August 28, 2014Vol 8, Issue 26
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 Market Updates

There are so many dazzling tastes and smells vying for my attention at market these days: spicy basil, sun-ripened berries, Nourishment's delicious breakfast burritos. I can't help but graze as I stroll through the market - a slice of melon here, a nibble of cheese there. Give yourself the chance to explore the bounty of late summer this Saturday, and try something new!

Fatdog Mustard and Cardamon Hills will be back at market for the first time since spring. We'll also be joined by on-call vendors Ancient Heritage, Dancing Light Ranch, Home Grown, Lonesome Whistle Farm, and Reverend Nat's Cider. This Saturday will be Lion Heart Kombucha's final market for the season--don't miss the opportunity to taste their lovely, not-too-sweet kombucha!

This Saturday our Market Medicinals cooking demo series continues - this time by Lorraine Ferron from National College of Natural Medicine! Apple Cider Vinegar is an age old remedy for many common ailments, and it's also a delicious food and flavor enhancer! On top of all this, apple cider vinegar is easy to make at home, from even just the scraps of one of one of the northwest's star agricultural products: apples, of course. Lorraine will demonstrate how to use apple cores and peels to make homemade apple cider vinegar, as well as a traditional herbal vinegar called Fire Cider, a punchy, delicious immune-boosting remedy for the winter months. Come check it out this Saturday between 9:30 and noon! 


This is the last Saturday to enter our Photo Contest! This year, we are running the contest on Instagram; just post your photo with the hashtag #hfmphotocontest to enter it. The winning photographer will receive $20 in market tokens! If you'd like to follow us on Instagram, you can find our page at The full contest rules can be found on our website here.

See you at the market!

Tomatoes, Eggplants, and Peppers - Oh My!
by Sarah Broderick, reprinted from 2007

lots of tomatoes I'd never met one of those people before. You know, the ones who don't like tomatoes. Or eggplant (?!). Or peppers. They generally don't like potatoes either, unless the potatoes have been really deeply fried. And they've likely never even heard of ground cherries (cape gooseberries) before. Have you guessed it yet? Yes, I'm talking about the anti-nightshade folks. I'd never known one until a few weeks ago when a houseguest of mine looked on in horror as I started slicing some of the most beautiful eggplants I've seen this summer. "Do you take the poison out before you eat it?" she whimpered in my kitchen. I just shook my head and sighed, "I salt the eggplants to soften and sweeten them." I know -- I could hardly believe it myself.

Tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers symbolize the height of summer to many gardeners and food-lovers. Potatoes are more than just comfort food, they are one of the most enjoyable crops to harvest. Plunging a hand into the soil and feeling around for a tuber is one of the rewards of planting this nightshade. Tomatillos and ground cherries in their husks act like they're holding secrets behind a papery curtain. And they are ... so delicious. Tobacco has played a significant role in human life for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. And the fragrance of petunias and night-blooming nicotiana delight our sense of smell.

eggplant will be here forever. Nightshades have evolved to produce very desirable fruit, leaves, and tubers. They are important sources of food, spice, and medicine. To my friend's credit, the Solanacaea family of plants also contains a wide range of alkaloids that can be desirable, poisonous, or both. Some people are sensitive to the alkaloids in nightshades and have allergy-like responses when consumed. Certain plants of the Solanaceae family are poisonous, hallucinogenic, and even deadly. Belladonna, mandrake, and jimson weed are all examples of nightshades everyone should stay away from.

But for the rest of us, this time of year is one of celebration. It's time to be canning tomatoes, roasting and freezing peppers, and gorging ourselves on eggplant. It's time to make salsa verde and ground cherry pie. It's time to get over to the Hollywood Farmers Market and enjoy the bounty of the season.

At the Market


Free Range


Community Booths:

NW Veg

Store to Door 


Upcoming Events:

August, all month!

Market Medicinals cooking demo
Saturday, August 30th, 9:30am - 12:00pm

Face Painting with Crista
Saturday, September 13th and 27th, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Kids' Cooking Demo w/ Joanna Sooper
Saturday, September 13th, 9:30 am - 12:00pm
Market Photos
Liguria Tomatoes
Big B Farm
Look for this Italian heirloom variety at Big B - they may be the ugliest tomatoes you have ever seen, but they taste the best! Originating from Italy, they are sometimes called the "Italian Pink Pear" for their shape. Great for sauces too!  

Dakota Black Kernel Popcorn
Lonesome Whistle Farm
This farm is brand new to HFM, and grows all kinds of grains and beans at their farm in Junction City, Oregon. Their popcorn is an early favorite - it has great nutty taste and beautiful bright white and black color! Lonesome Whistle is selling it by the pound, and also popping it to sell bags at the market for a quick market-day snack.

Donut Nectarines
ProFarm Produce
Looking for a quick, sweet snack? Try a donut nectarine from Pro Farms! They're the perfect on-the-go fruit that you can eat in a few quick bites, easily eating around the small pit at their center. These small, flattened nectarines are, like most nectarine cultivars, a mutation from the donut peach which was first exported to the West in the 1800s! Still popular today at the farmer's market, look for especially soft fruit for the sweetest flavor.

Peak Forest Fruit
With the scientific name Cantharellus Formosus, this golden mushroom is a symbol of Oregon - it's even been officially declared our state mushroom! Unlike the European chanterelle, which Peak Forest Fruit also carries, these continue to fruit well into the fall, and sometime all the way to Christmas! They are delicious sauteed and served on the side of chicken, meat, eggs - really just about anything.
Lloyd Farmers Market
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November - April, 9am - 1pm

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