Photo Essay: Portland Farmers Market, Week #5

Apt title, swell visit.
 
A morning well spent.
A morning well spent.
 
Saturday’s visit to the Portland Farmers Market saw my basket full of early Albion strawberries, fresh kaffir lime leaves, purple kale, maitake mushrooms, heirloom carrots, and even more purple cauliflower during a visit early enough in the day to avoid most stroller wars, yet alas,  late enough to miss Viridian’s beautiful asparagus). It’s been four weeks since I visited the market opener, with being out-of-town here and there, and everything feels right once more. The shape of meals to come just begins to make more sense.
 
Here’s the shape of my shopping list: I  seek out something green (or in this case, purple kale), something sweet (strawberries), something vibrant (that cauliflower), a standard (the carrots), something new (the lime leaves), a little something special (those lovely Maitake mushrooms), and whatever else catches my fancy. I also picked up a copy of Curry Cuisine - quite a page turner for a cookbook, so far –  from the library yesterday, and these vegetables are in for a treat, starting with last night’s from scratch Thai Geng Taepo
 

Let’s stroll the market…

PSU FarMar, Week #5 on Get Sconed!
Credit union members like me appreciate the Co-Op ATM inside Smith.
PSU FarMar, Week #5 on Get Sconed!
Thank you for not smoking.
PSU FarMar, Week #5 on Get Sconed!
Glorious Miner’s lettuce. This has such a fresh and interesting texture.
 
Albion strawberries from Groundwork Organics
Oh, hello. Albion strawberries from Groundwork Organics
 
If I didn't have half a head of green cabbage hanging out in my fridge, this tat-soi would have been mine.
If I didn’t have half a head of green cabbage hanging out in my fridge, this tat-soi would have been mine.
 
Your friendly nettles warning.
Your friendly neighborhood market nettles warning.
Double the pleasure: fiddlehead ferns & nettles on one table
Double the pleasure: fiddlehead ferns & nettles on one table
 A few years ago, I found myself grilling fiddleheads with sesame oil, soy sauce & dark beer and that’s surely in store again soon enough.
Spoiler alert: these cook orange, so keep them raw if you want that purple edge.
Spoiler alert: these cook orange, so keep them raw if you want that purple edge.

 The full market stroll:

 
 
 
Brooklyn and Portland like to share, right?
Brooklyn and Portland like to share, right?
I leave you with this to ponder: Is the Portland Farmers Market is undeniably the most socially accepted place in town to break out ones’ camera or what?

13 thoughts on “Photo Essay: Portland Farmers Market, Week #5

  1. All the glorious photos make me want to 1. run to a farmers market and 2. go outside and plant things! I can’t believe you can get kaffir lime leaves at the market. I’m going to look harder at ours — maybe I missed something.

  2. I greatly enjoyed that online visit of the farmer market. Alas, up North in Canada, we’ll have to wait a couple more weeks for fresh produce like fiddleheads and asparagus, let alone fresh greens! I had never seen black carrots before… or that Miner’s lettuce, which I would really like to sample.

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