Powells Books and Portland Farmers Market

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Every weekend I try to visit a Farmer’s Market- whether I’m in Baltimore, Iowa, or anywhere else in the world.  This weekend in Portland I was able to visit the Farmer’s Market at the Portland State University.

Portland Farmers Market carrots

Honestly, it was one of the best I have ever visited.  The food stands were full of homegrown, fresh produce.  The prepared food stands looked and smelled so good.  No fried food truck food here!

Portland Farmers Market broccoli

I ended up getting local smoked salmon on a fresh baked bagel because the line for Pine State Biscuits was way too long.  Maybe next time Pine State Biscuit.

Portland Farmers Market Pine State Biscuits

The Market itself was also packed with people buying cheese, spices, vegetables, cured meats, and more.  I would have definitely gotten some of the cured meats had I been able pack it in my suitcase.  I suffer from very full suitcase at the moment.

Portland Farmers Market peppers

Next up on our day to explore Portland we went to Powell’s Books on a recommendation from my friend Mary.

Portland Powells Books

I can officially say that Powell’s books is my favorite new store.  The bookstore is 3 stories with about a dozen different rooms housing both new and used books side by side.  It is huge!

Portland Powells Books Sign

Powells Books categorizes everything and you decide if you want a used or new copy.  I am big on the library and not spending much money on books so I was all about the used selections.  I did walk out with one new book however.  It was The Best Hikes Near Baltimore.  I figured it was a good buy for this Baltimore hiker.

The banned book collection:

Portland Powells Books

The travel section was great.  I particularly liked the ends of rows where they put all the best form that row together.  Mom and I ended up spending about 2 hours just wandering and selecting titles.

Sadly, this is the end of the Great Oregon Roadtrip of 2014.  I will have one final wrap-up post of the best/worst from our fabulous vacation!

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