I know I promised that my next post would be on booze, but I spent my Sunday on a pleasurable walk, reading the latest edition of Parabola and headed to the Farmer’s market to find green tomatoes. (I did find a nice white wine from Chelan Winery, but more on that later.) I really can’t say enough about the Olympia Farmer’s Market. My neighbor, Nikki McClure, has a very cool book about the market.
Check it out: http://www.buyolympia.com/q/Item=to-market-to-market
Sure, there are no guys throwing fish, no giant lit sign, no tourists taking photos, but there is damn good food. Like their great northern neighbor, the Oly Farmer’s market has beautiful and cheap bouquets and fun little jewelry trinkets. However the quality relative to scale far out weighs Pike Place. I found my green tomatoes, along with purple bell peppers, Okra and salad greens. If you are looking to put some variety in your food, this is the place to come. Summertime is not the only time. The market is open until right before Christmas. Take the time to go and get real food. You won’t regret it.
Champagne Pear Vinaigrette (from Trader Joe’s Or your personal fav)
smoked Salmon or Salmon jerky
edible flowers including Lavender
Now – I’ve given you the ingredients. I think if you are reading this blog you are smart enough to put this salad together yourself. Here is a picture. Pretty and yummy.