Neighborhood markets awaken for the season

Farmers markets have sprouted all over the Northwest. Summer can't be far away!
     I'm not a market aficionado, but I enjoy fresh food and fun wares whenever I run across them. Bellevue's market kicks off its 12th year this Thursday, May 12, in the spacious Bellevue Presbyterian Church parking lot. The Redmond Saturday Market, celebrating 40 years, is already open and runs through October. I know Ballard has a fun market, the best part being it's open each Sunday year-round.
     I can vouch that some markets have an ambiance and charm worthy of a weekend drive. Roslyn's Sunday market – which won't resume until June 12 – features great local fruit and produce. By great, that can mean giant. For me, food is often about portions, and in Roslyn I always can find radishes the size of plums.
     Likewise, I've bought colossal radishes at the Yakima Farmers Market, not to mention giant floral bouquets and robust Rainier cherries. Yakima's market is open Sundays in front of the Capitol Theater. The best way to top off a road trip there is with Mexican dinner at Santiago's, two short blocks west of the market.
     One year we stumbled across a fun weekend market in Ashland, but I'm generally not familiar with what Oregon offers. You can find plenty of Oregon farmers markets listed here.
     Click this link to check out a Washington farmers market near you.

by  Jon Osterberg

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