Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Weekly Adventure- Hillsdale Farmers' Market


I’ve already written about a farmers’ market here in Oregon but what I may not have mentioned is there is one in a different location every day of the week. So, you can have your favorite but if you miss that day you still have six other markets to choose from the rest of the week. This weekend J and I visited the Hillsdale market. Hillsdale is neighborhood southwest of Portland- old, charming, and a bit eclectic. Very different crowd from Beaverton. Lots of men in floppy sunhats, loud talkers, kind of eccentric.

This market is half the size of Beaverton but it was fun because the food vendors were different as were a number of the farmers. I continued pursuit of crepes by going to Savory et Sweet. They had buckwheat crepes which is a nice change of flavor. I had the bacon, brie, and tomato which was interesting but not my favorite. The tomatoes were so juicy it made the crepe very soggy- not a good thing. J got an amazing pulled chicken tamale that he wouldn’t share which means it was really good.
 


I don’t know about you but my allergies have been giving me six degrees of hell since June and nothing over-the-counter or prescription has helped. I read somewhere that a teaspoon of local honey can help build up your immunity because it’s made from pollen from local flowers. Seems pretty logical to me but have you ever tried to find local honey- even in the natural foods stores? Oh, the label will say Oregon but when you read where it was made it’s most often California and is simply packaged in Oregon. Or it costs $15 for 3ozs! Thank you Boyco Foods! They had 10 varieties of honey all made locally. They even told the kind of plant the bees ate (that’s not the right word- what is?). Anyway, I went with red clover honey from Sherwood which is a town about 15 miles from us. I got an 8oz jar for $8! Happy days. I’ll let you know if I notice a difference but at least it's sweet medicine!




The finale? Some of the most amazing desserts I've ever seen from The Brownie Farm. I could easily have spent $20 at this booth alone but satisified myself with a blueberry lemon scone. I got extra points from not inhaling it in the car on the way home but my mother would be mortified to see I'm posting pictures of half eaten food on the internet. I'm sorry, but you need to appreciate the blueberry goodness of this tasty gem!








Purple cauliflower- I love it!


The heirlooms are hitting their stride


Who knew peppers come in almost every color of the rainbow?


Delicious goat cheese- brought some home for crostini w/ cherry tomatoes



It was a nice way to start another sunny Sunday. Next time I’m getting the tamale!

2 comments:

Abby said...

Your produce pictures are so great, and again, I'm in awe of your Farmer's Markets. I would camp out there.

As for honey, the "real" stuff usually is a bit pricey. I don't use it that often, but a coworker's family owns a farm and harvests their own honey. They swear by it for throat irritations, so I hope that it helps out with yours. Allergies suck this year. Big time.

Marthese said...

Hmmm.. I have never hear that about the Honey...but it sounds harmless to try. Good luck!

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