Friday, June 18, 2010

On the Plate...

Farmer's Market season is in full swing in Western Washington. While I always have high hopes for having my own abundant vegetable garden, the reality is that it takes a green thumb (which I have) and a significant amount of time (not so much.) That's why I am so grateful that we are lucky enough to have several amazing farmer's markets in Seattle. Depending on how early or late it is in the season, you can find just about everything you need to make quick, healthy meals. Plus, the fruit! Oh the fruit! I'm pretty sure I have eaten more cherries, raspberries and strawberries in the last three weeks than I have all year - yet I gotta get them while they are hot.

Another thing I love about the farmers markets is that you can find things that aren't often available in the typical grocery store. For example, last week we found these awesome blue potatoes (appropriately named "All Blue") and this gorgeous heirloom tomato.

There hasn't been much cooking outside of the grill as of late and no new recipes that have tried and true, however I did come across this recipe for Cherry Granitas which sounds delicious - perhaps even more so with a little spirits (read Vodka) added? Hmmm... now there's an idea... :)

If you're not sure if there's a farmer's market in your area, here's a LINK to the National Farmer's Market database.


  1. I'm so jealous of this tomato. Because the weather hasn't been cooperating, my tomato plants are far behind schedule. I'm trying not to get concerned...yet.

  2. I'm pretty sure this tomato must have been hothouse. I'm worried about produce all over the PNW. Cherries are almost $9 a pound at the COOP and are over $5 a pound at the market. That's the highest prices for local cherries I have seen. Of course they are way cheaper at Safeway, but they aren't local and they don't taste nearly as good.