The city of Portland has two things I love, family and a fabulous farmers’ market! You can go shopping to the outdoor market seven days a week in different parts of the city. On Saturday, it is held on the green belt area of Portland State University campus. Since it is the beginning of spring, the selection is smaller than what you would find in the summer. Right now there is an abundance of fragrant tulips and daffodils of all colors and varieties and beautiful bouquets starting at $10.00!
I saw fiddlehead ferns for the first time at the market. It is a gourmet wild vegetable found across North America in the springtime. Many people think that they taste like a cross between asparagus and young spinach.
There were many vendors selling kale. This particular farmer had 5 varieties of it—Green Russian, Red Russian, Purple, Italian and Green.
Rhubarb brings back memories of my childhood. My mom used to grow this fruit and would later stew it. Then she would serve it to us cold, like a pie filling without the crust!
Portland is an environmentally conscious city, I was impressed to see, but not surprised, that recycling was available on site for food purchasers.
I only wish that I could have bought some of the fabulous produce that I saw yesterday, but I was able to buy this gorgeous bouquet for my hostess for only $10.00. Since I live in the desert, visiting a farmers’ market like the one in Portland is a real treat for me!