Farm to fork…is there any other way to get your food? Here in Portland, our city kids would never even dream of wondering if peas come from the freezer or tomatoes from a can. And since farmers markets have cropped up all over the metro area, no longer do you have to get up with the chickens on a Saturday morning to find farm-fresh produce. Check out these markets with awesome activities for your kids, and get some ideas for farm-tastic things to do while you browse!
Favorite Local Markets
Buckman Farmers Market
Thursdays through Sept. 26, 3:00-7:00pm
SE Salmon St & SE 20th Ave
Must See: Check out the Market Play Zone with a different kid-friendly craft or activity each week. Your little ones will love the veggie stamp art, seed art, and even veggie car making!
Camas Farmers Market
Wednesdays through Oct. 9, 3:00-7:00pm
4th Ave., between Everett & Franklin
Must See: Don’t miss the Kid’s Connection booth, which offers free crafts and activities that teach little ones about nutrition, farming, physical activity and gardening. Every week features a different delicious food!
Wilsonville Farmers Market
Thursdays through Sept. 5, 4:00-8:00pm
Sofia Park, Villebois
Must See: Every week, Chef Perry of hautemealz.com does a cooking demonstration of
a great family-friendly meal. Get some great ideas for even your pickiest eaters!
Beaverton Farmers Market
Saturdays through Nov. 23, 8:00am-1:30pm
SW Hall Blvd between Third and Fifth
Must See: Join the Market Sprouts program (free for kids ages 5 to 12) where they receive a reusable shopping bag, a passport to check out new foods, and fun activities each week!
Lake Oswego Farmers Market
Saturdays through Oct. 12, 8:30am-1:30pm
200 First Street
Must See: Visit the Kids’ Corner, where local schools and organizations have fun games and crafts for the kids – something new every Saturday!
Fun Activities for Your Little Farmers
Find a funny-looking vegetable. Spot three yellow fruits. Find a food that looks like a person. Give your child a camera and turn it into a photo scavenger hunt.
Your kids will be berry delighted when you tell them you’re holding a berry taste off. See how many different types of berries you can find and then choose your favorite.
With so many opportunities to sample market foods, your little ones can experiment with new flavors and discover new favorite foods. Challenge them to try three new things when you visit the market.
Talk of the Farm
Encourage your chicks to talk to farmers. Ask for samples. Ask about farm animals. Is it hard to be a farmer? What’s their favorite vegetable?
Math is fun when you have your own money to spend! Help the kiddos put their money sense into practice by giving them a few dollars to spend. Make sure to give them their very own bag to carry their purchases.
Ask your child to pick three-five items from the market that you will use to cook a family dinner together. Licorice, rhubarb, and salami? Good luck!
What are your favorite things to do at the farmers market with your kids?
Photos courtesy of Sommy Rhee (first photo) & Wilsonville Farmers Market