You wouldn’t know it by looking out my window. Today, the first full day of summer, it was barely 60 degrees and POURING rain.
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah….it’s Seattle, I know. But it’s Pride weekend! It’s not supposed to rain on Pride!
Even if the weather isn’t summer-like, there are things going on around town that signal the coming of the season.
Pride weekend, of course. Happy Pride to all the Family out there!
The most exciting thing that has signaled the arrival of the solstice is the coming of the farmers’ markets. Here in Shoreline, we finally have our own market!! And it’s just a couple of blocks from our house!!!!
Last weekend was the first weekend. Since it has been fairly cool this year, there weren’t many produce stands up last Saturday. But there were signs up saying that we should see a full complement this weekend.
We started getting a weekly produce box from a local service, but now that we have a market so close, we may bag the box, at least for the summer.
Still, between the two, the market and the box, we made some really killer dinners this week.
From the box, we had some chard and green beans and a red bell pepper. From the grocery store, we got a box of heirloom mini tomatoes. I tossed those in some olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, then roasted the hell out of them.
I took that lovely mess of roasted veg, tossed it with some pasta and some extra special olive oil (purchased from the Edmonds market last summer) and voila! Dinner!
It was so good it made me want to cry. Everything was fresh and gorgeous. We feasted!
The other great thing about last weekend was when N suggested we get chicken for lunch on Saturday. We went to Heaven Sent Chicken in Lake City, owned and operated by Ezell Stephens. (If you go somewhere called Ezell’s these days, it is not a restaurant owned by the name himself. After some legal ugliness, he let them keep the name and went somewhere else to keep making chicken.)
Not only did N suggest we get chicken, she suggested we get chicken livers. Which you can get at Heaven Sent. It’s a special order…takes about 7 minutes…and it is worth the wait!
While I prefer my chicken livers fried with less batter on them, I couldn’t argue that these were very tasty. They were a little overcooked…like maybe the oil in the fryer was a little too hot. But there aren’t a lot of places in town were you can get fried chicken livers (I know of one other place, if it is even still open). And the crunch of the crust and the creamy funk of the liver…I was in heaven!!
Quick wine note: the Jones of Washington Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect pairing with those livers.
I got a pound of livers and we ate half for lunch. Then we had the other half with the fabulous pasta and roasted veg for dinner the next night.
There was one more really exciting thing we got at the market. We had long been curious about the beef and pork sellers. And these guys were having a special, so we got a 3 pound chuck roast and two 2-pound packages of ground beef. Local, grass-fed beef.
We did as they suggested and cooked the roast in the crock pot. Wow. Just…wow. This was the most flavorful piece of chuck I have ever had. I could definitely taste the difference.
We’re looking forward to grilling some burgers when the weather clears up. I bet that’s gonna be some really tasty burgers.
I hope the weather is decent enough for us to walk to the market. I’m looking forward to seeing what else they have in store for us.
Oh! Before I forget, we also got some sweets from a small bakery business called Butter and Love. Love the name…loved the treats. We got a couple of whoopie pies, which were delicious. I could taste both the butter and the love in those treats!
This week, we are going to go a little later and buy some lunch. The restaurant up the street, Jersey’s, has a stand. There was also a place that was making fresh quesadillas with locally sourced meat, cheese and veg.
So, come on over to Shoreline if you have the urge. Meet us at the farmers’ market. Get some local color and then take it home and eat it.
As summer truly arrives, I’ll be watching for strawberries, apricots and other fruits for the making of the jam, a time-honored summer tradition in my family.
Happy Solstice, Happy Pride, Happy Summer! May the blessings of the season grace your table often.