I go out of my way to visit farmers markets wherever I can find them in the US or abroad. Portland's Farmer's Market at Portland State University was one of the best. Not only were the displays beautiful, but the vendors are friendly. In August, during my first visit to Portland, I purchased some of the best raspberries I've ever had in my life...my entire 60 years!...in Portland. They tasted like raspberries...amazing! I also bought some pate and saucisson sec (like small salamis) that I only wish could be ordered on line. The vendor for this charcuterie is "Chop" and if you like salami and pate, you just have to go out of your way to find Chop.
When I returned to Portland this November, I bought a one pound bag of chanterelle mushrooms, which had been locally gathered, for $12. I bought a large bouquet of fragrant lavender for a pittance. Honestly, I could have been at a market in France, except the vendors are way nicer and more interested in their customers. They're happy to have you taste and chat.
Since it was just after Thanksgiving, vendors were selling some beautiful Christmas wreaths, which included holly and other berries. I only wished I could have taken one home. I also enjoyed seeing bouquets of flowers that were arranged with an artistic eye (unusual for a farmers market).
OK, you get it.... You really should visit this farmer's market for a treat.
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