Beatrix Potter's stories are some of my favorites for children. And while the tale of Pigling Bland doesn't have the charm for me that Jemima Puddleduck or Mrs. Tittlemouse do, he really is such a congenial little piglet. I can't help thinking of his need to make it to the market with his papers in his pocket. Images of what that market might have looked like float to mind.
I haven't made it to the downtown Portland (or Portland State University) farmers market,however, we have been to the Beaverton Farmers Market and it was love at first sight. Their website claims it's the largest all-agricultural market in the state. (I've heard the PSU farmers market is the largest so perhaps a local expert could clarify this contradiction for me??) Biggest or not, it is absolutely fabulous and we always have such a wonderful time when we go and enjoy the spoils of our finds for the next several days. Oh, the delicous food they have there! We absolutely have to do a berry raid when we go, but they have some killer hummus and some incredible cheese. Lavender touvelle?? Delicious!
Just thinking of the smells and all the colors makes me smile without meaning to.
Lemon cucumbers below. Who knew??
So many heirloom tomatoes.
The food and concessions are no joke.
Behind the chili peppers, you can see pints of elderberries. I have only read about elderberries and was beginning to think they were fictional!
I had never seen purple carrots before.
The purple ones below are Italian artichokes. Last week they even had artichoke blossoms.
$6.50 for a dozen eggs?? This is reason enough to just buy 2 laying chickens! To think I used to have fresh eggs from free-ranging chickens in my own backyard everyday...
I really don't know what these are below.
I really have never seen such beautiful tomatoes.
Look at those gorgeous purple bell peppers.
The woman next to me was looking for lions' mane mushrooms and was excited to find some.
I don't know why I didn't buy some of this guy's bread.
Know what else is no joke around here? Onions.
I never knew cured meats could be so exciting.
We were so hungry that we bought some food to share. This particular booth had an assortment of German sausages letting off an intoxicating smell. This below is a mild sausage but I never knew a sausage could be that flavorful. The sausage and the bun were both fresh off the grill and I think I've been ruined for life. I really don't think I will ever have another that comes close in comparison.
The middle-eastern food booth also drew us in with more enticing smells. Here is a cook making a Lebanese omelette.
We ended up with a falafel sandwich and we were giddy with the flavor. The white yogurt sauce (was it tzatziki?) was so much better than any similar sauce I've ever tried before, that I couldn't believe it could possibly be tzatziki.
All I can say is wow. And the snickerdoodle kettlecorn that we bought was nothing short of inspiring.
I have discovered that you need to buy mushroom kernels to get popcorn that pops that round. And I'm guessing you pop your kernels with a little oil and 3T sugar in a pot along with some cinnamon and nutmeg, though I'm just not sure. I just need to figure it out because this popcorn was so out-of-this-world.
There are things that didn't make it into the photos, like the live bands and spraying fountains that children in bathing suits run in and out of, or the amazingly sweet yellow and various purple plums that we couldn't help but buying. I'm just not a good enough photographer yet and many of those photos didn't make the cut.
But now you can say you know all about the Beaverton Farmers Market!