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America's Best Farmers' Markets
Portland Farmers’ Market, Oregon
Spread: Portland ranks No. 2 for farmers’ markets in our America’s Favorite Cities
Survey, and this Saturday hot spot is the epicenter for Oregonian locavores.
Held on Portland State University’s campus, it swarms with gastronomes—and
130-odd farmers and producers who get them their fix. The regional spring and
summer produce here includes organic
raspberries and huckleberries; fresh-caught Dungeness crab; soft sheep’s-milk
cheeses; handmade pappardelle noodles; and Asian greens like bok choy, yu choy,
and gilan (Chinese broccoli). Among the regular shoppers here are top
local chefs Naomi Pomeroy (of Beast) and Cathy Whims (of Nostrana).
Unusual Find: Buffalo and yak meat—sold as
cuts, ribs, and sausages—from Pine Mountain Buffalo Ranch in nearby Bend.