Since 2003, the Hillsboro Sunday Market, Hillsboro, OR, has taken place each weekend in the warmer months of the year. Going from early May through October, the Sunday Market continues to provide local products for the visitors and residents of Hillsboro.
Hillsboro is the fifth largest city in Oregon, and when you want to find produce that is locally grown, the Sunday Market is the place to find it. The market is located in downtown Hillsboro, at the Orenco Station, and operates from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.
In addition to the local produce, which each vendor must grow themselves, you can also find various nursery products, too. Each of the plants, flowers, and trees must also be grown by the vendors, so that you know exactly what you are getting.
Entertainment is another big feature of the Hillsboro Sunday Market. Various local groups and individuals will be there to perform through the hours that the Market is open. You will also be able to hear different musical genres throughout the season, too.
Another feature is the crafts. Local artisans and craftspeople bring art and crafts of all kinds to the Market. Holding to the tradition of being for locals only, all crafts and art must also be made by the vendor.
Educational information is available at the Market, too. Various groups come and provide information about the value of buying local and knowing what you are getting. There is a strong emphasis on the nutritional and economic value.
Hot food can also be purchased while you are walking around the Sunday Market. Local restaurateurs serve up delicious foods and drinks. Some of the sandwiches may even be on freshly baked bread, making it a memorable meal for all. Desserts are available, too.
The Sunday Market was added to the activities of the larger Hillsboro Markets (since 1981) because of the success that was seen with the Saturday Market, and the Tuesday Market (1998). Each day has a little different emphasis, but the focus is still on local vendors and artisans.
The Tuesday Market, for instance, features an antique car display, and an opportunity to leave your children with a special program for them. There is also a Children's Creative Center where they can get their face painted, and other activities are available just for them. Dogs on Parade is another activity that takes place on a Tuesday, and the dogs will be showing off their best clothes at that time.
Most recently, the Winter Market was added in November 2009 and will continue where the regular Markets stop in October, and will run from November through December 12th. It will focus on fall produce like pumpkins, potatoes, squash, peppers, garlic, gourds, shallots, and more. Various kinds of honey will also be there.
After you attend the Hillsboro Sunday Market, Hillsboro, OR, there are plenty of other activities to do and places to go in the Hillsboro area. At the Pacific coast, you can enjoy gorgeous beaches, see the famous Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, and go whale watching in the spring and fall at the Ecola State Park.