Portland Farmers Market will become a year-round business in January when it opens its first winter market in the South Park Blocks.
The Winter Market will feature 45 vendors offering winter produce, meats, fish, baked goods, cheeses, pickled items, hot foods and sweets.
In a nod to Portland weather, the Winter Market will feature several tents to shelter shoppers from the rain.
The market will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 7 through Feb. 25 in Shemanski Park, which is the South Park Block bordered by Southwest Salmon and Main streets. The Portland Farmers Market began looking for a wintertime home in May, citing interest from both shoppers and vendors.
The new Winter Market essentially will serve as a bridge between the end of the 2011 season for the Saturday Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University and the start of the 2012 edition. The PSU market ends Dec. 17 and returns March 17, 2012.
For 20 years, the Portland Farmers Market has highlighted local produce and food at markets throughout the city. More than 700,000 shoppers spent nearly $8 million with 250 vendors during the 2010 season.
Its other six markets operate on differing schedules between March and December.
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