Everywhere you go, there’s farm-to-table this and farm-to-market that. Hey, we’re not complaining! We love having easy access to fresh, seasonal crops no matter where you go in Tualatin Valley. As our farmers markets are big weekly traditions here, though, sometimes we reverse-engineer the farm-to-market trope. Instead, let the farmers market inspire your next adventure in Tualatin Valley. If you taste an out-of-this-world berry at the market, then follow the trail back to the source. The same is true for food and drink vendors at the market.
Beaverton Farmers Market
On any given Saturday, the Beaverton Farmers Market will see between 15,000 and 20,000 veggie lovers. It’s a big market—you can easily make a meal out of the produce samples alone. Walking the colorful rows of fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses and pastries is a symphony for the senses. Follow the sights, smells and tastes all the way back to the origin farms, restaurants and distillery tasting rooms of your favorite booths.
Unger Farms is synonymous with berries not just in Tualatin Valley, but truly all throughout Portland and Oregon as a whole. The picture-perfect farm is open to visitors May through October. The farm’s lake, children’s play area and shabby-chic farm store beckon you to not just come, but to also stay awhile. I get special hankerings for the strawberry lemonade from the farm’s Berry Café. It’s the perfect tart-n-sweet combo.
Big O’s Wood Fired Pizza started as a mobile pizza oven at the Beaverton Farmers Market. The owner, Owen, has since opened a beautiful brick-and-mortar restaurant just steps away in Historic Old Town Beaverton. The magic of his hand-built pizza ovens remains at both locations. Go get a slice.
A morning market visit may not be the prime time to sample the libations from Eastside Distilling. Luckily the distillery has a tasting room at Washington Square. You may want a sip or two of marionberry vodka after doing some damage at the largest Nordstrom in Oregon.
Hillsboro Farmers Market
Surrounding the Courthouse Square at Main Street, the Hillsboro Saturday Farmers Market is a little slice of Americana, Oregon-style. Through October, the market is a glowing example of the valley’s agricultural bounty.
For over thirty years, Hubrich Farms has been growing fresh produce and flowers in Hillsboro. The nursery is open to the public year-round and hosts a self-serve produce station from June through October. A large zucchini and a potted hyacinth are my favorite haul from Hubrich’s.
If I were to choose any nickname for myself, I’d probably choose The Pie Guy. Someone else has already earned the name, though. In addition to finding these personalized pies at the farmers market, The Pie Guy also operates a self-serve pie stop in North Plains. This is the stuff of dreams (blueberry dreams, apple dreams, key lime dreams…).
A small taste at the market from Helvetia Winery will surely lead you to a full tasting at their come-as-you-are tasting room. You’ll get a great wine education from their nice-as-can-be team.
Now, get yourself to the market! —and then out to the farms, restaurants and tasting rooms after the market, too!