The 2012 Portland Farmers Market season opens this Saturday on the PSU campus. There will be an initial 100 vendors (3 new), and it will grow to 160 later in the season. The picture above was taken on opening day a few years back. Even though the weather isn’t perfect this time of year, there will be thousands of people out there this Saturday.
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From Press Release:
2012 Portland Farmers Market
Saturdays, March 17th through December 15th
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - March thru October | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - November & December
Location: Portland State University in the South Park Blocks between SW Hall & SW Montgomery.
More info: www.portlandfarmersmarket.org/markets/psu
Fresh off the bountiful success of the first-ever Winter Market at Shemanski Park, Portland Farmers Market returns to Portland State University to open the 21st season of its world-class market on Saturday, March 17. This season, Portland Farmers Market introduces eight new farmers and welcomes back more than 100 returning farmers to its seven market locations. Through the years, the market has sustained the region’s food and farming community by helping to launch more than 40 small businesses and providing a lively and profitable sales outlet for small family farms, many of which count on farm-direct sales as their main source of income.
Under the picturesque canopy of budding trees in the South Park Blocks, the Saturday PSU Market will open at 8:30 a.m. with its ritual bell ringing and run until 2:00 p.m. Shoppers will find locally-grown and locally-produced food and farm products from more than 100 farmers, food producers and artisans. That number will grow to 160 vendors as the season progresses and the abundant bounty of local produce ripens.
What’s fresh this spring? Peak-of-season produce like radishes, carrots, scallions, kale and lettuces still wearing traces of the fertile soil of the Willamette Valley. Portland Farmers Market food producers, food artisans and prepared food vendors will also tempt shoppers with delicious baked goods, meats, cheeses, seafood and other specialty foods.
This season, three newcomers join the family of vendors at the Saturday PSU location. Pono Farm & Fine Meats from Bend, OR, will offer pastured, hormone-and-antibiotic-free Wagyu and Red Angus beef, as well as Berkshire and Red Wattle heritage pork and an inviting array of handmade fresh and smoked sausages. Temptress Truffles will sell wild, locally-harvested forest edibles from mushrooms to huckleberries to truffles, as well as handcrafted truffle butters, salts and oils. Champoeg Farm will join the market lineup around the holidays with pasture-raised turkeys.
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Pictures & comments from Pipeline contributor Christine Taylor. See the full set at Flickr
Smoke from the grilled free range pork filled the air with the scent of summer bbq.
One can even participate in a wine tasting at The Portland Market.
Fresh salmon was a popular item. This is the last of the wild salmon fillets.
Fresh eggs are always a favorite for any foodie.
Root display showing different types of organic edible roots.
Waiting in line for prepared foods did not seem to bother anyone.
Tom Erickson of Portland band Dear Ether was spotted while shopping for some unfiltered honey.