at 503-803-7279 or email
Letter From Briney Sea Delicaseas  

We are sorry to inform you that BRINEY SEA DELICASEAS will no longer be at the Hollywood Farmers' Market. Due to the economy we were forced to close our Tumwater facility.

Thank you for the many years of loyal customers.
We will greatly miss the market staff, vendors, and customers whom we've considered family. Again we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause to any of you.

Thanks again for the many years of business you have provided us.

Jay and Marshanna Garrison
New Rules for Dogs at the Market
The Hollywood Farmers' Market board has adopted a new policy regarding dogs at the market for the 2009 season. We now offer customers both dog-free and dog-friendly hours.

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Market days, dogs will not be allowed. This will allow customers who prefer to do their shopping without dogs to enjoy the Market without the presence of dogs.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., dogs will be welcomed in the Market in accordance our other dog-related rules. This accommodates our customers with dogs and those who like the Market atmosphere with four-legged friends.

While other farmers markets in our area have banned dogs, the Market has opted instead to accommodate all community members, including those who support dogs at the Market and those who do not.

The new dog policy will begin on June 6th, our first Market in June. This will give us a month to inform customers of the change before it takes effect. We will have signs with the dog policy posted, and our Market volunteers will inform customers of the policy.

Customers who bring dogs to the market need to follow these other rules:
  • Dogs must be kept on a short, non-expandable leash. No exceptions.
  • Keep your dog under control and by your side at all times.
  • Keep dogs away from produce, plants and other food products. This means head and tail ends!
  • Your dog must be sociable to people and other dogs to earn the right to shop at the market.
  • Not everyone is a dog lover: Be considerate.
  • Come prepared to clean up after your dog!
Labeled service dogs will, of course, be allowed at all times in the Market, as required by law.
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