07 December 2012

And Then There Were Two

There are only two markets left in 2012.  How are you going to use them?  We might suggest gorging yourself on fresh produce the next couple weeks, while steadily stocking up your larder for the two long weeks that Portland Farmers Market hibernates before our Winter Market is reborn the first Saturday in January at the Shemanski Park location.

Things to eat now:

Beets

Photo by Allison Jones

Apples
Pears
Chicories
Kale
Chard
Collards
Mustard Greens
Parsnips
Wild Mushrooms
Kohlrabi
Broccoli, Cauliflower & Romanesco
Leeks
Carrots
Cabbages
Beets
Fennel
Celeriac
Lively Salad Mixes

Things to hoard for the holidays:

Winter Squash
Pastured beef, pork, lamb, poultry and buffalo
Kimchi & Pickles
Farmstead Cheeses
Artisan Salumi
Oregon Truffle Salt
Mint Tea
Hazelnuts–roasted, raw or chocolate covered

Hard Cider
Handmade Confections
Honey & Preserves

Dried Beans
Local Wines

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Photo by Amy Nieto

The market is also chock-full of gift and stocking stuffer ideas!  Put together a bountiful locavore gift basket to impress any serious food lover on your list or show your farmers market love with a PFM gift certificate or PFM t-shirts, tote bags and note cards.

If you are looking for local nonprofits to contribute to his giving season, please consider our sister nonprofit, Farmers Market Fund, which administers Fresh Exchange, a money matching program for SNAP/Oregon Trail that has helped support farmers and put over $150,000 worth of fresh food on the tables of families in need since its inception in 2009.

Farmers Market Fund is one of the featured nonprofits in Willamette Week’s Give!Guide (find us in the Health & Wellness section), and we hope that you will consider making a donation.

If you are looking for other opportunities to support local food and farms programs, here are several for consideration, all of which are valued PFM vendors and community partners.  Click the links below to learn more and donate:

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