Top 10 Picks at the Spokane Farmers Market
This post written by guest blogger—Aparna Heroor
Last weekend, while visiting my brother and sister-in-law in Spokane, I visited their local Farmers Market. At first glance, I couldn’t help but notice how small the market was! I wasn’t too sure about what we’d really find in such a small market. However, as we started walking around, I realized that there were vegetables and fruits (mostly peaches), eggs, bread, cheese, meat, flowers, and honey. Pretty much what a normal grocery list includes, right? In addition, there were a couple specialty stalls selling handmade soaps and candles.
We decided to pick 10 items from the market that we would use. Here’s what we got:
1. Cipollini Onions
At $2.50/lb, these gourmet mild and sweet onions were a, err, sweet deal! They work perfectly for summer time grilling.
This one stall was dedicated solely to potatoes of different kinds- Viking Purple, Red, Blue, etc. And it was all priced at $2.00/lb!
3. Orange Beets
Wonderful vegetable, packed with anti-oxidants, at only $2.00 a bunch. Had to be bought!
I know that most people steer clear of this vegetable. But when it is cooked the right way, it is actually very tasty. At $2.99/lb, this was again an awesome buy!
5. Tabasco & Bulgarian Carrot Peppers
These looked so fresh, bright and colorful, that we couldn’t resist. Besides, we love our peppers, and so these were picked up by default, and we didn’t even pay attention to the price!
6. Rattlesnake Beans
The name and appearance was so enticing, that these made it to our top 10 picks, in spite of being priced at $4.00/lb. Oh, BTW, they have nothing to do with rattlesnakes, just in case you are wondering!
The girl at the stall said that these tart berries were pricey because apparently harvesting huckleberries is like “milking a rat!” When someone puts it that way, you end up buying it, even if one small bag costs $12.00!
8. Keta Salmon
My brother loves his fish, and he had to buy this, because of its mild flavor. The lady threw in a little bit of dill as well, and gave us a ton of recipe brochures along with it! At $8.99/lb, it was alright.
My sister-in-law was very excited at the idea of sucking honey out of a little tube, and so she had to pick up a couple packets with 6 individual tubes inside. All for $2.00!
10. Lavender Goat Cheese
One sample and my taste buds were dancing in ecstasy! With bits of garlic and edible lavender, at $7.00/packet, this cheese was irresistible, and I had to get it.
So, my visit to the Spokane Farmer’s Market was quite enjoyable after all. Though small, it has everything one would typically need.
Oh, I also picked up an eleventh item—A beautiful handcrafted beeswax bar of soap, infused with rose petals, with a honeycomb pattern on each end. Unique and at $5 per bar, this is going to be a keepsake of sorts. You see, it is way too pretty to use!
What are your favorite things to get at the farmers market? Let me know in the comments below!
Aparna is an avid food blogger, and has an article published in the Winter 2011 edition of “Education About Asia,” to her credit. Her blog http://www.yetanotherfoodie.blogspot.com includes recipes and ruminations. She moved to USA from India in December 1997. She lives with her husband and two children in Sammamish, WA.