On Saturday from mid-March through mid-December, local farmers, bakers, chefs, and entertainers converge at the South Park Blocks near the PSU campus for Oregon's largest open-air farmer's market—it's one of the most impressive in the country. It's a great place to sample the regional bounty and to witness the local-food obsession that's revolutionized Portland's culinary scene. There's plenty of food you can eat on the spot, plus nonperishable local items (wine, hazelnuts,
chocolates, vinegars) you can take home with you. There's a smaller Wednesday market, May through November, on a different section of the Park blocks (between Southwest Salmon and Southwest Main). On Monday, June through August, the market is held at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and at other times the Portland Farmers Market is held in different locations around town (check the website for details).