The quintessential big, red barn complete with white trim, rows of flowers on a wheeling cart and an American flag flying, sits on a busy corner in Northeast Portland. Driving hurriedly past on numerous occasions, it was time to slow down and pull the car into the parking lot.
Stepping into the Growers Outlet was like visiting a farmer’s market, without the rain and cold. The first thing we noticed were nuts. So many different types, it would boggle even the wiliest squirrel. Oodles of fresh veggies bulged from rustic wooden bins. Assorted shapes and sizes of pasta spilled out of wicker baskets; canned fish, salsa, jam and dried beans lined sturdy chrome shelving. Dinner, lunch or a snack was just waiting to be handpicked.
Growers Outlet locally sources their produce from different area farms, including one of their own. While some basics remain year round, seasonal favorites are abundant. Ushering out winter, spring sees an infusion of fresh lettuces, asparagus, berries and flower baskets. Summer is a haven of tomatoes and green beans with a more than generous dash of herbs and cucumbers. When fall comes winding its way, pumpkins and corn will dot the exterior with splashes of orange and maize; an edible cornucopia of shopping.
Living in the area, or needing to take a drive to discover this nugget, Growers Outlet is located at the corner of NE Glisan and 162nd. Check their webpage for directions.
PS did you know it is maple syrup season? They carry a product straight out of Vermont. Make a splurge and enjoy the earthy sweetness.