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Mayor Adams with wee Kenton Market shoppers

There is so much to look forward to this weekend.  First, if you feel like starting your weekend off with a bang, I suggest stopping by our new Kenton Market in North Portland, 3-7pm at N. McClellan and Denver.  You never know what might happen there.  Last week’s opening day started with a cameo by the Mayor, then a New Orleans style brass band marched through the market, then a transformer blew out the entire neighborhood and the party really started.

“Hot” is an understatement

Today,  possible thundershowers will pale in comparison to all the heat that Kenton Market is bringing.  There’s spicy handmade salsas from Hot Mama Salsa and Little Gnome Farm will have a heap of hot peppers, including the infamous Ghost Pepper, aka the Naga Bhut Jolokia pepper, aka the hottest pepper IN THE WORLD.  No joke, this pepper dominates the Scoville Scale (unit of measure of the spiciness of chili peppers) with a rating of over 1,000,000 units.  By way of comparison, your typical jalapeno tops out around 8,000.  Before you leave, cool down with an creamy cone from Scoop Handmade Ice Cream and fill your basket with fresh veg, cheese, salami and a plant start or two.

Get some

At PSU this Saturday the market will be positively overflowing with strawberries.  Unger Farm is bringing sweet, sweet Hoods.  You might also want to stop by Winters Farms for a taste comparison between Hood and Shuksan varieties.  It’s nearly impossible to decide which one is more delicious.

Strawberries will most definitely star in next week’s Kids Cook at the Market class.  Chef Cory Schreiber (of Wildwood fame) and students from The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Portland will be making this mouthwatering berry fool recipe.  Want to sign up your kiddos up for the class?  Register here.

Perhaps the biggest news of the week?  CHERRIES, people!  Gala Springs will be bringing the first batch of cherries to market on Saturday at PSU and Sunday at King.  Prepare to fight me for them.

See, kids like to cook AND eat vegetables

Also at King this Sunday, Julie Merry from The Merry Kitchen will be showing kids how fun it is to cook and eat seasonally at our Bite Size Kids Cook class.  Classes are free and you can drop by to make lettuce wraps with strawberries, snap peas and mint all market long from 10am-2pm. The Merry Kitchen is a home-based cooking school for kids in NE Portland where Julie Merry teaches year round classes to kids, offers cooking birthday parties, and teaches after school cooking classes at various schools. To learn more, check out Merry Kitchen website and Facebook page.

Happy shopping and eating.  See you at the market(s).

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Northwest by Northwest

Big Thanks to Debra Pleva at Weinstein PR

Thursday, June 7 marks the return of Northwest Portland Farmers Market. The lively neighborhood market, run by Portland Farmers Market and sponsored by Food Front Cooperative Grocery features 20 vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods. Northwest Market will be held every Thursday from June 7 through September 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in a parking lot adjacent to and generously donated by community partner Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at NW 19th Avenue and NW Everett Street.

Opening day will feature the launch of new programs and promotions including cooking demonstrations, market orientations, and senior days.

Also new this year, Northwest Market shoppers eligible for SNAP benefits can now receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $7 in market tokens through Fresh Exchange, a program of Farmers Market Fund. SNAP recipients buy market tokens with their Oregon Trail Card to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese and some baked goods. Fresh Exchange is also available to shoppers at the King and Buckman neighborhood markets.

“We want our Northwest Market to not only bring healthy farm-fresh produce to residents of the Northwest, but also to serve as a vibrant community gathering place that reflects the surrounding neighborhood,” said Trudy Toliver executive director of Portland Farmers Market. “We hope the combination of new and returning vendors, events and programs will provide a lively market experience week after week for our wonderful shoppers.”

Opening Day – June 7

Opening day will include musical entertainment by Water Tower and Dan Lange.

Northwest Market Vendor

About 20 vendor stalls brimming with farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods will crop up every Thursday in a parking lot adjacent to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Five vendors new to the Portland Farmers Market family – Ravenhill Farm, Rudio Creek Ranch, Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking, Marshall’s Haute Sauce, Portland Creamery and Serious Business Pastries – will join the Northwest Market lineup.

