Tuesday, June 16, 2009

It's Farmer's Market Time and I'm Serving Breakfast!

Don't you just love a good farmer's market? I miss the farmer's markets we had in North Carolina. Back in the day, you could get great deals on bushel baskets of all your favorite vegetables. We'd visit, stock up, and I'd be canning and freezing for days afterward! Or enough sweet freestone peaches to make a big batch of peach preserves. I loved buying tomatoes for making tomato sauce, salsa and vegetable soup base. Corn, string beans, butter beans, squash, cucumbers! Oh the list goes on! But my little town here in Washington is not without it's own farmer's market. It takes place every Tuesday afternoon and is nothing like what I am use to from back east, but it's still a fun place to browse and shop. It's still early for much of the vegetables they grow out here, but oh....we DO have our wonderful fruit right now! There isn't a fruit I don't love! And I loaded up today!

Aren't these the most beautiful strawberries! I just had to buy them. As we walked further down, there was a man selling some that were no where as pretty as these. He let me try one, and I must say, the UGLY strawberry tasted twice as good as these PRETTY strawberries. I know there's a moral here somewhere! LOL!

We came upon an organic booth and the man was offering a taste of these delicious little fruits. They are a cross between an apricot and a plum. The man called them apricums and they were simply delicious! They aren't much bigger than a golf ball and have more of a plum flavor than apricot.
Washington is not just known for their apples. We have the best Bing cherries up here. They grow so big and sweet! We also have those delicious Rainier cherries. They are the yellowish /red cherry shown in the picture. If you've never tried them and ever see them in your produce section, you MUST give them a taste! I try not to buy them early in the season, because once I start eating these "more expensive" cherries, then I can't go back to the "lesser expensive" Bing cherry. But when I saw these today, I just HAD to have them!

Anyway...the breakfast menu for the rest of this week:

Beautiful delicious strawberries
Sweet juicy Bing and Rainer cherries
Deliciously sweet cantaloupe cubes
Tickle-your-taste-buds apricums
Sweet ice cold watermelon slices
Large plump blueberries
Tart green apple slices
Yummy Yogurt Fruit Dip

So come on by for breakfast...the welcome mat's out! ~~Annie


3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. powdered sugar

Put yogurt, powdered sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and mix with a spoon until smooth. Chill the dip in the refrigerator and serve with fresh fruit. Makes 4 servings.


  1. Good morning Annie!

    After reading all about these delicious fruits I'm ready for breakfast! Yummy! We also have a farmers market starting every Sunday about 5 minutes from me. It started this past Sunday but I didn't get a chance to stop by. Maybe this Sunday. I've planted alot of vegetables but not much fruit. Broccoli, spinach, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, green and red peppers and cauliflower. I've already harvested some spinach. Have had lots of rain!!! Have a great day Annie! The sun is finally shining here!!

  2. I love the Farmer's Market too, just haven't had a chance to go this year. Everything you got looks SO good, I might have to make a trip to ours next week! Thanks for sharing the dip recipe, Dawn

  3. Annie,

    Everything looks yummy and the breakfast menu divine...I'll be right over.

    At our farmers market here we have a grower that has crossed the plum and apricot but he calls them plumots...I think apricum sounds much better.


  4. Wow that all looks great! I'm thinking of trying silverdale or poulsbos market to see if they're better then port orchards lol.
    Thanks for the dip recipe..sounds tasty!

  5. yum....I went grocery shopping yesterday and got the california rainer cherries..they are yummy too..and yeah 4.99 a pound..but worth it when you can get em...they will have the others soon...I want fresh sweet corn from Sauvie Island down in Oregon..they have the best corn..love fresh fruit and veggies..:)

  6. Thanks for the breakfast invite! Wish I could come by. Love Ranier cherries (I live close by in Idaho) and find them at the local farmers market from time to time. I've been eating as many strawberries as I can stuff in my mouth before the season passes. Often slice them with bananas and throw in some walnuts for good measure.


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