Edy Kizaki

Guide to Puget Sound Area Farmer’s Markets

August 1, 2012 in Shopping

Madrona: Friday 3-7 pm
Wallingford: Wednesdays 3:30 – 7
Olympic Sculpture Park: Thursdays 3:30 – 7:30 till Sept 9
Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Thursdays 3 – 7:30
University District Farmer’s Market: Saturdays 9 – 2
West Seattle Farmer’s Market: Sundays 10 – 2
Lake Forest Park Farmer’s Market: Sundays 11 -4
Columbia City Farmer’s Market: Wednesdays 3 – 7
Lake City Farmer’s Market: Thursdays 3 – 7
Burian: Thursdays 11 -6
Phinney Ridge: Fridays 3-7
Broadway Sunday Farmers Market: Sundays 11-3
Magnolia: Saturdays 10 – 2
Bellevue 1: Thursdays 3 – 7
Bellevue 2: Saturdays 10 – 3
Edmonds: Saturdays 9 – 3
Mukilteo: Wednesdays 3 – 7
Shoreline: Saturdays 10 – 3
Snohomish Farmers Markets
Puget Sound Farmers Markets List

Edy Kizaki

Green Market in Sunset Hill is a Community Favorite

April 9, 2012 in Ballard, Shopping

GreenMkt1Life is good in Sunset Hill.  This premium Ballard neighborhood manages to have a distinct personality even within the larger area of Ballard.  Because it is out near the bluff overlooking Shilshole Bay and the marina and yacht harbor? Because it is so close to Golden Gardens Beach Park? Because it has a handful of wonderful little neighborhood stores and restaurants? Because of the great schools and community center? The Tudor and craftsman lined streets? The bright open skies that often occur near the water GreenMkt3(seen often in such magazines as Coastal Living but they do really exist)?  It’s hard to pin the reason down to one factor, but the truth is that Green Market is a good example of what makes the neighborhood attractive and intimately livable and walkable.

For a tiny space there is so much here, and it is so fresh.  Refrigerator cases offer staples and goodies, and new and intriguing “green” gourmet foods.  There are crackers, for example, but then there are also GreenMkt4multi-seed organic crackers.  And there are very nice fruits, apples, bananas, melon, but then there is fresh and tempting spring Asparagus, and it’s local and it’s on sale.  They are particularly proud of a large and sophisticated selection of wine and cheeses, including hand picked organic wine and local Northwest beers.

There are tons of local choices on the shelves here.  Honey I’m Home Catering stocks them with fresh soups and salads.  In addition they have their dressings, wraps, spreads, and special deserts!  There is fresh milk delivered several times a week from the local Smith Brothers Dairy.  Columbia Gorge juices and local fresh ice cream from Lopez Island Creamery.  Then there are the breads, among other local bakeries Macrina and Columbia City Bakery deliver their popular breads here.  Come taste for yourself!

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Edy Kizaki

Shopping and Dining in Edmonds

April 3, 2012 in Edmonds, Restaurants, Shopping

I include both of these as they often go together.  Besides being a great art gallery town, the historical downtown of Edmonds (which is often called Edmonds Bowl because it is set around by hills with many lovely view homes on them) has great boutiques and truly pleasing eateries, many more than the size might lead you to believe until you understand that Edmonds is one of those little quaint seaside destination towns, like Carmel or Sausalito in California, or Marblehead north of Boston, or Lincoln on the seaside in Oregon.

The ferry departs from Edmonds, and there is a little Amtrak station as well.

Some of the favorite eating places if you want an elegant meal include Arnie’s Restaurant and Bar down by the yacht harbor (you will NOT be disappointed in their happy hour, or their meals, and a great and pleasing place for birthdays or to take guests to the area), Anthony’s Home Port which has several locations but high standards and is an “experience” venue, Cafe de Paris on Main Street (oh, and Garadi’s Osteria on 5th).

Antiques are big here, and a huge emporium with many many vendors is the Waterfront Antique Mall on Sunset Steet.  If you ever get out of there in time to try others, there are smaller but equally interesting shops on 5th Avenue and Main Street, for example Mainly Antiques or Rosa Mundi’s Antiques and Design (which also is an interior design studio) on Main Street.  Then I’m going to suggest you go to The Savvy Traveler, a travel item and book store (if you either love travel or reading about it in books) and the Namas Candy Store which is beloved and an experience all by itself.

Another place I love to stop in is the Fabric of Life Foundation at 523 Main Street.  It is certainly good shopping, but you have the added satisfaction of knowing that the dollars you spend are in a great cause.  This shop is central to an organization that helps young women in Africa to leave a life of begging and become artisans.  There are training programs and a system for bringing the crafts here to be sold.  On the website you can see stories of some of the young women whose lives are being changed, and in the shop are posted signs with the stories on them.  It’s almost like taking a trip to a distant land and shopping in the street market, all in an hour.  There are also sometimes drum workshops and other community events.  According to their most recent email, since the recent coup in Mali, where the training center is located, the need is great for people to shop so the funds can be used to keep the graduates safe during the unrest.

There are other areas of Edmonds well worth exploring and more of interest in downtown Edmonds too, so stay tuned for further notes on the area!