I rose early, for a Sunday… that means before 10. I decided today would be the day I finally visited my local Farmer’s Market. I have known about the market for almost 3 years and I’ve never been. I learned the importance of supporting local farms about 10 years ago. Working on a local dairy farm, I came to know how small of a profit local farmers turn on their goods. It is amazing any farms can survive under the circumstances and especially in this economy.
Supporting the local community and living green, is born into the culture of the Northwest. West Seattle has a year round farmer’s market. Mom and Pop stores add a sense of community and charm to the area. In addition, our very own fruit and vegetable stand opened last summer. They sell local, organic goods all year round (we even bought our Christmas tree there!). Many area restaurants use local, organic ingredients when available. I try to support my community through produce and goods as often as I can afford to.
Today I gave myself a small budget for the farmer’s market. Then I was on my way.
These two were the cutest. We talked all about how many acres the farm has and how they shell the hazelnuts. I naively asked if someone did the shelling by hand lol. Apparently they have a machine seeing as each tree produces about 50 lbs. of nuts. There are about 35 trees per acre and they have almost 100 acres of land! I also learned that these two are getting married in October and going on their honeymoon to Maui after that. We also talked a little about photography before I got this snapshot.
Growing up in upstate New York, going apple picking, eating cider doughnuts and drinking warm cider screams FALL! I was feeling a little nostalgic today and purchased a half-gallon of homemade cider. So very delicious!
THE GOODS: Hazelnuts and Apple Cider
I enjoyed my day at the Farmer’s Market and will definately be back to purchase Salmon directly from the fishermen and possibly a nice big bouquet of flowers from the growers themselves.