|Glorious bouquets at the market.|
Set deep in the heart of the city on the campus of Portland State University, I found a delightful crowd of vendors and immediately lost myself in the sights and smells of a bustling weekly market. Even in winter, when apparently the market is half of its summer size, there was plenty to choose from to set a table for the week.
|Awesome baby carrots! (I somehow neglected to take a photo of the orchard table...)|
|Jeff Garritano of Scratch Meats at the Portland State University Market.|
|Gathering Together's display that my photo does not do justice.|
Trust me. It was beautiful.
There were plenty of places to stop for a bite, but I tried to stick to my rule of making at least one lap of a market before purchasing anything. The warm scent of Enchanted Sun Burritos drifted over, but I kept moving, excusing myself through the long line of people in front of Money Bowl. My friend told me this is a newer member of the take-away food scene at this market, and we looked on with gurgling stomachs as people left the stall with metal bowls of noodles heaped with various bright vegetables and sauces. However, the next booth proved irresistible.
|Eva with her on-tap kombucha.|
|Elizabeth of Lonesome Whistle Farm and that amazing popcorn.|
Other than popcorn, chocolate is another item I cannot resist. So, when I spotted the samples at Honey Mama's, I casually paused to try a bite. Made using a blend of honey, cocoa, and coconut oil (see more about their ingredients here), I worked my way through lavender, coconut, Mayan Spice, peppermint, and coffee nibs before getting edged out by other visitors. Smooth and perfectly sweet, the bars are magnificent.
|Ian of New Deal Distillery serving up the good stuff.|
Portland State University Farmers Market
9am - 2pm (November through March)
8:30am - 2pm (April through October)