Sunday September 28th Parking Advisory
It seems as though the last four months have been one long parking advisory. This Sunday, we hope, is the last one. The City of Portland Sunday Parkway takes place this Sunday in SW Portland from 11am-4pm. The bicycle course runs from Food Front Hillsdale to Gabriel Park. SW Vermont St will be closed between SW Bertha Blvd and SW Chestnut because the bicycle course runs along SW 14th Avenue. You can find the course map here (link).
SW Capitol Hwy will be open. Use the SW Capitol Hwy parking entrance at SW Bertha Blvd to access the parking lot behind the football field. You can also park in the Key Bank parking lot. across from Food Front.
What's Coming To Market?
It finally started raining. Despite the change in weather, there shouldn't be too much of a change in the harvest. Peaches, nectarines, apples, strawberries, figs, plums, grapes, melons and pears will all be available this Sunday. As for vegetables, corn, peppers, salad greens, squash (winter and summer), tomatillos, tomatoes, artichokes and plenty of other vegetables will be available.
IN THIS WEEK
Visit our Availability Page for more information and the full list of farmers and vendors coming to the market this Sunday. The page will be updated through Saturday evening. Check our Twitter feed for Sunday morning updates.
Where Good Food Comes From: Vegetable Variety Trials
By Sarah West
This fall and winter, we will explore where good food comes from: the net of institutions, organizations, and activism that helps keep our local food community robust.
As farmers’ market shoppers, we’ve come to know many of our foods by name. Gone are the days when a tomato was just a tomato; now we want Brandywine, Purple Calabash, Oregon Star. Anonymous berries just won’t do anymore and we wait in line for Chesters, Triple Crowns, or Hoods. We make the effort to remember these names because we remember the flavors that come with them.
A marketplace of flavor—of vegetables with names—is infinitely more exciting than one that focuses on appearance or price point alone. Diversity brings depth and possibility, along with the thrill of new discovery. Home cooks and chefs alike are attracted to novelty, the next charismatic flavor to inform and enliven their craft. Small farmers and seed breeders help to provide and create that diversity. Behind every choice you make at a farmer’s booth, there are a hundred other choices that have already been made not only regarding how to best cultivate and harvest a high quality vegetable, but how to choose which of a myriad possible varieties to grow and how to select for traits that will attract both farmers and eaters.
Read more about the Vegetable Trials here (link).
The Fat Of The Land - Fall
If summer is the extrovert and winter the introvert, fall and spring are the seasons when all bets are off, when every corner of our lives seems charged with purpose and possibility. Though we know fall is the beginning of the end in terms of tender garden plants and abundant vegetable harvests, it is so laden with bounty we may be forgiven for missing the first signs.
Read complete essay here (link).