It’s no secret that I love food. Not just any food, though- I love GOOD food. And there’s nothing more delicious than hummus that was made in the next town over and kale that was picked that very morning. Local food is beneficial in so many ways. It is more nutritious because it is picked at the peak of ripeness. Produce that has been shipped from across the United States is picked before it’s ripe so it withstands the journey…and also loses some of its nutritional value. Environmentally, eating local produce (and other products too!!) uses much less gas and energy to transport it from farm to plate. It also supports the local economy! For every dollar spent on local food, up to $3 circulates back into the economy. Local produce is often organic even though it is not certified.
This is why nothing could make me happier than spending a morning at the Portland Farmer’s Market. Wednesday I took my mom and Cash to the Market in Monument Square. It was a gorgeous day and there was so much to look at.
So much green stuff…I felt like a kid on Christmas. My mom picked out some cilantro and a basil plant. I talked her into getting a head of kale as well so I can make kale chips. Mom also bought banana greek yogurt and herbed soft cheese. We couldn’t resist buying three containers of the best hummus I’ve ever tried and fresh baked pita bread which quickly became lunch as soon as we got home.
I still can’t decide which flavor I liked more.
In addition to food, the Farmer’s Market also has clothing, jewelry, coffee, flowers, and these gorgeous colorful prints.
There was even a band!
Cash was very popular as well.
Although he did fall asleep in my arms halfway through the market.
For more information on the Portland Farmer’s Market, click here.
And if you’d like to join Cash and I at the Farmer’s Market one day, feel free. It’s like Heaven on earth