In most of the farmer’s markets across the country August is the month we all wait for. Berries are still available. Cauliflower is abundant in all its splendid colors. Steamer Clams and Dungeness Crab are fresh out of the ocean. Tables are overflowing with Fava Beans, Carrots, Cabbages, Melons, Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers, Apricots, Peaches, Corn, Potatoes, Artichokes, Flowers of every kind, and much more.
I hope you all visit your local farmers’ markets on a regular basis throughout their season. They are an essential part of the vitality and spirit of our communities and all the vendors depend on local support for survival. I would much rather give my dollars directly to the person who grows or prepares my food than to a large, faceless business that takes our sales dollars elsewhere.
I would like you to meet my good friend, George, a long time vendor at the Beaverton Farmer’s Market who grows celery and many varieties of lettuce. George is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and I hope that you will introduce yourself if you visit our market in downtown Beaverton. When you are there you can buy a big, beautiful head of butter lettuce or romaine for $1.50. You can’t beat that price! By the way, in George’s other life he is a math professor at Portland State University and has the sweetest little wife you could ever meet. We love you, George!