What's Coming to Market?
Mountains of melons will be found at the market this week. From cantaloupes to watermelons, there is something for everyone. Freestone peaches are in as are donut peaches and nectarines. Gravenstein apples will be at the market as will early asian pears. Blackberries (Triple Crown and Chester), blueberries and raspberries will be readily available. Strawberries may be limited this week. You'll find plenty of greens, herbs, squashes, plums, nectarines and other produce as well. As for vegetables, you'll find just about everything from artichokes to zucchini.
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.
Farmers’ markets are a collection of businesses, a temporal grocery store where each shelf comes with a smiling face and a wealth of knowledge about the products they produce and sell. We’re giving our vendors the spotlight to share more about their role in the Hillsdale market community.
By Sarah West
Strawberry season doesn’t hit fever-pitch at the market until Unger Farms returns with their flats of perfect Hood strawberries, those ephemeral poster children synonymous with June, Oregon, and delicious. Long lines of shoppers wait for the opening bell to ring, eager to take a half-flat home to freeze, can, or simply snack on this early summer treat.
By August, summer in Oregon has settled into fields of golden-hued grass, hazy skies, and copious dust. The Hoods are hunkered down in the heat, waiting for a fall mowing and their lush return with winter’s rain. Albion, a workhorse strawberry with sweetness and a touch of acidity—if not the Hood’s grand perfume—has taken the Hood’s place and will bear through October if the weather holds. August at Unger Farms is ruled by raspberries and blackberries, of which they grow ten varieties.
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The Fat Of The Land
There is perhaps no better way to taste a sun-ripened tomato than by slicing off a thick slab and sprinkling it with salt. This ubiquitous powdered mineral is the magic wand of the kitchen—transforming and enhancing flavor, shelf life, and even texture with a pinch here, a flick of the wrist there.
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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).
Doing Dough: Homemade Noodles
September 6, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Hillsdale Branch Library, 525 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.