|Tip of the Week|
yourself some extra ice cube trays, maybe 3 or 4.
batches of pesto while basil and other wonderful summer herbs are at their
peak. Then spread the finished pesto into your ice cube trays and pop them
in the freezer. Once frozen, you can pop them into a container or zip-loc style
bag; you will have just enough to enhance a pasta
sauce, add to soup, or mix
with yoghurt or cream cheese for a dip.
have put pesto in the trays, you will not be able to use them for plain old ice
cubes again, because they will reek of herbs and garlic! Just save them for
next year, or make multiple batches.
of the beauty of farmers' markets is that our produce changes with the
seasons. Stay current with weekly produce highlights here!
|Eight Ball Zucchini
(Winter Green Farm)
Fabulous Polish Hand Raised Cabbage
(Gales Meadow Farm)
|Join in the fun this week with the Fourth of July Kids' Parade! Get in the spirit and dress up as a sparkler! We'll have free kites to give away (while supplies last) and bubbles on hand for kids to blow as they wind
through the market. Gather at the Info Booth at 9:20 a.m. for the parade.|
Also this Saturday, Feeley's Fruit will start their market season with their long-awaited cherries.
Don't forget to welcome newcomer Hassing Farms to the Hollywood Farmers' Market. Hassing Farms started their season last week and are pleased to be the newest addition to the market. Make sure to stop by and say hello, they are located next to the Info Booth on NE 44th and Hancock Street.
Quality Vegan will be back again this week and don't forget to take some time to appreciate the tunes of Zimba!
See you at the market!
|Featured Vendor: River Rock Nursery
by Cara O'Neil, HFM Volunteer
Bonsai, organically grown landscape trees, and nearly 35
years of market experience are just some of the things to be found at River
Rock Nursery. Gretchen O'Brien, Master Gardener and horticulturist, has brought
a selection of rare, beautiful plants to markets in the Portland area for many
years. Her cart at the Hollywood Farmers' Market is a leafy oasis on sunny
Market Saturdays-always surrounded by the beautiful, intricate foliage of the
unusual landscape plants she grows and sells.
Gretchen has been visiting the Hollywood Farmers' Market for so long that she has lost
count of the years-she loves it and keeps coming back with her
plants from River Rock Nursery. Located 20 miles southeast of Portland in Clackamas, this small nursery and farm is family owned and operated.
Beginning about three decades ago at the Portland Saturday Market, Gretchen
sold herbs, cacti and bonsai off heavy sawhorses and barn-wood boards. She has
also sold spun yarn and woven items at markets and fairs, and has kept sheep and sold the wool and meat from these.
These days, River Rock Nursery and the plants she raises are what Gretchen focuses most of her efforts on, aided by her husband and, at times, her
Specializing in landscape trees and shrubs, especially grafted maples and dwarf
conifers, River Rock maintains a large stock of unusual plants for sale through
their catalog, or by a phone-scheduled visit to the nursery itself. The
O'Briens focus on trees and shrubs suitable for smaller landscapes, but they
also offer plants in sizes ranging from bonsai to full-size trees.
The list of currently-available plants is a work in progress on the River Rock
website, and it includes an astonishing array of intriguing Japanese maple
varieties, as well as trees and shrubs ranging from cedars to dwarf firs to
Spring is a busy time for Gretchen and River Rock Nursery, as they tour all sorts of
plant sales and shows in the area. Gretchen has also expanded her market
selection considerably from the days sawhorses and boards to a trailer-hitch cart.
Amidst the produce, families, and dogs, if you spot the bonsai and
deceptively-delicate fronds of lovely Japanese maples, you have likely found
your way to the River Rock Nursery cart at the Hollywood Farmers' Market.
Learn more about the organizations tabling at the market each week in our community booth column.
The French American International School
A Thriving Multicultural Academic Center
French American International School (FAIS) offers French-based classes
at preschool through elementary levels and a middle school program
where students choose to study in French or English and add a foreign
language. There are 460 students enrolled in preschool (petite section)
through the eighth grade (quatrième).
Northeast Community Center
Run, swim, play, stretch, lift, kick, dance, learn, laugh.
The Northeast Community Center (NECC) is a neighborhood
nonprofit organization that serves people of all ages in a building with a long
history of active use. Way more than a fitness center, the NECC is a
place where people of all ages exercise, swim, play, dance, paint,
learn and share good times.
|The Hollywood Farmers' Market is open Saturdays, May through October from 8am - 1pm and November 7, 14, and 21 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