Spring is slowly but surely coming, and with it comes the reopening of the popular King Portland Farmers Market! Our opening day for 2011 is Sunday, May 1 at 10 AM. New vendors for 2011 include:
• Eatin’ Alive, a bicycle powered mobile vending station that believes in harnessing raw energy in both transport and cooking. A Portland company, they use all organic, locally grown produce to create seasonal, freshly prepared raw snacks such as: seed and nut pates, wild crafted pesto, garden wraps, a variety of prepared salads, and delicious sweet treats.
• Good Natured Gardens, a small, family run vegetable and herb farm located on Sauvie Island that grows a wide verity of heirloom produce and seedlings using organic methods to insure the highest quality.
• KCK Farms, is a family owned and operated nursery in the heart of the Willamette Valley of Oregon offering fresh cut peonies, bare root, containerized trees and perennials.
• Trailhead Coffee Roasters, the bike-based Portland coffee roaster featuring coffees produced by women farmers and served from Trailhead’s rolling bike cafe.
Your state Representative Lew Frederick invites you to attend his second Saturday chat this Saturday, December 11th, Reflections Coffee House, 446 NE Killingsworth Street, (1/2 block east of MLK) 9:00 am to 10:00 am. As constituents, we need to send Lew to Salem next month representing us so come and share your concerns, ideas and hear his as well. This is one of a continuing series of coffee chats on the second Saturday of each month at Reflections.
P.S.: Check out Lew in the 1980 documentary: Albina
Elevated Coffee in the Vanport Square development at 5261 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, has applied for a beer and wine license to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The license would allow on-premise sales of malt beverages not more than 14%, wine not more than 21% and cider not more than 10% alcohol. They propose to operate from M-Th, 6am-7pm, F 6am-9pm, and Sat-Sun 7am-9pm and have live and recorded music. Any objections to the application should be directed to the OLCC at 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland OR 97222. The license investigator is Charles Ellis, 503-872-5210.
From the Press Release:
“Local Beanery and Bakery Combo Opens With A Conscience
Like a little ambiance with your Americano? A little panache with your pastry? A little social consciousness with your sweet tea?
Sweet Thing Bakehouse & Coffee Bar® is all that and more. Locally owned and operated, Sweet Thing® (http://www.sweetthingpdx.com/) brings together a unique blend of that good old neighborhood hangout feel, baking talent and innovation, and the finest of the world’s coffee beans — all in a setting that invites friends to linger in comfortable conversation.
Built on a foundation of support of local and global community, Sweet Thing® is dedicated to values rooted in an “act locally, think globally” line of thought. Visitors to the bakery will immediately be taken with the architecture of the “conversation space”, purposefully arranged to encourage conversation, either tête-à-tête or on a grander scale. Or just pull down their free Wi-Fi and surf, share photos, movies or music with friends.
Owner Shawna Marshall is realizing a dream of being able to aid the community, serve neighborhood dwellers, and support a worthy cause by opening this well-appointed, family-owned and operated, full-service coffee bar and bakery. The fare is full and varied featuring coffees, teas, smoothies, fruit parfaits, soups, salads, paninis, specialty cakes and more.
As many products as possible are sourced locally. Some of the products used in crafting a variety of delicious paninis are taken straight from a local, hand-kept garden. With an eye toward sustainability, the drink cups, plastic ware and straws are all 100% bio-degradable. All coffee beans are organically grown, fair traded, and a percentage of profits from coffee sales returns to the Café Feminino foundation (http://cupoftheworld.com/html/cafe_feminino.html) to help support women and children in coffee-growing communities of South America.
All in all, Sweet Thing Bakehouse and Coffee Bar® is the kind of place you can hang with friends, or just enjoy your own personal space knowing you’re part of local and global community.”
So there you have it!
Megan Kennedy has just opened Caffe Brioso in the building between Ned Ludd and Barberama on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Their grand opening is this Saturday (Sept 5). They will be open from 7-7 and will be giving away free drinks and samples.
Their focus is using local products and supporting our community while building relationships with their customers. If you have any ideas on how we can involve the community into the coffee shop and vice versa please let her know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The local products they carry are:
Bellatazza Coffee (roasted in SunRiver Oregon)
Dragonfly Chai (NE Portland)
Tao of Tea (SE Portland)
Marsee Bakery (NE Portland)
Grand Central Baking Co. (SE Portland)
The address is 3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Near Wayne’s.