The Portland Farmers Market announced this morning that current executive director Ann Forsthoefel has resigned after two years at the helm. She is leaving to relocate to Missoula, MT, after her husband recently accepted a job there. From the press release:

“Ann has been instrumental in bringing Portland Farmers Market to a whole new level of effectiveness, and is well-loved by everyone she works with,” said Rosemarie Cordello, chairperson of the Portland Farmers Market board of directors. “While there is no one who can fully replace Ann, we are deeply committed to making this transition as smooth as possible and will ensure that Portland Farmers Market’s strong forward movement continues.”

Over the last two years, thanks in part to the leadership of Forsthoefel, the Portland Farmers Market has seen significant changes, including major expansion into previously under-served neighborhoods and a No Dog policy at the PSU market, which has certainly made my Saturday produce purchasing much more pleasurable.

She will be missed.