farmers' markets

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I ran out of pastured bacon

I ran out of the pastured bacon that I get at the farmer's market, and resorted to buying some dry cured bacon from the store. I can't believe how bland it is. I've gotten so spoiled with the wonderful porky flavour of the pasture raised meat, that I just can't bring myself to eat the store-bought bacon on its own anymore. It's not too bad cooked into things like a cheese strata or a bacon cheese burger, but no more bacon sides till April when the market opens back up again.

Why I like having my own farmer

At the farmer's market today, I got nice presents from both my meat farm and my goat cheese dairy. Earlier in the weekend, we got a couple extra veggies thrown in from our usual veggie farmer. Of course, it was nice to get about $30 worth of "free" stuff from them, but it was the recognition of the relationship that was more important. I always try and give them good feedback, and they always try and provide me with food that meets my needs.

Tonight I feel like eating some Swedish meatballs, but I'm not feeling motivated to do that much cooking. The meat isn't thawed, and I don't have any lingonberry jam either, so that gives me an excuse not to make it. I'll just be lazy and make a quick chicken teriyaki.

We finally got into a CSA!

It took almost two years to get through the waiting list. We could have gotten into one sooner if we were willing to do an extra 30 minutes of driving, but we wanted to support local farmers AND reduce our carbon foot-print a bit.

We are trying out Sun Gold Farm because they deliver to the Intel and Nike campuses once a week.

I can make a few things for Mary Ellen with the summer squash, zuchinni, and cucumbers; but being alergic to them myself, I am sure that we will end up donating most of these to a local food bank.

Farmers' markets and food co-ops in and around Portland, OR

Here is a list of some of the farmers' markets and co-ops in and around Portland. This is not a complete list of markets in the area, just the ones that I shop and/or perform at.

Tuesday

Hillsboro Tuesday Marketplace, June through August, 5pm to 8pm
E Main St & SE 2nd Ave, Hillsboro, OR MAP

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