Feast on Fall's Bounty @ Portland Saturday Market + Win $25 Gift Certificate

We have another $25 Gift Card to give away for Portland Saturday Market! To win, comment on this post on why you like the market or want to buy, etc. Will draw & email winner on Friday @ 3PM.

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From our partners at Saturday Market:

Feast on Fall's Bounty
By Hollyanna McCollom

It seems like summer was barely a whisper in our ears, and yet the fall harvest is already upon us, heavy with the promise of pressed apple cider, campfires, and chunky scarves. With September and October swiftly approaching, watchful eyes are on Oregon's wine industry, when the 2010 fall harvest season will reveal what's in store for Pacific Northwest wineries. Here at Portland Saturday Market, we are ready to celebrate with treasures and treats that pair perfectly with the bounty of wines, fruits, and delicacies that fall has to offer.

The arrival of fall means it is party season; and nothing is more pleasing to the eye or easy to prepare than a platter of fresh cheeses served alongside a bottle or two of Oregon wines. For an elegant base, stop by Bengston Woodworks and check out the handmade cheeseboards. Not only do the boards make a pretty resting spot for wedges of Gouda, Brie, and Camembert; artist Jeffrey Bengston also uses locally and domestically salvaged Madrone, myrtle, maple, and cherry wood whenever possible to create them. Shapiro Porcelain also has pretty platters to display your party offerings. Their simple, yet stylish designs are a perfect for showing off cheese, bread, sushi, fruit or appetizers.

For a fast and delicious addition to your cheese platter, visit Moppethill Farm and pick up a jar of their Marion Jalapeño jelly. Come party time, simply pour the sweet and spicy jelly over a brick of cream cheese and serve with crackers. Next, head down to Wild Sweets Chocolate Factory and pick up some locally-made truffles in flavors such as Bing cherry, champagne, and amaretto. Then, grabs some sweet sesame roasted cashews from Family Free Nut Company. Both will pair nicely with soft cheeses and fall fruits like apples, dates, and figs.

Finally, for a practical and pretty hostess gift, pick up a bottle of your host's favorite vintage and ditch the cork or (gasp!) screw cap. Instead, top the bottle with a handmade wooden bottle stopper from V. Nance Wood Turner. The stopper makes a nice gift once the bottle is gone and it saves the host the trouble of finding an opener during the gathering.

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77 Responses to Feast on Fall's Bounty @ Portland Saturday Market + Win $25 Gift Certificate

  1. Dave Taube September 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    If I were to win the Portland Saturday Market gift card, I would buy the garden gnomes with the faces of my family carved onto them. They’re the coolest item in the market!

  2. Hope September 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    When I go by there on a morning run the food always smells so good! I want to stop by and check out all the food & other items.

  3. daVe September 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm #

    my mom’s having knee replacement surgery in november, and i won’t be able to travel home to texas for the holidays (nor can she travel here because of it). i know it’d brighten her spirits to get something crafty from saturday market, one of her fave spots when she comes to visit pdx!

  4. Johnny September 23, 2010 at 4:47 pm #

    I’d love to see and experience the first day of Fall Market and buy tons of apples for making all sorts of delicious Fall fare such as baked apples, apple tarts and apple butter!

  5. Darcy B September 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Yes please, so many yummy things I see each week when I shop at the farmers market that don’t fit in my budget—I would love to have an extra $25 to splurge on some delicious nuts, and sweets, oh and some figs and some fresh mascarpone!

  6. Karla Semczuk September 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    It’s not just the variety of food, but the variety of people that really makes Saturday Market a Portland fixture! You can sense the love that goes into many of the handmade items on display (I love the glassblown charm-type necklaces)! There’s nothing quite like it.

  7. M September 23, 2010 at 4:50 pm #

    If I won the gift certificate, I would take my 4 week old daughter on her first Saturday Market excursion.

  8. Laura September 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    I heart Saturday Market! And I’m a poor college kid! KEEP PORTLAND WEIRD

  9. Rob D September 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    locally made stuff is sexy. I like sexy stuff. If I won the certificate, I’d be able to be $25 more sexy.