Overview of New Vendors

  • Ravenhill Farm – Based in Carlton, Oregon, Ravenhill Farm is in the business of inspiring cooks. Their vegetables are chosen with the kitchen in mind, honoring the culinary traditions that have graced today’s cuisine. They are committed to bringing the highest quality produce, grown sustainably, without the use of chemicals.
  • Rudio Creek Ranch – The 6,200-acre Rudio Creek Ranch is nestled in Salem, Oregon, where grass-fed Black Angus cattle co-exist with the natural wonders of the surrounding spaces. Pure grazing practices combined with a commitment to a stress-free environment for every animal create premium, distinctive beef processed in a healthy and responsible way.
  • Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking – Lacy Gillham and Jan (pronounced Yawn) Taborsky are Camp Captains and founders of Happy Campers Baking based in Tigard, OR. They believe that life’s an adventure, and pure and simple foods help people stay energized. Their baked products are gluten-free, wheat-free, and vegan, and they contain no soy, corn, refined sugars, or GMOs. They source their ingredients and supplies locally whenever possible and donate baked goods to local charities twice a week.
  • Marshall’s Haute Sauce – Marshall’s Haute Sauce creates delicious fresh and local small-batch hot sauce to those craving heat and spice. Their sauces have unique spice blends and flavor combinations. All sauces are gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan. They believe in small business owners, farmers and producers, and work with as many as possible.
  • Portland Creamery – This Portland-based artisan goat cheese producer is focused on providing high quality traditional as well as unique goat cheeses. Their award-winning cheese is made using family recipes with the finest ingredients. Their vision is to promote the awareness of the benefits of goat cheese as a natural and healthy food source. Locally produced and handcrafted, their cheeses are 100% hormone free.
  • Serious Business Pastries – Serious Business Pastries is serious about quality and craftsmanship, but fun and funky when it comes to flavors and creativity. They make their pastries every day from scratch using all-natural ingredients, and never any preservatives or artificial flavors. In the summertime, they visit local farms and hand-pick the berries that go into their pastries, and they make a considerable effort to source all other produce, honey and jams direct from farmers markets.

Farmers and Ranchers

Bakeries and Food Artisans

* New vendor for the 2012 season

New and Returning Programs and Events

Throughout the season, Northwest Market will organize activities to promote neighborhood restaurants and attract new and loyal shoppers to the market.

“We have a terrific line-up of new and returning events this season at Northwest Market,” said Anna Curtin, Program Manager of Portland Farmers Market. “There are activities for the young and old to learn about the market, sample food from local restaurants and even play fruit and veggie bingo. We invite Northwest residents to join us for the festivities, fun, fruit and veggies on Thursdays from June to September.”

New programs include:

  • Portlandivore Program – Market organizers are launching the Portlandivore Program, a frequent shopper promotion. Shoppers who visit the market three times a month can enter to win a basket of $30 worth of market products. The drawings take place on the last market of each month.
  • Meet the Market – On Thursday, June 14, Northwest Market will host the first-ever open house featuring cooking demonstrations, market orientations, recipes showcasing market ingredients, product samples and giveaways from vendors and market sponsor Food Front Cooperative Grocery, and market prize drawings. Market organizers hope to attract new market shoppers to this informative, festive event.
  • Taste the Place - Neighborhood restaurants will provide samples and recipes to market shoppers the second Thursday of every month. Participating restaurants include Elephant’s Deli (June 14), World Cup Coffee (July 12), Dick’s Kitchen (August 9), and Touché (September 13).
  • Senior Day - On senior day, elderly shoppers are invited to take a brief guided tour of the market to learn more about the Portland Farmers Market organization, as well as discuss tips, techniques and new ideas for working with peak season produce. The tour will begin at 5 pm and last approximately 30 minutes. Plus, seniors are invited to play fruit and veggie bingo where the prizes come in the form of produce from market vendors. Senior Days take place the third Thursday of every month.

For up-to-date information on these events, shoppers can visit the Portland Farmers Market Northwest Market page.

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Kenton Market opens today, June 1st at 3 pm. If you get there early/on-time, there will be an actual ribbon cutting, with what we believe are Portland’s only giant pair of scissors, an apt tool for a community that boasts a statue of Paul Bunyan. The Kenton Market, will happen every Friday on McClellan at Denver Ave from 3 to 7 through the end of September.

One of the most important parts of opening a Farmers Market in a neighborhood is that you have to be invited in by the community members (in this metaphor, PFM is Vampire Bill and Kenton is Sookie). PFM, it’s farmers, growers and ranchers are excited to be teamed up with the Kenton Neighborhood Association and excited to work with local restaurants and neighboring businesses including Cason’s Fine Meats, E-San Thai Cuisine, Kenton Station, Pizza Fino, Po’shines Café, Posies Bakery and Café, and others will stay open to engage with market vendors and shoppers on Market nights.

Another great Portland community member, Urban Gleaners will be participating in the new Market. Urban Gleaners collects leftover and unused food and distributes to organizations who help families working through household food scarcity issues. This is doubly nice because food banks aren’t always able to work with fresh produce. You can read more about Urban Gleaners here or you can respond to a message from Emily at Urban Gleaners: “Urban Gleaners will be picking up for the next few weeks from the Portland Farmers Market Kenton location. Fridays at 6:45pm. Let us know if you are interested helping us collect this bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables for during the month of June! Email us at emily@urbangleaners.org

As someone who has resided in the 97217 zipcode for the last decade, the addition of a Farmers Market is another positive step for neighborhoods that haven’t always had a full service grocery store within a mile of many of its residents. Our food options, which have dramatically improved over the last ten years are going to get a little better.

