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Decorate Your Own Trick-or-Treat Bag!
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Small Stays Fresh
smaller amounts of common dairy items such as butter, sour cream,
yogurt and fresh cheeses more often and in smaller quantities.
This way you get a fresher product which is much better tasting, better for you, and you will have less spoilage.
-- Lisa Jacobs, Jacobs Creamery
Part of the beauty of farmers' markets is that our produce changes with the seasons. Stay current with weekly produce highlights here!
(Deep Roots Farm)
(Winter Green Farm)Champion Collard Greens
September Flame Peaches
(DeMartini Family Farm)
|This weekend we celebrate the Hollyween Farmers' Market with a continuation of our Decorate Your Own Trick-or-Treat Bag fundraiser and our Annual Pet Parade. Trick-or-Treat bags are available for a suggested donation of $5 each and are a fun way to make your own unique reusable tote bag. For more information on the Pet Parade, please see the article below.|
Remember, next Saturday marks the first day of our November Markets! November markets will begin one hour later, open from 9am to 1pm. The Hollywood Farmers' Market will be open every Saturday until Thanksgiving ... only five more weeks to celebrate the bounty of fall with us!
|Hollyween Farmers' Market Annual Pet Parade
This Saturday, pets, children, and adults alike are encouraged to dress up in the "Hollyween" spirit for our Annual Pet Parade. At 11:00am near the Information Booth, pet-lovers and market-goers will begin their march around the market celebrating our community spirit.
Green Dog Pet Supply, a friend and supporter of the Hollywood Farmers' Market, will provide prizes for the winners of three categories: Best Dressed Pet, Most Enthusiastic Marcher, and Most Coordinated (human/pet) Duo.
Green Dog Pet Supply is the business responsible for the dog treats popular with so many furry friends at the Hollywood Farmers' Market each week. As a locally-owned and environmentally-conscious business, wife and husband team Christine and Mike Mallar believe in supporting "green" businesses and source as many of their products from other local businesses as they can. For example, they carry dog leashes made from recycled climbing rope, locally-produced dog cookies, and tug toys locally-made from fabric remnants. Their store, located at NE 46th and Fremont, is full of furniture, shelves, and decor all made from recycled materials. Please stop by Green Dog Pet Supply and tell Christine and Mike thanks for being such great supporters of the Hollywood Farmers' Market.
Pet Parade judging will begin immediately after the parade, so stick around and find out who the winners are! Fun for the whole family, the Hollywood Farmers' Market Annual Pet Parade is a great excuse to try out your Halloween costume before next Friday. You don't even have to bring a pet or pretend to be one, just show up and participate in the fun!
Community Booth Spotlight
Learn more about the organizations tabling at the market each week in our community booth column.
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) is a nonprofit
educational institution dedicated to advancing health care and the art
of healing. Founded in 1983 in Portland, Oregon, OCOM was one of the first Oriental medicine colleges in the United States to provide master's-level instruction. In 2005, OCOM became the first college in the nation to graduate doctors of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
OCOM recently opened a new clinic location in the Hollywood Square
Building, adjacent to the Hollywood Farmers' Market. The OCOM Hollywood Square Clinic is comprised of four individual
treatment rooms, one conference room and a waiting area. The opening of this new location follows OCOM's commitment to serving
the community and providing exemplary and affordable patient care in
the Portland metro area. The clinic currently offers
appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
OCOM will be at the Hollywood Farmers' Market this Saturday performing demonstration acupuncture treatments. The public is welcome to participate so please stop by!
1000 Friends of Oregon
1000 Friends of Oregon is a non-profit organization that focuses on education and advocacy to engage
Oregonians in a fresh conversation about Oregon's future. They seek to enhance the quality of
life everyone enjoys in Oregon, with beautiful natural areas, family-owned
farms and woodlots that comprise our working landscapes, and vibrant,
livable communities for urban and rural residents alike.
Featured Vendor: Just west of Portland in the fertile Tualatin Valley, lies a small farm where a family has been caring for the land for four generations. Sun Gold Farm has been completely family-owned and managed since 1940. Charlie, Vicki, and Chris Hertel grow over 100 crops on 120 acres, including tree fruit such as peaches, apples, and pears, almost all the vegetables you can think of, along with blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and melons. They also grow Timothy grass for horse hay and as a rotational crop for weed control, as well as alfalfa to add nitrogen to the soil. With everything they grow, they keep in mind the health of the soil and the future vegetables the land will produce.
Sun Gold Farm
The Hertels believe in growing according to nature. You won't find any greenhouses or other fancy season extension techniques at Sun Gold Farm. Aside from just wanting to grow with natural rhythms, food tastes better when it's at the peak of its season.
When asked what kinds of challenges the Hertels have faced along the way, Vicki thought for a moment and replied, "Just the darn old weather, but we've lived with that all our lives." This year was especially cold and damp all the way into June. Weeds can also be a challenge, as Sun Gold Farm does not use chemical pesticides or fertilizers. But mostly it's the weather.
Sun Gold Farm hasn't felt the affects of rising fuel prices the way some farms have. "Fifteen years ago we would have been crying, but now we feel confident that we've made some good decisions." The Hertels have sold most of their tractors, and aren't using chemical fertilizers, significantly decreasing their farm's dependence on fossil fuels.
The Hertels have also been lucky with their help. They have one full-time farm employee, and two to three harvesters who work seasonally. "We've been blessed," said Vicki regarding the farm's workers. "Many farms our size will complain that it's hard to find good help, but that's not been our experience."
This November, you will find Sun Gold Farm at the Hollywood Farmers' Market on November 1st, 8th, and 15th. The Hertels also believe it's important for customers to meet the people who grow their food which is why there is always a family member present at the market.
You can expect to find some really exciting products at the Sun Gold Farm booth. They have grown 25 varieties of winter squash along with ornamental corn and gourds and sugar pie pumpkins. They have pinto beans and a colorful mix of other dried beans, which are perfect for winter stews. Perhaps the most exciting product the Hertels will be selling is sweet potatoes! For the first time, the Hertels tried growing this delicious tuber and produced nearly a ton of sweet potatoes. "The fresh ones are sure different," said Vicki Hertel. So make sure you stop by the Sun Gold Farm booth at the Hollywood Farmers' Market and taste the difference yourself.
|The Hollywood Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, May through October from 8am - 1pm and November 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 9am - 1pm. We are located on NE Hancock Street between 44th and 45th Avenues (one block South of Sandy Blvd).
For more information, check us out online at www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.
See you Saturday!
Hollywood Farmers' Market