All posts tagged: Ballard Farmers Market

fall seattle farmers market haul

my market haul 11-8

Autumn has arrived. The rainy season is upon us. But, after more than 20 years of snowy seasons, I’ll take it. (Snow on Halloween. Snow on Easter. Sometimes snow on Christmas, because that’s real life. Sometimes snow drifts that were taller than me!) We got lucky last year. It was a mild winter, and a gorgeous summer. The trade off of the subtle seasons was, unfortunately, drought and forest fires across the state. I have a feeling this year we might finally be introduced to the true Seattle rain. The I-haven’t-seen-the-sun-in-21-days kind of rain. We’ll see. Is it weird I’m kind of excited? (Talk to me again in 4 months when I’m vitamin-D deficient and wallowing in seasonal depression.) This week for me is all about the veggies. I’m taking a conscious step away from animal proteins for the moment, which often take center stage in our meals and on our plates while veggies, fruits, legumes and grains are secondary. I’m listening to my body (and everyone else’s ragged voices), and am trying to fill …

to market, to market

Even when you lose an hour of sleep, Sundays are still the best days. There’s something about the sunshine and the air and the breeze on a Sunday that’s different from all the other days. There are a few farmers markets open year-round here in Seattle. So, for the last few weeks, we’ve woken to brilliant sunshine and the brightest blue sky, walked a few blocks to catch the bus, and wandered through the Ballard Farmers Market. After moving across the country, I felt a little lost. I worked at and shopped at several different markets around Atlanta over the last few years, and I didn’t quite know what to do with myself in a grocery store. I wandered through Pike Place Market, chatted with a butcher (and checked out her walk-in fridge), and scoped out the stands heaping with fresh (but not always local) produce. Walking into the cluster of tents at Ballard Farmers Market, I felt instantly at home. There was a hotdog stand, artists, jewelers, soap makers, musicians with banjos, acoustic guitars, …