Markets and Sources

Franks Produce reopens in the Pike Place Market

Frank Jr in the newly remodeled Frank's Quality Produce

Frank’s Quality Produce re-0pened on June 15, 2011 after a winter and spring long  closure that was required so that  earthquake retrofits  could be made in Seattle’s Pike Place Market.  Frank’s Quality Produce is a longtime market resident, with members of the family having sold produce at Pike Place for four generations.  Their stand, in the Corner Market Building, has long been one of my favorites and distinguished itself among the high-stalls as one of the last to still sell at least some produce grown on family-owned land  and as one of the first to  feature produce from local organic farms.  Frank’s Quality Produce has been the primary produce supplier for Le Pichet since its opening in 2000 and continues to be an important supply source for both Le Pichet and Cafe Presse. Continue reading

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Seattle’s Farmers Markets – May and June 2011

Yes Frank gave me this bag in exchange for publicity.

If you have been frequenting the Farmers Markets in Seattle all winter long, congratulations.  I try to make it to at least one market each week, just to keep abreast of the produce that is available, but during the winter it can be a lonely vigil.  After the first of January, the crowds thin down to a trickle and the vendor mix takes a decided turn toward the pre-produced (jams, pickles, bread, pasta) and the instantly edible (soup, stir fry, pizza, crepes) and away from fresh produce, meats and cheeses.  By February, mushrooms are long gone, the apples and pears are beginning to look a bit tired and new ideas for cooking winter squash are met with mixed reviews (acorn squash stuffed with quinoa, bacon and dried fruit was a surprising success with Sheila.  Southwest French-style roasted squash cake made from Sweet Dumpling squash, less so).  At least I can console myself with a dozen oysters from Taylor Shellfish at the University  and Ballard Markets.  Oysters, clams and mussels are all at their best during the short days of winter when “Everyday is a Muscadet” as the publicity posters from the Maine-et-Loire opine. Continue reading

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