2010 Season Opens on a Perfect Day

It was something like 80F and sunny when the Hawthorne Urban Farmers’ Market kicked off its Sophmore Season on Sunday, 13 June 2010.  This soft-opening included

  • Shari Love brought gorgeous, Urban-crafted floral arrangements
  • Friday of the Sellwood Garden Club, brought a bevy of varied produce as grown by the Agricultural Triumvirate of the SGC, Sunroot Gardens CSA (peas!) and Riverhouse CSA, on over 50 plots in SE
  • Cully Farm, representin’ the Northern Territories, brought the prettiest head lettuces of the season, so far

We’ll be there, every Sunday, from 1-6pm, and hope to see you there soon.

It’s Hawthorne Street Fair Week!

HUFM has some awesome thinngs on tap for the Hawthorne Street Fair Weekend.
  • Tom of Mall56 will do bicycle repair demonstrations and conduct a tool-sharpening seminar between musical acts
  • Listen to live music with the gypsy-klezmer stylings of Rain or Shine and the local world-alt-country sensations, the Cafe Cowboys
  • A huge list of produce, including many specialty items.  See the Upcoming Produce List for more information.
Hawthorne Street Fair and the HUFM - all on Sunday, 16 August

Hawthorne Street Fair and the HUFM - all on Sunday, 16 August

We’re expecting a very big week, so you can imagine the vendors are going to be briging their very best for you!  Be sure to stop by if you’re doing the SE Portland Sunday Parkways loop.  Last year’s event drew over 20,000 people out of their cars for the day!

View the official map here: http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=46103&a=234996

Drink and Eat Ultra Local

New Deal Vodka - Creators and Purveyors of Portland 88 Vodka

New Deal Vodka - Creators and Purveyors of Portland 88 Vodka

Who sez local food and getting your “green” on has to be a tree bark and granola-eatin’ drag?  Not Pekio, the communicaitons maven for New Deal Vodka and diminuitive queen of all things stylin’ in a SE way.  She was kind enough to write up a sassy and sweet review of the HUFM.  If you don’t smile, nod and guffaw right out loud when you read it, you’re either clinically dead or a banker.

And, the good folks at New Deal Distillery ought to know a thing or two about scrappy SE locals doing it for themselves and their good neighbours.  Matt and Tom started making their delightfully distilled products in an Active Space on 9th and Main before it was even cool and the notion of Portland’s Distillery Row was a booze-soaked cherry floating in their highball dream of making spirits for Cascadia.

So, what could be a more appropriate mix of our two very Southeasty ventures than some recipes for cooking w/ booze?  In honour of the onset of tomato season, I present New Deal’s Spirited Cherry Tomato recipe:

Courtesy of The Meadow in North Portland.

  • 3 pints Firm, small red and yellow cherry or grape tomatoes
  • ½ cup New Deal Vodka
  • 3 T White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 T Superfine granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp Finely grated fresh lemon zest
  • 1 ½ T Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ T Finishing salt, such as Fleur de Sel
  • Cut a small X in skin of blossom end of each tomato.
  • Blanch tomatoes, 5 at a time, in a saucepan of boiling water 3 seconds and immediately transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking.
  • Drain and peel, transferring to a large shallow dish.
  • Stir together New Deal Vodka, vinegar, sugar, and zest until sugar is dissolved, then pour over tomatoes, gently tossing to coat.
  • Marinate, covered and chilled, at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  • Stir together salt and pepper and serve with tomatoes for dipping.

I highly recommend checking out all the awesome recipes for cooking w/ booze over at their site.  Check it out!

HUFM Has Been Yelped!

Okay, I admit it, I started the ball rolling.  But, Maeve C. gave us some awesome props in a recent review on the Yelp! site.

In fact, several people have raved about the asparagus peas since we brought them in and turned them on to yet another “Future Food” for Cascadia.  Reports from our intrepid and most excellent customers note they taste like a cross between asparagus and artichoke.  I cooked mine up in a breakfast curry w/ shovel-cut potatoes and some okra, so mine tasted a bit like okra and fenugrek, but still quite yummy.  The Turtle Gal said they were best under about 2-3″, and I’d agree, which is why I know chuck the big ones into the compost.

You p’bly ought to check out Maeve C’s other reviews on Yelp! if you want the opinion of someone who clearly has good taste.  This is most especially true if you’re a vegan or vegetarian.

Vegans Love HUFM!

Produce From the Hawthorne Urban Farmers Market

Produce From the Hawthorne Urban Farmers' Market by Jess of Get Sconed!

I noticed that Jess from the Get Sconed! blog wrote a wonderful post about us yesterday.  And, come to think of it, I remember her coming by the booth, not knowing that she is something of a virtual, local celeb.  Well, I remember everyone (not by name – my brain doesn’t work like that) who is as mental into fruits and veggies as I am.

And, in case it wasn’t obvious, we love vegans, too.  I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 years, myself — I can fully appreciate how much all those veggies are going to cost if you don’t grow ‘em yourself or find a good, local outlet to get your veggie on, barter action or not.  Even if we don’t take EBT, HUFM is here to help!  In fact, aside from what I was told this week were very reasonable prices, we’ll try to help anyone afford their healthy veggies — still cheaper than health insurance and probably more effective (certainly more proactive).  Kat sez it’s time for us to raise a barter army to help w/ labour to get our winter crops in.  Now, that’s an idea!

Not only did Jess pick up some darn good lookin’ produce from the vendors, but she was good enough to check out our other craft vendors, too.  The gal who runs the Portland Black Lipstick Company is just about one of the nicest darn people you’re ever going to meet — clever and cute, too!  She’s actually got me wearing lipstick for the first time since Hillary was First Lady – I’m quite fond of the Bug’s Blood.

With regards to Jess’ post, she most awesomely shared her experience with the world in both words and pictures.  You really ought to check it out.

And, I have to say, we do have some of the darn cutest eggplants around, yo!  Wait ’til we bring the orange globes this coming week for Hawthorne Street Fair.  I recommend them for Brother Tony’s Blister Hot Green Curry.

Lovely Words About HUFM

8-ball summer squash, armenian cucumbers and broccoli @ Portlands Hawthorne Urban Farmers Market

8-ball summer squash, armenian cucumbers and broccoli @ Portland's Hawthorne Urban Farmers' Market

There was a very nice article about the HUFM at someone’s blog called, My Pretty Little Head.

The Hawthorne Market Just Keeps Getting Better Every Week

Plenty of good stuff for everyones tastes at the HUFM

Plenty of good stuff for everyone's tastes at the HUFM

Jeffery Kingman, a local business owner and former chef, took some really great pics and wrote up a wonderful piece about the Hawthorne Urban Farmers’ Market on his blog, Kitchen Dances, after our second week.  You should totally check it out.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out what a wonderful thing the Common Grounds Coffeehouse and the Hawthorne Auto Clinic is doing, letting us lease this space for produce barter.  Were that all business-owners were so hip!  Of course, we always send as many people as we can over to the local shops when they’re looking for something we don’t have, as it’s just the neighbourly thing to do.

We’ve had so much help in putting this all together from the local media, friends, family, concerned citizens of Sunnyside and Richmond neighbourhoods…I don’t know how to thank everyone except to keep bringing better produce every darn week.