30 September 2011

Milk & Cookies & More

October begins with a bang and possibly some sunshine. Okay, two smarter-than me phones at the office predict different futures, an iPhone predicts showers, but the office android forecasts sun, so we’re going with the Droid on this one.  One thing we can guarantee?  A spate of activity that promises something for everyone.  Check it out:

Organic Valley will be on hand to celebrate 16 years of working with local farmers. They will be sampling their milk and…wait for it…cookies. Not just any cookies, the milk friendly Two Tarts cookies. Stop by their booth during Market hours on Saturday.

Dave’s Killer Bread will also be at the PSU Market all day selling their whole grain goodness.

Just this week we interviewed Congressman Earl Blumenauer about the upcoming Farm Bill. Now to cap off our Congressional Week, Senator Jeff Merkley will be at the Market between 8:30-9:30 to tour the Market and meet our vendors.

It would’ve been fitting if we somehow arranged to have Portlander Dave Frishberg sing his Schoolhouse Rock classic, “I’m Just a Bill” for the occasion. Instead we have FOTT (the official acronym for Friend of Trudy Toliver, Market Director) Margie and her band Still Kick’n performing the 2nd set at the Market between 11:30 and 2.

Eli gettin' piggy wit it

Wait there’s more…Our Chef in the Market cooking demo stars the devout but not orthodox Salumarian* Eli Cairo of Olympic Provisions fame demonstrating pig butchery beginning at 10 am. *Warning: Don’t use Salumarian in Scrabble without expecting to be successfully challenged.

Portland is one of the 5 cities that is being visited by LG Electronics & Good Housekeeping to promote Energy Awareness Month. And kind of like a carbon offset, Gabrielle Chavez, author of The Raw Food Gourmet will be balancing out Eli’s porcine presentation. Gabrielle, founder of Share the Love Catering, will perform cooking demonstrations of “Rawmazing* Recipes” using locally grown seasonal produce and a variety of raw ingredients. *Ditto on the Scrabble usage.

PSU Market runs Saturday between 8:30 and 2.  See you there.  We did close 3 seasonal Markets for the year this week at Pioneer Courthouse Square, SE’s Buckman and the NW Market, but you can shop our King Market (7th & Wygant) on Sundays and enjoy farm fresh goods downtown at the Shemanski Market (Park & Salmon) through the end of the month.