At peak market, navigating the Park blocks requires a deftness and attention to detail that rivals (Select metaphor or supply one of your own making):
- Driving the I-5 at rush hour; possibly Indycar racing.
- The skill and precision of Alpine skiing’s Giant Slalom.
- The NFL’s Combine.
No matter how much activity happening on the Market’s main drags, Harrison St, the East-West throughway that bisects the PSU Market like our own little equator, is always less crowded. And it shouldn’t be all Omega-mannish like that: The market’s Harrison St. participants are pretty much a world class market onto themselves. Chris and Amy at Square Peg start a run on the north side of street that ends with Prairie Creek’s Oregon Tilth Certified Organic veg. Along the way, you can walk past the Draper Girls, La Terra Vita; Art & family grows tasty produce including garlic nonpareil and unique (and tasty) varieties of potatoes. Toss salad greens in Blossom Vinegars, compliment your grilled foods with Marshall’s Haute Sauce.
On the south side, along with Groundworks and DeNoble’s picture perfect vegetables you’ll find cheese from Fraga and Ancient Heritage along with the vegan analogue from Heidi Ho. Bread from Delphina’s, pork from Sweet Briar Farms and complete your meal with offerings from Wandering Aengus Ciders, Nectar Creek Honeywine or Nehalem Bay Winery. A motivated shopper has every opportunity to fill up their reusable totes with a meal or two.
Merging back into traffic, this week’s PSU Market welcomes the return of local salt harvesters, Jacobsen Salt Co. Dave’s Killer Bread is making their July appearance, there’s chicken available from Sexton Ranches (while supplies last) and Real Good Food is offering olive oils hand picked and imported by Jim Dixon.
For our other Markets Kenton, King, Pioneer Square, Shemanski and Thursday’s neighborhood Markets in NW and
Buckman – one word; Peaches. There is no shame in a bib, well babies anyway, for the rest of us the flavor of this year’s crop is worth donning a bib or changing a shirt after eating an especially juicy offering. Alternatively, lean forward while eating.
Music, events, peaches. Market times and locations found here.