Now I know that they say “don’t go shopping on an empty stomach” for a good reason, but “they” have probably never been to the farmer’s market on a warm August afternoon when the tomatoes are gorgeous, the peaches smell like candy and all the other fruits and vegetables look soooo beautiful!
It’s fun to have one thing in mind for dinner; and by the time you’ve made your first pass through the vendors you’ve done a complete 180. So many great options are there; it’s an absolutely wonderful experience. We tasted delicious pizza from a wood-fired oven, sampled some incredible salted caramel ice cream from the Molly Moon’s truck and took home a bag of mussels from Taylor shellfish that had been in the salty seawater just that morning. It doesn’t get any fresher than that – that’s what makes it special – the freshness!
I’ve been visiting the market in Bellevue for the last couple of years, meeting the vendors and making new friends, sometimes even visiting their farms to learn more about their product.
If you haven’t been lately, now is the time! What are you waiting for? I’ll see you there!
Chef Bradley Dickinson
Urban Farm Junkie – The official blog for the Bellevue Farmers Market