On Saturday, I visited the Oregon City Farmers Market. I had first enjoyed the year-round volkssport walk from Willamette Falls Hospital with my walking buddy Nona and her four adorable dogs. We left the pooches at her house and went in search of local food. I found plenty of strawberries (local) and cherries (from Central Washington). For my purposes, Yakima Valley fruit was local enough and I bought a pint of Rainier cherries. At another booth, I bought local carrots and garlic stems. I’m not sure what I’ll do with the garlic stems, they seem best suited for adding to stir fry or soup. I think I might end up freezing them for future use. I also bought beets and a couple nice heads of hydroponic lettuce. Altogether, a very good shopping stop. As the season is gearing up, there is more produce selection.
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I’ve been visiting the Vancouver Farmer’s Market and wanted to see what other markets offered nearby. Battle Ground Farmer’s Market is located about 10 miles north of me, so it’s about four miles further than the Vancouver one. But my CSA farm, Rosemattel, has a booth there, so I thought I would see if there was more variety of produce. Alas, this is still early in the season, so I won’t judge it by what they had this weekend. The Battle Ground Farmer’s Market has moved to Battle Ground Village Courtyard, part of a complex still under construction. There seemed to be plenty of parking. I stopped by the booths selling plants and flowers and said hi to my CSA farmer. But the only produce vendors were her and a booth selling fresh local strawberries. These were part of my quest, so I happily bought 2 pints for $2 each.
I also noticed a prominent table for WIC and Senior farmers market checks. I had just learned that many farmers markets accept these support coupons.
My journey was not a disappointment. As I said, I think they are likely to have more produce by mid-July. Even better, along the way I passed u-pick fields for strawberries and a plant nursery. I stopped at the nursery and bought a hot pepper plant and seed for non-bolting spinach.