Start your day off with a nut
Larry Rakestraw is a character. The 78-year-old retiree dresses up in early 20th century clothing every Saturday to sell roasted peanuts at the Beaverton Farmers Market.
When he was young, Rakestraw sold peanuts during games at the baseball park. Back then he loved it and when he retired, he became interested in selling peanuts again. He bought an old-fashioned peanut roaster and fully refurbished it; there is even a side-attachment display with a built-in boiler to showcase the roasted peanuts and keep them warm. In a red-striped vest, bowtie and straw hat, he once again loves selling peanuts.
"I'm having as much fun now as I did when I was a kid," he explains.
A people person, Rakestraw easily engages with customers at the farmers market and is proud of the product he sells. Most people, he claims, have never tasted fresh, roasted peanuts only store-bought peanuts in a can or a big bag that has sat on the shelf for six months.
"Hot nuts are better than cold nuts," he hollers out.
Stop by Beaverton Farmers Market this Saturday and meet our local vendors who are working hard to bring you their hand-crafted foods, wares, crafts, produce and entertainment. Our market highlights the essence of community living with creative people.
Beaverton Farmers Market
Southwest Hall Boulevard, between Third and Fifth Streets, Beaverton