Celebrate Seattle’s Farmers Markets!

cover of farm to table cookbookSeattle has long been famous for the Pike Place Market, which will be 101 years old this August. The Seattle Public Library has some fantastic books to help the average shopper explore both the Pike Place and neighborhood farmers markets, such as The Farm to Table Cookbook: The Art of Eating Locally by Ivy Manning or Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegcover of Eat Hererown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket by Brian Halweil.

The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance holds farmers markets in the neighborhoods of Broadway, Columbia City, Lake City, Magnolia, Phinney, University District and West Seattle. (U-District and West Seattle markets are year-round.) EBT (food stamps/Quest cards), Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers are also accepted at all seven markets.

Grab a friend or neighbor and browse the fabulous array of fresh cheese, eggs, seafood, baked goods, wine, vegetables and fruits! ~ Elizabeth W.

Localvore Love

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara KingsolverBarbara Kingsolver’s latest book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life is account of her family’s commitment to growing and raising their own food and to purchase only local food. Those who love Kingsolver’s writing will also enjoy learning more about her localvore lifestyle. Her family’s passion for the subject is wonderfully brought forth in this deeply personal chronicle. As the book cycles through the seasons, Kingsolver conveys her appreciation for everything that grows in her garden and barn, from spring’s first asparagus stalk to Thanksgiving’s heirloom turkeys. She emphasizes how in-season foods taste the best and are nutritionally superior when harvested ripe. Daughter Camille and husband Steven make readers aware of political issues surrounding the local food movement and demonstrate how simple seasonal home cooking can be. This book will appeal to anyone concerned about where their food comes from. Even though the book addresses some political issues, readers will love this memoir for the passion Kingsolver brings to every bit of life on her farm.

I love nonfiction that keeps me interested in the topic long after I have finished the book. For me, the lasting effect of this book is a stronger commitment to eating locally. This past Thanksgiving, I made a pledge to eat local and I purchased only food grown in Washington State. I did most of my Thanksgiving grocery shopping at my Seattle neighborhood Farmer’s Market . Yum! Stay tuned for more on the local food movement.

~posted by Judy A.