We’ve spent past few Saturday mornings at the PSU farmers market. While I fully intend to try out as many of Portland’s markets as I can… I keep going back to the Hollywood and the PSU market. The extremely convenient locations I think are probably part of the big draw, as well as the familiarity that the Hollywood holds. The PSU market is quickly becoming familiar, but I feel like I could visit there every weekend of the summer and still have more to try.
With hours of 8:30 – 2, open March through October, you’d think it was possible to get a taste of everything, but not only the market huge, but the vendors are all so delicious looking! I just wander around looking and sampling and taking it in.
The PSU Farmers Market is located at Portland State University in the South Park Blocks between SW Hall & SW Montgomery. After being a student at PSU, parking on a weekend in the summer doesn’t actually feel that terrible, and there are always lots a few blocks away if you dont want to parallel park
The amazing creativity and deliciousness of our local farmers/growers/bakers around Portland never cease to amaze me! A bunch of sugar pea tops/flowers, and some Thai flowers for a stir fry caught my eye and I couldn’t say no… such delicate, pretty things that are also edible? and I never even knew the existed? I’ve been missing out! Food texture is just as important to me as flavor, and almost anything can win me over if it is fun and looks beautiful. The Thai flowers tasted nice and slightly sweet and lemony; the pea tops basically tasted like broccoli. But I like broccoli.
We just dropped the stems, leaves and flowers in the wok with some garlic, soy sauce and oil – simple and delish.
The leftover buds I added to one of my favorite vintage vases. I particularly love the tiny curly-cues.
I have happily spent the last two saturday mornings at the Hollywood Farmers Market basking in local honey, pesto, bread, asparagus, and the coveted early strawberries (and flowers, of course).
I have been so excited for May and for the season of farmers markets – and I know I’m not the only one: who is not excited for fresh, local produce and flowers, really? Don’t get me wrong – I love grocery stores, but there is something so natural and inspiring about an outdoor local market – fresh air, fresh food, dirt. It’s like a chance to be actually be actively living in a community, and supporting one another… talking to farmers who are passionate about their pesto? I can’t resist it.
So here’s the thing: this Saturday is the opening of the Hollywood Farmers Market. And I am out of town. So sad! And I was so looking forward to sharing ideas and photos of edible arrangements.
Please go shopping for me?
On my bus ride to work this morning, as the sun started breaking up the high clouds, I started getting excited: crisp morning air, warm sun on my jacketed back, fresh air – add a little sunscreen and it reminds me of snowboarding, but add the smell of earth and growing things and it reminds me of the coming Portland Farmers Markets.
The first one to open up is the Saturday PSU market: start looking forward to local produce on March 20th.
I personally tend to gravitate toward the Hollywood Farmers Market, opening in May, but this year I plan to branch out. The goal is to visit all of them – we’ll see how that goes! I’ll do my best to provide little tidbits about the individual markets, as well as samples of arrangements you can create with from not only local flowers, but foods as well!