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Vendor Profile: Cousin Kenny’s

Cousin Kenny’s Barbecue has been a must-try at the Hillsboro Markets since the early 2000’s. Kenny McCann started cooking as just a hobby until he decided construction wasn’t for him anymore and then he began the venture of turning his side project into a business. Over the course of two years, he ran with his love for food and hit the market scene. Still, he always jokes “We make everything but a profit”. Cousin Kenny’s is a market-only, word-of-mouth, community known and loved stand. They specialize in pork and have their own smoker they cook with as well.

Kenny has traveled all over the Pacific Northwest, including Newport and Astoria, cooking for anyone and everyone. Between festivals, booths, prep, and shopping, Cousin Kenny’s is a full-time operation without even having their own storefront. Technically retired after having a stroke that rendered him unfit for construction, Kenny stays busy doing all he can to serve his customers, first-timers and regulars. Known for their signature biscuits & gravy, they know how to warm up these cold Autumn days. Everyone who helps out at Cousin Kenny’s are kind-hearted, friendly folks who make every penny & moment worth your time.

They’re currently exclusively at the Hillsboro Saturday and Sunday Hillsboro Markets where you can find them serving up comfort food with pure smiles. They’re also online on facebook at


Vendor Profile: Kiyokawa Orchards

Kiyokawa Family Orchards has one of the biggest varieties of apples, pears, peaches, and cherries at the market. Diversification has been a huge area of focus as more and more requests came in over the years for specific types of apples and pears. Located in the Hood River Valley, they are able to produce upwards of 125 types of apples by using the altitude to their advantage. Founded in 1911, Kiyokawa Family Orchards continues to grow on their five main orchards that take up over 200 acres of farmland all within ten miles of the next. They tend the fruit year round alternating between each season’s finest. Being located so close to Mt. Hood, the water is glacier-fed and creates a pure environment to grow such fresh tasting fruit.

Randy took over his family’s Orchards as his grandparents and parents got older and became less able to take on such difficult and demanding tasks. Founded by Randy’s grandfather, Riichi, who moved here from Japan in 1905 and began farming. What once began as just a way to make a living has now become a community of sharing locally and providing people with fresh and unique produce. They participate in fruit stands, farmers markets, and their own storefront in Parkdale, OR.

Nearing the end of the market season, October is a fantastic time to stock up on apples and pears that are great for storing and fall treats. Great for pies, hot cider, applesauce, canning, drying and so much more. Catch them at our few remaining markets to wrap up this season.

Vendor Profile: Pruitt’s Farm

Pruitt’s Farm has been a vendor with the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets on and off since the very beginning, taking each chance they get to further connect with the community. They’ve become a staple this year with their delicious produce and creative booth setup decoration. Harvesting all the produce they can and reusing products before tossing them has led to Pruitt’s booth being the perfect welcome to Fall – pumpkins of all sizes cascading around the cornstalks make us want to cozy up and watch the leaves change color. The farm is located in Cornelius, Oregon, and sell only locally grown goods as community is a very important factor to them.

Pruitt’s has been operating on the very same piece of land it started on 67 years ago. The family has grown up with the passion for farming and take high pride in the quality of their produce and remain a proudly independent farm. The family works day in and day out to make sure that the community gets the best they can offer. There are a total of five greenhouses on the property that shelter a vast variety of produce. Pruitt’s offers anything from pumpkins, to tomatoes, grapevines, fruits, veggies, orchards, free range chickens, and everything in between. Their storefront is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm where you’re free to pick your own goods. The store also features handmade work from local artists including things such as crochet and quilts.

Pruitt’s Farm was started by George & Ivvle Pruitt and is now represented by four generations. Rick Johnson currently oversees all the interaction with the farm and is always out and about at the markets enjoying the community with his family. Stop by the booth at one of the few remaining markets this month! They’re always at the Saturday market in Downtown Hillsboro. If you can’t make it out to a market you can head over to their store or watch out for the Winter Bazaar they host every year starting November 1st to mid-December, featuring the work of many local craftspeople in the community they’re always supporting and working with. You can also find them online at their website:










Vendor Profile: Universal Love Healing Center LLC

In early 2015, Candice Doyle decided to embark on an idea she has that healing has many purposes and can be aided in different ways. She founded Universal Love Healing Center to combine services you’d normally have to go to separately in one convenient location. Doyle is a sport & rehabilitative therapist specializing in massage therapy that caters to each individual client based on their personal needs. The center works in unison with many other practitioners, healthcare providers, and insurances to be of the utmost convenience to the customers and community. The central goal is to calm the nervous system by using unique methods she’s gained from working with many clients and other therapists along the way. 

