I thought this was interesting enough to bump up from a press release –
Portland, OR (May 24, 2011) – Even though spring is in full bloom and Portland temperatures are reaching the 70’s, Portland Farmers Market is already planning for winter. Leaders of the nonprofit 501(c)6 organization today announced they are beginning a search for a covered space to set up a winter market on Saturdays in January and February 2012, a time when Portland Farmers Market in the past has hibernated, with all six of its weekly markets closed.
“We’ve been receiving requests for a winter market from both shoppers and vendors. A covered space would provide a comfortable gathering place for the community and would allow shoppers and especially our vendors—who are with us all day—to be protected from the elements,” said Trudy Toliver, executive director of the Portland Farmers Market. “This market will help fulfill our vision to play a central role in the regional food system by providing opportunities for local food growers and producers to prosper throughout the year in Portland.”
The ideal space would be an 8,000 to 10,000 square foot space that is protected from the wet winter weather in the central city on either east or west side. The site needs to be close to public transportation and have access to electricity and a water source. It should also be easily accessible by truck to allow vendors to drive their loaded vehicles as close to their stall location as possible. Options under exploration include adding tents to an existing market location, setting up inside of a warehouse with open garage doors or under the cover of an existing large awning, and others.
Jaret Foster, Portland Farmers Market’s senior market manager, added, “We’re planning for about 50 vendor stalls with a full variety of produce, meat, cheese, baked goods and prepared foods. We’re starting the search now, because our vendors need time to plant and prepare for this additional market.”
People who have suggestions of locations are encouraged to contact Portland Farmers Market at 503-241-0032 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.