March has been known to come in roaring like a lion , but this month may just start out as a timid young lion…! Rain or shine you’ll find us on 8th St at Main, 10am-2pm this Saturday March 1st. Next Market is March 15th…and on March 29th (extra market) we’ll have our 3rd Annual Seedy Saturday Seed and Plant Swap….brings seeds, plant divisions, extra catalogs, pots, tools…share on the tables and take something new to try growing this year!
And given that it’s still winter and temps. are not that warm yet you might spend some time making a quick and delicious soup using oyster mushrooms from Portland Mushroom Co. Though widely grown now and added to all types of dishes Oysters were first cultivated in Germany during the second world war. They are considered a medicinal mushroom as they contain Lovastatin and help to reduce cholesterol! If you prepare a dish that requires a long cooking time, add these mushrooms at the last stage of cooking. They are heavenly sauteed briefly in butter or oil, with finely chopped onion, garlic , white wine, a little cream and thyme…and poured over fillets of white fish , chicken breasts or pasta…add stock and you have a creamy mushroom soup in no time!!
..and the Oscar goes to..? Stock up with treats for Oscar night this Sunday…the Hummus Stop has dips and salads, Green Card Salsa has freshly-made salsas in many flavors..and Diana’s Delights chutneys and relishes mix well into dips with cream cheese. Rain Shine Sweet have caramels and brittles for sweet treats..and toast the winners with a bottle or two from Kings Raven Winery or Atlas Cider!
Fresh produce coming this week: Potatoes, onions, chard, leeks, carrots, kale, spinach, radishes, salad greens and broccoli. We’ll have plenty of farm-fresh eggs, which you can cook up with Shy Ann Meats sugar-free, nitrite-free bacon (regular & black pepper rubbed) Phil will also have his honey-maple or garlic rubbed smoked chops, and a new 3-herb rubbed bacon. Sweet Home Farm Meats will have the usual selection of pasture-raised pork, beek, chicken , lamb and goat. Ask Daniel about bones…nice to have a good soup broth ready!
Wild Oregon’s back this week and Robin will have fresh Petrale Sole, Ling Cod, Rockfish and SMELT (hopefully) and organic Steelhead and Steamer Clams will be available. Plus local Albacore Tuna, vac packed and frozen or canned, Wild Huckleberry Spread and Cranberry Chutney [both sumptuous on fish] and Marionberry Spread, sweetened with grape juice, and the fabulous Oregon Marinated Anchovies. It’s worth getting out in the cold this Saturday to stock up!
25 vendors this week, live music , hot food and drinks too! We accept Debit and have the $5 Match for SNAP (OR Trail) cards, the Kids POP Club gives $2 to every child (5-12yrs)…so bring the youngsters…you’ll be amazed at what they choose to purchase AND ask us about fun new additions to the POP Club coming this summer season…whoo hoo!
Wrap up warm, bring a bag and a friend ..we’re OPEN!….let the Market inspire local meals. While you are visiting Downtown check out the new cool stores that are popping up around 7th and 6th St. including http://www.denimsalvage.com/….you’ll find clothes made by Anna (Sweet Home Farms). Happy LOCAL Shopping!