April 14, 2011
Vol 5, Issue 1
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Market Updates                       
Welcome to the first issue of The Local Dirt for the 2011 season! We are pleased to announce that we have a new cadre of volunteer journalists and writers working to keep The Local Dirt full of interesting news, helpful tips, and information about the market. Be sure to read the first article in a new monthly series, 'Market-Time' by Miriam Garcia, below.

Hollywood Farmers Market Returns for 15th Season!

The full spread of the Hollywood Farmers Market returns to the neighborhood in just three short weeks on May 7th. Can't wait until then? Come to a sneak preview of what a winter season market would look like on Saturday, April 30th from 8am - 1pm. We will be holding a test-run of our winter market layout in the Grocery Outlet parking lot. Nine vendors will be selling fresh produce, garden starts, cheese, meat, and fresh baked goods. We hope to bring you a year-round farmers market beginning this December but need to run through the logistics first, including customer experience. Please come, give us feedback and show your support for the idea of a year-round Hollywood Farmers Market on Saturday, April 30th!


Interested in volunteering with the market?

Come to the Volunteer Orientation this Saturday. Click here for more information!


See you very soon!


by Miriam Garcia 

Miriam Garcia is a folklorist-foodie, freelance writer and guardian of a super-secret chicken soup recipe. You can contact her at Miriam_G@me.com.


Your Farmers Market is a kind of clock. It marks big cycles like the turns of seasons, as well as passages within each season. Here come the garlic ramps, there they go. Asparagus-time comes. Cherry-time.

Peach-time. Tomato-time. Pumpkin-time. They all come. They all stay a while. They all go. They carry us like Cinderella's pumpkin-coach in a grand round from one season's gala to the next. The flow is fairly predictable, but not entirely so. Blueberries are done? Corn already? We just have to go with the flow of market-time and leave precision to mechanical clocks.

The first mechanical clocks appeared in India and China as early as 4,000 BC and measured time with slow drips of water. Over time, the technology became better/smarter/smaller, like it always does. Fast forward from falling water to falling weights to spring-driven gearing to digital clocks to the atomic clock. Time became a thing anybody could put into their pockets or strap to their wrists to nag them with precision, all day long. With mechanized measurement, time could be counted and accounted for, invested and squandered, divided and subdivided into smaller and smaller units.  Unfortunately, it is not known precisely when all the tick-tock-ticking choked the flow of cyclical time and killed off the present moment. All we can say for sure is that by helping us stay on schedule, our timekeeping devices tend to take us out of the now. The Farmers Market offers a way back in. 

kid shopping for apples on his tip toesThe next time you visit your Farmers Market, imagine it as a watch store and the farmers' wares as timepieces on display. If you like, select a piece of fruit to carry with you, say an apple. Let it be both snack and clock. Its crisp and juicy prime is brief. Better eat it today. The nearby orchard where your apple grew bears fruit for only a few weeks of the year. Feast with abandon while ye may. Better yet, buy enough to dry, freeze or can, connecting the juiciness of now to a future you take on faith. I'm not suggesting you duct-tape your apple to your wrist indefinitely. By all means, devour it - make it part of your body -- and enjoy the fact that you are eating time alive instead of the other way around.

 volunteerorientationVolunteers Make the Market Tick 

market volunteers

Interested in volunteering at the Hollywood Farmers Market this season? Come out to our Volunteer Orientation this Saturday, April 16 at 10am, at the Rose City Park Presbyterian Church at 1907 NE 45th Ave (meet at the office door on Sandy Blvd). We'll cover volunteer roles, changes to the 2011 season, and other information about the market, and do a short "rehearsal" of the market setup and breakdown.


Volunteers enable our market to function and they make it fun. They greet customers and answer their questions about the market, help with special events, allow vendors working solo to take breaks, set up market equipment in the morning, take it down in the afternoon, and much more.


If you're interested in learning more about volunteering but can't make it to the orientation, no worries; contact Ari Rosner at 503-803-7279 or send him an email and he can schedule you and orient you on market day!

At the Market

Winter Market Test Run - Saturday, April 30th, 8am - 1pm


Opening Day - Saturday, May 7th, 8am - 1pm


HFM's 15th Birthday Party - Saturday, May 21st, 10:30am

 2011 Hollywood Farmers Market Vendors

Abby's Table

Alderman's Greenhouse & Nursery

Alsea Acre Alpines


Baird Family Orchards

Big B Farm, Inc

Blooming Goodies

Buns On The Run LLC

Classic Foods, LTD

Columbia River Fish Co. Treaty 1855


dancing light ranch

De Martini Family Farms

Deck Family Farm

Deep Roots Farm

Delphina's Bakery


Fatdog Mustard inc

feeleys fruit

Fleur de Lis Bakery and Cafe

Frog Meadow Farm

Gabriel's Bakery

Gales Meadow Farm

Gilson Marine Farms

glass jade nursery

Hacienda CDC

Happy Harvest Farm LLC

Herr's Family Farm


Inspired Salts

KCK Farms

Ken & June's Hazelnuts, Melcher Family Farm

Kiyokawa Family Orchards

Lady-Lane Farm

laurel ridge winery

Liepold Farms

Linda Brand Crab

Lion Heart Kombucha

Market Fruit/Packer Orchards

Maryhill Orchards & Vineyards

Mocha Romas coffee co.

Mt. Hood Organic Farms

Nature's Best-Oregon Honey

Nossa Familia Coffee


Old House Dahlias

Olympic Provisions

Peak Forest Fruit INC.

Persephone Farm

Pine Mountain Ranch

River Rock Nursery

Rose City Pepperheads

Sage and Sea Farms LLC

Sol Pops, LLC

Souper Natural, LLC

Sun Gold Farm, LLC

Sweet Briar Farms

Sweet Leaf Farm

Sylvan Valley

The Better Bean Company

THINK Unique Gardens

Thompson Farms

Two Brothers Foods

Unger Farms Inc.

Village Crepery

Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese

Winter Green Farm

hfm_mapThe Hollywood Farmers Market is open Saturdays, May through Thanksgiving from 8am - 1pm. (November Markets begin at 9am).

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 www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.

See you Saturday!

Hollywood Farmers Market
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