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
Click this link to check out a Washington farmers market