In response to SquirrelQueen's June Farmers' Market Challenge, I am putting up some pictures I've taken at the Bellingham Market this year. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera when I went there last week, where I bought strawberries for the third time, flowers, and kale. And this last Saturday I bought soap, lavender sachets, and a sniffy pouch to clear your sinuses, which I presented to the hubby, who sniffs it regularly. (See the maker of the pouch at her website at Good Natured Earthling. Go to the store, then aromatherapy for more information.)
This was a particularly sweet arrangement of early spring flowers, which I loved, and I just had to buy some. Notice a band playing in the background. This was taken on Opening Day of the 2009 Farmers' Market, which I attended specifically to see this:
On Opening Day, the Bellingham Mayor threw out the First Cabbage, which was caught by the young lady in the right-hand corner of the picture. This auspicious beginning to the 2009 Market, which is held every Saturday in downtown Bellingham, and every Wednesday at the Village Square in Fairhaven, has just about everything anybody could wish for: homemade cheeses, milk, the tastiest eggs I've ever had, jewelry, food vendors, and, of course, in-season veggies. I was shocked when I saw my first kale at least two weeks earlier than I expected. The vendor had grown it in her greenhouse and worried about it every day. And I can truly say I loved it.
The Market is very well attended by many in Bellingham, as you can see. It's really fun to walk through the aisles to greet friends and after a good long while, lug all my purchases home. Bellingham has many things to recommend it, but the Market is one of my favorites.