In This Issue
Celebrating the Market's Return
Market Volunteers
Music at the Market
This Week at
the Market

Sneakin' Out

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Blue Sky Renewable Energy Project

Tip of the Week
Preparing for the Market

Bring bags to carry your purchases.

Check the weather report and dress for the weather.

Try something new. If you see produce that you've never cooked with, ask the vendor for suggestions on how to prepare it.

Be ready to run into friends and neighbors and to meet some new folks along the way! Going to the Hollywood Farmers' Market is a great way to engage with your community.
Featured Produce
Part of the beauty of farmers' markets is that our produce changes with the seasons. Stay current with weekly produce highlights here!
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Check back here next week for a list of featured produce. Until then, here's a snapshot of what you can expect at the market this May: asparagus, beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, carrots, garlic, greens, mushrooms, onions, peas, strawberries, and more!

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The Local Dirt
This Saturday, the Hollywood Farmers' Market will open its thirteenth market season! Join us as we celebrate the return of our favorite farmers with the music of customer darling, Sneakin' Out. Stock up on fresh vegetables, get your garden starts, and see what's new at the market.

We have been working hard to get ready for opening day and hope you can join us this 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.

Celebrating the Market's Return
by Sarah Broderick, HFM Market Manager

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I have a serious case of the jitters right now, as Opening Day draws nearer with each passing moment. It's a mixture of nervousness and excitement, but mostly excitement. Though I've been with the market since 2007, I'm starting my first season as Market Manager and can't wait to get a few markets under my belt!

This March, I attended opening day at the PSU Portland Farmers Market and was reminded of how feverishly Portlanders love their farmers' markets. It's a delightful feeling to be surrounded by others who feel similarly about their food as I do. I did my best this past winter to keep it local, and used the last of my storage onions and frozen peppers only a couple weeks ago.

I look forward to the addition of new vendors this year, and hope that you will help our new farmers, cheesemakers, fishmongers, and business people feel welcome at the Hollywood Farmers' Market.

Opening Day will see Hot Lips Soda bring their fresh fruit and berry sodas to market. Willapa Hills Farmstead Creamery will be offering the freshest sheep's milk blues, and Wild Oregon will be presenting both fresh and smoked seafoods. Off and on this season, including the first two Saturdays in May, Confectionery will delight your sweet tooth with their creations using the finest locally and regionally sourced ingredients.

Next Saturday and through the end of May, Alderman's Greenhouse & Nursery will be selling select hardy and disease-resistant shrubs. In mid-May we'll be joined by Yamhill County's Laurel Ridge Winery, and in June Hassing Farms will join the party offering a range of vegetables grown on their family farm in Aurora. September will bring us Mt. Hood Organic Farms with certified organic apples, pears, and quince. There's a lot to look forward to!

Farmers' markets are a great venue to get reconnected not only with food, but with people, place, and community. Here in Hollywood, you'll find a thriving volunteer program, weekly community booths, local chefs offering their expertise and advice to the public, among a myriad of other opportunities for engagement.

I hope you'll join us this Saturday, celebrating the return of the Hollywood Farmers' Market and the start of our thirteenth season!
Market Volunteers
by Jody Anderson, HFM Community Volunteer Coordinator

Around 20 volunteers showed up last Saturday for the Volunteer Orientation and Work Party. I asked the seasoned volunteers to tell me what it was that they got from volunteering and many of the answers were about building community. I was so excited to hear that theme over and over again! Especially since "community" is one of our organization's core values.

Remember there are always opportunities to volunteer for the market. In addition to helping with setting up, staffing the information booth, greeting customers, and breaking down the market we need folks to help write The Local Dirt, contribute tips and recipes, distribute promotional materials, and help with administrative work. To apply click on the Volunteers tab on our website.

2008 volunteers
Music at the Market: Sneakin' Outsneakin out band

The Hollywood Farmers' Market's thirteenth season opens
Saturday with the wildly popular band, Sneakin' Out.

group continuously wows listeners with their crowd-pleasing, foot-tapping amalgam of rock 'n roll. The band includes David Gerow on lead mandolin, Don Henson on percussion, and Mike "Cheddar" Schmitt keeping it real on the bass.
Community Booths
Learn more about the organizations tabling at the market each week in our community booth column.

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to advancing health care and the art of healing. Founded in 1983 in Portland, Oregon, OCOM was one of the first Oriental medicine colleges in the United States to provide master's-level instruction. In 2005, OCOM became the first college in the nation to graduate doctors of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

OCOM recently opened a new clinic location in the Hollywood Square Building, adjacent to the Hollywood Farmers' Market. The OCOM Hollywood Square Clinic is comprised of four individual treatment rooms, one conference room and a waiting area. The opening of this new location follows OCOM's commitment to serving the community and providing exemplary and affordable patient care in the Portland metro area. The clinic currently offers appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

OCOM will be at the Hollywood Farmers' Market this Saturday performing demonstration acupuncture treatments. The public is welcome to participate so please stop by!

Blue Sky Renewable Energy
When you choose Blue Sky, you help influence future energy production and encourage the development of clean energy facilities in Oregon and the West. Pacific Power offers 3 renewable power options to its Oregon residential and small non-residential customers. Sign up and help support renewable energy development and create environmental and economic benefits in the region. The program is Green-e Energy certified, which means the renewable energy supported meets rigorous national environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.  Your choice supports renewable energy beyond what Pacific Power already purchases or generates on behalf of all customers. No matter which option you select, you will continue to receive the same reliable Pacific Power electricity service. By paying a little more on your electricity bill each month, you can be a part of a more sustainable future.

More than 34,500 Oregonians are supporting renewable energy through the Blue Sky program; it's easy for you to make a difference, too!

The Hollywood Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, May through October from 8am - 1pm and November 7, 14, and 21 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