Portland Farmers Market- It's Mushroom Time! and "The Great Pumpkin Event"

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Fall's first light rains quickly produce the seasonal magic of wild mushrooms. These gems of the forest and farmland are already making an appearance in the booths at PFM. On Wednesdays you'll find a wide selection of delectable fungi at Bittersweet Farm and Springwater Farm. On Saturdays they are joined by Misty Mountain's bountiful selection of nearly a dozen different varieties plus additional chanterelles from vendors, Early Mom and & Favorite Produce of Oregon. Stop by the PFM Taste the Place booth this Saturday for free samples of freshly cooked mushroom delights.

Nutritional Information Mushrooms are an excellent source of many minerals including Selenium, needed for the proper function of the antioxidant system and Copper, which helps the body utilize iron, maintains the health of bones and connective tissues, and keeps the thyroid gland functioning normally. They are also an excellent source of Potassium, Phosphorous, and Zinc, which helps balance blood sugar, prevents a weakened immune system, and supports an optimal sense of smell and taste. Crimini mushrooms in particular are a very good source of Vitamin B1 and B6. Shiitake mushrooms are a very good source of iron, protein, dietary fiber, and Vitamin C.

A large number of studies conducted over the last ten years have shown that another active component in shiitake mushrooms, called eritadenine, lowers cholesterol levels. Recent studies have also found an active compound in shiitake mushrooms called lentinan. Among lentinan's healing benefits is the ability to power up the immune system by strengthening its ability to fight infection and disease.

Nutritional information provided by The Portland Clinic

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Colorful autumn leaves from the 100-year old Elms that line the Park Blocks make the perfect backdrop for the local harvest you will find at the market. We have monthly special events to enhance your experience — but with the agriculture bounty our region produces, every market day is a festival!

Mounds of brilliant pumpkins, ornate gourds and dried herb and flower wreaths signal fall has arrived at the farmers market. Whether you're celebrating the bounty of the harvest or the fact that Halloween is around the corner, you'll find sensory delights abound at the Great Pumpkin Event. Fill up on warm, sweet pumpkin hazelnut pancakes. Watch master carvers from Typhoon! Restaurants take pumpkin and gourd carving to new heights. Choose a free pumpkin and carve a jack-o'-lantern on site and enter the Pumpkin Carving Invitational! At noon, kids can give their costumes a trial run and participate in a parade through the market and take home a treat.

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