Food and Drink

Your Guide to Farmers Markets in Portland

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Dating back to 1730 and originating in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, folks have been buying fresh and local goods from farmer’s markets.

Farmers’ markets are popular worldwide and most often reflect the local culture of their surrounding areas. These bastions of deliciousness offer a myriad of treats from meat and vegetables to cooking demonstrations and fun foodie events. Here farmers and many others sell their goods directly to consumers.

These markets are growing rapidly across the United States. The USDA stated that the number of farmers markets in the United States increased 68 percent over the last 15 years, from 5,000 markets in 2008 to 8,411 in 2015.

What are the Economic Benefits of Farmer’s Markets?

Did you know that farmer’s markets impact more than just their shoppers? They have been shown to affect the local economy as well. The increase of a vendor’s personal income and increased job creation are just some of the contributing factors. For example, vendors at farmers’ markets are liable to see increased profits by selling products to the local community than by selling them to a wholesaler.

According to the USDA, “When food is produced, processed, distributed and sold all within the same region, more money stays in the local economy.  This leads to economic development and job creation.  Farmers markets provide opportunities for small farmers and businesses to sell their products, and they help meet the growing demand for locally produced food.  Being able to quickly and directly market to the consumer gives farmers important income opportunities without the added costs of shipping, storage and inventory control.”

Why Do People Flock to Farmers Markets?

It’s all about consumer demand. More and more people want to purchase food that is both healthy and sustainable. The desire for fresh produce, meats, dairy and more, free of additives and chemicals, has been increasing for decades. This is in part due to the public wanting to increase their personal health, increase the positive ecological impact of sustainability, and their awareness of how industrial agriculture can negatively impact human health and the environment as a whole.

Sustainable.org lists even more reasons why people buy sustainably:

  • To save family farms
  • Promote animal welfare
  • Protect and support rural communities
  • Empower and protect workers

Your Guide to Farmers’ Markets in Portland, Oregon

Eating Well Magazine rated the Portland Farmers Market one of the five best in the United States. What did they base their research on? A few things:

  • Variety of local foods
  • Number of workshops and demonstrations
  • Quality control
  • Focus on education
  • And more!

The Portland Farmers Market offers a bevy of markets Portlanders can visit to satisfy their cravings for fresh fare. From the Lents International Farmers Market in southeast to the market in historic Kenton in the northwest, the city and surrounding areas are awash in all that is fresh and edible!

Check out our latest infographic.  Keep in mind; these are not the only farmers markets in our area! We invite you to explore more and enjoy all our fair city has to offer.

9 Smoothies made with 3 ingredients

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Making a fresh and delicious smoothie doesn’t always require lots of ingredients. In fact, there are plenty of recipes that have only a few ingredients and taste amazing! Keeping your smoothie regimen simple means it will be easier to make delicious blended drinks anytime. All you need is a few basic ingredients to spin up a sweet, super nutritious smoothie that is great for your health.

This infographic has nine of the best easy to make smoothies that are matched up by color. It’s a simple concept to use fruits of the same color for your smoothie, but doing so will benefit your health greatly. Here you’ll learn which quick and simple color matches are both mouthwateringly yummy and nourishing. So say goodbye to candy when you’re searching for something to satisfy that sweet tooth, and say hello to these splendid color-coded smoothies!

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Keeping Food Safe from Farm to Fork

From livestock housing to food processing, storage and transportation, regulating humidity is critical to health and safety. Farmers rely on the proper conditions to keep their animals comfortable, safe, and productive. Food processing facilities use temporary climate control to eliminate condensation, which can carry dangerous contaminants that will make food unsafe to eat. Too much or too little humidity during the warehousing phase can mean significantly reduced shelf life and even total loss of food products. Lastly, transporting food products in environmentally controlled vehicles keeps your food safe to eat as it is transported to your local grocery store.  Infographic provided by Polygon.

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Temporary Climate Control, Helping the U.S. Food Industry Comply with Processing Standards

Take a trip back in time with our latest infographic documenting the inception of the U.S. food industry processing standards and how they have evolved to the regulations we know today. Explore the food inspection and regulation timeline, the growth of different food manufacturing industries, where the most processing plants are located, and how the presence of humidity in processing plants can negatively affect the end product. Temporary climate control is a powerful solution for all food processing plants, allowing plant managers to negate the effects of humidity and remain compliant with USDA standards.  Infographic provided by Polygon Group.

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Evolution of the Modern Restaurant

Do you ever think about the technology used in restaurants today? Restaurant technology has come a long way since the 1st restaurant ever opened it’s doors. As a POS software company that makes restaurant software, we’re constantly looking at how technology is used in restaurants. The POS system is only one example of how far restaurants have come. There are all kinds of high-tech technologies used in restaurants today. Because this is something we’re interested in, we’ve created the below infographic to show what other kinds of creative and exciting technology is used in restaurants today.

The Evolution of The Modern Restaurant
The Evolution of The Modern Restaurant