Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Let me take you to the Market - week 4

It's that time of the week yet again, folks - and the Farmers Market was looking just as good as ever. Rainier cherries from the Lyall Farm of Mattawa, Wa. are very popular and sell out fast. Every week - same story. Buy those cherries early, is my recommendation.

Roasted Sweet Corn on the Cob has been with the Market a couple of years, thank heavens, because that is a meal in itself. Just ask Elizabeth and Bella here, who were experimenting with the dozen or so toppings that come in shake bottles on the vendor's side table. Butter is only the beginning here.

Pacific Coast Bakery offers some lovely breads and these handmade fruit pies with flavors like Peach/Rhubarb and Marionberry. Local fruits are used and you can choose between a mini pie for $3.50 or an whole pie for $14. Scrumptious!

Plenty of vendors have cold drinks on hand so that when the weather gets hot, you can chill down.

QuilBay Seafood has clams and oysters straight from the beach. Kim here is holding up a 2 dozen bag of of oysters for $12. This company does 27 farmers markets throughout the area - just to help bring fresh shellfish to the neighborhood and let people take an interest in Quilcene Bay, home to the shellfish they carry. Check out their website here.

It is the obligatory photo of the flower bouquet - just one of so many combinations, that is on offer here at the Market every week - for a mere 5 dollar bill.

The Hawaiian Shave Ice stand is ever popular - note the line of people and the happy children's faces ( which will soon be colored in the hues of rainbow ice!)

The fresh produce at the market can make you want to start cooking immediately - or just want to graze from stand to stand.

Both the carrots and the shallots are from Lee's Produce, a family run business located in Redmond where they grow their produce "naturally".

Mary, a regular at the Market, is sporting her "Meet Me at the Market" T-shirt and a great bouquet of flowers. The T-shirts are on sale at the market at a stand near where the announcer, Brian Larson sits. The design is lovely, and worth every penny as proceeds go the the running of the Market.

The children always have a place to play at the market - and it is open to all youngsters until 6 pm on Market days.

This is the end view of the wheeled carts that are used to help vendors carry their products to and from their stalls. Happy painted flowers with cheery dispositions - all because they get to spend time each week at the Market.
You should too

Next Farmers Market, Tuesday, June 30th
3 pm to 7 pm
The Piazza South Third and Burnett
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