October 23, 2014Vol 8, Issue 34
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 Market Updates
The crisp of fall is finally in the air, and we are bringing in a few exciting new vendors to help brighten the gray days! Unger Farms and Maryhill Orchards are done for the season, but we welcome new vendors Rossi Farms, with mountains of heirloom potatoes in every color of the rainbow and Regular Portland Bread, with delicious, Scandanavian-style rye bread. Lonesome Whistle Farms is back after a week away, and Fatdog Mustard, New Deal Distillery, and Reverend Nat's will also be at market this Saturday.

This Saturday is our annual
Hollyween Family and Pet Parade! It's a chance to bring your costumed family or four-legged friend and show your stuff. Our costume parade will begin at 11am!
 

See you at the market!

Behind Burning Eyes
by Miriam Garcia
jackolanternsHalloween is what folklorists call a holiday of 'misrule.' These are holidays in which every-day social rules are inverted for a brief spell. On Halloween, for example, normally mild-mannered citizens roam the streets at night. They threaten respectable householders with mean tricks. They gorge on normally forbidden foods. And that's just the kids.


As with most 'Misrule' holidays, (think, Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve, the Super Bowl), Halloween is truly a folk holiday. It is not sanctioned by any religion, state or other institution, unless you count Hallmark. It exists and persists simply because we want it to. Sort of like the Farmers Market, if you think about it.

There are other, even older, connections between Halloween and the Farmers Market, and the farmlands that the market represents. At the very heart of the matter is the fact that Halloween is deeply rooted in the workings of the natural world. For the ancient Celts, October 31st was the most important day of the year. The holiday, which they called Samhain, was a major agricultural 'marker,' the date by which crops were to be harvested. And, as befits a time of dying light and dying vegetation, it was believed to be a night when the veil between our world and the underworld was lifted, so that the souls of the dead could cross over. Abundance and death together powered ancient Samhain, and the same two forces are still mixing it up in the farm fields and forests represented at the Market, and in our own Halloween activities and imagery.

For example, consider your Jack O' Lantern.

First, there's the procurement of the pumpkin. For many people, this involves a pilgrimage from an urban area to a farm or to the Farmers Market. This is a symbolic return to nature in order to gather an emblem of the harvest; ye olde pumpkin.

Next, there's the transformation of the pumpkin from a natural object into a spirit object. Like putting on a costume, turning a pumpkin into something else altogether seems to set the misrule into motion. It's a way to step out of ordinary time.

Finally, there's the big night... as we take on new personas in our costumes, our flickering lanterns assume otherworldly personas, too. The veil between the worlds does indeed seem thin as our symbols of the harvest and abundance, of death and mystery, of rule and misrule, all collide and somehow all make sense.

At Samhain, the Celts lit bonfires, they feasted, they reveled, and they left gifts on their doorsteps to appease wandering spirits and tricksters. We may not live as close to nature as earlier generations, but at Halloween we feel the link to other times. We celebrate the turning of the season. We sense ancient truths burning in our Jack O'Lanterns' eyes.
 

Miriam Garcia is a folklorist-foodie, freelance writer and guardian of a super-secret chicken soup recipe. You can contact her at Miriam_G@me.com 
Lloyd Farmers Market

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Tuesday, 10am - 2pm

Year round!


 

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At the Market

Music:

Gaea Soul

 

Community Booths:

Portland Fruit Tree Project

Portland Green Streets

 

Upcoming Events:
 
Face Painting with Crista
Saturday, October 25th, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hollyween Family and Pet Parade
Saturday, October 25th, 11:00pm
Featured Products
October 25th, 2014

Fennel
Persephone Farm
Due to the hardy nature of the Fennel plant, you might see it growing like a weed along the side of the road. But it's best to stick to cultivated varieties like the ones at Persephone! Enjoy the delicate crunch of thinly sliced fennel in a summer salad, or roast it in the over to bring out its natural sweetness. And instead of throwing out the leafy stalks, consider throwing them into homemade broth or soup! Luckily, since Persephone staggers their plantings, Fennel is available through much of the year, giving you plenty of time to experiment with this wonderful vegetable. Look for big, young bulbs with minimal brown around the edges.

Quinoa Bagels
Gabriel's Bakery
Gabriel's Bakery is a small wholesale and farmers market bakery committed to using sustainable grains and preserving the integrity of providing quality baked goods. Gabriel's offers freshly made bagels using some unique ingredients like quinoa and sweet potato.

Broccoli
Deep Roots Farm
Broccoli is abundant at Deep Roots Farm this time of year! And with the weather turning, it feels like a nice time for some broccoli soup, perhaps with potatoes and bit of cheese. Stir the broccoli in just in the last couple minutes, overcooking broccoli affects its taste and nutritional content.

Mushroom Powders
Nature's Wild Harvest
Looking to add some flavor to your fall soups or make your tomato sauce more exciting?  Well look no farther, Nature's Wild Harvest has just the thing for you, powdered mushrooms.  The small jars are packed full with flavor and each is filled with mushrooms that are foraged and then dried fresh to lock in their flavor.  Now you can enjoy chanterelles year round!    
Market Photos


golden chanterelles from peak forest fruit



hfm_mapDays:
Every Saturday, April - Thanksgiving
1st & 3rd Saturdays, December - March

Hours:
April - September, 8am - 1pm
October - March, 9am - 1pm

Location:
NE Hancock Street between 44th and 45th Avenues (one block South of Sandy Blvd). In the Grocery Outlet parking lot!

For more information, check us out online at www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.

See you Saturday!

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