The scene is calm but the colors are vibrant at the downtown Portland Farmers Market, held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shemanksi Fountain (pictured here) end of the South Park Blocks.
Near closing time on a recent Saturday at the Shemanski Park Portland Farmers Market – a far cry from the swarms of people on a summer market day, but not a ghost town, either.
Onions look like gems, so smooth and lovely in their off-spherical shape. Cippolini and purple beauties.
Greens are not all green, but they are all good, and make the best winter rainbows.
Carrots to blow your mind at the winter market. Some are deep purple, some pale gold, some run of the mill orange. Each has a slightly different taste and texture, generally very fresh and crisp, without the heavy density that a more typical carrot embod
More carrot color.
Savoy cabbage is more delicate and cooks more quickly than typical green (or red) cabbage. The lacey look of the leaves matches the tender texture.
Many of the vegetables at the winter market are gnarly looking roots; others are gorgeous tones of purple, red, orange and green. Artists: bring a paintbrush.
Sunchokes are amongst the gnarliest-looking of the winter bounty.
Getting through the tough skins is often the hardest part of preparing winter squash; make sure your knife is very sharp.
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