News-Register file photo##The McMinnville Farmer s Market begins again this Thursday, after wrapping up last year in this photo.
News-Register file photo##The McMinnville Farmer's Market begins again this Thursday, after wrapping up last year in this photo.
By News-Register staff • 

Mac Farmers Market opens May 12

If it seems a little early, you are correct. Last year, the market didn’t open until the fourth weekend in May.

The location, however, remains the same — between Second and Third streets on Cowls — as do the hours — 1-6 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 13.

The market accommodates more than 50 vendors, most of whom are local. Sponsors for the event, now in its 16th year, include Ticor Title, the Willamette Valley Medical Center, 3rd Street Flats, the Sage Restaurant, Dave Franey Electric, Yamhill Valley Dry Goods, Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate and Methven Family Vinyards.

Farmers markets are increasingly popular around Oregon as the state’s foodie culture evolves. According to the Oregon Farmers Market Association, there were just a dozen in 1987, but are around 150 operating now.

The downtown association has lined up musicians to provide entertainment for shoppers. Portland’s Mikael Pederson will be featured Thursday.

For more information, visit www.downtownmcminnville.com.

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