Summer = houseguests.
At least for us. With family in town these past several days (of whom three of the visitors were kids 15 and under), we were looking for activities that provided (1) fresh air, (2) some exercise, and (3) food. Hooray for the Bellevue Farmers Market!
If you're expecting guests or just want to do the Saturday Market up right, I've got two steps for you.
WALK OR PARK. The new downtown location is wonderful! I included a map in my last post, but the easiest way to describe it is on the street between Lincoln Square and CPK, opening into Compass Plaza in front of the Tap House and Rock Bottom. We parked at Bellevue Square, having other business there, and strolled past the Bellevue Arts Museum. So easy, and it felt like the summer street fairs! In fact, here's the map from the Arts Museum website:
COME HUNGRY. The good thing about there being so many of us was that we were able to sample lots of the Saturday offerings.
|(Pic stolen from Yelp because I ate my dish before I remembered to photograph it)|
The Los Chilangos food truck serves up delicious, fresh Mexican food. I'd seen the truck parked during the week at 1829 130th Avenue in Bellevue, so I was thrilled to give it a try.
Next week we'll have to hit the other truck:
|A Marketgoer, preparing to thrive|
Thrive offers organic, vegetarian food, including smoothies, salads and bowls.
Then there's Midori Bakery--
|Baking incognito at Midori Bakery|
The picture's lousy (photo credit: yours truly), but the baked goods divine. We ate the perfect soft pretzels and my son had the ham and cheese croissant. All gone. All good.
On the side we enjoyed Collins' Chelan cherries--
Sweeter than the Rainiers I got on Thursday. I think we went through three pounds, lickety-split. (Their Fuji apples are worth getting, too--crunchy and sweet.)
Followed by cleverly-named Yippie-Pie-Yay:
Hand pies are a wonderful invention. And the perfect size, so you have an excuse to say, "Get your own!" Loved the peach-bourbon and blueberry flavors.
And ending with Hedgehog Toffee. Now, both this toffee and Thursday's Pete's Perfect Toffee are better than any you'll get in the stores, but I especially appreciated Hedgehog's compostable packaging. Being on an anti-plastic kick, I love to see the brown paper!
Finally, the Market wouldn't be the Market without food items you can't find elsewhere. Saturday offers plenty of pastured eggs and even duck and turkey eggs! When I don't have my family with me, I'll get you more details on that...
In the meantime, finish off whatever you have left in the crisper and prepare to re-load at our two Markets!