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    Calil, 8, and Liam Sommer, 11, walk home from Deering Oaks park with the bleeding heart plant they bought on the second Saturday of the outdoor Portland Farmers' Market.

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    Flowers, like these Iceland red poppies, herbs, vegetables and fruit are sold at the Snell Family Farm booth. The farm, in Buxton, also offers pick-your-own raspberries and apples later in the year.

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    Every Saturday, rain or shine - mostly rain this spring - the outdoor market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Deering Oaks park.

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    Buddy came all the way from Plymouth, N.H., with his owner to the market on the second Saturday of the outdoor market. Staff photo by Michele McDonald

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    Michal Graber, from Old Sheep Meadows Farm in Alfred, has been selling rose bushes and cut flowers at the market for 29 years. She and her husband, both in their 80s, have more than 4 acres of plantings.

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    A fiddlehead forager in northern Maine provides these fiddlehead ferns to a local farm. A container of ferns weighing just under a pound sells for $7.

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    Robyn Wiley, of South Portland, has been giving free hugs at the market for four years, and finds connecting with strangers very powerful. She's at Deering Oaks park most Saturdays, sometimes with hug-giving friends.

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    Grow your own gray oyster mushrooms, courtesy of North Spore, an urban farm in Westbrook, selling at the Portland Farmers' Market. The kits are sawdust blocks that have been colonized by mushroom mycelium. You slice the bag and grown your own.

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    Micah Kendall waited for weeks for the kefir from Swallowtail Farm & Creamery in Whitefield, to show up at the Wednesday farmers' market in Monument Square. May 31, the last day of meteorological spring, was his lucky day. He also bought chervil and eucalyptus plants.

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    Kai Peterson, 3, of New Gloucester, splashed through a puddle in ladybug boots while his mom shopped.

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