This week, we unzipped just a small part of 97232 in Northeast Portland. This zip-code is home to four diverse neighborhoods: Lloyd District, Sullivan’s Gulch, Kerns, and Laurelhurst. We took the time to explore part of the Lloyd District and the year-round Lloyd Farmers Market.
The Lloyd Farmers Market is held every Tuesday from 10am to 2pm at the Oregon Square Courtyard. I was delighted by the friendly farmers and foragers, as well as the abundance of seasonal goods. We found one of the best selections of mushrooms, winter squash, root vegetables, greens, pears, and both sweet and tart apples for purchase.
Here are some of our favorite finds at last week’s farmers market:
Cafe de Crepe : Delicious, made-to-order, sweet and savory crepe creations, served straight out of the signature purple food truck.
Flying Coyote Farm: This local farm in Sandy, Oregon is passionate about growing high quality food using biodynamic and organic growing practices.
Greenville Farms: Forest Grove-based Greenville Farms uses sustainable farming practices to produce more than 40 varieties of fruits and vegetables, prunes, jams, eggs, and sausages.
Intent Coffee Roasting : Not only does Intent Coffee Roasting serve cup after cup of freshly roasted beans, they also invest 30% of their profits back into community development projects in coffee-growing regions.
Kichana : Kichana is an innovative restaurant cart serving fresh and organic Peruvian dishes. They strive to provide a customer experience that is both educational and community-centric.
Kiyokawa Family Orchards: Family-owned and operated, Kiyokawa Family Orchards provides Hood River Valley’s finest apples and pears to families around the Northwest.
Mixteca: Mixteca Catering is sharing authentic Oaxacan cuisine throughout the year in the greater Portland area. Make sure to grab a Mixteca tamale before they run out!
Mom’s Flower Farm: Beautiful, fresh-cut flowers grown and harvested locally by this family-owned farm.
Nature’s Wild Harvest: Nature’s Wild Harvest provides foraged mushrooms and wild berries to the greater Northwest. They offer a wide selection of both wild and naturally preserved food products – often found and grown in their own backyards.
Sweetheart Bake Shop: The husband and wife team behind Sweetheart Bake Shop have only been in business for a couple of years, but have already been listed among Oregon’s best pies. Grab a treat before they run out for the day!
The Hummus Stop: Find hummus, baba ganoush, pita bread, and other delicious Mediterranean snacks at the always-popular Hummus Stop.
2 Towns Ciderhouse: Local Corvallis brewery, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, creates cider with local fruit like marionberries, apples, and apricot.
Small: family-owned Udan Farm grows organic produce to contribute to Portland’s ecosystem with a goal of making their community more healthy and diverse, contribute to hundreds of meals each week, and help grow the culture of small local businesses.
After a fun visit to Lloyd Farmers Market, we stopped by locally-owned Wild Roots Vodka. Owners Chris Joseph and Daniel Ball, recognized that within the crowded world of vodka, there weren’t any natural options – and thus, Wild Roots Vodka was born. Wild Roots Vodka is made with Northwest grown fruit that is rich in flavor and reflects the landscape where it was harvested. Each bottle is five-time distilled and five-time filtered grain-based vodka and is infused with over a pound of fruit. Stop by their tasting room on NE 6th Avenue. It’s the perfect time to grab a unique gift for friends and family.
Lastly, we took a ride on the Metropolitan Area Express Light Rail, better known as MAX. One of the main methods of public transportation in the area, it connects Portland City Center with Beaverton, Clackamas, Gresham, Hillsboro, Milwaukie, North/Northeast Portland, and the Portland International Airport. MAX runs every 15 minutes or more during most of the day, every day of the week. The light rail is typically quieter, more powerful and more responsive than diesel transportation. MAX has zero local emissions, which is an important advantage in tunnels and urban areas.
Once you know the schedules, the MAX is an easy and efficient way to get around town. Check out a copy of the MAX schedule to learn more. If you haven’t tried MAX, I encourage you to give it a try.
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