Portland saturday morning market must haves?
Are there any great food finds around the market?
Look for a guy selling a variety of Cajun spice blends. Ordinalrily, I wouldnt recommend buying this type of thing form anyplace not in Louisiana, but this guy is from Louisiana and his mixes are SUPER.
I also got some really good fudge from a vendor that was in the 'under the bridge' part of the market.
I think there is some confusion here.
There is the Portland Saturday Market which is largely a quasi-hippie craft fair that occurs Sat-Sun under the Burnside Bridge. There's no decent food to be found there, IMHO.
This is not to be confused with the Portland Farmers' Market which takes place Saturday/Wednesday/Thursday, the largest by far on Saturday morning at Portland State in the South Park Blocks.
There are countless great finds depending on time of year, your taste, mood of the growers, and the weather the previous 1-2 weeks. It's a consistently high quality market. Eating Well magazine named it in the top five markets nationwide.
Yeah, what are you talking about anyway -- the Farmers Market or the Saturday Market? You need to make it clear because they are two different things.
I agree with Frydeaux and disagree with Leonardo, though. There are some interesting food finds at the SM. I like the fish and chip folks, and some of the stir fries are good too. Also, if they're still there, the italian sausage sandwiches hit the spot.
I've bought the cajun guy's stuff too, but need to say that if you buy them, they get stale after a while. I'd recommend his creole over his cajun.
The Vancouver (weekend) Farmer's Mkt. is the true gem in the Portland area. Not only do they have fresh, hot donuts, but also E. European/Russian specialties, and all the typical NW fast food too. I believe it's at Ester Short Park in downtown Vancouver every Sat. & Sun. in the warmer months.
We hit up both markets. One major highlight was Boyco Foods Honey. Really great varietal honeys. I'm particularly fond of the Carrot, Buckwheat, and Fireweed honeys, though there were about a dozen to try. Though not available for sale now, ask they guy at the Farmer's market if he's got the coffee honey. A wonderfully unique experience.
Pearl Bakery has an outpost at the market, but if you really want something, then go to bricks and mortar location. Portland weather and artisan baked goods don't mix. Great crusts turn tough and delicate pastries lost the magic. Plus, the walk there earns you the treat.They make a fig and anise panino (worth it just for the correct use of the word) that is tasty, but delicate. Actually, all the stuff I tasted from them had a delicateness often missing from delicacies.
As for planning your visit, do the farmer's market first, as it closes sooner.