A few weeks ago, I headed north to Seattle to attend a lovely wedding and catch up with an old college buddy. The weekend was just fantastic, as was the University District Saturday Farmer's Market! I wandered through the stalls, oggling at the absolutely beautiful produce and wishing I had a stove. I was also struck by the abundance of wild and cultured mushrooms. As I am still reeling in the tomatoes, we have not yet reached mushrooming season down here. But the Pacific Northwest, with its abundant rainfall, is swimming in gorgeous mushrooms. I am eagerly looking forward to our mushroom season and many more meals of mushrooms on toast.
There was also a great selection of cheeses, including a stand from one of my favorite creameries: Willapa Hills from Doty, Washington. I first found them at the California Artisan Cheese Festival in 2010. Upon arriving in Seattle I picked up some of their Two Faced Blue, a delicious sheep/cow blue cheese. At the market I also got to try the Pluvius, a cow's milk table cheese that reminded me of a slightly milder feta that I could barely keep my hands off. I left with some of that, too. Yum.
Now, please enjoy the colors and textures of Seattle's U District Saturday Farmer's Market!