Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs

Queen Anne Farmers Market

Posted on: Thursday 16 June 2011

In the four months I’ve lived in Seattle, I’ve visited Kerry Park thrice and walked up the Counterbalance each time. I huff and puff over the three humps for the exhilarating view of Downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay and Mount Rainier. On a clear day it takes your breath away, literally and figuratively!

After reading the map, I decided it was more sensible to catch a bus than to walk up to the Queen Anne Farmers Market. The bus wound its way up Queen Anne and the bus driver kindly let me know the stop for the farmers market.

Queen Anne is a lovely neighbourhood, leafy and suburban. The farmers market had a row of stalls on a closed street and a separate area for fast food. Each week features a chef demonstration and musical entertainment.

It was a warm day and after a couple of laps of the stalls, I was ready for a cold treat.

I ordered a vanilla bean ice cream cone from Parfait Organic Artisan Ice Cream. Speckled with vanilla bean, the ice cream was served in a beautifully patterned waffle cone. The ice cream was fragrant, but a little icy.

I was just in time for the demo with Chef Vuong Loc of Portage and June restaurants.

Chef Voc made a spicy strawberry salad with rhubarb and Dijon vinaigrette, and Mt Townsend Seastack cheese. Interestingly the salad had both raw rhubarb and parsnip, ingredients that are usually stewed and roasted respectively.

Chef Voc shared the anecdote that as a child he ate raw stalks of rhubarb sprinkled with salt.

I’m fascinated by Chef Voc’s knife skills. I’m a slow and clumsy cutter and I find it the most tedious part of cooking.

It was a generous sample of the spicy strawberry salad with a lovely balance of flavours – sweet strawberries and parsnip, creamy cheese, spicy mustard greens and tart dressing.

All the ingredients used in the chef demo were locally sourced and available at the stalls.

Appetite whetted, I wandered over to the fast food stalls and snacked on a Maria Luisa empanada.

There is a communal table with an emerald chequered tablecloth and a variety of cuisines available. The Palermo chicken empanada was a tasty parcel of shredded chicken, red bell pepper, sautéed onions and a special mixture of herbs and spices.

I resisted the beignets from Where Ya At Matt and was captivated by the Veraci Pizza wood fire oven trailer.

Columbia City Bakery had a tantalising array of breads and baked goods.

I bought a bread roll and the sourdough was soft and dense, with a chewy crust.

I didn’t know there were different types of bacon until I moved here. Proper British Bacon sold both British and American bacon!

The bee display at Island Apiaries was a star attraction for children where the game ‘spot the queen bee’ was played. To my alarm several children tapped the glass case enthusiastically.

There were many fresh produce stalls stocked with seasonal fruits and vegetables. I bought a bunch of organic asparagus, to be grilled and served with quinoa this week.

Each stall had vibrant hues of reds and greens.

It was a pleasant downhill stroll home!


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