Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Totally Awesome Oregon Farmers Markets: Portland!

When my roommate Heather beckoned me to our local farmers market, I had ho-hum visions of standardized looking fruits and vegetables (a Southern California tomato farmer once told me most of the stuff at the farmers market comes from corporate farms which are brokered off and not really that organic). Of course you can't believe everything people tell you, but I've since grown skeptical of farmers markets, especially the downtown Los Angeles ones. Santa Monica farmers market is in its own category, so it doesn't count :) That being said, these Portland farmers markets are the real deal, even a stand for "community gardens" where I bought a large zucchini from one of my "neighbors" for $1. Another highlight is a knife sharpening stand.


A cool sighting for a Californian.

Kohrabi

No joke!

Oregon blackberries!

Awesome cheese from Black Sheep Creamery in Chehalis, Washington. Amazing Queso de Oveja.


I bought some of the Mystery. Good stuff!

Lemon Cucumbers

That's a freshly sharpened machete sitting on the counter.



Huge garlic. WTF.

Sellwood and Lents Farmers Markets in Southeast Portland

13 comments:

Wandering Chopsticks said...

Whoa! That elephant garlic looks insane!

Diana said...

A knife-sharpening stand? That's awesome! I actually need to sharpen my paring knife...

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A gorgeous market with awesome produces! I'd love to taste those cheeses...

Cheers,

Rosa

Gastronomer said...

Every farmer's market should have a knife sharpening booth! Please tell me when you check out the service. I'd be curious to know if they do a great job.

Huckleberries! Did you get some?

Anna A. said...

Wandering chopsticks - Yeah! It was biggest I've seen. I even asked if that was really garlic.. and not some muted onion.

Diana - I know, right?! But then I thought about all those people walking around with sharp knives...

Rosa - I tasted them all :) So good!

Gastronomer - I didn't get any huckles because I was biking and scared they'd get damaged. Next time!

Houdini said...

Great pictures of an awesome market. I am impressed by the sharpening shop, a good business idea.

Indie.Tea said...

Your market looks wonderful. I've never, ever seen huckleberries here in California.

Nicolette said...

Great shots at an awesome market! That garlic looks dangerous :)

Anna A. said...

Houdini - Thanks and thanks for stopping by! Yes, knife sharpening is a sharp biz idea, indeed!

Indie.Tea - Me neither! Gasp, they do actually exists!

Nicolette - Maybe I should open up a mouthwash stand next door? :P

Helen said...

I love farmer's markets! I get so excited when I come home with bags full of fresh fruit and veggies, a huge jug of Canadian maple syrup and sometimes an assortment of fresh baked breads and sweets from a local vendor! In my hood there is a knife-sharpening truck that drives around clanging it's bell! It's an old retro style truck from the 1960s.

Anna A. said...

Helen - no way, that is awesome! OH, what I would give for some of that pure Canadian maple goodness.

Anna A. said...

Helen - no way, that is awesome! OH, what I would give for some of that pure Canadian maple goodness.

stuffycheaks said...

wow, lots of interesting produce.. like what would you do with a kohrabi or lemon cucumbers??! I might have to leave that to the chefs