Moreland Farmers Market Reopens Wednesday May 20th!

The Farmer’s Market is back! Wednesdays, from 2-6 pm. Still near Wilhelm’s, this year they have moved one block north on SE 14th Avenue between SE Glenwood St & SE Claybourne. Click here to read the market’s safety guidelines. You may walk up and shop – treat this shopping experience as if you are at the grocery store, no sampling, no hanging around, get your veggies and move along buddy! You also have the opportunity to preorder and pick up via the drive thru. Is anybody else cracking up that they have made a healthy drive thru? I love it!

I have been getting out and about a little more, and here are my top picks this week:

Reed Canyon. Looking for a quiet, in town nature walk where you may see birds, otters, or salmon? Reed has posted signage directing everyone to move in one direction around the creek, and to stay far away from each other. I was there Tuesday at 5 and it felt safe, and not too crowded.

Westmoreland park is another good choice, with wide walking paths and plenty of space.

Now, back to yummy food. We’ve mostly been hitting up the food carts on the weekend, (I can only eat my own cooking for so long) this feels like a safe way to support local businesses. I just found out that my favorite gumbo cart, Matt and Memere’s, has moved over to 35th and Powell in a pod where the old Original Taco House was (and right next door to DiNicola’s) so if your crowd can’t decide what to eat, you’ve got your choice of gumbo, gyros, fried chicken and jojos, or spaghetti and meatballs all at one location!

Eric was super excited to see Laughing Planet on Woodstock has reopened. They have their quarantine game down! You place you order and pre-pay online. They have tables set up just inside the door with your bag stapled shut, clearly labeled with your name, and a receipt taped to the outside showing the exact contents of the bag. You grab your food and head out the other door. I didn’t come within sneezing distance of another human the whole time. So if you are looking for a healthier option for burritos, bowls, and salads check them out (I usually pick the daily special and have never been disappointed).

I hope that you are doing what you feel is best for you and your family right now. If that means hunkering down at home, you have made the right choice. If you feel comfortable exercising outdoors, you have made the right choice. If you feel safer wearing a mask while doing so please do.

And lastly, these are my top pics based on where I went in the past week or so, not paid endorsements. I have no connection to these businesses, other than I like their food and their people, and wanted to share these places with you. If you have favorite places you’ve been going to lift your spirits, I’d love to hear about your quarantine adventures!



Tomato Mozzarella Salad

With Portland’s record breaking heat how are you staying cool? I’m avoiding turning on the stove. I was looking for a light salad for this month’s recipe and found these delicious tomatoes, and fresh basil at the Moreland Farmer’s Market. I mixed them with a little buffalo mozzarella, and a simple dressing of balsamic and olive oil. Try this and let me know what you think in the comments below.

Tomato Basil Mozzarella Salad Recipe


Tomato Mozzarella Salad



  • 3 medium tomatoes (or 12 bite sized tomatoes) sliced
  • ½ lb fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ cup basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In your favorite serving dish, layer tomato slices, cheese slices, and basil.
  2. In a small jar combine oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Shake jar to combine dressing.
  3. Sprinkle dressing over tomato and cheese slices, and serve.

Salad Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Black Beans and Salsa

The Moreland Farmer’s Market is in full swing! I walked there yesterday with one of my ladies and we scored Columbia river smoked salmon, two types of salsa from my favorite salsa guy Randall, and fresh salad greens from Abundant Fields Farm. What I like about salad greens from the market is they last much longer than what you get at the grocery store and the taste can’t be beat. We also sampled sausages from Olympia provisions and yummy rosemary hazelnut cookies from Jeff at Aumbites. Speaking of Hazelnuts, David the shell guy told us how Turkey yielded a smaller crop of nuts last year, and this has made Oregon hazelnuts much more in demand. Who knew they grew hazelnuts in Turkey?  If you have not yet been to our farmers market be sure to check it out next Wednesday afternoon.

Using ingredients from the market, plus fresh eggs from Homestead Supply and some leftover black beans I had on hand I made what I call “salad eggs” for breakfast.

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Most days I shoot for protein and veggies before noon. Occasionally if I am running out the door my breakfast may be a piece of toast and almond butter, or a smoothie, but 9 times out of 10 it is veggies ‘n eggs. Studies show that those who regularly eat a healthy breakfast are better able to maintain a healthy weight.

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Using leftover black beans (I had cooked dried beans with onions, garlic and spices in the crock pot over the weekend) I was able to quickly assemble my breakfast this morning in about the time it took to brew my coffee. I scrambled eggs with the salmon, tossed them over a bed of greens, topped them with beans and salsa. Healthy, high protein, fast, easy and delicious! What are your favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas? Share them in the comments below…

Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood) Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She loves to talk food, and shares these ideas to pique your interest in healthy eating. Anne’s idea of a “healthy diet” is high quality protein, whole foods including lots of fruits and veggies, and minimally processed ingredients. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.