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:
Broccoli, Cauliflower & Romanesco
Lively Salad Mixes
Things to hoard for the holidays:
Pastured beef, pork, lamb, poultry and buffalo
Kimchi & Pickles
Oregon Truffle Salt
Hazelnuts–roasted, raw or chocolate covered
Honey & Preserves
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.
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:
- Food Works
- Grow Portland
- Hacienda CDC’s Micro Mercantes food micro-business incubator program
- Urban Gleaners (check out this recent article too!)
- Kitchen Commons
- Partners For a Hunger-Free Oregon
- Friends of Family Farmers
- Farmers Ending Hunger
- Northwest Earth Institute
- B-Line’s B-Shares program