Farmers Markets

columbia-farmers-market1With the sun beginning to peek out of the sky a bit more lately, it’s now the time for the seasonal farmer’s markets to be opening. The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance’s calendar lists Magnolia opening this Saturday, May 23, followed by Phinney on Friday, May 29, and Lake City on Thursday, June 4. The Columbia City Farmers Market opened in late April, Broadway on May 10 and – lucky! – both the University District and West Seattle ones are open year round. The Ballard Sunday Farmers Market has an official blog which lists what’s fresh now and has a list of neighbors’ businesses.  There will be a grand opening of the Meadowbrook Farmers Market, to be located on the grounds of the Seattle Waldorf School, on Sunday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If you are planning to travel around Washington state, the Washington State Farmers Market Association web site lists over 125 farmers markets.

Curious for more facts about where these crops come from? organic-farming2A library catalog search for organic farming finds titles like Organic Farming: Everything You Need to Know by Peter Fossel. Many cookbooks cover recipes with natural foods ingredients.  The Farm to Table Cookbook: the Art of Eating Locally by Ivy Manning includes yummy dishes from Northwest chefs and restaurants.

And, one could not mention this topic without asking when was the last time that you, a neighbor or a visiting relative went to the Pike Place Market? Have you been lucky enough to catch one of those flying fish?

Yarn Anyone?

2629461357_6d8f37c115_mMaybe you have a relative who is a fanatical knitter or a friend who always has a ball of yarn in his or her knapsack? Or, am I describing you?! For more on this passion, let me share some info with you. Just like so many other crafts, there are web sites and blogs all over the Internet on knitting and crocheting. One of my favorite knitting sites is — a witty, stylized and cute site with patterns, coffeeshop chat and articles with knitting help.

Are you new to knitting or crocheting? The Lion Brand Yarn site includes Learn to Crochet instructions – one needs to keep scrolling to the bottom of the screen but the illustrations are easy to look at. Many knitting and crochet books, no matter what level of patterns covered, include a few pages of beginner’s tips and terminology.

Most local yarn stores – also referred to as your LYS – Continue reading “Yarn Anyone?”

Got Poems?

April is more than just the month when sun tries to return to the Seattle skies. It’s also National Poetry Month. What does poetry mean to you? For some of us, we recall that haiku writing assignment in elementary school. Then there’s that familiar and famous line from Robert Frost of “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Even though some of your friends may be digging into the 800-plus pages of Charles Dicken’s Little Dorrit, consider doing something different by reading or trying your hand at poetry. Here are some places to start.

dream-of-summer-book-coverFinding poetry at the Library is easy. A library catalog search for summer poetry brings up A Dream of Summer: Poems for the Sensuous Season. Want to listen to poems? A search for poetry cds in the library catalog lets one know about The Classic Hundred Poems: All-Time Favorites.  At any public library, you can browse lots of American poetry on the shelves in the Dewey 810s. As the Continue reading “Got Poems?”