Choose fresh and local for your Labor Day menu

The weather looks great for this Saturday–sunny and mild, in stark contrast to last weekend when we were battening down the hatches! So take advantage of the sunshine and join us to stock up for the long holiday weekend.

Whether you’re barbecuing outdoors or cooking in, we’ve got all the best produce straight from local farmers, including ripe, juicy tomatoes, corn on the cob and sweet melons, along with delicious specialty foods, fresh-baked breads and pastries, several lunch choices, handmade crafts and gorgeous flowers. How can you go wrong? 

So plant a little reminder to yourself and drop by this Saturday. We’re open 8am to 1pm. See you there!

A peach perfect August

peachesWhether warm from the sun, the oven or even the grill, our harvest of summer peaches will have your mouth watering for more. You’ll find several varieties to choose from at the Cedar Mill Farmers Market, though the Sweet Sues are the most popular. They’re big and sweet and so juicy you’ll have to slurp your way through every bite!

Take some home for a summer treat or to cut them up and serve with a meal. Peaches are great for flavoring salads, making cobblers and pies, or even throwing on the grill for a delicious, warm addition to an evening meal.

Of course peaches aren’t the only thing we’re proud to offer. You’ll find other stone fruits as well, including apricots and cherries, not to mention dozens of varieties of greens, corn on the cob, and a plethora of organic choices.

So come on out this Saturday to see what fresh ideas you can find for your table, and while you’re at it, enjoy the classic rock music and original compositions of Jim Mcdonald and Walter Fields.

We’re open 8am to 1pm. See you there!

Nothing says summer better than corn on the cob

Sunny yellow and succulent white, this summer’s harvest of bicolor sweet corn is ready for the picking at your Cedar Mill Farmers Market. The ears are plentiful and fresh, each kernel tender and delicious, only to be improved upon with a few minutes cooking and perhaps a slather of butter and a shake of salt.

But be sure to get your share of this year’s delicious harvest and see if you don’t agree it’s some of the best sweet corn you’ve ever tasted.

While you’re at it, pick up a variety of freshly-picked produce, peruse local vendors’ wares and enjoy our live music. This week we have the pleasure of a return visit from talented guitarist Bob Colwell. His music is flawless and listening to it, a joy.

See you Saturday!

A bountiful harvest at the farmers market

farmers marketLike so much of the local produce this year, squash is coming in big and beautiful, ripe and delicious. At the farmers market, you’ll find an abundance of zucchini, yellow and green squash, cousa and even decoratively-scalloped pattypan.

What’s so special about summer squash? Compared to the winter varieties, summer squash has a tender, thin skin that is perfectly edible, with a meat that ranges from light to dense. And you can eat it raw with dips and dressings or cook it in recipes either savory or sweet. Who hasn’t tried yummy, sweet zucchini bread? But did you also know you can make delicious pan-fried fritters with grated squash? (See the recipe below.)

So come on out to the farmers market and find inspiration in the bountiful squash harvest–and so much more. While you’re at it, take in some local music with the alternative folk rock sounds of Chris Baron. He’ll be playing from 9:30 to 1pm.

See you there!

A bevy of blueberries

How much nutrition can you pack in a little blue berry? Try vitamins K and C, manganese and copper, potassium and folate and fiber, to mention a few. Blueberries are not only versatile and tasty, they boost brain health and fight off heart disease. And the best news of all? We’ve got oodles of locally grown berries at the farmers market.

So come take a look, and take home a pint-sized hallock or a full flat. Blueberries are great fresh or frozen, when you can pop them into your mouth like ice-cold candy. (See the smoothie recipe below which allows for fresh or frozen berries).

Of course we’re not all blueberries at the farmers market. We’ll also have a beautiful array of handmade crafts, fresh, locally-grown vegetables as well as some wonderful home-grown music from Nathan Botsford. If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing Nate’s alternative, indie rock, come out to enjoy his amazing vocals and beautiful, original songs.

So do it for your health and come on out this Saturday to the farmers market! We’re open 8am to 1pm. See you there. 🙂

A sensory delight

farmers marketFill up your senses with the color and aroma of lavender at this Saturday’s Cedar Mill Farmers Market. We’re celebrating Oregon’s Lavender Festival with freshly cut stems and lessons from Ursula Davis on how to make these beautiful lavender wands. An Old English tradition, the wands are not only decorative but aromatic. Gently crush them to release the marvelous scent. This is a one-time opportunity, so be sure to stop by this weekend or you’ll miss it!

We’ll also have a treat for your ears: talented guitarist Bob Colwell will entertain us with our favorite Beatles tunes, some light jazz, and finger-style pop, then he’ll change it up with classical guitar on a classical guitar–and you don’t even have to buy a ticket! Bob’s expertise is rare and we’re delighted to have him.

So come on out this Saturday and indulge you senses at the farmers market. We’d love to see you!

Yankee Doodle skips London for the farmers market!

blueberries Come along this 4th of July and stock up for your holiday barbecue. We’ll have plenty of fresh vegetables for a delicious salad or to chop up and skewer for your grill, along beautiful fish fillets you can cook to perfection, and, of course, much, much more.

The only advice we’d offer: come early, because the weather for Independence Day will be hot. The forecasted high for Saturday afternoon is 93 degrees!

But don’t let that stop you, and don’t worry if you find yourself fresh out of cash. We’re now able to swipe your card for vendors who don’t take credit… and, as always, food stamp recipients can trade for tokens to make purchases as well.

So put on your red, white and blue and join us this Saturday. We’ll be open early, at 8am.

See you there!