What's Coming to Market?
Fresh chickpeas (see left) arrived in the market last week at Sun Gold Farm. There are many ways to eat them. The simplest method is to treat the pods like edamame. Just heat up a pan, add some oil and cook the pods for a few minutes until they start to brown. Sprinkle a little sea salt on and eat.
Peaches, nectarines, apples, berries, plums, melons and pears will all be available. There should be figs and grapes too. Corn, Romano beans,wax beans, green beans, peppers, salad greens, squashes, and artichokes and plenty of other vegetables will be around this Sunday.
OUT THIS WEEK
Carman Ranch back next week
Copper Crown Fine Foods back next week
Kookoolan Farms back next week
Meadow Harvest back next week
Petal Heads FINISHED FOR SEASON
River Wave Foods FINISHED FOR SEASON
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.
Volunteer Profile: Rachel Williams
Hillsdale Farmers’ Market couldn’t function without the work done by a dedicated group of volunteers. Board members, market assemblers, token sellers, smile givers, community creators: our volunteer force has always been the secret ingredient to our success. We’re celebrating their unique contributions to the market by sharing part of their story.
Why did you start volunteering at the market?
My road to volunteering at the market proves that sometimes you just have to know the right people and be invited more than once. Prior to becoming a volunteer in the spring of 2013, I was a very infrequent market shopper. I loved the market but always seemed to forget to get over there in time! I had become friends with market all-star volunteer Don Caniparoli 's son Jacob. One night we had all gotten together for dinner and I gushed to Don about how much I LOVED the market and of course he suggested I become a volunteer and after about 6 month of reminders I finally got myself on the mailing list. I have been a fairly regular volunteer and very frequent shopper ever since!
What market volunteer duty do you most enjoy?
I love all volunteer duties pretty much evenly (although I have successfully avoided trash duty for over a year). My favorite might be when we have special events like Customer Appreciation Day with chocolate dipped strawberries, red white and blue ice cream sundaes on the 4th of July weekend, Tomato Mania, and the upcoming new Urban Fair! It's fun to get out of the information booth and interact with the shoppers and vendors, plus there is usually a great treat to be had!
What stands out about HFM in a city with so many great farmers' markets?
What stands out to me at our market is the quality and variety of items to purchase. There are bigger markets out there but I know that every vendor at the HFM is there because they have a wonderful valuable product to share with my community. I also don't care for the crowds at many of the other markets and feel that I receive the absolute best service and attention from our amazing vendors!
What keeps you coming back as a volunteer?
My fellow volunteers. I know it's a bit cheesy but I have met some of the most wonderful, interesting people who share my passion for providing good, fresh, local, and healthy food to our community. Plus they are so much fun!
Outside of market volunteering, what do you do for work and play?
I am a Relay For Life Specialist at the America Cancer Society's Portland office. I support volunteers in the Portland area in raising funds and providing support to help us finish the fight against cancer. In my free time, I enjoy cooking and preserving (look out for at least 2 entries from me at October's Urban Fair) and I am part of a cooking/book club with a wonderful group of woman who sometimes have questionable taste in books but are all fabulous cooks. I also love traveling, hiking, wine tasting, and spending time on pretty much any body of water!
What is your favorite item to buy at the market right now?
It's very hard to pick just one so I'm going to cheat with this question a bit. To eat right now, I would say I am a lover of all of the amazing types of melon we have at the market. They are spectacular in sweet or savory salads and completely perfect all on their own. To preserve and enjoy later, I would say beets. I have a killer pickled beet recipe that I can't wait to get feedback on at the Urban Fair.
Feeling inspired? Want to try your hand at market volunteering or just want to know more about what is involved? Find us every Sunday at the market information booth (Capitol Hwy entrance) or email at email@example.com.
The Fat of The Land
As gardeners, we tend to think in terms of outcome, working to create an abundance of nourishing food, beauty, color, fragrance, liveliness, or serenity. We give to the garden in the form of compost, amendments, time, and water in order to receive again. It is a well-practiced agreement, one that stretches deeper into our history than written language. Underlying that bargain, or perhaps punctuating it, is the clause of partnership. Continue reading here (link).
Sarah West is a gardener, eater and admirer of the agricultural arts. She gladly spends her Sundays as assistant manager of the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market, basking in the richness of its producers’ bounty and its community’s energy. Find archives and more at http://thefatofthelandblog.wordpress.com.
Doing Dough: Homemade Noodles
September 6, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Hillsdale Branch Library, 1525 SW Sunset Blvd.
Making noodles from scratch is easier than you think. Culinary historian Jean Johnson will teach you how to make fresh, home-made noodles using organic whole wheat flour. Call (503) 988-5388 or visit the event page (link) for more information.
7th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival
September 7, 10:00am-2:00pm
Rieke Elementary, 1405 SW Vermont St. Annual event hosted by Wilson Area Arts Council (link).