July 14, 2011
Vol 5, Issue 13
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Market Updates                       
Blueberries this weekend! Usually a quintessential sign that we're in the middle of summer, the blueberries are here even if summer weather is not.

Did you get your raffle tickets yet?
The prizes just keep piling up and you definitely will not want to miss out on this fun and affordable fundraiser for the Hollywood Farmers Market! Raffle tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 13 for $10! You can buy them from the Information Booth on the corner of NE 44th & Hancock or from any of the yellow apron clad volunteers you find roaming the market. The drawing will be held on Saturday, August 6th at 10am and you need not be present to win.

At last Saturday's cooking demonstration, chef Blake Van Roekel prepared a delicious Garlic Scape and Lamb Bacon Risotto. Yes, lamb bacon! Did you know that Deck Family Farm has three kinds of bacon? In addition to two types of pork bacon and the lamb bacon, they also have beef bacon. The rich, deep flavor from the lamb bacon added a subtle velvety quality to Blake's delicious risotto. Big thanks to Gales Meadow Farm (garlic scapes), Deck Family Farm (lamb bacon), Deep Roots Farm (fresh shallots) and Laurel Ridge Winery (dry white wine) for their product donations. Click here for the recipe.

Kimberly Farm had to postpone their start of the market to next week, July 16th, but Feeley's Fruit starts this Saturday! Be sure to stop by and welcome them back.

See you at the market! 

Vendor Profile: Unger Farm   

by Chelsea Harlan  

Summer is here and with it a pleasant cacophony of sights, sounds, and scents fill many bright Saturday mornings all over the city: the aroma of hot food and fresh-cut flowers, the chatter and buzz of vendors with their rainbows of produce and handmade goods, customers strolling with cloth bags bulging with fresh fruits and vegetables, the thrum and thump of stringed instruments and drums. At many farmers markets, amidst the color and chaos, you're bound to find a certain booth with green cardboard flats overflowing with plump, bright red strawberries. These berries are from Unger Farm, one of Oregon's most bountiful small farms and a success story for regional crops.


Located on 140 sprawling green acres in Cornelius, Oregon, Unger Farm has been run by Matt and Kathy Unger since they purchased the land in 1984. Although best known for their strawberries, they also produce blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and table grapes. To begin with, the farm sold strawberries and cucumbers only to food processors in the region, but in 1985 they attended their first farmers market in Hillsboro. They haven't looked back. Kathy says that everything they grow, they want to go local. Currently about eighty percent of their harvest goes to farmers markets and grocery stores, with the remaining twenty or so percent-the berries that grow out too fast to sell at the markets-going to canneries and food processors.


Unger Farm is nothing if not a family affair. Matt's family has been in the strawberry business since the 1950s; he's a third-generation farmer. Matt and Kathy live in a house on the farm where they raised all four of their children. Kathy's parents live in a manufactured home brought onto the farm as well, and while none of their kids are in residence, they all live nearby and may one day build their own homes on the property. Two of the Unger's children, Laura and Greg, work full-time at the farm, while their oldest son Will works for a neighbor farmer (although he spends just as much time on Unger, specifically in Kathy's refrigerator); Brian is a mechanical engineer for Gerber Knives during the week and moonlights as a farmer during evenings and weekends. There are even three grandchildren now, learning about the family tradition of care of the land.


The Ungers realize, however, that farming is hard and a lot of work. They have always made it clear to their children that they don't have to farm if they don't want to, that they want them to pursue their passions and interests, wherever those may lie. For some, this means pitching in when needed; for others, farming is already a career, ensuring a fourth generation of Ungers on the farm.


When Kathy and I spoke, she and Matt had just returned from a week-long trip to Washington, DC, their yearly trek across the country to speak with state representatives about getting funding for small fruits into farm bills. They, and other small farmers like them, have quickly recognized that when they don't go and have face-to-face interactions with such representatives, their farms tend to get left out of budget considerations. Unger Farm is a member of the small fruit commission, commissions being state groups that represent specific growers; small farms pay assessments to the appropriate commission, who in turn fund research and promotion for their specific crop. This is the third year the Ungers and other members of the small fruits commission have gone to DC to fight for funding. Kathy is hoping the tide will soon turn from the majority of government subsidies going to big producers such as grain growers. Small farms have a greater impact on local economies than these big farms, and with public demand for local produce rising, the government will have to start reallocating for what people want.


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At the Market

Music & Entertainment:

Caroline Oakley 


Community Booths:

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia NW 

Free Geek 


Upcoming Events:

Raffle - all of July! 

Photo Contest - all of July!    

Summer Pie Contest - Saturday, August 6 

 Featured Products

July 16, 2011  

Confectionary macaron

Mac Royale 


If you like blackberries, jasmine, and macarons, and you have a friend or two to share this with, you will not want to miss the Confectionery's newest treat, the Mac Royale.



Maryhill Orchards 

Maryhill will have two kinds of peaches this week; Crimson Ladies and some early Red Havens. Crimson Ladies are firmer and good for grilling. Red Havens are their first juicier peaches of the season. Try one of each!


8-Ball Zucchini

Sun Gold Farm 

They're a bit sweeter than regular zucchini, come in 3 different flavors, and fit well on the grill. 8-Balls are burger-sized, so you can slice them thin and add them to the fixings at your next BBQ!



Linda Brand Crab 

From the Oregon halibut opener - the first ones they get on the coast! 


German Sausages 

Buns On the Run 

Spicy and mild German Sausages this week, back by popular demand! They are similar to a bratwurst and include 60% pork, 40% beef, and a smokey flavor with a lot of garlic, black pepper, and onion.

 Tip of the Week

brought to you by Robert Reynolds' Chefs Studio 

The Salad Dressing - Your fresh market greens need only the simplest dressing.  Sprinkle your clean, dry greens with olive oil, salt (it will cling to the oil) & give it a squeeze of lemon juice.  Toss to coat. Voila!

 Market Pics   

hfm_mapThe Hollywood Farmers Market is open Saturdays, May through Thanksgiving from 8am - 1pm. (November Markets begin at 9am).

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!

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