Barnes and Noble

Now You Can Get Lazy and Forgetful

Because the Saturday Bellevue Farmers Market opens this weekend! Go ahead and run out of strawberries and cherries after two days--you can always get more on Saturday.

More where these came from

As in past years, the Saturday Market will be held in Compass Plaza, just south of Barnes & Noble, and they will graciously provide free parking with Market validation.

Sounds like Opening Day will be a lovely one, so why not come down for your fresh, just-picked goodies and one-of-a-kind prepared foods, and then grab a beach read from Barnes & Noble before you head for the pool? I've put out my list of 2015's Beach Read Choices here.

And, lest I forget, you might want to run by the Thursday Market as well, to grab some luscious sparkling cider to complete that perfect afternoon.

Some of the ciders

Remember Finn River from Saturday Markets past? I spotted them last Thursday, with their dazzling array of sparkling ciders and wines and brandies, all made with their own fruit.

Dessert wines!

The Full Monty

And hasn't life gotten better, now that we can sample the goods (if we're over 21)?

You can even make it a Finn River weekend because every Sunday at the farm and cidery they offer tastings AND a free slice of woodfired pizza, garnished with "fresh, organic, farm-grown toppings." This is meant to be a family affair with live music from 12-6pm. Show up on bicycles and you get a free cup!

Our friends are located south of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula. Directions here.

Don't forget that Saturdays are dog-friendly, as well--a big highlight for my almost 12YO daughter, who loves to see your dogs, since her cruel mother won't get her one. (This is her birthday weekend, so I'm putting out a special plea to all Corgi and West Highland Terrier owners to turn out!)

Got one of these? She's welcome on Saturdays!
Walk your Westie on down!

Do we have a deal? See you all Thursday and Saturday.

Woo Hoo--Parking!

Parallel parking is not my forte, but I've been doing my best at our Saturday farmers market. Last week, I found a spot north of Top Pot Donuts and had a brisk walk down 106th. Afterward, as I pulled away from the curb, bags bulging with fruit and eggs and vegetables and jam and flowers, a lady whizzed up and leaned on her horn. Yikes! When she pulled up next to me, I gave her my best I'm-so-sorry-I-did-check-before-I-pulled-out look, to which she responded with this:

(Thanks doroteos.com for the pleasant memory)

Yowza. If this has never happened to you, you might still agree with me that parking at the Saturday Market has involved some ingenuity to this point, and this week I make the happy announcement that our parking woes are over.

Yes, indeed, Barnes & Noble has graciously agreed to allow us to park in their lot on Saturday mornings! Hallelujah! Thank you, neighbor. So maybe, after you load up on your locally-grown goodies, pop into their store and buy some food for your brain. Here are some recent favorite reads of mine which they carry:

Enthralling nonfic account of life and defection behind the dark curtain
A lyrical re-imagining of Patrocles and Achilles' story from THE ILIAD
Wall-to-wall fun sci-fi story for video game lovers and those who came of age in the '80s

There you go--food food and brain food, all in one Saturday morning.

Speaking of food food, have you seen the bok choy lately?

Just rinse it well and throw it in any stir fry, or use as you would Napa cabbage. It makes a nice change of pace from the usual broccoli and green beans which grace our table as the obligatory vegetable.

And then stop in the neighboring booth and ask White Heron Cellars which of their varieties you should pair with Chinese food. Last weekend they had Syrah, Malbec, Roussanne, and a Dry Rose:

Nice-looking bottles, too

And I don't know if you've noticed, but you may now sample wines and ciders at the Market! Now you can be assured of bringing home not just beautiful bottles, but exactly the flavor you were looking for.

So come by this Saturday and park away. This could become a half-day affair!