March 18th, 2011 | by RUTH BROWN Food & Drink |

The Portland Farmers Market Returns

Farmers MarketPhoto courtesy of Portland Farmers Market on Flickr
Huzzah! The Portland Farmers Market at PSU returns tomorrow, for its 20th year of selling locally grown, raised, baked, pickled, slaughtered, cured and fire-roasted food to the good people of Portland. The forecast is for rain (surprise!) but the market is boasting 11 shiny new vendors, many of whom sound worth pulling out the wellies and rain poncho to sample. This year’s fresh crop includes Lauretta Jean’s pies (those are the pies are the pies served at Tastebud and the Sugar Cube food cart. Yeah, those pies), an egg sandwich collaboration between Picklopolis and Wag Eggs, freshly made kimchi, and vegan smoked gouda.

The full list of new vendors is copied from a press release below:

Cascadia Chestnuts – A certified organic orchard in NW Portland growing select French and Italian "marrone type" chestnut cultivars. This vendor will join the market in October when the first crops of chestnuts are harvested.

Food Waves/Converging Creeks Farm – The non-profit Food Waves has teamed up with Converging Creeks Farm in Colton, Oregon, to grow and produce vegetables, meats and eggs while providing an educational opportunity for new farmers to gain experience in operating a fully functioning vegetable/meat/egg farm.

La Terra Vita – An integrated, biodiverse, local family farm in Scio, Oregon, using organic and biodynamic methods to produce heirloom vegetables of exceptional flavor and beauty, as well as eggs, meat and dairy products. Farm management includes woodland and wetland restoration, pasture and hay making.

Lily's Blooming Acres – A family farm in Forest Grove, Oregon, growing organic heirloom tomatoes, international peppers, beans, greens, squash and melons.

Bingo Sandwiches – A collaboration between Picklopolis' David Barber in Portland and Wag Egg's Wes Coulter in Champoeg. Seasonal sandwiches, sides and Picklopolis pickles. All sammies can have a Wag egg on top!

Lauretta Jean's – A Portland-based pie bakery providing sweet and savory pies to enjoy.

Cascade Naturals – A Portland-based business that provides quality natural products with the best interests of the earth, and Portland in mind. Products include sauerkraut, tempeh, and gomashio. This vendor will set-up shop once a month at the market.

Choi's Kimchi – A producer in Gresham making fresh and flavorful kimchi using locally grown ingredients from environmentally responsible farmers.

Divine Pi – A Portland-based company that makes sharing size pies using all raw, live, whole food ingredients. The pies are free of gluten, dairy, and refined sugars, and feature seasonal ingredients.

Heidi Ho Organics – A brand new vegan food company headquartered in Portland offering a range of vegan, plant-based cheese alternatives that are made from all natural, organic ingredients. The initial line of cheeses will include a soy-based Feta and Oregon hazelnut-based Chipotle Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Smoked Gouda.

Queen of Hearts Baking Company – A dedicated gluten-free artisan bakery producing small batches of handmade savory and sweet pastries from a Northeast Portland kitchen.
 
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