Ange did the most research before we headed to Portland. Actually, I really didn't do any. Ange sent me some links but between Africa, work and Mercy Foundation activities I was just too busy to do much looking. Ange heard about the Portland Saturday Market and since we are on a major Farmer's Market kick we wanted to check out Portland's Market, which is pretty well known.
It was the first thing we did in Portland after checking into our hotel. The one word I would use to describe it is overwhelming. It is HUGE. There are probably 200 vendors selling a range of things from clothes, food, house items, art and other random things. We wandered around for a couple hours, snacking on various goodies, looking at the booths and buying Ange a snazzy "Local Tastes Better" veggie shirt.
Although we were overwhelmed by the size and activity of the market, I think it is definitely something you should check out if you are in town. It's open both Saturday and Sunday so there is plenty of time to check it out. The food was slightly disappointing. It wasn't terrible, but definitely wasn't that great. The best thing we had was an elephant ear! We thought that was pretty funny being from the land o' fried food. It was a great experience and if you are looking for some cool shopping you'll be all set.