When it doesn’t seem like spring is ever coming, you can still pretend it is with a visit to Beaverton’s Winter Farmers’ Market. It’s not as big as the summer market and holds much shorter hours, but it gives you a chance to get out of the house and pick up some seasonal produce as well as grab some premade staples – pepper jelly, anyone? – and an affordable lunch.
Though the vendor count is not what you would expect to find during the rest of the year, there is a great selection of food stalls that have everything from sweet and savory crepes to tacos and burritos. Take your goodies and retire to a park bench on the nearby lawn or munch away while you browse mountains of kale, root vegetables and apples. The quality is first-class and you’ll be helping local farmers, merchants and dining venues when you spend your dollars here.
The farmers’ market is a fantastic way to try several foods in one place and still save money, because you are paying food cart prices. Everyone in your group can experience a different dish or share the yummy choices they made. Like tapas on-the-go!
If you don’t have cash, don’t forget that you can buy wooden chips to pay for your items at merchants that don’t accept credit cards (though most do). And your kids can occupy themselves with craft projects and friend-making at the Market Sprouts Kids Club. The Beaverton market is open every first and third Saturday through April from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.