The future of the company is all about inclusive expansion, the incorporation of a growing practitioners list and to reach out to help even more clients heal. Doyle also talks about her interest in starting a nonprofit to talk about diversity and awareness about healing and everyone’s differing paths to health. The hope is to open more centers around Oregon and continue helping the community. Their mission statement is: “Universal: Modalities, ancient and new, used individually or blended to take the very best care of you. Universal in that all who enter through our doors are treated with respect and dignity. Love Healing: We truly do. Healing hands can take away your aches, pain and stress. Center: Our business, inspired with passion, centered and focused on you and your wellbeing.”

This is the first year the Universal Love Healing Center is involved in the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets. Doyle talks highly about the community and the love she’s received. First visits to the shop offer a 20% discount, so book your appointment at the Saturday Market in Downtown Hillsboro or visit their webpage at or at

Universal Love Healing Center is where your healing begins.
















Vendor Profile: Stoked

Stoked luxury soy wax candles was started last year in August when founder Elizabeth Archambeau was prompted by friends and family to turn her unique hobby into a small business. She first started handing out her homemade candles as gifts on special occasions and kept experimenting with more scents for fun. Finding a way to incorporate her love for old-time Hollywood cinema into rare aromas makes Stoked a fun and different choice. Archambeau focuses on the idea of sense and memory which makes her film idea hit close to home. While watching old films, she captures the personality of classic characters and encapsulates what they would be as a candle. For example, one scent is titled “I washed my face and hands” from the classic film ‘My Fair Lady’ which pairs clean linen with pear and floral aromas for a pretty and light feel.

Archambeau makes her candles out of organic soy wax and fragrance oils used for perfumes for a stronger lasting smell. All candles are placed in glass containers with cotton wicks and are named after a certain quote from a character in one of the many films she loves. There are currently nine scents and she’s working on Fall and Winter ones as the season changes.

Looking to expand into the wedding market, Stoked would be a great addition to your day with Archambeau’s special vision. To encapsulate the bride and groom into their own one-of-a-kind essence would be such a fun adventure and keepsake. Stoked also does online sales through her Instagram and Facebook both at “stokedpnw”, and her website She does custom work which you can get in touch with her about through her social medias above. Her main revenue comes from the Downtown Hillsboro Markets on Saturday. Come check out all the fun aromas at our remaining markets through the end of October and support local artists, farmers, and vendors like Stoked. 














Vendor Profile: Hubrich Farms

Hubrich Farms was founded by Grant and Sandy Hubrich in 1983 and remains a family run business after 30+ years. After working in the high-tech industry at Intel, they decided to try to make a living selling fruits and veggies. With Grant’s previous knowledge from working on a bulb farm to put himself through college, they’ve been successful and able to make a substantial living.


Over the years, they’ve added flowers that have become a main focus on the farm. They sell a variety of flowers from potted tulips and daffodils to hyacinths which run from January to April every year. Their annual plants, baskets, and planters are available April through June. The rest of the year from June into October they offer self-serve produce including zucchini.

They are located at 775 SE Brookwood Ave. in Hillsboro, OR, 97123. You can find them at the Downtown Hillsboro Market on Saturdays, in which they have been involved since the beginning. You can also reach them at (503)-640-3882.












Vendor Profile: Essance Skincare

Essance Skincare began in 2005 when owner and founder Jasmine Tran had the idea of matching her passion for research and development with her extensive knowledge of herbal remedies. After working extensively helping others to get their start-ups off the ground, Tran decided to start her own brand. Her goal was to create products to benefit skin by giving it more of a boost and chance for recovery. All the formulas are handmade by Tran and she says she’s become her own doctor. She hopes to benefit others by selling everything from deodorants, essential oils, moisturizer, facial care, body care, and beyond.

Most major skin care brands mimic each other and one up another by paying attention to the trends, while Essance brings skin care back to its core. Essance focuses on the natural healing elements of nature instead of chemically processed formulas from a lab. Using Chaga mushrooms in the formulas has been a unique twist that is uncommon in general ingredient lists. These mushrooms grow on birch trees and are black masses that help keep the tree healthy. Consuming them in tea is a great way to absorb the massive amount of antioxidants it has to offer and boost your immune system (22x higher than the blueberry and 14x higher than the reishimushroom.) 

