What's Coming to Market?
This week's top ten: melons (watermelon and cantaloupes), cantaloupes, green beans, tomatoes (many varieties), cucumbers (including gherkins), cabbage, artichokes, blackberries (Chester and Triple Crown), blueberries, peaches. You'll find plenty of greens, herbs, squashes, plums, nectarines and other produce as well. Cherry season is just about over but you might find some this weekend.
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.
The Hillsdale Urban Fair
Summer is flying by! Have you been preserving the harvest by making pickles, jams or other preserves? Enter your 2014 creations into the Hillsdale Urban Fair. A new event hosted by the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market, the Urban Fair is a celebration of local agricultural products and the home cooks who transform them. In our fast-paced world of breakfast bars, takeout lunches and grab-and-go dinners, we want to recognize traditional home coking arts and the people who make a place in their lives to prepare not only dinner but their own pantry staples from locally sourced, whole foods.
Preserves Showcase Our take on a county fair, the Urban Fair will feature a Preserves Showcase, where home-preservers may enter their best 2014 preparations for evaluation by a panel of judges. We will award Preserves Showcase ribbons to selected winners in each category (Jam, Pickles, and Nostalgic Preserves), as well as hold a raffle among all entrants for home-preservation related prizes. There is no cost to enter and we encourage preservers of all ages to participate. The complete guidelines and registration materials can be found at http://www.hillsdalefarmersmarket.com/urban-fair-documents/. Preserves Showcase entries will be accepted at the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market information booth each Sunday in September.
Visiting the Urban Fair on October 12, 2014 from 10am-2pm Throughout the day of the Urban Fair (which will take place within the Hillsdale Farmers’ Market), all Preserves Showcase entries will be on display—visitors can peruse the various preparations as inspiration for their own projects. A sampling station will offer tastes and recipes from preserves made throughout the market season by chef Kathryn Yeomans (link). A Cooking Arts Demonstration series will include topics such as: cooking with dried beans, baking with alternative grains, lacto-fermenting vegetables, and more. Check the newsletter and market website for updates in September! Before the Fair: Each week before the Urban Fair, our market chef, Kathryn Yeomans of The Farmer’s Feast, will demonstrate various home-canning recipes and techniques such as: fruit jams and preserves, vegetable and fruit pickles, sweet and savory syrups, flavored vinegars, and much more, using ingredients available in the market that day. All are welcome to come to these free preservation demonstration each Sunday from 11am-1pm.
Questions? Contact: Sarah West, firstname.lastname@example.org, (503) 551-7356.
The Fat Of The Land
At one time or another, we’ve all had the splendid experience of biting into ripe fruit—juices oozing, sweetness and aroma filling our senses, exclamations of exaltation. But to find oneself with such a fruit in hand seems, especially in the grocery aisle, like a bit of a crapshoot. For every tart, firm, or lackluster specimen, there are too few superlative ones. Shopping at the farmers’ market or growing your own helps you avoid varieties bred and cultivated for ease of shipping rather than eater satisfaction, but doesn’t guarantee countertops covered in a gallery of perfect fruits. Understanding the nuances of ripeness, and what to expect from different kinds of fruit, can help shoppers and gardeners alike become savvy gatherers.
Find complete essay here (link).
Love coming to the market? Wish you could get involved? Volunteering is a great way to learn more about our vendors and their products, meet new people, and have fun while supporting this vibrant community resource.
Volunteers are an essential part of the market’s operations. From serving on the board, setting up market infrastructure, selling tokens at the information booth or helping to run our popular summer events, volunteers are involved in nearly every aspect of the market’s operations.
We are in need of a few new volunteers this summer to help with market set-up (from 8-10am; ability to do some lifting involved desired but not required) and special events, including the upcoming Urban Fair on October 12, 2014. Find out more about volunteering at Hillsdale Farmers’ Market here: http://www.hillsdalefarmersmarket.com/volunteering/, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah West at email@example.com for more information.
Power of the Duck
presented by Boondockers Farm
August 10, 2014 10:00am-1:00pm
Red Truck Homestead (link), Portland
Duck Raising 101 and instructional processing class. For more information and to buy tickets visit this page (link).
August 16 8:00am-4:00pm
Organized by the Multnomah Village Business Association
Event activities include live music, a wine and beer garden for adults, vendors showcasing art, food, crafts and other merchandise, a Kid Zone, Kiwanis pancake breakfast (starting at 8:00am) and a 10-block-long parade at 10 a.m. Want to be in the parade? Visit the event page (link) or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MAC Summer Arts & Crafts Sale
August 16, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway
Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) holds its annual summer sale featuring instructor and advanced student work during Multnomah Days. Hand-crafted items for sale include a variety of ceramics, textiles, jewelry and prints. Proceeds from the sale support local arts education and artists. For more information, call 503.823.2787 or visit MAC's home page (link).