July 5, 2012
Vol 6, Issue 18
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Market Update
Meeting new farmers and trying new foods are two of the benefits of shopping at your neighborhood farmers' market.  Just last week, customers were introduced to romanesco, amaranth and papalo by  farmers that know all about enhancing their culinary experiences. N&N Amaro Produce is one of the farms bringing a unique selection this season.  Read this week's vendor profile to find out more about their farm and their products.  And then stop by their booth this Saturday and ask Nora what she creates with those delicious herbs.    

Also this week be sure to welcome Feeley's Fruit, who is starting their season with cherries and peaches.  Also back this week are Gales Meadow Farm, Wild Wines, Pieku and The Better Bean Company. 

Next week is Kids' Day at the Hollywood Farmers Market and we invite the whole family to come "play with your food."  We'll have kids' music, face painting, a produce guessing game and a scavenger hunt!     

See you at the Market!

Vendor Profile: N&N Amaro Produce
Alison Brown

Nicolas and Norma Amaro, hailing originally from Mexico, launched N&N Amaro Produce in 2006 through Adelante Mujeres' organic farming training program. Adelante Mujeres is a non-profit organization in Forest Grove, Oregon that pursues the education and empowerment of Latina women and their families. Nicolas and Norma decided to enter the program because they were interested in growing their own fruits and vegetables and they wanted to learn how do to so without using chemicals.  Through this program they received training in organic farming, access to a plot of land in Forest Grove and a booth at the Forest Grove Farmers Market. With this support and their hard work Nicolas and Norma were able to launch their farming business.

 

Over the years they have continued to grow, both their business and their skills as farmers. In 2008, they moved off their small plot in Forest Grove, to their apartment complex in Hillsboro. Although farming at an apartment complex may seem counter-intuitive, it's just an example of this couple's creativity and perseverance. When they started looking for land of their own, they noticed that there was a -acre empty lot behind their apartment covered in blackberry bushes. They approached their landlord to see if they could use this land for their business, and he agreed. Now four years later they have converted their porch into a greenhouse and have fully developed their land, allowing them to grow a variety of produce and even raise chickens for fresh eggs. N&N Amaro is a great example of a new type of farming business that challenges traditional assumptions and embodies the creative spirit of entrepreneurship.

 

Nicolas and Norma's business has continued to grow and develop over the years. They are now a cornerstone vendor at the Forest Grove Farmers market and have expanded their presence into Portland at the Hollywood and Lents markets. When asked about their favorite product to grow and sell Nicolas responded, "I like growing everything including melons and watermelons, which can be challenging to grow in this region." In addition to the usual farmers market produce, they also grow and sell more unique items: Mexican produce, herbs such as epazote and papalo, dried chili peppers, and dried fava beans. They are dedicated to providing their customers with quality produce and educating them in the importance of sustainable agriculture.

 

This is the first season for N&N Amaro Produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market and they look forward to sharing their produce with our shoppers and use it has an opportunity to improve and grow their business.

At the Market

Music & Entertainment:

Sweet Home Band  

 

Community Booths:

Heifer International 

Hollywood Senior Center 

 

Upcoming Events:

Play with your food! Kids' Day - Saturday, July 14th, all day

Featured Product

July 7, 2012

 

Obsidian Blackberries

Happy Harvest Farm

Juicier and less seedy than most blackberries, this cultivar's fruit is also exceptionally black.

 

Meat Pasties

Deck Family Farm

Deck Family Farm is now selling hot, ready-to-eat meat pasties made with their pastured meats! Pasties come in three delicious flavors, Steak and Ale, Pork and Apple, and traditional beef w/ potatoes.

 

Amaranth Greens

Blooming Goodies

Amaranth is commonly eaten as a cooking green in much of Asia, but many Americans have never tried it. Try it cooked the same way as its close relative, spinach.

  

Cucumbers

Sweet Leaf Farm

Sweet Leaf cukes are thin-skinned, extra-crisp, less seedy, and burpless.

 

Pie Dough

Pieku

 Sara Sufriti's pie dough, inspired by her mothers recipe, uses a mix of pastry and wheat flours and lard from Tails and Trotters.  This traditional pie crust can be rolled out and made into a multitude of creations!

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hfm_mapDays:
Every Saturday, May - Thanksgiving
1st & 3rd Saturdays, December - April

Hours:
May - October, 8am - 1pm
November - April, 9am - 1pm

Location:
NE Hancock Street between 44th and 45th Avenues (one block South of Sandy Blvd). In the Grocery Outlet parking lot!

For more information, check us out online at www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.

See you Saturday!

Hollywood Farmers Market
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