The Julia Child Guide to the Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market

The Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market is now open for your sampling, shopping, experimenting, socializing pleasure.

Julia Child was the original foodie. In the movie, Julie Julia she looks happiest when she’s eating and admits to her husband when he asks, “What is it you REALLY like to do?” that it’s to eat.

So it’s safe to say she would be grinning ear to ear while strolling through the Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market which opened three Saturdays ago  in the Millennium Plaza Park at 200 First Street and will continue through October 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. every Saturday.

With over 80 vendors, it’s easy to wonder, “Where to begin?” Let Julia be your guide.

•“It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about — enjoying things.” Depending on what time you arrive, plan on having breakfast or lunch at the Market. In the morning you can choose from pastries like cinnamon rolls, homemade donuts and scones to more hearty fare like omelets, breakfast burritos or breakfast sandwiches. Lunchtime fare includes Vietnamese, Hawaiian and Mexican cuisine as well as pizza, pasta and sandwiches.

•How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?” Get thee to the Upper Crust Bread Company booth where free samples will prove to you just how great our nation can be. Selections include cinnamon, walnut raisin, onion bread, and lemon poppyseed as well as some gluten free selections. Or try the gluten free choices at Happy Campers including the popular Kiss Me Garlic Rosemary loaf.

• “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell-attitude.” Sure, you can load up on fresh asparagus and brussels sprouts. But venture out of your cooking comfort zone and try something new like bitter braising greens or stinging nettles. Or check out the recipes for Pappardelle’s pastas and take home some tomato basil malfaldine. Ask the vendor for suggestions on how to cook them. Then go to your kitchen and don Child’s “what-the-hell-attitude!”

• “Just like becoming an expert in wine–you learn by drinking it, the best you can afford–you learn about great food by finding the best there is, whether simply or luxurious. Then you savor it, analyze it, and discuss it with your companions, and you compare it with other experiences.”* The Farmer’s Market brings the experts to you—the growers themselves who are ready, willing, and able to teach you all about their products from how they are grown to how to prepare them. Take advantage of their expertise. Make your shopping an educational experience. Soon you’ll be talking “foodology” with the best of them.

• “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” Better yet, head over to Zoe Ann’s Cheesecakes where fresh cream appears in one of its most decadent forms. Choose from a variety of flavors including sweet potato, coconut cream, lemon mango and cappuccino, just to name a few. If ice cream for breakfast sounds good, check out the inventive flavors at Salt & Straw like honey balsamic strawberry and cinnamon snicker doodle. This place even registered on one of Oprah’s “favorites” list!

• “Remember, ‘No one’s more important than people’! In other words, friendship is the most important thing–not career or housework, or one’s fatigue–and it needs to be tended and nurtured.”* The Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market is about more than food. It’s a gathering place for the Lake Oswego community and chances are that if you don’t come with friends, you’ll run into them here. Meet them for coffee at Chuck’s Place or sit down and listen to some tunes. Breathe in the sights and the sounds as you enjoy hanging out with friends in Lake Oswego’s outdoor living room.

*Taken from Mastering the Art of French Cooking**Taken from My Life in France

What’s your favorite stop at the Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market? Spread the word.

About lovelakeoswego

I feel pretty lucky—I live where I work and I love where I live. As a Realtor in Lake Oswego, I get to share that enthusiasm with clients every day. Through this blog, with the help of my freelance writer wife, Genita, I’d like to share that enthusiasm with you. The quality of life you’ll find in Lake Oswego belies its size—there is so much to experience here from a fireworks show over the lake on the 4th of July to the Festival of the Arts--one of the premier arts events in the region. So please check in each week for another reason why I love Lake Oswego and who knows—maybe you’ll fall in love too! If you’re interested in experiencing Lake Oswego personally, please feel free to contact me either on my cell at (503) 939-9801, via email at or check my website by clicking the link in the "Contact me" section in the right-hand column. I would love to show you around.
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