March 14, 2013
Vol 7, Issue 6
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Market Updates

All the nice weather in Portland this week is a great  reminder that now is the time for garden planning and planting!  Lucky for us, and our gardens, Gales Meadow Farm and Sun Gold Farms will have lots of starts in the market this week.  Old House Dahlia's will also be in the market with dahlia bulbs.  So be sure to come down with your garden in mind.  


And for those of you not gardening this season

 more focused on eating, we have lots of delicious food in the market this week as well!  The usual selection of meat, cheese, eggs (duck and chicken!) and vegetables will be plentiful.  We even have some apples and pears in the market, but this might be Kiyokawa Family Orchards last week, so be sure to stock up!  This is also the last week for Mickelberry Gardens until next fall.  Also, Nourishment is taking the week off, but Montiel's Cocina/MicroMercates will have lots of tamales to fill you up!   

This Monday, March 18th, is Family Farmer & Rancher Day at the State Capitol in Salem! Bring your voice to the small farm and local food issues that are important to all Oregonians - urban and rural, producers and eaters alike.  Let's demonstrate the strength, vibrancy and contributions of our farm and food community to Oregon's economy!  Click here to learn more about Friends of Family Farmers, their agenda for the day and their top legislative priorities. 

One of the issues that Friends of Family Farmer has been advocating around has been the new Oregon Department of Agriculture rule permitting canola production in the Willamette Valley. If you haven't been following this important issue, check out the article below to learn more about it.
See you at the market!
by Gabbi Haber

Bright and early on a recent Saturday morning, I found myself surrounded by farmers, market managers, farm advocates, and more, in a jam-packed auditorium in Corvallis, OR. I was in town for Oregon State University's annual Small Farms Conference, an event that draws people from all over the state-we're talking standing-room-only at 9 AM on a Saturday, for folks used to getting up early and working on their feet.


The theme for the keynote was "Greenhorns and Greyhorns", bringing together the old and the new generations of farmers to share their experiences and advice. I listened to the panelists talk about how quickly the realities of farming brought their head-in-the-clouds visions back down to earth; how, like any small business owners, beginning farmers get bogged down and lost in the bureaucracies of bank lending and tax filing; how despite the frustrations and pains of trying to "lose a little less money each year", the farmers onstage and in the audience agreed that they had the best job in the world.


It's no wonder so many young people in Oregon are turning back to the land and becoming farmers, here where they can mingle with fifth-generation family farmers, with the early pioneers of organic farming, with nationally-renowned specialty seed growers still amazed at their own success. Here where, for every crop they said couldn't be grown well in the Pacific Northwest, you find three or four farmers of all ages lining up to prove them wrong.


It's days like these that remind me why it's so important for all of us to stay informed about local legislation and to take action when the livelihoods of so many in the rural parts of our state are threatened.  As we gathered in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the bread basket of Oregon, hundreds of us from all parts of the local food system, I couldn't help but think of the invisible threads that connected us to each other and to consumers in rural towns and urban areas, the health and success of each individual linked to the health of the food system as a whole.


Last month, the Oregon Department of Agriculture adopted a permanent rule that would permit canola production in the Willamette Valley, a development that could devastate in mere months what the thousands of farmers across Oregon have spent years building.  The Willamette Valley is one of the last places in the world with the climate, clean environment, and GMO-free fields that specialty seed growers need to survive, and also hosts the bulk of Oregon's fresh vegetable production.  Canola has a tendency to cross-pollinate with a whole host of cousins in the brassica family (this includes cabbages, kale, mustards, broccoli, and others), with several potentially devastating results:

    1. Canola bred to withstand certain diseases or herbicides can cross with wild brassicas to create superweeds.
    2. Canola cross-pollination threatens the purity of specialty seeds and nursery stock.
    3. Producers of organic and heirloom vegetables are at risk to lose their certifications and their customers if genetically-modified canola crosses with their product.
    4. Attempts to introduce 'clean' (non-GMO) canola are largely futile due to its propensity to cross-pollinate-meaning it is likely that all canola eventually becomes genetically-modified.

During that keynote speech, one of the greenhorn panelists was asked for the best advice she'd gotten from her greyhorn mentors.  She had a neighboring rancher, she said, who described his work in this way: "I'm just here for a little while, taking care of this bit of land."


But the responsibility of caring for our agricultural land doesn't just fall on the shoulders of the farmer or rancher who grows there; all of the citizens of Oregon need to tell Salem that we won't stand for them putting our small farmers, our food security, and our ecosystems at risk in such an irreversible way. 


Gabbi Haber has been a volunteer and board member at Hollywood Farmers Market for the past three years. On Saturdays June-March you can find her working Persephone Farm's booth at the market. She also blogs about food and farms at More Than We Eat.

 Market Vendors 
Here's a list of all the great vendors you'll find at the market this week!

Alsea Acres Alpine

Columbia River Fish Co, Treaty of 1855*

Gabriel's Bakery

Gales Meadow Farm

Kiyokawa Family Orchards

La Fountain Herbal

Linda Brand Crab

Montiel's Cocina/MicroMercantes


Nature's Wild Harvest 


Old House Dahlias 


Peak Forest Fruit 


Persephone Farm 


Pine Mountain Ranch 


Sun Gold Farm 


Sweet Leaf Farm   


*Dependent on product availability  

Lloyd Farmers Market
Looking for another market to buy your midweek groceries? 
The Lloyd Farmers Market (managed by HFM) is also running year-round this winter, Tuesdays 10am to 2pm at the Oregon Square Courtyard on NE Holladay Street between NE 7th Ave and NE 9th Ave.
Go to for more information and to sign up for weekly updates.
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Every Saturday, May - Thanksgiving
1st & 3rd Saturdays, December - April

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

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

See you Saturday!

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