Our Marketcrawl series profiles the best farmers markets from Seattle to Portland, offering insights on what’s in season, events, and tips for planning a trip.
If you want it, chances are the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University (PSU) has it.
Vegan tamales? Check.
Hand-harvested pure sea salt from the Oregon Coast? Of course.
Native medicinal plants? Raw juices? Lavender-infused jam? Vinegars made with fresh Pacific Northwest fruit and herbs? Yes, yes, yes and yes.
The selection at the Portland Farmers Market at PSU is as big and bold as any in the Northwest. And while it’s got its fair share of niche offerings (nut milks anyone?), the market is also home to a lot of more traditional, nutritious Northwest farmers market fare: seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, artisan dairy products, all-natural beef and just about anything else you could possibly desire.
When to go
The market runs Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., March through October, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in November and December. It has more than 150 different vendors throughout the year from as close by as Portland and as far away as Toppenish, Wash.
A sampling of offerings
Temptress Truffles — Owner Elan Hagens trained her dogs to find truffles in the forests of Oregon, but she also deals in plenty of other fresh fungi, from morels to matsutakes.
Eagle Organic Cranberries — Grown in four bogs on five acres of the Ridle family farm, these organic cranberries make their way to the Portland Farmers Market at PSU all the way from the beautiful coast of southern Oregon.
Wandering Aengus Cider — This Salem hard cider company presses and blends more than 20 apple varietals, all of them grown in Oregon, to create its line of bottled ciders.
Viridian Farms — A farm located on an inland river island south of Dayton, Ore., Viridian Farms grows more than 100 unique herbs, edible flowers, fruits and vegetables.
A bustling scene full of food sampling and people watching, the Farmers Market at PSU also creates its own festive air with live music, street performers and all kinds of fun and healthy activities.
Kids Cook at the Market — Weekly cooking classes that give kids ages 7 to 11 the chance to learn about the benefits of healthy, seasonal foods and how to prepare them.
Chef in the Market — Renowned local and national chefs and cookbook authors host cooking demonstrations that show market-goers how they can turn their fresh purchases into delicious and nutritious entrees.
Similarly, the Portland Farmers Market at PSU offers up a lengthy list of recipes using fresh market ingredients. The recipes, which range from starters and soups to main dishes and desserts, also include suggestions for pairings you can find elsewhere in the market.
So the next time you have a hankering for handcrafted mead — or you just need some fresh veggies for that night’s dinner salad — head down to the Portland Farmers Market at PSU. No doubt you’ll find what you need.
Plan Your Trip
The market is located at PSU in the South Park Blocks near 1717 SW Park Avenue. For more information, check out www.portlandfarmersmarket.org.