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Stuff White People Like: Portland

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Portland's downtown Saturday farmers market

Portland's downtown Saturday farmers market.

Pickles for sale at the market. The garlic dills were delish!
What’s not to love about Portland? We got our fix of urban culture this weekend: hip restaurants, a stimulating lit festival (Wordstock), dancing to bhangra/reggaeton/world fusion beats in a converted warehouse club (where we learned in Portland, the cops hardly mind if folks openly smoke joints on the street.)


Still, we miss that East Coast diversity. As perfect as the Portland Farmers Market was, with its artisanal cheeses and breads, rainbow of winter squash, hearty greens, home-cured pickles and soothing herbal teas, it felt, well, somewhat sanitized and white. Baltimore’s two main farmers markets, on the other hand, in Waverly and downtown under the JFX overpass, forge community among the races, classes and cultures that might overwise be oblivious to eachother’s corner of the city. Baltimore has this irrepressible energy that you miss.

At the Holocene club Saturday night, the DJ played “Shake It To The Ground” by Baltimore’s own 15-year-old club queen, Rye-Rye. Ah, memories of shaking it one last time this summer at Artscape. Just read that the Sri Lakan/British MC M.IA. will release a Rye-Rye CD on her new record label. Sweet!

And for all you moms out there, this is “Stuff White People Like.”

Written by baltimoregon

November 10, 2008 at 1:18 am

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  1. one thing that looks great about that farmer’s market from your shots is that the aisles are wide enough so you’re not squeezing through and around people all the time to get.


    November 10, 2008 at 5:25 am

  2. That’s true. Things would get crowded at our market in B-more. Is Philly the same way?

    I mean, overall Portland is still really great! Just have to keep things real. When are you coming to visit?


    November 10, 2008 at 11:44 am

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