November 5 in Verboort Oregon (about ten miles from Forest Grove).
The tour buses start hauling the old folks in at about 9 AM for the lunch, which is the sausage boiled with kraut and mashed on the side in a church basement. I've walked through, but not waited through the lottery for a seat.
What's easier is to follow the other crowd to the barn in the behind the church where the sausage is hung and get yourself a few pounds (about $6 per). After many years of this venture I know retrieve about 30+ for freezing + relatives who have connived me to include their shopping).
Don't miss the kraut shed. The stuff is straight cabbage, but fresh and alive, sparkling with sugars and tangy vinegar. It's packed into white plastic gallon tubs (about $4). Don't be shy, this stuff is wild delicious, but forget about it keeping. The kraut needs to be eaten in 72 hours or less. I haven't tried freezing it but that sounds bad. It demands to be eaten quickly.
Finally, go completely native by visiting the school gym. It's the church bazaar! The vortex of Oregonness is a hand-sewn potholder made by Mrs. McGigicuddy, or chalky fudge with candied cherries. You can buy twisted cactus in a pot, or play go fish and win a mystery prize from behind a curtain. Yay fun.
The sausage is smoky, dark, mix of pork and beef I think, in natural casing, with a pungent salty taste. Quite unique. It's best grilled and eaten as a compliment to the kraut with fresh boiled red potatoes. We lop off 2 pound sections and freeze them. Doesnt last long though.
And when theyre gone, especially in the summer in August you miss the salty smoky flavor and start googling, hey whens that sausage deal in Verboort happening again? I need more sausage!
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