Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Come join your friends and neighbors this Sunday, March 14 for Hillsdale's final farmers' market of the winter season!

11 am to 3 pm in the Mucho Grande Parking Lot, featuring the following vendors:

Ayers Creek Farm, Gaston: Dry Beans (China Yellow and Zolfino); Root or Hamburg Parsley; Parsnips; Potatoes (Desiree, Elba, German Butterball); Turnip Geens; Kale (Red Russian and Wild types); Rapeseed; Collards; Salad Greens
(cutting chicory, dandelion, miners lettuce, corn salad, grumulo, escarole); Cabbage.

Baker & Spice, Portland: Apple Hand Pies, Savory Ppastries, Ccroissants, and an Assortment of Tea Cakes.

Brennans Herb Patch, Aurora: Tulips, Vegetable starts, lots o' greens!

Brown Sheep Farm, Estacada: Hydroponic Salad Greens.

Copper Crown, Portland: Pesto.

Deep Roots Farm, Albany: Lettuce, Escarole, Treviso, Dandelion Greens, Spinach, Arugula, Baby Beets, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Bulb Fennel, Festival Squash, Garlic, Bok Choi, Kale, Leeks, Mustards, Napa Cabbage, Potatoes, Shallots, Turnips, Mizuna, Mache, Baby Carrots, Broccoli, Raab

Earthshine Gardens, Sherwood: Beaucoup veggies.

Flamingo Ridge, Gaston: Romaine lettuce.

Fraga Farm Goat Cheese, Sweet Home: Goat cheese.

Freddy Guys Filberts, Monmounth: Filberts.

Garden Color, Corvallis: Early Perrenials.

Grassroots Bakery, Portland: Cheesecake.

Green Dude, Portland: Mushrooms.

Last Place on Earth, Newport: Oysters.

Linda Brand Crab, Chinook, WA: Dungeness Crab.

Mossback Farm, Yamhill: Eggs.

OR Gourmet Cheese, Albany: Jersey Cow Cheese.

OR Wine Jelly, Hood River: Wine jelly, Root & Birch Beer.

Peak Forest Fruit, Banks: Mushrooms (Hedgehog, Yellowfoot, Early Morels, Shiitake, Maitake, Carconcello)

Perendale Wool Ranch, Estacada: Grass fed beef & lamb.

Pitkin Winterowd, Canby: Fruit Tree starts

Rick Steffen Farm, Silverton: Starts, tulips

Sahagun Chocolates, Portland: Gourmet Chocolate.

Salmon Creek, Battle Ground, WA: Hydroponic Tomatoes.

Secret Aardvark Trading Co, Portland: Special Sauces.

In addition to all of the aforementioned goodies, Sunday's market will be an occasion to bid farewell to an old friend and say hello to a new one.

Hallie Mittlemen, who has ably managed our market since its inception, will be moving on; Sunday will be her last day with the Hillsdale Market. She leaves us with the following message:

Dear Hillsdale Farmers Market volunteers, vendors, and community supporters,

I am proud to have served the Hillsdale Farmers Market as Market Manager for the last 2 years. I have decided, and it has been no easy decision, to resign from my position. I have the incredible opportunity to be Market Manager for Portland Farmers Market.

Hillsdale has defined 'community' for me. Before I met you, I was under the impression that such kind, caring, and generous people were merely mythological creatures. I have been so pleased to be embraced by the Hillsdale community. I greatly appreciate the support and dedication that you have had not only for the market, but also, and especially, for me. Thank you.


Also take a moment to say hi to the Hillsdale Market's new manager, Eamon Molloy, who introduces himself thusly:

I am very excited to be named the new manager of the Hillsdale Farmers Market. Since moving to Portland from Rochester, NY in 1995 I have been involved with local food advocacy groups such as Growing Gardens, an organization that builds vegetable gardens for low-income families, seniors and disabled people. At Growing Gardens, I met many people interested in promoting our regional food economy. From that group evolved Community Food Matters, which connects organizations and individuals from public, private, and non-governmental sectors representing food production, food access, and community development.

Given these particular interests and experiences, I consider myself very lucky to now have the opportunity to become the market manager. Hallie has done a wonderful job leading the market during its first two seasons. Our market gives us all a chance to meet, buy good food and strengthen our ties with our SW Portland neighbors. We are also building community ties across the region by meeting and supporting the farmers, fishermen and others who grow or produce the food we eat. Our market provided an outlet for over 50 regional businesses and farms in 2003. But most importantly, we have created the Hillsdale Farmers Market community. I look forward to the beginning of our third season on May 16th.

See you at the market!