Attention! There are three more markets remaining this year!
According to an article from National Geographic, Pumpkin Pollution is a real problem that we must contend with. Tossing jack-o-lanterns in landfills generates harmful methane gas. However, cooking, composting, or donating them can help reduce waste.
Here in the Portland area, most of us have yard debris and composting bins which are a better alternative for tossing your gourds than the trash bin. Better yet, seek out a local 4-H group, sanctuary, or farm that would love to feed your squash to their animals.
Market Master, Ginger Rapport, goes all out decorating for the Autumn holidays. Once they are over, she packs all her pumpkins and squash into her car and heads to Assistant Manager Sue Poff’s house, where Sue’s pet pig, Ruthie, waits for the tasty delivery.
Ruthie is a Kune Kune pig weighing in at a mere 300 pounds. The average weight of pigs is generally between 300 and 700 pounds, making Ruthie relatively petite as pigs go. Sue found her in a sanctuary after being rescued from abuse that had resulted in many broken bones. Sue nursed her back to health, and now Ruthie lives a perfect life. She is treated in the summer to all the melons the Hermiston Melon Company deems imperfect for market customers, and in the fall, she snacks on all the squashes and pumpkins from Ginger’s house as well as those donated by all of Sue’s friends.
We hope you find a creative way to eliminate your fall holiday squash or, at the very least, dump them in your compost. The earth will thank you for it.
The Beaverton Farmers Market
We will see you this Saturday at the Market from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM.
There are two remaining markets in the season, and we all have two things on our minds – Thanksgiving and Christmas. So now is the time to make your lists and do some planning. This weekend we will have Cruel Mistress Cranberries in the market with their unique dry-harvest cranberries. Dry-harvested cranberries will last for weeks refrigerated, as opposed to wet-harvested cranberries, which need to be frozen. Cruel Mistress will also carry the dried cranberries, or Crannies, from Cranberry Kitchen.
Lindsay’s Sourdough will make Orange Cranberry and Gingerbread flavored Sourdough Pancake and Waffle batter. Right next door to Lindsay is Ron from TBeeS, featuring his holiday special of orange spice creamed honey. Pick up some fresh butter from Garry’s Meadow Fresh Jersey Milk, aka Lady Lane Farm, and breakfast is ready.
Portland’s Best Cookies will be in the market with their take-and-bake cookie doughs, making fantastic hostess gifts. So pick up some for yourself, and you’ve got that holiday cookie exchange in the bag.
Now is the time to think about placing your holiday orders for pies and baked goods from market vendors. While most of our bakery stalls will be well stocked on the 19th, pre-ordering assures you of getting exactly what you want and helps them plan what they need to bake.
The last market for Himalayan Dumplings by KyiKyi is this Saturday. These are perfect for a holiday buffet or hors d’oeuvres party. Each bag of frozen dumplings comes with two dipping sauces. Momos, or dumplings, are available in Chicken & Cilantro, Classic Juicy Beef, and Veggie & Shittake. KyiKyi’s hand pies are available in Chicken & Cilantro, and Curried Potato (vegan).
Next to Himalayan Dumplings will be Koa Roots, and it will also be their last day. Their fruit butters and infused brown butters are available in flavors that are the fusion between the two places owners Kristy Mollena and Robert Batulayan call home, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Nowhere is that more evident than in their fruit butter flavors – Marionberry, blueberry, guava, and passion fruit. If you have an adventurous cook in the family, pick up their smoked brown butters for stocking stuffers. They come in four flavors – Garlic & Onion, Hawaiian Sea Salt, Sage & Thyme, and Chili.
Santos Family Farm Turkeys
Santos Family Farm has a limited number of turkeys available for Thanksgiving this year. These birds are all Broad Breasted White and were raised on their farm completely free range, allowing them to forage on the land. Their diet is supplemented with fruits and veggies from their farm (nothing funnier than watching turkeys eating cucumbers!) They also had access to a mix of wheat, barley, peas, and pumpkin seeds. Never any corn, soy, no GMOs, and no antibiotics. If you want a big meaty bird with great flavor that was raised to the highest standards for animal welfare, we believe these have no equal. Santos Family Farm has birds available from about 13 lbs and up to 20 lbs. The price is $8/lb. You can purchase at the market this week and pick up your frozen bird at the last market (11/19). Do not delay, they will sell out quickly.
If a whole turkey is too big for your Thanksgiving meal, one of their ducks might be a perfect fit. We will have plenty of ducks available at the Beaverton market. These range between 4 to 5 lbs and are raised in the same free-range environment.
Also this week, Wake Up Beaverton! and the Oregon Health Authority are putting on a free Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic at the market. Walkups are welcome, no appointment necessary. 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM.