The summer farmer's market is in full swing, with strawberries, flowers, carrots, coffee, fresh lamb, and so much more abound. This year, there have been a few vendor changes. While one or two usual suspects have gone missing, 3 new businesses have joined the market and one more hopes to join soon.
Édeske Patisserie focuses on fine chocolates, French macarons, entremet mousse cakes and other patisserie items. The baker, Tamara Biscardi, is from Hungary and learned her techniques in Holland, where she attended pastry school. Before coming to the Gorge, she worked as a pastry chef for one of National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions luxury ships. Tamara owns Édeske with her husband James. The couple located to the Gorge recently and with the business, they aim to marry Tamara's European heritage with "the beauty and abundance found here in the Gorge" (in their words).
According to Tamara, the name Édeske (pronounced <Eh-desh-keh>) means 'sweet little thing' in Hungarian.
More info: edeskepatisserie.com
Market dates: Every summer market
Lamb vendor change
Photo courtesy of M & P Ranches
Sakura Ridge/Sakurambo previously provided fresh lamb to the Hood River valley. However, they sold their business and their last week selling at the market was a few weeks ago. In their place, you will find M & P Ranches, which will not only supply lamb, but beautiful hand-spun and dyed yarn, and produce as well.
More info: www.mpranches.com
Market dates: JUNE 11, 18 25 | JULY 2, 16, 23, 30 | AUG 20 | SEP 3, 17 | OCT 1, 15, 29 | NOV 12, 19
hooray, more farm fresh eggs
Photo courtesy of Gorge Grown/The Hood River Farmer's Market
Susan Stilmour of Stilmour farm brings eggs from pasture-raised chickens. Later in the season, she will have berries, as well.
Available at the market these Saturdays: JUNE 4, 18 | JULY 2, 16 | AUG 6, 20 | SEP 3, 17 | OCT 15 | NOV 5, 19
Gorge's Tortes has been issued its business license and hopes to secure a spot at the Hood River Farmer's Market. Owner Techy Stenge Melinda, will be serving up dessert tarts free of allergens like soy, gluten, dairy, and eggs. They're raw, vegan, organic, and gorgeous. They do contain nuts and fresh fruits. Her goal is to offer healthy but delicious desserts. When she's up and running, she will take cash or venmo (I think all market vendors have to accept tokens, too, but I'm not 100% sure on that). Her first day at the market will be June 25.
More info: Gorge's Tortes Facebook
if you have not been
One thing that's cool that the market does is SNAP matching. If you bring your Oregon Trail or other EBT card to the market, the market will double your dollars (max $15 match). So, if you spend $15 SNAP dollars, they will kick in $15 of their own farmer's market dollars, and you will have $30 to spend. In order to get the matching, please visit the token booth, where you will swipe your card to get tokens.
Location: 501 Columbia Street (the Full Sail parking lot)
Time: Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dates: Now-the third Saturday in November