An army of asparagus meets the eye as one goes to the Maryhill Farms stand. They have been one of the Market vendors for many years and offers some of the finest sustainably raised produce. The asparagus pictured here made it to our dinner table this evening.
As you can see, the Market specializes in local sustainable produce, such as from Fiddlehead Farms in Corbett.
If I may brag a little, this little market is big in many ways. We pioneered the "Durable Dish" program, which uses real plates and flatware for food eaten on the premises. Thanks to Thatcher's on SE Stark, who allow us to use their dishwasher. It's all part of reducing the market's carbon footprint.
What Market is without something to quench the thirst during a hot summer day? What could be better than Liquid Sunshine? Well...probably some real sunshine for starters, but this is Oregon and yes...it does rain...a lot. Luckily, this Sunday stayed dry though the sun was filtered through a layer of clouds. And being true Oregonians, we still drank our lemonaid and ate our ice cream.
This being the 100th market...and we being a neighborhood always in search of a reason to celebrate (you know, it doesn't take much. Sometimes just having a dry day is enough), kids are invited to draw, color, plant seeds in paper cups (biodegradable, of course).
Old House Dahlias is barely 12 blocks away from the Market. (Hey, you can't get any more local than that!)
No, this isn't Amsterdam, but it is said that Portland is one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in America, if not THE most, and yes many either walk or ride to the market.
Skin & Bones is one of the market's newer vendors, with some of the most amazing treats. They also have a restaurant on E. Burnside and NE 55th Avenue. (I must check it out now that I sampled their delicious stuff!)
The festivities also included drawings for many items including this basket of produce (won by Rory, with the thumbs up).
Chef Marliese made a dish of cooked greens, using ingredients from various vendors at the market that day.
There is nothing like the wonder of a child, savoring a fresh strawberry...wearing her finest ballroom gown, of course. What I found surprising is that I was able to catch this image without any fruity decorations on her white fabric. That wouldn't have been me.
To learn more about the Montavilla Farmers Market you can visit http://www.montavillamarket.org/