|Daaaaaamn, Pacific NW, you so fine! - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
One of the best ways to take in the season is to visit farmers markets. There's a couple that are year-round, but given the seasonal nature of fresh produce, it's really spring/summer/early fall that are market-friendly. For many years, we regularly visit the Redmond Farmers Market, since it's outdoors, dog-friendly, and on Saturdays, so we can all go together. I always wind up with odd combinations of purchases -- for two years in a row, I inevitably wind up with wild mushrooms and Bing cherries. They're two things I'm equally excited about -- cultivated mushrooms by a local farmer, and summer cherries, which I eat like there's no tomorrow. But even when there's not mushrooms and cherries to be had, our Redmond Farmers Market routine is typically to get coffee from one of the local vendors, browse the stands, and get tamales for breakfast, also available at the market -- it's a great way to start the weekend!
|Mushrooms and cherries - Miyazaki Dust Spirit-approved - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|The beauty of artichokes - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
|Admiring the spiny artichoke - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Gulls be like "You lookin' at ME?!" - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Pizza on a hot day? You bet - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Eat your greens! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers. The colors are incredible on all the bouquets being sold at the stands.
|Gorgeous blooms - get a bouquet for a sweetie, or yourself! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Eat summer by the basket-ful - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Have a berry good summer, y'all - Photo by Wasabi Prime|