History and Mission
The Lake Oswego Farmers' Market (LOFM) was created in 2001 to establish operations of a seasonal, open-air market at Millennium Plaza Park in downtown Lake Oswego. LOFM is operated by the City of Lake Oswego's Parks & Recreation Department. The Market showcases some of the region's finest products. Superior produce and goods are sold directly to the buying public by growers, gatherers, crafters and producers.
The objectives of the LOFM are:
- To provide an informal social gathering place in an open-air setting for the Lake Oswego community and our neighbors.
- To enhance the downtown business community.
- To give the community access to a wide variety of fresh, local, in-season products direct from the producer and to provide a centralized location for local producers to market directly to the buying public.
The market features three principal types of vendors: Farmer/Growers, Refreshment (value-added, processed, baked goods), and Hot Foods (food services prepared onsite for immediate consumption). LOFM also incorporates Artists, City government participants, Kid's Corner and Nonprofit vendors on a limited basis.
LOFM lasts 22 weeks from mid-May through mid-October, always beginning the Saturday after Mother's Day. There are approximately 80 vendors and nearly 8,000 participants each week.