Each year the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market yields a new crop of vendors to offer shoppers an exciting, well-rounded experience. Take a look at some of this year’s newbies:
Goodmoon Adzuki. Foods that are good for you often get a bad rap for tasting bad. Sarah Wang of Lake Oswego is out to change that. Adzuki beans, touted for their antioxidant capability as well as being a source of fiber, protein and iron, are front and center stars of her Goodmoon bean bars, snacks that combine the ancient Chinese moon cake tradition with the healthier eating habits of today’s consumer. Featuring all natural ingredients like raisins, honey, hemp seed hearts, cocoa powder, agave and organic brown rice flour, the bars are gluten, dairy and nut free so diet restricted folks can feel like they’re getting a treat!
Bread Lovers. There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh baked bread and now you can have that, thanks to kits provided by Bread Lovers. Choose from six different varieties that contain all the ingredients and instructions you need. All you do is add water and some muscle power (mixing and kneading). I’m sure vendors will be there offering baking tips and of course samples! Check here for dates that Bread Lovers will be at the market.
Joy for Bread. Speaking of bread…that’s something that gluten-free folk are in constant search of. Joy for Bread understands their pain and seeks to re-introduce them to bread that’s “worth being joyful over.” Offerings include a white loaf, mini white loaf, white and multi seed baguette as well as buns. They will be at the market every other week.
Sanctuary Produce is a no-till, no-spray family farm out of Dallas, Oregon that focuses on salad mixes, greens, tomatoes and roasted peppers.
Tonic and Bloom will be joining the market every other week encouraging visitors to “Rethink your drink.” Their specialty is hand blended energy teas with names like “Rise and Chai” and “Reishi.”
Sisters Fruit Company. This family run operation out of Cornelius offers fruit snack chips that you can enjoy guilt-free. The ingredients list is short, letting you enjoy the naturally sweet flavor of Pacific Northwest grown fruit crisp-dried according to their exclusive natural process. They’ll be on hand on selected dates.
Scratch Meats. Jeff Garritano relies on his Italian heritage, culinary travels and passion for sausage to produce handmade, locally sourced meats. He prides himself on their freshness due to the fact that he vacuum seals and quickly freezes them as soon as he’s done grinding, seasoning, stuffing, twisting and packaging. Flavors run from ethnic like Italian and Chorizo to creative seasonal like Cherry Bratwurst.
Groundwork Coffee. This Portland roaster walked away from the 2017 Golden Bean North America Roasters Competition with four awards, including a gold for their filtered coffee so they’re worth checking out. They’ll be at the market every other week with their Cold Brew.
Other vendors new to our market include Garden Bar, Birkeland Farm grass fed beef and pasture raised chicken, Blue Moon Bakery, Cardamon Hills chutney, Creperie le Bon Temps, Jimmy Tomato Italian tomato and meat sauce, Kenai Red Fish Company, Mud Dog Farm, Portland Cider Company and Tom Pilgneri Italian pastries. With many of them having rotating schedules, you’re bound to discover something new every week!
The market will be open on Saturdays, May 18 through October 13 fro 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Millennium Plaza Park at the corner of First and Evergreen. Enjoy live music from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as well as kids’ activities.
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