History of the Market
The first spark of the market began with one neighbor, Alisa Fairweather, who was interested in bringing fresh produce to Cully in 2008. With a grant from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's (ONI) Neighborhood Small Grants Program, she was able to get the ball rolling. Alisa and a committee of five other dedicated neighbors worked together to start a weekly produce market in the Hacienda CDC parking lot. The success of the mobile market led to a Saturday farmers market in the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church and School at Northeast 55th and Killingsworth. The next year, the market moved to Sundays in the parking lot of PCC Workforce at NE 42nd and Killingsworth.
In 2014, the market moved to Thursday evenings and hired a part time market manager. The manager was funded by a grant from Venture Portland with additional support from the Cully Association of Neighbors, Our 42nd Avenue, the Cully Boulevard Alliance, and the 42nd Ave Business Association. The market was renamed to honor our neighborhood farmers and moved to its new current location in the heart of the 42nd Avenue business district between Alberta and Sumner. The market coalesced into a community gathering place that brought life to a growing business district. In the market's 8th year, we hope to see it continue to grow and embody its mission as a project of Our 42nd Avenue.