big business farmers market

by Kristina Sloggett

in Breakfast,Portland,summertime

Despite being out past bedtime Friday night for a rock show, we still woke up early for the farmers market.

Friday we went to the Hawthorne Theater (I love this place for many reasons, though the sound is not great). The theater has a unique layout with an all ages area and an 21+ area – if it’s a band I really want to see, you’ll find me in the all ages area because it’s the closest to the stage! It has been a long time since I’ve had a cocktail these days anyway! There is also a smaller bar with a patio and karaoke. In between bands (or during a band I don’t particularly care about) guess where I am? This girl loves her karaoke.

Friday’s headliner was Big Business, a band we both like. Jared (bass) and Coady (drums) were both in The Melvins, another favorite. The drummer is amazing – definitely among the best I have ever seen and really fun to watch. So fast, to very talented. There were two openers – Thrones, which is who Jason was there for. Thrones is Joe Preston’s solo project (formerly of The Melvins, High on Fire, Earth) which sounds amazing. We talked with him after, shook his hand and bought an lp, which we came right home and listened to – good stuff, very soothing which came as a nice surprise (Joe told us it was “boring”).

The other opener was Torche, the only band of the night without Melvins ties. I had never seen them, but they have toured with bands I like (Mogwai, Stinking Lizaveta, Harvey Milk), so I had high hopes. They were pretty good – I did watch about half, then went to get fresh air in the karaoke bar – when we saw Jared come in from the patio we knew Big Business would be on soon.

It was a great night of music, and our dachshund alarm clock went off early.

We got up and headed out to the Beaverton Farmers Market – about 7 minutes from our house, arriving just after 8am opening time. It was already buzzing with people – we love walking around while waking up with our coffees.

We bought a half flat of berries, choosing the variety we wanted. We chose two strawberries, two blackberries, one raspberry and even though we have six bushes of our own, one blueberry.

Next week I am buying another half flat, all raspberries! Those were amazing and I ate the whole box within an hour of being home. I made up snacking plates for both of us, and I continued to snack until the raspberries were gone.

The most amazing raspberries I have ever had. The other berries were delicious too, and these are much bigger and sweeter than the blackberries across the street from our house. Basil and I sampled them the other day.

We managed to come home with “money”. More shopping next week!

Do you visit farmers markets or have a csa share?

What was the last good band you saw live?


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