New Seasons Market, based in Portland, is a locally owned grocery store that works directly with local farmers, ranchers, fishers and producers - my favorite kind of market! So, I decided to arrive a little early that morning to experience this store for myself. Upon arrival I was greeted with an amazing floral department, where I found gorgeous bountiful bouquets, house plants, wreaths, outdoor perennials, annuals, pumpkins and even planters and vases.
Yes, flowers are my weakness! But I do have a love for fresh baked bread, artisan cheeses, quality wines and farm fresh fruits and vegetables too.
The wine department, where global meets local, offers the best of the Northwest and beyond. You can even bring in your used corks and they'll recycle them courtesy of Cork ReHarvest!
From the farm to the neighborhood store, there are shelves of fresh, local and organic produce.
Throughout the store the walls are graced with pictures 'faces' of many of the farmers, fisherman, ranchers and producers who are now a part of the New Season's family.
When I arrived at my greeting table, I was welcomed by this wonderful introduction board - love the creativity and thoughtfulness that went into this sign!
It was great to finally meet Katie Trudeau, New Season's Floral Merchandiser (on my left) and Maria Fowler, Floral Department Manager (on my right). Katie, who is definitely serious about buying local and often says, "Not many people think of buying local when it comes to flowers. Making beautiful selections available from local growers is how we're making a difference, one stem at a time".
During my visit I encountered many very proud Oregonians and rightly so. But I also met several customers and employees who were fond of California Grown too!
Finally, my trip to Portland wouldn't have been complete without bringing a little of Oregonian savor back to California and I did just that. So far, I've whipped up the 'Thyme Roasted Chicken, and Red Wine braised Short Ribs' - Some Tasty Farm-To-Table Dishes indeed!