Archive for August, 2014

Marriage at the Market

10647691_10203594120205051_1782515633_nOn Saturday, August 23rd, Neilson and Kendra Maknarakham were married. Like most newly wedded couples, they were in their own blissful world and didn’t think much of it when they parked their car (complete with white lettering on the windows “Just Married”) in the parking lot at Orenco Station Hotel, where they spent the night.

They were surprised, when returning to their parked car, to find the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market @ Orenco Station had sprouted over-night. Since the well-known Farmers’ Market was in full swing, the newly married couple could not move their vehicle until the market ended for the day at 2:00pm.

When discovering that the new couple had arrived to move their car but would return later, Hillsboro Farmers’ Market Manager, Pat Rossetti, came up with a winning surprise for the couple. With only about an hour left in the market day, Rossetti devised a plan of action. In that hour, Rossetti went from vendor to vendor soliciting donations for the new couple. “Every vendor that I talked to was more than happy to give something to the new couple”, Rossetti said. In all, Rossetti collected a donated item from approximately 80% of the vendors creating a huge array of gifts for the newlyweds.

10617218_10203594119925044_959940516_n“All the vendors thought it was a great idea and I couldn’t have been more touched by their generosity” Rossetti stated. At the end of the market, Rossetti placed all the gifts in various boxes at the back of their car creating a wonderful display and huge surprise for Kendra Maknarakham. The new Bride was so surprised and moved by the generosity of the vendors that she hardly knew how to respond, “I just couldn’t believe how much stuff there was”, Kendra exclaimed in near tears.

Rossetti said, “it’s a small gesture on everyone’s part but when they are all combined together it has such a huge impact. What a great way to start out your new life, and who would have expected it?”

The new couple went on with their day, thankful, appreciative and maybe with a new understanding of what one small act can do. Rossetti hopes so too, adding, “I didn’t come up with the idea to get recognition, it just seemed like the right thing to do.” Maybe some day the new couple will pay it forward.

Mid Summer Treat! Mixed Berry Oat Crisp

Want to find another way to enjoy the tasty berries in season? Try this recipe and treat yourself!




12 ounce mixed berries
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons butter
ice cream


Preheat the oven to 425

Mixed berries with cornstarch and let sit for 20 mins

In a separate bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, oats, nuts, and cinnamon

Chop chilled butter into smaller pieces and blend it into oat mixture with a fork until crumbly. Don’t over-mix

Place berries in individual skillets or ramekins and spoon the crumble on top

Bake 20-30 mins. It is done when the top is golden brown and the berries are bubbling

Let cool for 15 mins , top with ice cream and serve


Here’s the original food blog that we found the recipe from. They do have awesome recipes on there!



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