It was looking like the perfect Saturday morning to roll out of bed, enjoy a cup of coffee, and stroll on over the the farmer’s market. Except! Thanks to my day job, I didn’t get myself there until an hour before closing time. Well, it is now clearly winter at the market. Growing Things Farm, one of my usual stops, was selling their beautiful soaps and jams, which we like to give away as gifts; they’d sold out of eggs much earlier. Willie Green’s, Stoney Plains, and Whistling Train Farm carried small lettuces and bagged salad, mizuna, radishes, collards, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and of course, kale. The only stuff available in quantity were things that keep — potatoes, winter squashes. Still, it was clear that if you were really determined, you could continue eating just about 100% local at this time of year.

On my way out, I picked up a bag of Braeburn apples and some hot peppers from Tonnemaker Orchards of Royal City, Wash. Tonnemaker’s fruit has always been sweet, fresh, and reasonably priced. I know it’s frowned upon to invoke pricing when talking about local organic food; what we pay is supposed to reflect the true costs of growing, but I’m not against a little competition. I left the market lamenting over how many months it would be before Honey Crisp apples are back — and thinking of how lucky we are in Seattle to have rich, bountiful harvests locally for much of the year.

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