Big thanks to Weinstein PR for putting together the list of vendors below.

Our Kenton Market Vendors

About 20 vendor stalls will crop up every Friday on the streets of Kenton. Six vendors new to the Portland Farmers Market family – The Good Food Farm, Island’s End Farm, Bushel and Peck Bakeshop, Hot Mama Salsa, Scoop Handmade Ice Cream and Taco Pedaler – will join the Kenton Market lineup.

Overview of New Vendors

  • The Good Food Farm – The Good Food Farm in Silverton, Oregon, grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Their wide selection of summer vegetables includes more than 30 varieties of tomatoes both heirloom and hybrid. In addition, they have three acres with 26 varieties of sweet cherries.
  • Island’s End Farm – Based in Cathlamet, Washington, Island’s End Farm grows high quality, organically grown vegetables, promotes the enjoyment of eating leafy greens, and continually nurtures the soil in which they have grown their vegetables for more than 30 years. They also sell small batch kraut, kim chi, jams and jellies.
  • Bushel and Peck Bakeshop – This new NE Portland bakery specializes in modern, nostalgic baked goods.
  • Hot Mama Salsa – Owner Nikki Maria Guerrero hand makes small batch salsas inspired by family recipes. The ingredients she sources locally are grown specifically for her products. Products include salsas, hot sauce, chili oils, chili powders, and blends, and homemade tortilla chips made from white corn.
  • Scoop Handmade Ice Cream – From Portland, Scoop starts with local cream and milk and adds fresh local fruit and berries, organic fair-trade cocoa and other tasty flavors to create delicious hand-crafted, small batch ice creams. Their flavors include Salted Caramel, Triple Threat Ginger, Oatmeal and Brown Sugar, Avocado, Thai Iced Tea and more. They also make vegan sorbets, including strawberry balsamic, basil pineapple and dark chocolate marionberry.
  • Taco Pedaler – Taco Pedaler is a NE Portland green business, serving authentic tacos on traditional Mexican tricycles. Their meats come from Carlton farms, the produce is sourced from local produce venders, and their salsas are made fresh. They pride themselves on being pedal powered and bike to each location with joy.

Farmers and Ranchers

Bakeries and Food Artisans

Prepared Food Vendors

* New vendor

Other Market Locations
With the opening of this location, Portland Farmers Market will operate eight weekly markets – four neighborhood markets: Kenton in North Portland, Northwest in Northwest Portland, King in Northeast Portland and Buckman in Southeast Portland; and four downtown markets: PSU, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski Park, and the Winter Market. As with all other Portland Farmers Market locations, Kenton market shoppers eligible for SNAP benefits will be able to receive $1 tokens using their Oregon Trail Card to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese and some baked goods.

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SALAD, Salad, salad

Thanks to Weinstein PR

The King Market season begins Sunday, May 6, and will continue every Sunday until October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at NE Wygant Street and NE 7th avenue.

On opening day, season sponsor COUNTRY Financial will unveil the winning design of its second annual Reusable Bag Design contest at 11:30 am at the music booth. All Portland Public Schools (PPS) high school students were invited to display their artistic abilities and illustrate this year’s contest theme, “Fill up on Fresh.” The student with the winning design will have his or her artwork displayed on thousands of reusable canvas bags and receive a $1,000 scholarship. The reusable canvas bags will be distributed to shoppers at Portland Farmers Market events throughout the season. Two runner-ups will also have their designs featured at the unveiling ceremony and will receive a $500 scholarship.  The bag contest will supplement initiatives to reduce waste and promote recycling at market locations.

In addition to the reusable bag winner unveiling, opening day will include musical entertainment by How Long Jug Band and Gypsy Jazz West, as well as booths featuring seasonal produce samples and recipes, planting activities for children, and community partners Metro Master Gardeners, Alberta Main Street and Slow Food Portland.

In preparation of opening day, King Market experienced some digging around its digs this spring thanks to the King Neighborhood Association. Community member Diego Gioseffi led a project to refresh the landscaping adjacent to King Market site replacing invasive plants with native groundcover, shrubs and trees.

New Vendors

Four vendors new to the Portland Farmers Market family – Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking, Mudjoy Farm, Night Owl Roasters, and Scoop Handmade Ice Cream – will join the King Market lineup.

  • Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking - Lacy Gillham and Jan Taborsky are Camp Captains and founders of Happy Campers Baking based in Tigard, OR. Their baked products are gluten-free, wheat-free, and vegan, and they contain no soy, corn, refined sugars, or GMOs. They source their ingredients and supplies locally whenever possible and donate baked goods to local charities twice a week. happycampersglutenfree.com
  • Mudjoy Farm – Hailing from Dayton, OR, this small family farm’s mission is to showcase novel and rare crops, while at the same time offering the traditional varieties. They aim to provide healthy and nutritious food that is grown with care in a sustainable manner. mudjoyfarm.com
  • Night Owl Roasters – These NE Portland-based coffee roasters offer fresh, great-tasting whole bean coffee. They carefully select the finest green coffee beans from around the world and roast each one to perfection. Each bean is different and requires a unique roast profile to bring out its best aroma and flavor. nightowlroasters.com
  • Scoop Handmade Ice Cream – From Portland, Scoop starts with local cream and milk and adds fresh local fruit and berries, organic fair-trade cocoa and other tasty flavors to create delicious hand-crafted, small batch ice creams.  facebook.com/scoopicecream

Programs and Events

Throughout the season, King Market will organize activities to help shoppers build skills in gardening and cooking, promote local seasonal produce, and attract new and loyal shoppers to the market.

A sampling of new and returning programs include:

  • Get Growing – Throughout May, shoppers who spend $15 or more on plant starts purchased from market vendors can enter to win a drawing for a basket brimming with market goodies on the last Sunday in May. Plus, volunteers from the Metro Master Gardener Program will be on hand to answer questions and kids can take part in a hands-on a planting activity. To help neighborhood residents get a jump start on this year’s planting, the first 50 shoppers to purchase tokens at the market on opening day will also receive an edible plant start sponsored by Farmers Market Fund, a companion charitable organization to Portland Farmers Market dedicated to providing low-income, elderly and under-served populations in the region increased access to healthy, locally grown food.
  • *Bulk Buy*– This new program to promote height-of-harvest produce will feature vendor specials on bulk purchases of seasonally abundant crops. The program provides incentives and inspiration for bulk purchases including shopper discounts, recipe packets, and education on how to preserve the

    Asparagus

    harvest. Look for bulk buys at vendor stalls throughout the season.

  • *Portlandivore Program* – Market organizers are launching the Portlandivore Program, a frequent shopper promotion. Shoppers who visit the market three times a month can enter to win a basket of $30 worth of market products. The draws take place on the last market of each month.
  • Build a Burger – The annual barbeque fundraiser on Sunday, July 1, at King Market will benefit Fresh Exchange, the token-matching program available to low-income residents receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In return for a small suggested donation, market-goers are treated to a made to order grass-fed burger with all the fixings sourced from King Market vendors.
  • Bite Size Kids Cook– Kids can enjoy a free drop-in cooking activity once a month throughout the market day (10-2). Each activity focuses on a simple recipe preparation using seasonal produce and few steps. These classes take place the second Sunday of the month and are hosted by nutritionists:
  • *Ask the Expert* – This new urban homesteading information fair was created for shoppers to ask questions and learn more from specialists on the subjects of home gardening, beekeeping, urban chickens, wild foods, food preservation, DIY home/personal care, etc. It will take place Sunday, July 15.

For up-to-date information on these events, shoppers can visit the King Market page.

As with all other Portland Farmers Market locations, King Market shoppers eligible for SNAP benefits will be able to receive $1 tokens using their Oregon Trail Card to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese and some baked goods. Additionally, SNAP recipients can receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $7 in tokens through Fresh Exchange, a program of Farmers Market Fund, at the King, Buckman and Northwest neighborhood markets

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Portland Farmers Market and residents of Southeast Portland are counting the days until the opening of the Buckman Portland Farmers Market and the return of 25 vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods. The Buckman Market season begins Thursday, May 3, and will continue every Thursday until September 27, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SE Salmon Street and SE 20th Avenue, between SE Belmont and SE Hawthorne.

Opening day marks the launch of several new programs and promotions. Throughout the season, the Buckman Market will organize activities like family-friendly kids cooking classes, educational information fairs, and barbeque fundraisers.

“We want the Buckman Market to not only bring healthy farm-fresh produce to residents of the Southeast, but also to serve as a vibrant community gathering that reflects the surrounding neighborhood,” said Trudy Toliver executive director of Portland Farmers Market. “We hope the combination of new and returning vendors, events and programs will provide a lively market experience week after week for our valued shoppers.”

Know Your Food Opening Day – May 3

Opening day will include musical entertainment by James Clem, as well as Know Your Food, an informational demonstration by chef Bob Pullen and his traveling kitchen.