Essance Skincare became a vendor at the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets and Beaverton Markets just this year. Tran runs booths at both markets and operates the business on her own. Her goal for Essance Skincare is for it to double in size as each year before it. This year they are at two farmers markets, selling at New Seasons, and have their own storefront in Portland. Next year she wants to add two more markets, sell to Market Of Choice, and hire more employees to be able to do so. Tran’s vision of her brand is to be able to help skin from the source of the problem and loves to hear feedback from her many happy customers. She’s always thinking 5 steps ahead which makes Essance Skincare a great choice for anyone wanting to nourish their skin healthily and naturally.

You can find Essance Skincare on their website, on Instagram, Facebook, and Google+ as EssanceSkincare, or by email at










Vendor Profile: These Dreams Are Clay

 Randy Goossen began These Dreams Are Clay to incorporate her creativity into her knowledge as a Geologist by forming clay into ceramic tiles, pendants, and pottery. Collecting local native leaves, cool found rocks, and burning horse hair for charring imprints, nature is always a part of Goossen’s designs. Every piece is unique and involves a bit of her personality. There are dragons, video game references, and other “artistic geek” pieces as she likes to call them. She got involved with the Hillsboro Farmers’ Markets two and a half years ago after being referred by her friend who is also a vendor.

Using six different clay bodies, each piece is able to take on a life of its own via its environment. The two types of kilns Goossen uses are an indoor electric for everyday use and an outdoor Raku tank for specific and intricate works. The Raku tank has a metal container you can fill with various burnable materials to change the oxygen levels which will affect the color of each piece. This process is very dependent on what kind of materials are used, the amount, how each fragment lands, and how much oxygen is consumed. The fire then puts itself out and a creation is made.

Based in her home in Beaverton, she offers beginning ceramics classes to introduce people to the craft and get their hands on some clay. She took ceramics in school and grew up with a fondness for clay, nature, and creation. She’s always open to doing custom work to cater to your specific artistic needs. You can email her at or message her online on either Facebook or Etsy, at the username These Dreams Are Clay.









Vendor Profile: Helvetia Farms

Helvetia Farms was founded by Cheryl Wilson who made great use of her family’s land by making all natural products including but not limited to, soaps, essential oils, lotions, deodorant, nail polish, and toothpaste.

She later passed the company down to her niece, Nicole Miller, in 2012 when she was just 16 years old. Nicole now makes all the products and runs the booth at both the Thursday and Saturday Hillsboro Farmers Markets. Nicole finds joy in the design of products like carving faeries into soap molds and adding glitter to top it off .

The variety of all Helvetia Farms has to offer is what really sets them apart. Nothing is ever tested on animals, and is always made with the most simple, natural ingredients. Based in Helvetia, Oregon, everything is locally grown and harvested to ensure the cleanest processes for your skincare products.

If you’re looking for a new beauty routine, stop by Helvetia Farms to pick up a new shampoo, lotion, or soap to add to your collection. A fun idea to use their essential oils is to run a few drops in front of a fan for a calming aroma throughout the room. The creativity in every product makes sure there’s fun every use. Plus, it’s all natural! 






Vendor Profile: Walchli’s Hermiston Melon Company

Walchli’s Hermiston Melon Company was founded in 1987 by husband and wife duo, Bob and Rachelle Walchli. They grow all types of melons and beyond with their most notable item being Black Watermelons, which have a black rind, thin skin, and a deep red seedless inside, giving it a higher percentage of sugar than most.

The Walchli’s farm is on 40 acres of land out in Hermiston, Oregon and Rachelle makes the drive out to Hillsboro every week just to participate in our Saturday Market. With the help of Harold and Evelyn Triplet, and Mel Salzwedel, who pitch in to help set up the booth and lend a hand wherever they can, it makes it possible for the Walchli’s to participate in 5 markets a week and have a fruit stand open 7 days a week at exit 164 on I-84 at Boardman. They’ve been participating in the Hillsboro Markets for 26 seasons and are still going strong.

Even with the amount they grow and sell, they prefer to sell at the markets and directly to the community rather than mass producing them for supermarkets. They never use any pesticides, instead using only a liquified brown sugar spray to keep the bugs away. Every fertilizer they use are all natural and clean.

There is always a line coming from Walchli’s Hermiston Melon Company booth at the market and a constant buzz about how great the produce they grow and sell are. Early in the week they’re at markets in Tri-Cities Washington, but you can catch them in Hillsboro every Saturday at the Downtown Market. Pop in, say hi, grab a watermelon or two, and continue supporting local produce and community.





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