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4th of July Barbecue Fixings

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I know we're still a ways out, but The Weather Channel forecasts 75F and partly cloudy for our 4th of July this year--positively sweltering by Northwest standards. Surely I'm not alone in having 4th of July memories of shivering under a pool umbrella, trying to keep my paper plate of baked beans from getting drenched in the rain..?2016-06-29 It's gonna be a party, people! No need to barbecue under the shelter of the eaves; no need to hand out fleeces and sweatshirts to your guests. Even if you have no elaborate plans and might not even watch fireworks on TV, you can't let the day pass without celebratory food.

The Market has your pastured ground beef for burgers. While there are all kinds of fancy burger recipes out there, in our house we just take a pound of meat and divide it into patties. Done. But I have gone out of my way to caramelize onions as a topping, just slicing some sweet onions thinly and sauteeing them in bacon fat or olive oil until brown and soft. Tomatoes? Lettuce? Cheese? The Market has it.

For you non-burger eaters, I've seen plenty of sausages on offer by our farmers. And I've seen beans, if you insist on making a veggie burger.

As for sides, have you seen the sugar snap peas?

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And salad greens...

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If you lean more toward potato salad, the Market has potatoes!

Say you've been invited to someone else's celebration, and you don't just want to bring your hosts a six-pack of the same old beer. The Market has artisan beers. Have you sampled Geaux Brewing's offerings? Take, for example,

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And lastly we come to dessert. You know the Market carries ice cream, but I'll be there this week wanting a half-flat of blueberries. Because it's blueberry pie time. And what dessert could be more American? (Except apple pie, but it's not apple season, folks. Which is why we eat that at Thanksgiving. I have still seen some apples at Collins Orchard, and they're still crisp and tasty, but that's another story.)

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Wishing you all happy 4th of July feasts and safe travels.

Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

I'm guessing you already heard that there's no Saturday Market this week. It's the Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair, not to be confused with the Bellevue Festival of the Arts in a neighboring parking lot, whose motto at least is honest: "31 Years of the Best of the Rest Fest."

Rather than compete with the Fair or contribute to Downtown Gridlock 2015, our Market will graciously stick to Thursday, and marketgoers will only have to dodge cone set-up around Bellevue Square.

If you've been discovering new backroad routes around construction bottlenecks, or sitting in the daily parking lot that is 405 south, you'll be ready for a cool, frosty beverage by the time you reach the farmers market. I have a couple suggestions:

We have a brewer! Geaux Brewing of Bellevue has set up a storefront. (And that's pronounced "go," not "gee-ox," for those of you who took Spanish in high school, instead of French.) Last week the brewers had two varieties on offer, Lafitte and Treme.

Lafitte
Treme, by process of elimination

Their website describes Lafitte thus:

Brewed with a perfect balance of pale, rye, and wheat malts and a dash of noble hops. Lafitte is then fermented with American Wheat yeast—this beer is as unique as it is interesting. Slightly sweet at first with a dry, spicy finish. Truly a lawnmower beer. 

As for Treme...

A full-bodied, yet balanced IPA, Tremé dances around in your mouth with a sweet, malty backbone against a floral, citrus, and melon hop character. With six different hop additions in the boil and three more dry hop additions, this is one to please even the most discerning IPA lover. 

But supposing you're not the beer-drinking type.

You might have noticed the addition of Jujubeet to our Market. I actually worked at this juice bar and eatery next to Top Pot Donuts for a few months, and I've made with my own hands (when I was there) all the foods on offer, as well as some of the beverages. Which is why I can tell you with complete honesty that they're delicious AND wholesome. You know how it goes with Market foods--they're all delicious, for sure, but you couldn't exactly call them good for you. Organic pastries are still pastries, after all.

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So if you're hoping to have your cake and eat it too, try a juice beverage and a salad at Jujubeet. From my time there, I can tell you the Kale Almond Salad is a perennial, sell-out favorite. We were making it constantly.

Kale Almond, front and center!

Jujubeet reports that marketgoers tend to buy the beet drink and carrot drink, but I'm all about the green ones. Even my teenage son would drink the green ones--that's how tasty they are.

Once you've had green, you'll never go back

It's worth stopping by the store to try more flavors, too, especially since my very favoritest greens aren't on offer at the Market. I loved "Herbalicious" and "Green Beauty," but I never turned down any of the others when there was a little leftover after bottling.

And once you've had your scrumptious and healthy fortification, you can convince yourself to try the "Energy Balls" (i.e., chocolate-y nuggets of rich, irresistible goodness). When I wasn't making another batch of Kale Almond Salad, I was making these suckers.

All the ingredients are listed right on the label, and they'd be perfect as a snack during a swim meet or lacrosse tournament or triathlon, or whatever all you more athletic types are doing.

So reward yourself for your awesome traffic navigation with the best of food and maybe an artwork that makes your heart sing.