Take a trip with me to the Farmer’s Market, yes again

I love the Milwaukie Farmer’s Market. Yesterday I bought some local cherries, Oregonzola cheese from Rogue Creamery, smoked almonds from Carol’s Nuts & Candies and fresh local Chinook Salmon. The man selling the fish thanks every customer for supporting local Oregon fisherman. Supporting local businesses is what the farmer’s markets are all about.

Fruits galore!

All kinds of handmade pastas

Pretty flowers

Chinook Salmon

Canby Asparagas Farms - making a huge omelet

Pork quesadilla for breakfast

It’s National Candy Month!

An article in the USA Today named the ten great candy stores in the US.

One of them happens to be Enchanté in Milwaukie, OR. Until recently the candy shop was called Milwaukie Popkorn and Candyland. The owner changed the name after her mother passed away  because her mother always thought she should change the name to Enchanté. I stopped in Saturday and congratulated the owner on getting written up in USA Today. She said it was a surprise.

I have been a fan of this little shop for years. They make the best cheese popcorn that I have tasted. For holidays I quite often buy mixed candies to take to parties or the office. This is another example of my trying to support the local businesses and economy.

“This Portland-area shop, fashioned after Parisian candy shops of the early 1900s, has captured Kaie Wellman’s (US Today author)heart. “They do little hand-packaged truffles that use three different types of black-and-white paper. You want it as much for the packaging as for what’s inside it, and that’s saying something.”

The owner of Enchanté  played a big part in organizing Art a la Carte-First Friday in Milwaukie. I haven’t been to this event yet but want to go next month. It sounds a lot of fun and good entertainment.

Dave’s Killer Bread

I shop local and eat local whenever I can. Today’s local adventure was a visit to Dave’s Killer Bread outlet just a couple of miles from home. Although I have bought the bread for years I had never been to the place where they make it. Dave started out selling his bread at local farmer’s markets and has now expanded to include Costco, Fred Meyers, Safeway and many health food stores. Sold in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and I saw one store on their website as far away as Arkansas.

Dave has an interesting story and the video below is worth watching. Dave was a drug user, drug dealer, had felony convictions for armed robbery and multiple trips to prison. Dave turned his life around and is now producing “Killer” bread.

My favorite bread is the Rockin’ Rye. The bread a lone is almost a meal. It is so hearty and full of good chewy ingredients.

Rockin’ Rye. Yummmy!

Sin Dawg

The Sunday Milwaukie Farmers Market Opening Day

Yesterday was the first of the season Farmers Market in Milwaukie. As always it did not disappoint me. The flowers are as gorgeous as ever. Not a lot of produce yet since it is so early in the season. I got there early before many of the booths were set up. The only thing I bought was olive and chive cream cheese.

I could take 100s of photos at the market and probably will by the end of the season which is the last weekend in October.

A Tulip Tree

Many years ago I had a large tulip tree in my backyard. It was pretty much dead so I had it cut down. About 5 years ago I noticed a new tulip tree springing up near where the old one had been cut down. I haven’t done anything to prune it or tie it up to become straight. Some days the tree looks to me like it is floating in air.

There are tulip trees all around my neighborhood and they all seem to be the same color as mine.

“The tulip tree is sometimes called “tulip poplar” or “yellow poplar“, and the wood simply “poplar”, although unrelated to the genus Populus. The tree is also called canoewood, saddle leaf tree and white wood. The Onondaga tribe calls it Ko-yen-ta-ka-ah-tas (the white tree).”