Know Your Food breaks down the mystery of ingredients and how to use them through education. Know Your Food will show shoppers how to use seasonal ingredients available at the farmers market that day by offering samples of dishes made from market ingredients. Pullen will then walk through the recipes and talk about what goes into each dish. Know Your Food encourages shoppers to experiment beyond their usual cuts of meats or go-to vegetables to try something new.

Pullen said, “From Buffalo to heirloom eggplant, there’s always a new discovery at the farmers market.”

Know Your Food’s daily menu is based on “Meat and Three,“ one choice of protein followed by three side dishes of vegetables, all sourced from the Buckman Market. Know Your Food is a fully mobile operation, featuring a traveling kitchen complete with BBQ range, demonstration space and bamboo countertops.

Buckman Market Vendors

About 25 vendor stalls brimming with farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods will crop up every Thursday in the parking lot of Hinson Baptist Church. Four vendors new to the Portland Farmers Market family – Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking, Mudjoy Farm, Night Owl Roasters, and Scoop Handmade Ice Cream – will join the Buckman Market line

Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking – Lacy Gillham and Jan (pronounced Yawn) Taborsky are Camp Captains and founders of Happy Campers Baking based in Tigard, OR. They believe that life’s an adventure, and pure and simple foods help people stay energized. Their baked products are gluten-free, wheat-free, and vegan, and they contain no soy, corn, refined sugars, or GMOs. They source their ingredients and supplies locally whenever possible and donate baked goods to local charities twice a week. happycampersglutenfree.com

Mudjoy Farm – Hailing from Dayton, OR, this small family farm’s mission is to showcase novel and rare crops, while at the same time offering the traditional varieties. They aim to provide healthy and nutritious food that is grown with care in a sustainable manner. mudjoyfarm.com

Night Owl Roasters – These NE Portland-based coffee roasters offer fresh, great-tasting whole bean coffee. They carefully select the finest green coffee beans from around the world and roast each one to perfection. Each bean is different and requires a unique roast profile to bring out its best aroma and flavor. nightowlroasters.com

Scoop Handmade Ice Cream – From Portland, Scoop starts with local cream and milk and adds fresh local fruit and berries, organic fair-trade cocoa and other tasty flavors to create delicious hand-crafted, small batch ice creams. Their flavors include Salted Caramel, Triple Threat Ginger, Oatmeal and Brown Sugar, Avocado, Thai Iced Tea and more. They also make vegan sorbets, including strawberry balsamic, basil pineapple and dark chocolate marionberry. facebook.com/scoopicecream

 Farmers and Ranchers

  • Aichele Farms – Stanfield, OR
  • Arcane Cellars – Salem, OR -  arcanecellars.com
  • Baird Family Orchards – Dayton, OR – bairdfamilyorchards.com
  • Blue Heron Herbary – Portland, OR – blueheronherbary.com
  • C & K’s Flower Garden – Molalla, OR – cksflowergarden.com
  • Columbia River Fish Co. Treaty 1855 – Toppenish, WA
  • Dee Creek Farm / Farmucopia – Woodland, WA -  deecreekfarm.com
  • Denison Farms – Corvallis, OR – denisonfarms.com
  • Gathering Together Farm – Philomath, OR – gatheringtogetherfarm.com
  • Liepold Farms – Boring, OR – liepoldfarms.com
  • *Mudjoy Farm* – Dayton, OR – mudjoyfarm.com
  • Reister Farms – Washougal, WA – reisterfarm.com
  • Stonewall Banks Seafood – Oak Grove, OR
  • Tamiyasu Orchards Inc – Hood River, OR
  • Valley Berry Farm – Scotts Mills, OR

Bakeries and Food Artisans

  • Black Sheep Bakery – Portland, OR – BlackSheepBakery.com
  • Great Harvest Bread Co. – Portland, OR
  • *Happy Campers Gluten Free Baking* – Tigard, OR – happycampersglutenfree.com
  • Missionary Chocolates – Portland, OR – MissionaryChocolates.com
  • Nut-Tritious Foods – Vancouver, WA – nut-tritiousfoods.com
  • *Scoop Handmade Ice Cream* – Portland, OR – facebook.com/scoopicecream
  • Tails & Trotters – Portland, OR – tailsandtrotters.com

Prepared Food Vendors

  • Blackheart Bagels – Portland, OR
  • Canby Asparagus Farm/Casa de Tamales – Canby, OR – canbyasparagusfarm.com
  • *Night Owl Roasters* – Portland, OR, nightowlroasters.com
  • Zuppa – Portland, OR – zuppasoups.com

New and Returning Programs and Events

Throughout the season, the Buckman Market will organize activities to promote local seasonal produce, help marketgoers enhance their cooking skills, and attract new and loyal shoppers to the market.