  10. Julie September 23, 2010 at 4:56 pm #

    I can’t tell you how said it’s been to have to cut my farmers market budget this year, due to unemployment. I have accrued so many amazing new recipes and would love be able to make a few seasonal fall dishes with local fruits and veggies before the year is up. As soon as I’m back on my feet, I will return to shopping primarily at the farmers market, but in the meantime, I would be so thankful for this PDX pipeline gift!

    • Julie September 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

      Oops – Saturday Market. Not Farmers market…do you ever give Farmers Market gift cards away? That would be AWSEOME :o)

  11. HelenKate September 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Yay Saturday Market! I just moved into the city, and walking through the market has become one of the best parts of my week. It would be awesome to get to indulge in some tasty treats (elephant ears! pink lemonade!) and maybe get some Portland art up on my walls!

  12. Kacy September 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    I would love to win this certificate because I have so many friends with birthdays coming up and it would be awesome to be able to buy at least one of them a quality locally made gift!!! xo

  13. Bret September 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    I’d like a gift certificate because I want to get afternoon drunk this Sunday before playing soccer.

  14. Andrea September 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    I just moved back to Portland, and have not attended the Saturday Market in years. I would love to go check out the new vendors, and buy some tasty local treats!

  15. Jenny September 23, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    Because I love buying from local artists and crafters and there are lots of them at the Saturday Market.

  16. Lisa September 23, 2010 at 5:22 pm #

    I am flat broke and it would be nice to win a gift certificate to the Saturday Market. I’d love to buy myself a new hat from one of my favorite vendors at the market..

  17. myrrh September 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Aw – I love the market – it feels so much better to see how your money goes to the people who make things than to some faceless organization.

  18. Brynn September 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    I would like to win because winning is everything, and winning a gift certificate to my favorite place on earth would be a huge boost to my well-being.
    Plus, you know perfectly well that $25 would not be enough to fully enjoy all the delights of Saturday Market. I would be forced to spend more than that if I’m going to do all of my Christmas shopping there early, which is what I’d really like to do. Thank you very much in advance.

  19. amybuchheit September 23, 2010 at 5:41 pm #

    I have always loved the great atmosphere of Saturday Market. The variety is fantastic … art, food, entertainment, goods found nowhere else. I adore the fact that it is a way for local creative folks (from artists to craftspeople to foodies and more) to gather and present their wares. Being an artist myself, I appreciate all the love and care that go into items for sale.

    I’m not sure what I would buy in particular … but whatever I choose will be very cool! That is almost guaranteed when shopping from the Portland Saturday Market. :-)

  20. free September 23, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

    because i’d like to buy that special someone that special gift.

  21. mark fields September 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    I Love Saturday Market! I’m out of work right now so this prize would be VERY AWESOME! :o)

  22. Ben September 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    I’m looking for crockery, and they have some great stuff

  23. natasha Abu-hamdah September 23, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    Oh man I love Saturday Market! I haven’t been there in a while and need to get out there. I’d most likely spend that $25 on some cool jewelry, soaps, or put it towards buying one of the many art pieces there I love. Or buy the cute baby bib and towel I saw there last time for my my brother’s new born baby girl. :]

  24. viola rose September 23, 2010 at 6:32 pm #

    birthday present here I come!

  25. Mary Ann September 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    If I were to win, I like to get some of the jewelry made out of silverware!

  26. Karli September 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm #

    I love the Farmers Market because I am a future farmer of america. I am going to CCC for Horticulture and transferring to OSU this winter to study Ecological and Sustainable Agriculture.

  27. gaile September 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    i love the market because it inspires me to discover new foods. I want to buy some of those small peppers that were everywhere last year, cooked in hot oil and sprinkled with just a little salt.

  28. kem September 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    Who doesn’t love the market?!

  29. Diane September 23, 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    I can always use one more reason to visit the Saturday Market!

  30. liz September 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    I would like to win the $25 saturday market giftcard- because I strongly believe in supporting local businesses/artists/artisans, but am too broke to do it! I would love to put that money back into the pocket of a hardworking Portlander.

  31. Nancy Hugg September 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm #

    The Saturday Market makes me feel like I’m at a festival every time I visit! The people! The food! The music, crafts and everything PORTLAND! It makes me happy to live here in such a fabulous city.

