Saturday, June 15, 2013
Located in a grassy, tree-canopied mall in the middle of the Portland State University campus near downtown, this market is one of eight run by an organization called Portland Farmers Market. They are all authentic farmers markets, according to the organization’s web site, which declares, “We are accountable to our shoppers by requiring our vendors to produce and source what they sell with integrity.”
– Mark Thompson
What I Bought
Price: $4/pint basket
Known colloquially as sea beans, or glasswort or samphire or beach asparagus, among other names, this wild foraged plant’s botanical appellation is salicornia. It grows in salt marshes in many parts of North America as well as in Europe, South Africa and South Asia. It is so salty that it can be chopped up and tossed into any dish as a salt substitute, according to the vendor. I doused the sea beans I purchased with olive oil, wrapped them in tin foil and placed them alongside a slab of salmon on a grill. After 10 minutes or so, the foil packed yielded a steaming mound of crunchy greens that tasted of the sea, and was a perfect accompaniment to the salmon.
strawberries, blackberries and gooseberries
Price: 3 baskets for $8
Siletz tomatoes, sugar snap peas
Price: $4/lb. for tomatoes
$3/pint for peas
The Siletz tomato is an “extra-early” variety that was developed at Oregon State University to thrive in the cool, foggy weather that is prevalent in the spring around here.
Walla Walla sweet onion, cucumber
Price: $1.50 for onion
$1.75 for cucumber
Blackberry, strawberry, gooseberries and a cherry from the Portland State University Farmers Market in Portland, Ore., June 15, 2013, photographed on Dog Mountain in the Columbia River Gorge