“We have a terrific line-up of new and returning events this season at the Buckman Market,” said Anna Curtin, Program Manager of Portland Farmers Market. “There are activities for the young and old to learn how to cook, preserve, and handle a knife. We invite Southeast neighbors to join us for the festivities, fun, fruit and veggies on Thursdays from May to September.”

A sampling of new and returning programs include:

  • *Mealtime Makeover* – Taught by professional market chef Kathryn Yeomans, this new informational series on the first Thursday of every month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will focus on building kitchen know-how through drop-in demos, sampling, recipes, etc. Workshop topics include:
    • June 7 – Kitchen Basics (peeling, knife skills, chopping, dicing & stocks)
    • July 5 – Raw 101 – Creating delicious meals with raw foods
    • August 2 – Preserving – Fermenting – Water-bath Canning
    • September 6 – Back to School food – quick breakfasts, healthy lunches, homemade baby food
  • *Portlandivore Program* – Market organizers are launching the Portlandivore Program, a frequent shopper promotion. Shoppers who visit the market three times a month can enter to win a basket of $30 worth of market products. The draws take place on the last market of each month.
  • Franks a Lot- The annual barbeque fundraiser on Thursday, August 2, at Buckman Market will benefit Fresh Exchange, the token-matching program available to low-income residents receiving benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In return for a small suggested donation, market-goers are treated to a made-to-order hot dog with all the fixings sourced locally and from market vendors.
  • Bite Size Kids Cook – Kids can enjoy a free drop-in cooking activity once a month throughout the market. Each activity focuses on a simple recipe preparation using seasonal produce and few steps. Examples of recipes are green salad with berry dressing, veggie pita pizza, panzanella, etc. These classes will be taught by market volunteers and take place the last Thursday of the month.
  • *Meet the Market* – On Thursday, May 31, Buckman Market will host the first-ever open house featuring cooking demonstrations, market orientations, recipes showcasing market ingredients, product samples and giveaways from vendors and market sponsors, and market prize drawings featuring gift certificates from local businesses. Market organizers hope to attract new market shoppers to this informative, festive event.
  • Highway to Health Fair – The national peer mentoring non-profit HealthCorps partnering with students from Benson and Cleveland High Schools will host a health fair at the Buckman Market on May 31. This event aims to engage high school students and the broader community to raise awareness about the impact of individual choices on healthy eating, active living, and mental well-being. Event activities include relaxation techniques, making a stress ball, preparing a fruit parfait, and other interactive games.

* New for the 2012 season.

For up-to-date information on these events, shoppers can visit the Buckman Market page.

In addition to the neighborhood Buckman Market, Portland Farmers Market operates seven other weekly markets – three other neighborhood markets: Kenton in North Portland, Northwest in Northwest Portland, and King in Northeast Portland; and four downtown markets: PSU, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Shemanski Park, and the Winter Market.

As with all other Portland Farmers Market locations, Buckman Market shoppers eligible for SNAP benefits will be able to receive $1 tokens using their Oregon Trail Card to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, cheese and some baked goods. Additionally, SNAP recipients can receive a dollar-for-dollar match up to $7 in tokens through Fresh Exchange, a program of Farmers Market Fund, at the King, Buckman and Northwest neighborhood markets.

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Every week as the weather warms there is a new crop hitting the Market. We can barely contain all the goodness at PSU, our biggest market. Just in time, Portland Farmers Market is opening three more of its Markets this coming week. The Shemanski Park Market on the Park Blocks between Salmon & Main is back this Wednesday at 10-2. Buckman kicks off its season Thursday at SE 20th & Salmon between 3 and 7. And then King Market opens Sunday May 6, 10-2, adjacent to King Elementary at NE 7th & Wygant. Plenty of time to shop, plenty of things to throw in your basket.

Last week at PSU, Saturdays from 8:30-2, we saw sun starved people. Sometimes, especially this time of year, when the fleece gets peeled off and the waterproof gear gets stowed, Portland looks like a vampire convention. Sookie Stackhouse would have her hands full shopping the Market. Buffy would explode. But now that our shoppers replenished their vitamin D, they can fearlessly select asparagus, peas, pea shoots, ramps, garlic scapes, spring onions, chives, and it’s getting close to strawberry time.

This week at PSU, Sexton Ranch, who supplied me with the steak pictured will have beef, right next door, Temptress Truffles

Barely fit on the grill, which is small, but the steak was big

has mushrooms. Two good things that go together, are together. Although they are 25-30 feet apart, Lady Lane has milk as nature intended and Petunias has cookies to wash the milk down with, or vice-versa. And this is just in one corner of the Market.

