Of all the coming attractions of summer in Lake Oswego, the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market is one of the most anticipated.
And with good reason. As you can read in some of my earlier blogs here and here, the Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market is more than just a place to shop. It has been a place for friends to gather, for kids to learn new things about the foods we eat, to enjoy music, good food and a spectacular view.
While some of those amenities are limited by Covid-19 restrictions, we can still find lots to enjoy at this year’s Lake Oswego Farmers’ Market. Hours are every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from May 8 through October 2 at Millennium Plaza Park. Masks are required and social distancing is encouraged by controlling admission through one entrance and one exit and spacing the booths further apart.
For a complete list of this year’s vendors (not all of whom will be present every week) check online. But here are some shout-outs to a few to show the variety you’re likely to find on any given Saturday.
FARM PUNK SALADS. You gotta love a farmer whose mission is to “get you stoked about eating a salad.” Besides offering salad greens and herbs grown on a pesticide and spray free farm, they also tout their lineup of salad dressings designed to “give your salad an extra ‘oomph’ that will keep you satisfied.” Flavors include Basil Balsamic, Paprika Cider, Coriander Ginger, Dill-icious, and Rosemary Sage.
STRAIGHTAWAY COCKTAILS. Your happy hours will get happier if you stop by Straightaway Cocktails. Leave the bartending to these cocktail enthusiasts who have done the mixing and fine-tuning for you. Perfectly blended cocktails are bottled in sizes from 50 ml for one drink to 750 for 12. My favorite when I stopped by their tasting room was the Lintik—Gin aged with lemon, house-made simple syrup and bitters, but there’s a Margarita, Negroni, Cosmos, Old-Fashioned and a couple others to try as well.
CRANBERRY KITCHEN. Oregon is one of the few states that grows this native fruit, and this cranberry farm located on the northern Oregon coast has been supplying cranberry lovers for over 50 years. Their booth features whole dried cranberries as well as crannie mixes with supporting players like dried blueberries, dried cherries, premium nuts and granola.
aMYLK. This plant-based mylk is as beautiful as it is delicious. Bottled in old-fashioned glass bottles that reveal natural colors to fill a pastel palette, you’re bound to feel good as well as look good drinking one of their many flavors including vanilla hazelnut, cashew creamer, matcha almond and café au lait.
QUICHE ME IF YOU CAN. Anyone who can come up with that clever a name for her business also has to be pretty creative in the kitchen. Quiche flavors include mushroom, leek and goat cheese; roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions and goat cheese; roasted mushrooms, onions, red bell peppers and smoked gouda. They keep for seven days in the refrigerator making meal planning easy!
TWISTED WINGS HEADBANDS. One thing I’ve learned from the women in my life is that while they like the look of headbands they can be uncomfortable. These reversible fabric headbands seem to solve that problem that just require a twist and you’re ready to head out! The owner’s Instagram page even shows matching masks if you’re going for the coordinated look.
THE GRATE PLATE. This handmade ceramic grating plate is the next answer to grating garlic, ginger, nutmeg, hard cheese and more. It also comes with a silicone garlic peeler (easy peasy!) and a wooden handle gathering brush. I am the proud owner of one of these nifty kitchen gadgets and I can attest to the fact that they work!
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