What's Coming to Market?
There will be more nursery items this week. Sun Gold farm will have fruit trees, shrubs (including lilacs) and some bedding plants. Gales Meadow Farm will have vegetable starts including: Broccoli: Diplomat, Purple Peacock, Spigariello, Beets: Detroit Dark Red, Bulls Blood, Touchstone Gold (and some pots with a mix of varieties), Kale: Old Growth Palm Lacinato, Baltic Red, and a mix including many additional varieties, Endive and Escarole Mix, Prismatic Chard, Tropea Rossa Tonda Onions, American Flag Leeks, Catawissa Onions, Yellow Cabbage Collards, Mixed hardy lettuces and ten individual varieties of lettuce, Sorrel and Calendula.
IN THIS WEEK
Deep Roots Farm
Sun Gold Farm, LLC
OUT THIS WEEK
Ayers Creek Farm (back in July)
Betsy's Best Bar None back in April
DeNoble's Farm Fresh Produce back in April
Savory et Sweet back in May
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 Fat Of The Land
In movement we find refreshment. Whether that movement is a soft breeze or a powerful gust, wind is the garden’s tonic: invisible energy that disperses pollen and seed, animates foliage and branches, transports scent, gives voice to the silent. Wind is the connector. And like a fiddle player pressing bow to strings, it sends the still garden into dance and laughter.
Wind moves without purpose other than to shift air from higher to lower pressure. On a global scale, wind materializes as air at the equator heats up and moves north or south to the cooler poles. With the earth’s rotation, this otherwise vertical flow of air is pulled laterally. Landforms create friction that slows wind speed at the earth’s surface. Bodies of water, temperature and topography help to shape the character and power of localized winds.
Being but one corporeal instrument of detection, we experience wind from where we work, often as an impish spirit, undoing a pile of gathered leaves, chilling exposed skin, sending a lock of hair straight into the eyes. Wind has its softer side, cooling a sweat-moistened brow or carrying the sweet scent of flowers from where they bloom to where we sit. Wind thrills as it intimidates, causing the tops of tall trees to sway with the sound of a waterfall. All in all, wind’s simple game of moving from here to there seems a companion as much as an elemental force.
Wind has a long and storied presence in folklore and mythology. So irresistible to personify, it has inspired a grand pantheon of gods and goddesses across the globe. Wind deities run the gamut between weather tricksters and vital life forces.
Vayu, the Hindu god of wind, conflates atmospheric air movement with individual breath. In a story about the deities of bodily functions competing, each impressed their influence on the body by leaving it (eyesight, hearing), but only one deity, Vayu, was powerful enough to destroy all the others with his departure. Much like the Chinese concept of qi, Vayu personifies all that connects the disparate parts of the body, of the soul and of the earth.
Perhaps the newest in that pantheon of personifications is a web-based map simply called earth. The recent work of programmer Cameron Beccario, earth incorporates real-time weather data into an animated image of global wind movement. The map loads as a view of the globe, and can be turned in any direction or zoomed into to see more specific locations.
The page is clean—hardly any print, no advertisements—which heightens its sense of mystery and awe. Wind speed is indicated by color, and air currents by delicate lines that draw themselves, flowing and swirling like a horse’s mane over oceans and continents. Certainly there are practical applications of such a program, but is seems to have been created without any of those in mind. This wind deity in map form makes the invisible visible, pulling back to watch wind play on its grandest scale, revealing the enthralling beauty of a thing that is so powerful and free it cannot even contain itself.
Like Vayu, Beccario’s map is a simplified and poetic representation that offers a scrap of insight to the greater mystery. Back in the garden, we gather other scraps: the wind chimes catch their tune, the spring bulbs nod, dried grasses tap each other in chattering applause. Nearby a low whistle, wind through conifer needles, speaks like a voice from some other world, moved accidentally from there to here.
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.
CSAs at the market
We receive many questions about CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs at the market. Here's a list of farms currently offering CSA shares:
Gathering Together Farm (link)
Sungold Farm (link)
Naked Acres Farm (link)
Unger Farms (link)
The following farms offer prepaid programs. Instead of a box, you get to select what you want each week:
Deep Roots Farm (link)
Gathering Together Farm (link)
Gee Creek Farm (link)
This list will be updated every week in the Grapevine.
The Whole Grain Supper Series - Rye
with The Farmer's Feast and Tabor Bread
Friday, February 28, 2014
5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215
Doors open at 6:30, dinner is served at 7:00.
Sit down to a three-course supper featuring locally-grown whole grains (rye, buckwheat, Red Fife wheat), prepared in a variety of ways by Chef Kathryn Yeomans alongside other farm-fresh ingredients. Learn about the farmers who grow the grains, their unique nutritional benefits, and - of course - experience how great they taste in a variety of preparations. Rye is the grain of the month in February. Suppers are by reservation only. You can find the menu here (link). Tickets can be purchased here (link). Cost of supper excludes beverages and gratuity. Beer and wine available for purchase.
Big Dream Project Fundraiser Benefiting Hayhurst Elementary
Sunday,March 2, 2014 1:00-4:00PM
7647 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, Oregon 97219
Two Pork Sliders and a side of Asian slaw for $5.00. 100% proceeds go to Hayhurst Elementary School for the Big Dream Project. The Dream Big Project is a collaborative effort of Hayhurst children, parents, teachers and the surrounding community, working together to design, fund, and build an innovative, imaginative and durable playground that will replace the existing (decades-old) structure and be enjoyed and treasured by all in the community. Find out more about the project here (link) and the event here (link).
Recipe To Market
Oregon State University
Professional and Continuing Education
online beginning April 1, 2014
Offered through Oregon State University, the Recipe to Market Online Certificate provides an entrepreneurial foundation for developing and launching successful food business ventures. Through lessons in start-up knowledge, food regulations, marketing and commercialization, these courses will teach students essential skills for navigating today’s small food landscape. Gain behind the scenes access to successful food start-ups in Portland, Ore. through real world case studies and interviews with professional entrepreneurs and consultants. Food writing, an elective course, will be available fall 2014 and will cost $250. Save $100 by completing all three courses in the certificate. Visit https://pace.oregonstate.edu/recipe2market for more information.