  32. Stacey September 23, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    We’ve got a ‘first timer to Portland’ visiting this weekend from Madison, WI. Will be going to the Saturday Market… would love to treat her to a locally made art object (plus some kitty hooch for our cat)…

  33. Jennifer September 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    I only moved to Portland last week and have never been to the Saturday Market. This would be a great way for me to get to know the city and enjoy Portland’s offerings! $25 would go a long way for me right now as I’ve returned to being a poor student!

  34. John Humes September 23, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Always a great way to spend part of my Saturday, and with a $25 gift certificate…..even more fun

  35. Marita September 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    I have not had the opportunity to go to Sat. Market in a bazillion years and this would really be an awesome treat…all available body parts are x’d… ;)

  36. Ben Hamar September 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Saturday Market — w/money to spend would be wonderful.

  37. alexis September 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    I would love the gift certificate because it will take my mind off of finding a job! And reward me with delicious local goodies!

  38. Richard September 24, 2010 at 5:06 am #

    I would love to have that Market certificate. The Saturday Market is the best place in Portland to buy my two daughters original jewelry. They love going there for the unique experience too.

  39. heather September 24, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    2 years ago i got a cupcake whose flavor still haunts me, though i know not the name of its creator. please, award me the GC so i might tempt fate and known its sweetness again.

  40. Danica Champion September 24, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    We don’t get into downtown Portland too often and being relatively new to Oregon, I really want to discover more of this great city. A gift certificate would be a nice place to start!

  41. Mona September 24, 2010 at 8:36 am #

    I LOVE the market! Plus my kitty has destroyed her awesome catnip body pillow and needs a new one!!

  42. Matt September 24, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    Love the atmosphere, the diversity, and many, many glorious treasures available from LOCAL vendors!

  43. Heather Winters September 24, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    I would LOVE to win the $25! But who wouldn’t? Saturday market is yet another reason I love living downtown with my 9 year old daughter. There are TONS of resources for us to get around without a car to have fun, buy local food, try new things, etc.

  44. Josh H September 24, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    I haven’t been to the Saturday Market in years and would love to check it out with $25 free buckeroos! Hook it up! :)

  45. julieannpdx September 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    I cannot say what I’d buy….because what I might think I’d buy now would probably change as soon as I hit the market! I need hours to visit every booth!!!! $25 would be wonnnnderful to spend there!!!

  46. Paula Lysinger September 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Love, love, LOVE how the Saturday Market is so full of life! I will buy apples to make cider, a small buddha, and some falafel :- )

  47. Anna September 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    The Saturday Market rules! Whenever I have friends visiting from out of town I ALWAYS suggest we go. There is an AWESOME feathery headress that I MUST have for my peacock costume.

  48. Chelsea B. September 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    I would love to stock up on yummy home made jams and jellies from the Saturday Market if I won the $25 gift certificate!

  49. Lisa W September 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    I LOVE the Saturday market and would buy a handmade item for my son or myself. I prefer to support the local artists and don’t have much money to spend right now to do so. And the people watching is awesome! :-)

  50. Tania Porter September 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    I’m getting ready for my daughter’s sweet sixteen next weekend, and I’d love to find something locally made for her or maybe even just take her and let her pick out the perfect present herself!

  51. Anni Becker September 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    I love contributing to local artisans, it makes me feel good about where my money is going! I haven’t been to the Saturday Market in a really long time and I think the $25 will definitely encourage me to go back. Thanks!

  52. Frannie September 24, 2010 at 12:53 pm #

    I like Portland. i like Saturdays (and sundays too). I like markets. I like to win.

  53. Mark September 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I love the Saturday Market just for the eclectic mix of people you always see! Not to mention the acres of cool tie-dye stuff.

  54. Elizabeth September 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    I would take my friend that is visiting from Greece to have her first Saturday Market experience since it already cost her so much to get here.

