Last week, I left Portland and headed south to explore the northern California coastline. We toured Mendocino County, Humboldt County, the towering redwoods and more in surprisingly horrible weather. On the way home we stopped at the Eugene Saturday Market. I am extremely proud to say that out of the four times I have been to Eugene, I have explored this famous market three times. In the summer, it is one of the most eclectic, bustling and delicious markets I have ever been to. The market goes into full swing in April, so while we were a few weeks too early we still got to buy some beautiful products from the hardcore winter season vendors.
Green garlic was in season, there were bags of foraged stinging nettles, beautiful breakfast radishes, leeks, hearty winter greens and fresh herbs were plentiful at the Groundwork Organics tables. There were walnuts, hazelnuts, dried figs and dried fruit roll ups diversified the options and two vendors tempted my sweet tooth with their unique pastries and tasty granola. The Camas Country Mill had a surprisingly large variety of dried beans and lentils, as well as wheat berries, teff and buckwheat. I can't wait until I can make it back to Eugene on a Saturday because I still regret not trying the Field to Table breakfast scramble with free-range eggs, swiss cheese, caramelized onions, arugula raab with a fresh baked bagel shmeared with pork butter and peach jelly. So bottom line, if you are even in Eugene, or even driving through, make sure it is on a Saturday and taste your way through the phenomenal Eugene Saturday Market.