It was undeniably the place to be in Portland this past weekend.
and thanks to the press releases (who doesn’t read press releases about their local farmers markets?), I knew it was going to be bigger & better than ever – doubling in size in the PSU Park Blocks.
I was literally sitting at my desk this morning, daydreaming about the vegetables I have at home.
For such an early start to the season, I was constantly thrilled, booth by booth, to see such variety! I’ve grown accustomed to walking home from the first market of the season with a bundle of raab or rapini or two, and I did, with a bunch more. I started my farmar adventure with a patiently delivered, cup of single origin Burundi Stumptown from Cafe Velo, nibbled on a trail mix bar from BlackSheep Bakery, explored the new routes, marked purchases for round #2, and ran into happy friends.
- The variety!
- The hipster mustaches! more than ever! with babies! (I know! It’s Portland, but there were more than usual)!
- Room to move!
- Gooey (Daiya?) vegan cheese on deep dish slices at the new Via Chicago Pizza stand!
- The line for coffee at Cafe Velo is not as scary as it looks!
- Local Yukons (especially miniature! make me never want to buy another russel potato again).
- Multi-recycling & composting efforts!
- Petunia’s Pastries stand!
The market is enormous!
There is room for 3 different music spots! Maybe more? At least 2 were official. Sadly, I don’t have a photo of the cool country western singers (with mustaches).
The crowd thickens…
Broccoli raab sighting #1, check
Even more glorious raabs!
Bought my garlic here…
There are two food strips now – in the middle and the farmost SW corner.
Some vegan highlights –
I’ve never ordered from here, but it’s nice to know it’s an option.
BEHIND THE SCENES
If I hadn’t opted for coffee, hot peppermint tea would have been calling.
Preppin’ the mushroom samples
support the fraggles
My haul: Cremini mushrooms, Yukon Gold potatoes, brussel sprout raab, broccoli raab, mustard greens, asparagus, miner’s lettuce, red Chesnok garlic
My only reason to get up at 9am on a Saturday that is truly worth it. I contemplated signing up for a CSA again this year, but the farmar is truly too much fun to resist.
And the first actual dish from my haul, besides nibbling on miner’s lettuce and tossing a piece to my cat:
Shells Con Broccoli Raab, modified from The Urban Vegan (with miso!)
Made with orrechiete and broccoli in the book; whole wheat shells and broccoli raab in my kitchen. Small dish of nooch for sprinklin’. Local greens and garlic.