Beaverton Farmers Market offers autumn bounty

Fall is my favorite time of year at the Beaverton Farmers Market. All of the warm season crops — corn, tomatoes, peppers — are still in the market, while the cool season crops are making a showing — winter squash, pumpkins, cabbage, parsnips and Brussel sprouts.

Of course, we can’t forget the fall favorite, chanterelle mushrooms, which are wild mushrooms foraged in the forests around Portland and coveted for their gourmet flavor. Try our favorite recipe for Mushroom Stroganoff at

Autumn weather is perfect cooking weather, so it is time to take the soup pot out of hibernation. Nothing warms a kitchen like your favorite chili, soup or stew simmering on the back burner of the stove.

While we have had to say goodbye to summer’s berries and peaches, they are being replaced by fragrant apples, silky pears and crispy Asian pears.

Walking through the market, I happened to capture adorable little Reese enjoying a juicy apple. It is never too early to introduce farm fresh foods to your kids. When Reese gets a little older, she can join our Market Sprouts Kid’s Club, which helps connect children to the market, our farmers and the delicious things that they grow.

If you would like more information on our Market Sprouts program, or anything regarding the market including hours, directions or upcoming events, please visit our website at

See you at the market!

Ginger Rapport

market master

I applaud state leaders for new education funding

On Oct. 2, during its special session, the Oregon Legislature approved an additional $100 million in funding for Oregon’s public K-12 schools.

For our districts, this will mean a longer school year, reduced class sizes, or increased instructional opportunities for our kids — $100 million equates to 500 additional teachers or 2.5 additional school days for the entire state.

These are investments that will directly impact student learning and outcomes, and I want to thank our governor and our legislators for their dedication in pushing for these funds and making this additional investment a reality.

In addition to allocating more dollars to our schools, the Legislature also tackled Public Employees Retirement System reform. While I know that changes to the retirement system are always complex and controversial, I also know that this was work that needed to be done.

These reforms will allow our districts to focus precious resources on the things that most directly impact student learning — extended classroom time, high-quality teachers and proven instructional programs.

Again, I want to thank our governor and legislators for their leadership. Thanks to their commitment to reinvesting in education, we now have an education budget that I don’t think anyone would have believed possible six months ago.

A state schools budget of $6.65 billion truly is an historic reinvestment in our schools. It is now up to us as educational leaders to make the best possible use of these critical funds to improve outcomes for our students and move our state closer to 40-40-20.

Rob Saxton

Oregon’s deputy superintendent of public instruction

Merkley took right steps for diplomatic solutions in Syria

Oregonians should be proud that U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has helped lead the call for diplomatic solutions in Syria, and opposed the authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against Syria. Even though Congress has delayed consideration of the AUMF against Syria, there is tremendous work to advance diplomatic solutions to end the killing and provide accountability for all war crimes committed in Syria.

As Sen. Merkley said, “America should bring the world together to condemn and penalize Syria for this action. Such an effort, however, is best pursued through international negotiation and diplomacy.”

The U.S.-Russian agreement to peacefully disarm Syria of its chemical weapons is one example of how diplomacy can help make the world a safer place.

But that should be the beginning — not the end — of creative, effective, international diplomatic efforts to address the Syrian crisis.

Gary LaVenture

Cedar Mill

Contract Publishing

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