Mayor Bill King Ribbon Cutting SACC & AntFarm Farmers Market

The market opened at 3 p.m. with a ribbon cutting provided by Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Director Khrys Jones, Chamber ambassadors Stan Pulliam and Machel Heldstab, Chamber Board Vice President Lisa Foster, Mayor Bill King and AntFarm market coordinators Shannon Malamphy and Kiki Kruse.

It was a picturesque spring day Friday, May 4, when the Mount Hood Farmers Market made its seasonal debut. The market opened at 3 p.m. with some fanfare provided by Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Director Khrys Jones, Chamber ambassadors Stan Pulliam and Machel Heldstab, Chamber Board Vice President Lisa Foster and Mayor Bill King.

“We’re happy to welcome them,” Malamphy noted. “And a big shout out to our sponsors Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas Federal Credit Union.”

Accompanied by Shannon Malamphy and Kiki Kruse of AntFarm, the city contingent hosted a short and sweet ribbon cutting to honor the first of several markets for the year.

“It was really great to see such great support right off the bat,” Malamphy told The Post. “The turnout and vibe in the tent and how welcoming the vendors were was great to have.”

The market opened with 15 vendors, including several new faces and a variety of offerings ranging from bee keepers to seamstresses and flower and vegetable growers to jewelry artists. The possibilities for gifts, goodies and greens were vast and are supposed to grow as the market season progresses at 38600 Proctor Blvd.

“There was great feedback from the vendors themselves,” Malamphy said. “(The live music) was one of the main positive points of feedback — being able to have that music and have that community environment while shopping.”

Farmers Market SACC

Shannon Malamphy and Kiki Kruse have partnered to run the Mount Hood Farmers Market on behalf of AntFarm.

Twenty children came out and participated in the market’s Power of Produce (POP) program, exchanging their time spent learning about gardening for POP tokens. The children used their POP tokens to buy produce from the market vendors.

This Friday, May 11, the market will feature bluegrass music from Welches-based band Backup and Push, and Emma Porricolo with the city of Sandy will host a pop-up mapping activity in the community booth to allow public input on the walkability assessment of downtown Sandy. There will also be a few new vegetable and craft vendors.

“We’re happy to welcome them,” Malamphy noted. “And a big shout out to our sponsors Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District and Clackamas Federal Credit Union.”