The nice thing about vending @ the Hawthorne Urban Farmers’ Market is that it’s so easy to do. Here is a basic list of instructions:
- Show up
- Do your thing
- Repeat as needed
There are no fees, no sign-ups, no plans, no penalties….I think you get the idea. Thanks to the generous folks at the Hawthrone Auto Clinic, we have a parking lot and an extension cord to use.
While most vendors have taken barter as well as cash (or cheque) in 2009, no one is required to do anything, though it does just sort of seem to work well that way.
So, you’ve got an overachieving fruit tree or more summer squash than you can shake a stick at, bring a folding table, cardboard box or just a blanket. Bring your food, art, handicrafts or just whatever. Just cuz it’s Hawthorne doesn’t mean you have to be long-haired or freaky.
The Urban Farmers of SE Portland think it’s more important to get food to people. If you want to know how it’s grown, just ask the farmer. While we may be called certifiable by some, it usually isn’t in conjunction with the National Organic Programme as run by the local certifiying agencies of the USDA. But, it could be. It’s up to you and your personal inclination to deal with The Man.
And, no matter what happens to California or the twin threads of asphalt that connect Cascadia to the Empire of the Golden Bear, your neighbourhood farmers will always have some nutritious food, even if you may need to ask just what to do with it or why you’re sharing it w/ slugs.
Again, as a “vendor,” you can do pretty much whatever you like at our market (though you may not get any flowers if you come to practice ass-hattery). It’s just a shame that freedom seems to end on Hawthorne at 6pm. I like to get a cuppa @ the Common Grounds Coffeehouse next door and imagine it doesn’t. You can too.
Join us at the HUFM for one week or twenty. Do it cuz you want to. Do it to help feed your neighbours w/ your extra. Come on by and taste what food distribution was like for the last 10,000 years w/ a few recent exceptions.
Let’s get Southeasty together w/ our neighbours!