Today my friend mentioned that she sent in her membership to the Whistling Train CSA. That got me thinking about how much fun I have at the local farmers markets. There are two that I like to regularly attend and one that is nice to visit on a slow Tuesday.
In Kent the downtown area comes alive every Saturday starting in June. The Farmers Market takes place in Town Square Plaza. What I like the most about this market is how a simple shopping trip can turn into an all day family fun fest.
We start at 9am with a stop by Dilettants for a latte.
Then over to the market to pick out the best local produce. Alot of what is available is grown less than 2 miles from the market. Some weeks you can even get local eggs and meat. We always try to stop by the bakery booth and pick up some of the tastiest bread and cookies. There are lots of great crafts and food.
I always try to make one loop through before I buy anything; so I can find the best of the best.
After we drop off our produce at the car, (we park in the garage to keep the car cool) we head over to the library to drop off books and pick up new ones. Also if we get there early enough we can pick up the early edition of the Sunday paper.
After the library we like to wander around Downtown Kent or play in the fountain or both. We will have lunch at one of the great restaurants in the downtown area or pick up something from the market.
All in all it is a great day.
Sundays I like to stop by the Market at Valley Medical Center. It is small but still has lots of stuff that the Kent market doesn’t have. It is a nice afternoon trip.
Farmers Market at Valley Medical Center
Sundays starting June 10, from noon to 4 pm
The Farmers Market at Valley Medical Center is conveniently located off Talbot Road in the parking lot adjacent to the Professional Center at 4011 Talbot Road South. With plenty of free parking including the parking garage, this market is open on Sundays from 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm for 15 weeks, June 10 – September 16.
On Tuesday Afternoon Renton has a nice market in the downtown area. Lots of variety and lots to see. This is a very diverse market; everything from Milk to produce, chocolate to meat. I have not had much time to explore the Renton area but there is a lovely little cafe just down the block from that makes great cupcakes.
The only real downside to the local markets is that they don’t start until June.
Hope to see you there this year!