This week is Washington State Farmers Market Week!
I find that farmers markets are the hidden gems of any town.
Spokane happens to have three gems in town, a foodie’s dream come true!
Take a break from your Safeway cereal and discover what’s in season this summer in Spokane.
Here are two of the Farmers Markets close by campus:
Address: 20 W. 5th Avenue (right up the street from Dick’s Hamburgers)
Times: Wednesday, Saturday, 8:00am – 1:00pm
Distance from campus: 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk
Address: 924 S Perry
Times: Thursday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm
Distance from campus: 4 minute drive or 30 minute walk
Some summer fruits and veggies that are in season NOW:
Blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries
– Try this Arugula Beet salad recipe from Food Network. It’s an easy way to make a meal out of local Spokane produce.
Zag Tip: For this recipe, substitute avocados for local berries like blueberries or blackberries.
Zag Tip: Berries go bad FAST! If you are having a hard time finishing that huge box of blackberries you bought at the market, freeze them for later to put in breakfast dishes like granola, yogurt, or oatmeal. Toss the bruised berries into a smoothie for a pop of fruity flavor without having to gulp down a destroyed berry.
• Don’t forget a canvas bag or basket because I bet you you’ll leave with more that you expected!
• Ride your bike, carpool with friends, even rent a ZipCar if you need to!
• Strike up a conversation or ask a question with the sellers. Its normal! So don’t be afraid to learn something about the food you’re going to be eating.
• Sunscreen and a hat is always a good idea for the summer sun.
Farmers markets also have amazing baked goods, cheeses, flowers, honey, candles, olive oil, soaps, and even handmade ice pops!
I challenge you Zags to visit Spokane’s beautiful farmers markets and use your creativity to make a delicious summer meal with local and organic foods.
Not only is it healthier, but also it supports local Spokane farmers.
Make a day out of it and visit Spokane’s farmers markets before the snows of winter creep in again!