Photos by SJMS Board Member Ken Aaron
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 4 through November 19th, 2016
St. John's Plaza (on N Philadelphia between N Lombard and N Ivanhoe)
The St Johns/Lombard Plan, adopted by Portland City Council in June 2004, identified a need for a farmers market in the St Johns town center as part of a larger economic development strategy. The plan called for the St Johns Neighborhood Association, along with the St Johns Business Boosters and the Portland Bureau of Planning, to implement a farmers’ market strategy over the next five years.
In early 2008, the Chair of St Johns Neighborhood Association began exploring the idea of a farmers market with local residents during a series of neighborhood meetings. The St. Johns Farmers Market (SJFM) was founded by these dedicated residents who recognized a need for access to fresh, local produce in the community. These people, with the support of the St. Johns Neighborhood Association, worked diligently to create a farmers market that supported the area’s “emerging farmers, contributes to the health of all local residents, encourages cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and enhances the community and business vitality of St. Johns.”
With a deeply rooted vision and passion, these neighbors formed the Market’s first Board of Directors in the fall of 2009. With nonprofit status under North Portland Community Works (NPCW), grants from North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) and Metro and generous donations from the local community, a committed Board, along with many volunteers, set to work developing the infrastructure for the Market. By late 2009, the SJFM hired its first Market Manager and began planning for its inaugural season. The SJFM kicked off its first market season on July 11th, 2009. Over 3,000 people turned out to support the Market and many farmers sold out of produce within two hours.
The St. Johns Farmers Market is an inspiring example of what neighbors with a shared vision can accomplish together. We thank all those with the vision and dedication to make the SJFM a reality and all those who continue to make it a success!