My husband and I have certainly noticed that just about every day of the week during the summer season you can visit a farmer’s market in a community or neighborhood around here.
Early in the season, we enjoyed checking out the arts & crafts, nibbling on baked goods, and purchasing a beautiful fragrant bouquet. At this time of year, however, we go for the goods. The “goods” I’m referring to are farm fresh produce! The end of the summer means abundance as local farmers reap the rewards of their hard work and share their harvest with all of us.
Let’s face it. Vegetables that are grown locally with care just taste better. Not only that, but there is the great health benefit to be considered. Most farmers selling at a local farmers market are growing their produce organically without pesticides. Additionally in my experience when comparing to a supermarket purchase, I find produce at a Farmer’s Market usually costs less. My personal favorite is getting tomatoes late in the season…the sweet flavor is unbeatable.
I also enjoy discovering new vegetables or roots that I haven’t tried and use these when experimenting with new recipes. Recently I’ve made Garlic Scape Pesto and Jicama with Carrot and Green Apple Slaw with items purchased at the market.
If you haven’t in a while, check out a Farmer’s Market in your area:
Saturdays (through Sept 30), 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fridays (through September 29), 12-6 p.m.
Country Village (23718 Bothell Everett Highway)
Thursdays (through October 12), 3-7 p.m.
Brown Avenue (between NE Richardson & NE Ring)
Tuesdays (through October 17), 3-7 p.m.
Stossel Avenue & Bird Street (one block east of Hwy 203/Tolt Ave)
Thursdays (through October 5), 3-7 p.m.
NE 125th & 28th NE
Saturdays (year-round), 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
University Way NE (between 50th & 52nd)
Fridays (through October 6), 3:30-7:30 p.m.
N 67th Street & Phinney Avenue N
Sundays (year-round), 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
22nd Avenue NW & NW Market Street
Farmer’s Markets are also located in Bellevue, Capital Hill, Columbia City, Freemont, Kirkland, Magonila, Madrona, Redmond, Snohomish, Wallingford, West Seattle, and the list goes on...