Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Become A Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets (HFM) Vendor?

HFM accepts new vendor applications before the start of each market season, usually on February 1st. Apply here to become a vendor.

 

Does HFM Allow Community Organizations To Set Up A Table At The Market?

HFM is proud to offer the market as a resource to community-based nonprofits. Space is held for groups conducting educational outreach related to our organization’s mission and values. Organizations are welcome to distribute information at the booth space provided, but may not sell anything at the market, including raffle tickets, or wander the market to approach customers. They must have an activity or display at their booth. Organizations pay a one-time fee of $30 and then may request dates to be at the market.

Pre-approval from HFM staff is required. If you meet the above criteria and are interested in tabling at our markets, please follow these instructions to apply.

 

How Can I Become A Market Volunteer?

Volunteers are essential to every aspect of our mission and we simply couldn’t do what we do without them. Our wonderful volunteer base allows us to meet our goals of supporting economic growth and healthy local produce and products by maintaining successful farmers’ markets and educating the public on the importance of buying locally. If you are interested in becoming a market volunteer, click here for more information, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Liz Connor.

 

How Can I Play Music At The Market?

We start registering musicians in February for the upcoming season. If you would like to be considered for either the Saturday or Sunday markets, please send a link to a sample of your music to support@hillsboromarkets.org, and the Business Manager will forward it to the appropriate person scheduling the music.

 

Does HFM Allow Buskers Or Peddlers At The Market?

Music buskers are permitted when space allows. They are asked to check in at the market information booth and wait for the Market Manager who will assign them an area if available. Buskers are asked to move after one hour to a new location. Electronic amplification is not allowed, nor is playing/singing in a loud, disruptive manner such as to impede communication between vendors and customers. Peddlers are not allowed to set up within the market or within ten feet of its perimeter.

 

Pet Policy

In the interests of health and safety, a farmers market is not the best place to bring a pet. If customers do choose to bring a pet, we ask them to abide by these six rules to make the pet’s visit to the market a good experience for everyone:

  • Dogs must be kept on a short leash;
  • Dogs must be under control and by the owner’s side at all times;
  • Keep dogs away from produce, plants, and other food products;
  • Dogs must be friendly with other dogs and children to earn the right to be at the market;
  • Be considerate — not everyone loves dogs and some customers are allergic to animals; and
  • Don’t forget to clean up after your dog

 

Lost & Found

If you think that you have lost any personal items while at the Market you may check with our lost and found at the Market Information Booth.

After Market hours you can contact us at (503) 844-6685 or e-mail us at support@hillsboromarkets.org for lost and found information. The office is open Tuesday-Friday, 8am-12pm.

 

Does The Market Take Debit Cards?

No cash? No problem. Customers may go to the Market Information Booth and use their debit cards to purchase wooden tokens in $5 denominations. There are no restrictions on what can be bought with the tokens ­– treat them just like cash at any market booth.

  • All vendors accept them and give full change at the time of purchase.
  • The tokens may be used only at the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets, and are not accepted at other farmers markets.
  • There is a $2.00 transaction fee for the wireless processing of debit cards, which also helps us cover the cost of some of our programs.
  • $5 tokens have an expiration date (usually 2016) on them and cannot be used after that date.
  • $5 tokens cannot be refunded for cash once purchased.

Visit our market information booth to find out more and to purchase market tokens.

 

Market Gift Certificates

Market tokens, which come in $5.00 denominations, make great gifts for family, friends or business. Tokens may be purchased at the Market Information Booth or the market office.

 

Can I Use My Oregon Trail Card/SNAP Benefits At The Market?

Oregon Trail Card Accepted At All Markets Sign

Oregon Trail Cards have replaced food stamps as Oregon’s Food Assistance program. They are Electronic Bank Transfer (EBT) cards that allow recipients to receive their benefits
electronically, and access them with a card which acts like a debit card. Card holders must go to the Market Information Booth and buy $1 denomination wooden EBT tokens which may be used in lieu of cash within the guidelines of the program:

  • $1 EBT Tokens may only be used for most food items, including fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, popcorn, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, baked goods to be taken home, and seeds or plants intended for growing food
  • $1 EBT Tokens may not be used for beer, wine, liquor, nonfood items (e.g., merchandise, pet foods, soaps, paper products, household supplies), vitamins and medicines, ready-to-eat foods, hot foods, or flowers
  • No Change can be given back
  • Card holders may return tokens to the Information Booth to add money back to their account.
  • Tokens are good only at the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets. We are not authorized to accept tokens from other Farmers’ Markets and they will not accept our tokens.
  • Some of our markets offer matching programs to help stretch your dollars at the market. Ask at the information booth whether this program is available since funding for it is not stable.

What Are FDNP And WIC Vouchers And Does HFM Accept Them?

The Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) is a state-administered federal nutrition program. FDNP funds go to low-income, nutritionally at-risk pregnant women and young children enrolled in the Women Infants & Children (WIC) program and to eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities. These federal funds are specifically distributed in order to purchase locally produced fresh fruit and vegetables directly from authorized farmers at farm stands and Farmers’ Markets.

Many of our farmers have applied to accept these vouchers at their booths. To find out which vendors participate in this program, look for signs displayed in their booths or ask the vendors themselves. Vendors are not authorized to give change back for these coupons.

For more information about qualifying for these programs click here or contact:

WIC – Washington County Dept. of Health and Human Services at 503-846-3555

Senior Nutrition Program Seniors and People with Disabilities at 1-866-299-3562

 

Does HFM Receive City Or State Funding To Operate Its Markets?

No. The organization is funded through vendor fees, the generous support of market sponsors, and invaluable hours of volunteer time. Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets receives no regular city, state, or federal funding although the City of Hillsboro has provided small sponsorships to show their support.

 

Does HFM Operate All The Farmers’ Markets In Hillsboro?

No, HFM is an umbrella organization that operates four different markets in the Hillsboro region. Hillsboro Tuesday Night operates the Tuesday evening market every week, early June to late August from 5-8:30pm. Find out more about the many other wonderful farmers’ markets in Washington County and beyond by visiting the Oregon Farmers’ Markets Association.

 

Why Does HFM Offer Additional Programs And Events?

Market programs and special events are the vehicles for enacting HFM’s educational goals. HFM believes if the markets are to continue to grow and flourish it is critical to educate consumers on the value of supporting regional agriculture. We annually review and evaluate all our programs in terms of costs and benefits, deleting and adding programs where appropriate. Funding for these activities is raised through sponsors and in-kind donations. In addition, volunteers give countless hours of their time to ensure the success of these events.

 

Why Does HFM Have Sponsors?

HFM’s Board of Directors is dedicated to consumer education as a critical component of building economic growth and increasing sales of local agriculture. Vendors’ fees cover the basic cost of operating the markets, including site rental, permits, advertising, insurance, and staffing. In order to keep vendors’ fees as low as possible and still fund educational outreach, HFM solicits sponsors for special events and programs, including market festivals, Market Sprouts, and music. Sponsor candidates are evaluated on an individual basis to ensure there is not direct conflict with the Market’s mission.