Mother’s Day and the First Full Season Beaverton Farmers Market!
To Our Market Community,
Saturday marks the beginning of our Full Season Market. The market expands its footprint to include the Washington Street aisle, and 3rd Street aisle. Market-goers will remember our Local Liquid and dining area at the end of both of these aisles. Additionally, music and events have returned to the market! This weekend is also our Mother’s Day Market, which is our liveliest market of the year!
Speaking about Mother’s Day, we’ve been thinking a lot about forging new traditions. After living through a global pandemic over the last 2+ years our collective society has learned to adapt to make holidays and celebrations special in creative ways. And while we are now in a place where it feels safer to gather together, the traditions of the past may not serve us anymore and we have created new ones that feel better and maybe more lasting. While we still love dining out we like the idea of putting a new spin on the traditional Mother’s Day brunch. Opting for a family hike followed by burgers and brews feels like an adventurous change of pace. Replacing “dinner and a movie” with “brunch and a matinee” could be a fun way to still take Mom out to brunch. And if you’re anything like the moms of the Beaverton Farmers Market staff you might find yourself in the garden on Sunday. This is great news because we welcome back all our plant vendors to the Market this week.
We love the idea of bringing the restaurant brunch concept home. Marketing Director, Kate Laubernds, remembers fondly that her brother and she planned and executed a restaurant-style Mother’s Day brunch for their mom when they were children. “My step-father took my mom to church so we could prepare breakfast and decorate our dining area like a restaurant while they were gone. We prepared a menu of options of different breakfast items to choose from. She loved it so much that she still talks about the care we took in creating a special day for her.”
Restaurant brunch at home is a fun activity for children to celebrate Mom! You can pick up a flower bouquet to decorate the table from Early Mom, May’s Produce and Flowers, or Pumpkin Ridge Gardens. Kids can practice writing by making menus and cards for Mom. Have younger ones set the table and help with any small prep items that are age-appropriate. Older children can help share cooking duties.
Of course, a restaurant at home can be a huge undertaking, which is why we like the following shortcuts for menu options. Lindsay’s Sourdough lemon ricotta sourdough batter with berry syrup is a crowd favorite so be sure to place a preorder. Milk Money’s chevre and caramelized onion quiche is airy and whipped to perfection. To ensure you don’t miss out you can preorder till Wednesday at midnight. If mom loves breakfast meat then consider adding a side of Lonely Lane’s applewood smoked uncured bacon or Scratch Meat’s maple breakfast pork sausage links.
We love when restaurants have a pastry basket on their menus. Luckily we have no shortage of tasty treats you can offer Mom on Sunday, including Fressen Bakery’s bavarian croissant, Twisted Croissant’s raspberry rose cruffin, or Decadent Creations’ salted chocolate potato donut. If you’re building a vegan or gluten-free pastry basket – we have that too at the market! Linfette’s vegan strawberry rhubarb coffee cake is a great seasonal treat. Tipping the Scales Vegan Bakery has the most amazing almond croissants, and Sinful Confections’ new gluten-free cinnamon rolls are a real treat!
If you’re still putting finishing touches on brunch when Mom shows up have a little waiting area for her and offer her a brunch beverage like Bastion coffee or a fun libation like a Hibis Bloom citrus spritzer. Add some Hibisbloom Cavally Mint with a splash of orange juice to an ice-filled glass. Top with seltzer water. Garnish with an orange slice and sprig of mint.
We hope you have a wonderful day however you decide to celebrate the mom in your life.
The Beaverton Farmers Market
We will see you this Saturday at the Market from 8:30 AM-1:30 PM.
Stock Up on Self Care for Mom
For an at-home spa treatment grab a gift box set of Ocean Green Healing CBD topical products and bath bombs. Add in a moisturizing and nutrient-packed soap from Peace of Soap like the Chunky Monkey, and finish with Landia Skincare’s shea creme for overworked garden hands.
Also in the skincare/body care department, Essance Skincare is back in the market and is launching its new line of lipglosses named after goddesses. Essance is offering a special this weekend for Mother’s Day, Two goddess glosses for $12 or all six for $60.
April Showers Bring May Flowers?
Market-goers are eager to shop for their favorite spring and early summer produce, such as berries, peas, and cherry tomatoes, however, a record rainy April means folks will have to be patient and wait a little longer for these items
According to the Portland Tribune, April experienced record-breaking weather, “April 2022 rainfall breaks Portland 1940 record. One year ago we saw the driest April on record with just a small fraction of this year’s total.”
It is going to take a while for farmers to fill their stalls with the abundant supply of produce to which we have become accustomed.
This is not new. There were years when we had long wet springs and we thought we were going to have to eat kale until the 4th of July. In other years with warmer springs, we’ve had strawberries on Mother’s Day.
Market Sprouts Kids Club, do we have a special treat for you this week! To commemorate the start of the Full Season Market we will have strawberry plant starts compliments of our friends at N&M Nursery. Plant starts are extremely limited and only available on a first come first serve basis to registered Market Sprout kids only. Please visit the market early with your child because we cannot guarantee we will have them later in the day.
We welcome many new and returning vendors to the market this week so it would be difficult to name them all. Click through the map below to visit our Interactive Market Map to see which vendors will be attending and where you can find them in the market.
One vendor we did want to mention in particular though is Don Felipe’s Chorizo! After a hiatus, they will be back in the market and they are bringing their new Tempeh Chorizo!