Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Market indicators

There's lots of talk these days about the slumping economy (and I certainly hear my share of it working in the publishing industry). But you wouldn't know money is tight by checking out the Portland Farmers' Market. Here popular items frequently sell out and we patiently wait in long lines to buy the amazing food grown by our local farmers.

I snapped this photo while standing in the middle of the line to buy corn at today's market. Sure, it was the first time corn was available at the Wednesday market (it debuted at the market this past Saturday), but I stood in line to buy lettuce too.


Since this seaside city is filled with foodies and progressive thinkers, it's no wonder so many of us realize that eating real food (as opposed to the processed and packaged variety) is the key to maintaining life-long health. The trick at Portland's booming farmers' markets is just getting your hands on some ...


But when you do, it's only a couple quick steps to deliciousness. Tonight, we whipped together a super simple market meal. I took advantage of this evening's rain and cooler temps to crank up the oven and bake a handful of lovely red potatoes. Then I threw together a vinaigrette, and Adam chopped up a salad. A few ears of corn on the cob finished this meal that came together in a flash with minimal prep time.


And the taste is the sweet flavor of summer itself.

10 comments:

Bianca said...

Ours is totally crowded too! It makes me happy to wait in those long lines! And I never thought I'd be happy to wait in a line.

shellyfish said...

I love your market indicators! Far more tasty than those wall street numbers!

shellyfish said...

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Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Our farmer's market is the same way. Long lines! But we are all happy and patient to wait as the food you get is completely worth it. Those peppers at your market look mighty nice I must say!

And what a meal, it sounds perfect!

Celine said...

I'm making it my new mission in life to one day get to shop for fresh produce at the Portland Farmers' Market. yup.

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Avery,
I was at the Ptld. FM yesterday, too. Just finished an ear of corn and washed some red potaotoes. Your meal sounded good. Real food rocks!

jennycestcake said...

Hello! This is my first visit to your blog (I found it through Shellyfish's). I love this post about your farmer's market. Ours is the same way - if you don't get there right when it opens all the fruits and veggies will be gone and the lines are long! I look forward to visiting your blog again!

Nikki Douglas said...

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Lisa said...

The Monument Square market really is crowded in the summer. I'm glad we are making it worth the farmers' time to be there.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

I love your farmer's market posts... I just wish we had something similar here.