At the other end of the Market, we want to give a special shout out to Winters Farms. Not only does Winters supply our Markets with high quality, exceptionally priced produce – I dare you to find cheaper Yukon Gold’s anywhere – Winters was the first vendor I saw with asparagus and rhubarb this year and, here is the big thing, Winters has joined the Twitterverse @wintersfarms and they’re on Facebook too. If you follow them, you can learn things like they’ll have honey this week, baby spinach and other goodies. You can even catch Marven tweeting from his booth. Check it out.

Think these go well with steak?
Try a sprinkle of truffle salt.

Busy week for us but we hope to see you at least one of our four open market locations.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

With silver bells, and cockle shells, And pretty maids all in a row?

Ha, not be contrary, but my garden doesn’t look like that. Sure maybe I could manage the silver bells and depending on the price, the cockle shells are doable. But the maids, let alone pretty, and then getting them to line up, it’s not going to happen.

Even if you don’t have a fairy tale/nursery rhyme garden, you can get started on one this weekend. The weather is suppose to oblige and SunGold has tomato starts for your garden and rhubarb for your now, as the crop comes in prices will be dropping.

If you are more container inclined, Blue Heron and Westwind Gardens have herb starts. Or for a little more variety

Gardening At Day

there are veg starts available at Osmogaia- they are according to our crack staff, it is, “truly beautiful and fantastic produce!”. So by the laws of transference, your produce will be beautiful and fantastic too.

If it will be nice enough to garden, it will be nice enough to grill. Stop by Highland Oak along with their pastured beef, they will be offering eggs on sale – 2 doz for $10 this weekend. Saturday night dinner, Sunday morning breakfast. How cool is that?

Lauretta Jean’s biscuits are yum, yum, yum, yum.

Lovejoy Foods just celebrated their Annibirthary and are entering their 5thyear. Not only a feel good story since 80% of all businesses fail in the first year, Lovejoy has a wonderful pulled pork sandwich. Fork tender on a brioche bun, plus Jo will be super excited to sell you one. Super. Excited.

It was as good as it looks

Lady-Lane is scheduled to show up and bring their milk and dairy to the market.

Winter’s Farm had limited amounts of asparagus last week, it’s going to happen again so if you want to get your stalk on, get going early.

If you enter the Market from the NW and feel PSU smells lavendery fresh, that has a lot to do with Dancing Light Ranch, who specialize in all things lavender – fresh stalks, soaps, and other products.

Our PSU Market runs every Saturday 8:30-2. Unlike every Saturday, tomorrow is supposed to beautiful, warm and have limited amounts of asparagus; larger quantities of rhubarb.

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Colorful Easter Egg Radishes find their calling this weekend

It is easy enough to talk about the lamb and the eggs going into this weekend. And we did, earlier in the week, when Elizabeth Miller gave us instructions on how to dye eggs naturally. There is a multitude of vendors who sell eggs at PSU on Saturdays – duck, quail, chicken; what-have-you. If we’re feeling egg-centric, it’s only because somehow brunch, both the verb and the meal, seem to be a big time Easter activity. French toast, frittata, over easy–all require eggs, and why not use the best ingredients for your brunchables on Sunday? (Maybe you aren’t anxious to dye two dozen market eggs for the Easter Bunny, but then again since Sunday’s eggs are next week’s egg salad, maybe you want to start with the best ingredients.)  In lieu of the ovo, you could always pick up a dozen appropriately-named Easter Egg Radishes from DeNoble’s instead.

You don’t have to be Ron Swanson to appreciate bacon and Pine Mountain and Pono can round out your brunch table. If you push back the meal to later in the day, the same culprits along with SuDan and Sexton Ranches will have your ham, roasts and lamb.

If you have more of an Easter sweet tooth, Alma and Suzanne have chocolates (let the kids eat the milk chocolate). Lisa at Petunia’s has been baking up a storm this week – to quote from her Facebook page they will offer, “Marshmallow Peep Treats, Chocolate Frosted Cake Doughnut w/ sprinkles, Blueberry Lemon Glazed Doughnut, Chocolate Peanut Butter Glazed Doughnut, pecan Sticky Buns, Chocolate PB Egg Cupcakes, Carrot Zucchini w/ Cream Cheese Frosting” just to name a few.

Although Saturday’s Market comes a little late for the beginning of Passover, there are plenty of veg that can represent the bitter – Osmogaia has mustard greens, Deep Roots – raab, and the Springhill Gang has lemony sorrel.

At least April showers are good for something

Premiering this week at PSU: Temptress Truffles. We’ll have a feature on this new-to-PFM vendor soon, but truffles, truffle hunting dogs and truffle butter, truffle pepper, truffle salt should be enough to pique your interest. If you’re wondering what to bring to a brunch or Seder you’ve been invited to, it’d be wise to stop by our newest vendor’s booth. Or bring flowers. April showers are truly making April flowers.

