Twitter is abuzz with the news: Today, the Portland Farmers Market announced that its Saturday PSU market, a favorite among residents and tourists, shoppers and eaters alike, will be staying open all winter. Hooray!
Oh, wait. It kind of already was.
In the past, the market has closed in mid-December and reopened in mid-March. Then, in 2012, PFM decided to fill the void with a smaller, eight-week-long spinoff winter market a few blocks away in Shemanski Park. Last year it was held every Saturday from early January to the end of February, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. So what's different this year? The Winter Market will stay put on the PSU campus and open an hour earlier.
Still, it's exiting news because this means winter market shoppers will have easy access to those all-important bathrooms in the Smith Memorial Student Union. And PFM is providing a covered area to boot.
The Winter Market at PSU will be held on Saturdays from January 3, 2015 to February 28, 2015, from 9 am to 2 pm. It'll be about half the size of the usual PSU market, but still loaded with food carts cooking up hot meals, and vendors selling meats, cheeses, breads, and winter vegetables. The usual hours will resume in March.