Just minutes south of Portland is Lake Oswego – where one could spend a good part of the day strolling, shopping and talking with friendly local proprietors…and let’s not forget eating! In a few-block radius of Saturday Market (mid-May to mid-October, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm), there’s more than just something for everyone, including upscale but quaint restaurants and unique shops. Farmer’s Market hosts a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables – various food concessions, local artisan wares and entertainment make for a very pleasant and fulfilling Saturday excursion.
St. Honore Boulangerie & Patisserie
Lake Oswego Farmer’s Market
I wasn’t prepared for the abundance of huge, sweet juicy peaches…and for that matter, so many in season fruits in late August.
Veggies galore…if only I lived up here in the summer!
Mouthwatering concessions, including Salt and Straw – an ice cream store in Northeast Portland, serving unusual artisan salted ice cream made with local, organic and sustainable ingredients. My favorite was their most popular, Salted Caramel. Yum.
Stunning and affordable flowers.
A few blocks up is Crave Bake Shop; twice winner of Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars”. Four of us arrived around 4:00 pm for an afternoon snack (they stay open until 5). Luckily we managed to sample about 5 different cupcakes and the cinnamon rolls, cutting them in half so we tasted them all. As we were leaving, locals were pulling up and buying them out right before closing…popping them into their mouth as they got into their cars. Now I know why they are so highly regarded and won Cupcake Wars twice – these are high quality, delicious and gluten-free. And so pretty…the artisan flavors and combinations were wonderful and light textured, not sugary and heavy. Portions are smaller and the cupcakes are highly perishable and meant to be enjoyed the same day. Impressive…double yum!
Just across the street is The Oilerie…with a vast selection of Italian Olive oils, balsamic vinegars and other items, including olive oil-based skin care products.