All this and more 8:30 to 2 on the PSU Campus Saturday Morning.

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Remember this?

by Deborah Pleva

Under the picturesque canopy of budding trees in the South Park Blocks, the Saturday PSU Market will open this Saturday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m. with its ritual bell ringing and run until 2:00 p.m. Shoppers will find locally-grown and locally-produced food and farm products from more than 100 farmers, food producers and artisans. That number will grow to 160 vendors as the season progresses and the abundant bounty of local produce ripens.

For the small, dedicated staff at Portland Farmers Market, opening day of the Saturday PSU Market feels like a family reunion, neighborhood potluck and spring festival rolled into one. It brings together familiar faces, delicious food and the spirit of community. Plus, the day carries the promise of sunnier days and the long-awaited tastes of spring produce.

And this?

What’s fresh this spring? Peak-of-season produce like radishes, carrots, scallions, kale and lettuces still wearing traces of the fertile soil of the Willamette Valley. Portland Farmers Market food producers, food artisans and prepared food vendors will also tempt shoppers with delicious baked goods, meats, cheeses, seafood and other specialty foods.

This season, four newcomers join the family of vendors at the Saturday PSU location. Pono Farm & Fine Meats from Bend, OR, will offer pastured, hormone-and-antibiotic-free Wagyu and Red Angus beef, as well as Berkshire and Red Wattle heritage pork and an inviting array of handmade fresh and smoked sausages.  Temptress Truffles will sell wild, locally-harvested forest edibles from mushrooms to huckleberries to truffles, as well as handcrafted truffle butters, salts and oils. Greenwillow  Grains will bring freshly-milled organic grains, beans and edible seeds, all grown in the Willamette Valley. Champoeg Farm will join the market lineup around the holidays with pasture-raised turkeys.

Portland Farmers Market introduces eight new farmers and welcomes back more than 100 returning farmers to its seven market locations this season.  Through the years, the market has sustained the region’s food and farming community by helping to launch more than 40 small businesses and providing a lively and profitable sales outlet for small family farms, many of which count on farm-direct sales as their main source of income.

Grab your shopping bags and baskets and meet us at the market!

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by Jaret Foster, Senior Market Manager, Portland Farmers Market

Moving into the third week of our Winter Market I have been watching the weather closely. The early part of this week brought snows to my northeast Portland yard and the following days rains nearly drowned my little garden. By Wednesday morning I was beginning to hear from vendors about their needing to potentially cancel with us for the weekend; some due to snows and power outages in and around Hood River and still others with historically high waters down the Valley.

Thursday I received a text from John at Gathering Together Farm that included a photo of the high water around their packing shed and a skeptical note on whether or not they will be able to get from the shed to the road (don’t worry–John assured me today that he’ll be there!) Tammi Packer also called to say that not only was their market truck buried under four feet of snow but their bakery had been without power for two days. Other vendors called to ask if the market was even going to be open (it is). Tomorrow’s weather looks like rain; this is the PNW in January!

PFM does have guidelines in place for weather related Market cancellations and will certainly close if it appears that vendors or shoppers would be endangered by our remaining open. This would be predicated as far in advance as possible by a “Severe Weather Warning” from the National Weather Service (NOAA). Dangerous high winds, ice, measurable snows, or extreme temperatures are all taken seriously. In my time with PFM we have only canceled a handful of market days. Once for snow and twice for extreme weather in June and July. In June of 2009 a tornado touched down in the Valley and brought insane winds and lightening to our Thursday evening markets. We closed those with white knuckles and gritted teeth.

Vendors are always encouraged to be safe if travel to market seems at all hazardous. Thankfully, so far this season we have only had rain to contend with in Portland. Unfortunately for our rural neighbors the precipitation has had adverse affects on their lands and businesses. The following photos and links are illustrative of this and can better describe the perils of farming in the PNW than I ever could.

I am constantly amazed and humbled by the lengths that our farmers go to in order to bring such beautiful food to the market each week.  Weather and pests routinely threaten their land and therefore their livelihood.  The circumstances of this week only make their hard work, sacrifices and tenacity that much more apparent.  Thank you, farmers, for braving the elements in the name of good food and sympathies to those with flooding or snow damage, including GTF & Packer Orchards who both provided photos for this piece.

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PFM’s Winter Market will be open this weekend and those to follow; rain or shine!

Thank you to Camille Storch, Sara Lopath and Harry Lehman for the photos of Gathering Together Farm and to Tammi Packer for sharing her photos of Packer Orchards.

For additional photos of GTF under water, click here.

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