If you're a food-motivated traveler like me, you know that one of the best ways to fully integrate into a new place is to explore the local farmers market. No matter how great a food city is— or claims to be— it all comes down to the farmers, the artisans, the true source.
Being as Portland is ranked as the #1 Food City in America, it should come as no surprise that our markets are top notch.
I wrote about my favorite Willamette Valley farms and markets previously, but the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University truly deserves its own feature. Year-round, farmers, bakers, and artisans gather to sell their goods in the South Park Blocks located at Portland State University. It’s a go-to Saturday activity for Portlanders looking to pick up farm fresh produce from over 200 vendors while supporting the local community. The quality of vendors and the sense of community is so strong that some have been known to travel over 100-miles round trip to showcase their produce here. Plus, everyone at the market is the nicest. (This is Portland, after all.)
Below are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your Saturday at the farmers market.
5 Tips for the Best Saturday at the Portland Farmers Market
1. Arrive early!
2. Bring cash and a reusable bag.
3. Chat up the local farmers and learn more in depth about the Portland food community.
4. Don't skip the beautiful, farm-fresh bouquets for $5. (These go fast!)
5. Also noteworthy, the marionberry cinnamon rolls and the Verde Cocina huevos rancheros.
The Portland Famers Market at PSU is year-round! Every Saturday. Rain or shine. Read on for a sampling of Willamette Valley seasonal picks for your next trip to the market.
Spring - Rhubarb, Kale, Herb starts, Tulips, Peonies, Lillies, Dahlias
Summer - Berries, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Sunflowers
Fall - Apples (and fresh pressed Apple Cider!), Grapes, Brussel Sprouts
Winter - Root Vegetables, Mushrooms
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Tell me about your favorite farmers market finds in the comments.