  55. Kimberly September 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Shopping fresh produce for the week, stopping for a breakfast burrito, and dahlia’s are in season… Sat market is like a friend you want to catch up with every weekend~
    $25 bucks would end up in baked pies for friends ^_^

    Shop local <3

  56. Laura September 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Saturday market is a blast. I’ve always wanted something from Flood Clothing and $25 would really help. Or i could spread it around between kettlecorn, glass tchotchkes (sp!) and handmade soap. Hrm. Or a mobile made from silver utensils. Or I’ll buy you a beeer from Rogue! Too many choices!

  57. Matt Shoobridge September 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    I’m taking a date to the Saturday Market this weekend!

  58. Fenner September 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    I’ve lived here since 2006 and have never been to the Portland Saturday Market. I’m always SO busy on the weekends. Winning the Gift Certificate would force me into attending this event – allowing me to give up my standard Saturday which consists of of horse waxing, concrete upholstery, bird wrestling and salt canning. I’m running short on both wax and salt anyways.

  59. Virginia September 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    What I love most about the Portland Saturday Market is supporting local artists, artisans, and businesses. Buying Willamette Valley wines, northwest fruits and cheeses, and Portland fashions right from the people who make them is so satisfying!

  60. Heather Busby September 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I LOVE the Saturday Market. I moved to Portland 4 years ago and I never get tired of going. Good food, good people watching, good music and entertainment, what more could you ask for?

  61. Daniel September 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    What I like most about the market is the local vendors and the pad thai cart. I’ve been going there since I was a young adult!

  62. Sean September 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    I’d love to win because the Saturday Market is a wonderful thing to have in Portland and I want to buy something for my niece back home in Ohio!

  63. Heidi Elliott September 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    I haven’t been to Saturday Market in a few months because I always spend way too much money there. I would love to go browse and feel like a could get a couple of guilt-free goodies still!

  64. Shely September 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    I’ve only been to the Saturday market once, and I pretty much wanted to buy everything…but I didn’t because that would require money. A $25 gift card would make my second trip a lot better.

  65. toe knee September 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    the kids would love it!

  66. Nancy Meyer September 24, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    I love that the Saturday Market features local artisans who put so much creativity in their work and the items are better and more interesting than the junk that’s mass-produced!

  67. Brian Nelson September 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    I love the street performers, music, food, and crafts! I love to watch the waterfront fill up with such an ecletic group of people. It brings a lot of energy and joy to waterfront.

    I would love to bring a girl and use the certificate to buy her a henna tattoo and a snow cone. Bring a mini summer carnival experience to my lady love.

  68. Hana Catie September 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm #

    I LOVE Portland Saturday market because of the wonderfully unique and creative adorable things that are for sale, and the people I meet there. It’s a different envoronment even from similar markets. I’ve been to the market at Pike Place in Seattle frequently and lived in Hawaii and gone to the swap-meet there. Portland is different in the niche of people celebrating individual art and differences, and they’re happy to hav eyou enjoy it with them :)

  69. Adam Thorsfeldt September 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    Ahhhh, because of the power of cheese!!!!! Mmmmm!

  70. Alex Russell-Falla September 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    If I won this gift card, I would celebrate. Then I would go straight to Saturday Market and buy the twisted fork bracelet I’ve been eyeing for months from Spoonman’s booth! Then I would celebrate some more. Then I would move a few booths down and find even more incredible things and end up buying them too, and then the vendors making the moolah would JOIN me in celebration! Happiness all around. Pretty please? :)

  71. Brianna September 24, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

    I like the Saturday Market bc it supports local portland/oregon business and culture!!!! yay, Saturday Market.

  72. Ruth September 25, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    I would love to win so that I could finally buy some of the gorgeous handmade pottery at the Saturday Market.

  73. Rachel Hampton September 25, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    I very much enjoy the ambience at the Saturday Market as well as looking at all of the great art and other handmade products. It would be fun to have a little cash to spend while I’m there.

  74. alix September 27, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    If I won I would buy stuff for my apartment because I’m a broke as a joke college student at PSU and have the bare walls so I need some art to hang around the apartment.

  75. Bob September 28, 2010 at 2:38 am #

    Who wouldn’t want yummy, yummy, yummy?!!!

  76. Hannah Smith September 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    I absolutely love the flowers at the farmers market. For $25 I could get flowers for all my co-workers as well.

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