As I’ve spent more time this past year in my home city of Portland than I have in a long time due to the pandemic, it’s really made me fall deeper in love with this city that I’ve lived in for the past 15 years, on and off. Honestly, before the pandemic, we were considering moving out of Portland. After a year of seeing my city in some of its darkest days, fighting desperately for equality, showing our beating heart to stand up for those who sometimes don’t have the power to stand up for themselves, I’ve never felt more proud to be a Portlander. I fell deeper in love with Portland this year than perhaps I ever have and I honestly can’t imagine leaving, at least for now. This city of roses is a beautiful place, with a beating heart and a soul that carries each of us, so in an effort to highlight my city a little bit more here on LOM, I’m going to be starting this new series: Can’t Miss in Portland. So that when the pandemic finally ends (someday), and we start traveling again, if Portland is on your list, you’ll have a list of places in my home city that are can’t miss spots to see and places that have me returning time and time again!
First up is my beloved Portland Farmer’s Market downtown on the PSU campus in the South Park Blocks. This incredible and very large farmer’s market happens every Saturday and has been a “can’t miss spot” for Nick and I for years. The market runs year round, rain or shine, and Portlanders are lined up each Saturday to get their fill of our area’s freshest foods and ingredients. It may be 36 degrees and pouring rain, but you’ll still find us lined up for our favorite stalls in the Winter – such is the true nature of the Portlander.
The Farmer’s Market at PSU is a large one and ranges in sellers selling everything from fresh eggs to fresh produce to baked goods. There are also a number of vendors selling meals and the one go-to that Nick and I religiously visit each Saturday is Enchanted Sun, a vendor selling New Mexico style breakfast burritos that are some of the best breakfast burritos we’ve ever had. The line gets long for these, so head to the market early when they open to be one of the first in line to enjoy the delicious burritos filled with eggs cooked with New Mexico green chiles, potatoes and your choice of meat.
For Nick and I, a Saturday morning stroll through the Portland Farmer’s Market and a breakfast burrito have become our go-to Saturday morning outing and it’s one of my favorite things each week in our lives in Portland. The setting of the market is also beautiful year round, with massive trees and green areas, filled with tents as far as the eye can see. So the next time you spend a weekend in Portland, don’t miss this treat on a Saturday morning at the Portland Farmer’s Market!