Saturday, March 17, 2012
kale rapini from the market photographed on the snowy flank of Mt. Hood
There were also lots of braising and salad greens, root crops and storage apples in the market today, as well as fresh and smoked local seafood.
– Mark Thompson
What I Bought
Asian salad mix (top); chicory salad mix (below)
Price: $8/lb. for salad mixes
These salad mixes (above and below), as well as the endive and radicchio, are from Spring Hill Organic Farm, in Albany, in the Williamette Valley between Portland and Eugene.
Chicory salad mix
lacinato kale rapini (left) and leek
Price: $1 for leek
$3.50 for bundle of kale rapini
Source: Persephone Farm, Lebanon, Ore.
miner’s lettuce (top left) and water cress
Price: $1 for water cress
$1.50 for miner’s lettuce
I recently interviewed Marco Shaw, a chef who developed a loyal following in Portland, where he ran a restaurant for nearly a decade before moving to a restaurant in North Carolina. Among the food items he misses, he says, are the interesting foraged crops available in Oregon. Wild mushrooms (see below) are the most famous of Oregon’s foraged foods, but there are others, including fiddlehead ferns (which were offered by one vendor today) and miner’s lettuce. This pristine bundle of miner’s lettuce was surely cultivated not foraged, but the plant grows wild everywhere in the cool, forested hillsides of Oregon, and was eaten my miner’s in centuries past, hence its name.
parsnip, and jet black, unknown variety, crème delite, purple haze and white satin carrots
Source: DeNobles Farm
(top row, left to right) spice, winter banana and Pacific rose apples; (bottom) tamarillo and rangpur lime
Price: $1.50 for spice and Pacific rose
$2.75 for winter banana
$1 for tamarillo
$.50 for rangpur lime
Source: Draper Girls Country Farm, in Hood River (apples)
salmon jerky (above) and wheatberries (below)
Price: $3 for bag of wheatberries