The farmer’s market season opens early in Oregon and a large market downtown Portland is now in full swing. Weather seldom keeps anybody home. It can be raining cats and dogs one minute and the sun can come out the next so people just show up without giving much thought to the elements. I was there at opening bell yesterday and by the time I left the aisles were starting to fill with eager shoppers. I came away with a heavenly baguette, some havarti cheese from Willamette Valley Creamery and a bag of apples that had “pie” written all over it. I was short on time so took a Marie Callender unbaked pie shell out of the freezer, sliced and sugared the apples, added a streusel topping and baked it for about an hour at 375 degrees.
A typical March morning in Portland
And fresh flowers
F.Y.I. I have never subscribed to many magazines. They just pile up, get in the way and make me feel guilty that I don’t stay up on current reading. I have received Gourmet Magazine for years and I should have been happy with that, but, OH NO, I had to branch out and add Martha Stewart’s Living to the stack. I sent in my money and got my first issue, March, after it had been on the stand for several weeks. I was OK with that and enjoyed the magazine. Then, several days later, I got the January and February issues. As you could guess, I was no longer interested in ways to use leftover turkey or how to make Valentine cupcakes so wasn’t too happy with these old issues. Sure enough, a week later I got the April issue (on time). So, in a little more than four weeks I got four issues. I noticed on my April issue that my subscription expires in December, 2009. So….I had two old issues dumped on me and my subscription shortened by the same. Shame on you, Martha. I’ll complain but just want to give you all a warning to watch for this.