So, I’m terribly greedy. Here I am surrounded by beautiful vegetables, vegetables that I’ve dreamed of all winter, and all I can think of is: FRUIT! Being a breath too late to secure some strawberries at the Bremerton farmer’s market yesterday has only made me more impatient. (The man said, as I was getting my money out and my mouth was watering, “No, you can’t buy these, they’re all sold.” Oh!) Soon, I know that we’ll have strawberries at our home market, and I’ve heard rumor that they’re already out in the Seattle markets. To make your mission easier, here are some things that I have learned about finding fruit:
- Rob, of All One Family Farms, is taking orders for fruit to be delivered later in the summer. Check out which route you are on and make decisions about what you would like. Order forms, due June 15, are on his website: http://www.allonefamilyfarm.com/
- Tiny’s, an oft prevalent Seattle vendor, always has scrumptious organic fruit. They have stands at Pike Place Market and many other locations. They have a really handy harvest schedule on the front page of their website, so that you will know exactly when certain fruits start coming out. If you’re looking for a lot of fruit to can, you are able to make a large order. They take orders when the fruit is ripe and not ahead of time. You can arrange delivery to the closest farmer’s market.
- Soon, it will be time to forage. Salmon and thimble berries are starting to show themselves around here, and the countdown to wild blackberries begins.
Don’t forget to plan ahead. Think about how you’re going to store some of this fruit for the winter. You’ll be glad that you did!
Strawberry update: The Day Rd. farmstand is open! You can buy strawberries by the flat or pint. Look for the strawberry flag and go early.