Food

To Market

Sights of the season

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

As the daylight hours shrink to the length of long winter naps on the seemingly never-ending journey to the solstice,  it’s helpful to seek out color and light whenever and wherever possible.

For example, on a recent soggy Saturday I made my way to the Bellingham Farmers Market on an annual sojourn to procure locally grown garlic for backyard planting purposes. It was raining and chilly, but as soon as I walked into the Depot Market Square, I instantly felt a thaw.

The temperature hadn’t changed, but my surroundings had. Farmers offered plenty of produce in a variety of mood-lightening hues—hot-pink radishes and turnips, rainbow chard, small orange pumpkins and other squash varieties, purple cabbages, peppers in a number of shades of red and yellow, and bright-green Brussels sprouts were among the edible items that caught my eye—and many vendors had lines of customers eager to stock their bags with gustatory goods.

After strolling around the outdoor spaces and securing approximately three pounds of giant hardneck garlic bulbs from Rabbit Fields Farm, I took a walk through the heated interior market space to garner a few gifting ideas for the holiday season.

Food- and drink-related gifts and party favors I spied included—but were definitely not limited to—Evolve truffles, artfully packaged beans from Bellingham Coffee Roasters, goat cheese from Bow’s Gathering Farms, growing kits from Cascadia Mushrooms, packaged cookies from Edison’s BreadFarm, bottles of Krampus from Chuckanut Bay Distillery, and bottles of artisanal brew from Blaine’s 100-year-old Atwood Ales Farm Brewery.

But that was far from all. I eyed a handcrafted beer growler from Blue Water Pottery that would be perfect for one of the men in my life, handmade soaps and lotions from Sea Witch Botanicals ideal for a certain lady I lunch with, an owl-centric notebook made of handcrafted paper from Claudia Art Studio (which boasts “illustrated goodies for nature lovers”), pins, hats and dolls made of recycled fabric from Moth and Squirrel’s Libby Chenault, cooking knives carefully constructed by Andy Gladish, beeswax candles resembling pinecones, Still Waters earrings, necklaces and bracelets and so much more.

I didn’t make any additional purchases that day, but now that the garlic bulbs have been planted and my garden has mostly been put to bed, I plan to return before the final market of the season—which takes place Sat., Dec. 23, providing plenty of fare for pre-holiday feasts and last-minute gift purchases—and score some sweet Christmas booty. While I’m there, I’ll happily soak up the local color. 

The Bellingham Farmers Market continues from 10am-3pm Dec. 9, 16 and 23. Winter markets take place monthly in January, February, and March. For more details: http://www.bellinghamfarmers.org

First Congregational Church
More Food...
Melvin Mania
Now brewed in Bellingham

If you felt an unusual exuberance in the vicinity of the Fountain District late last week, it was likely radiating from Melvin Brewery.

Thursday saw the release of Melvin’s first Bellingham-brewed beers—indeed the first beers they’ve brewed outside of their home base in western…

more »
Bone Soup
More than a food fad

Bone soup, which cooks and farmers have known about forever, has suddenly become everyone’s favorite steaming health food elixir.

Professional athletes have their cooks prepare it for them daily as a recovery drink. In trendy eateries, bone soup can be sold by the cup, the jar, the…

more »
Turkey Talk
It’s all about the leftovers

My first Thanksgiving in Washington state didn’t go over as planned. My soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend was visiting from Idaho, and I’d cooked in advance a vegetarian feast for two comprised of stuffing, mashed taters, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin pie and assorted accoutrements of the season.

On…

more »
Events
Today
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|4145 Meridian St.

Santa's in Town

10:00am|Yeager's Toyland

The Lights of Christmas

5:00pm|Warm Beach Camp

Little Women, the Musical

7:00pm|Sudden Valley Dance Barn

Anne of Green Gables

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Wild Things

9:30am|Connelly Creek Nature Area

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

Hot Cider & Cool Art

10:00am|Morgan Block Studios

COffee Tasting

3:00pm|Camber Cafe

Hidden Narrative Tour

3:30pm|Museum of Northwest Art

Drayton Harbor Shell-ebration

4:00pm|H Street Plaza

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Jingle Belles

4:00pm|La Conner

Ukulele Concert

5:00pm|Bellingham Public Library

Family Story Night

6:00pm|Fairhaven Library

Holiday Movie Night

6:00pm|Bellingham High School

Holiday Night Market

6:00pm|Commercial Street

The Snow Queen

7:00pm|BAAY Theatre

Holiday Ball

7:00pm|Majestic

Vaudevillingham

7:00pm|Cirque Lab

Community Orchestra Winter Concert

7:30pm|Squalicum High School

Skagit Valley Chorale's Heralding Christmas

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Ghosts and Brawling

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
Tomorrow
Santa's in Town

10:00am|Yeager's Toyland

Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|4145 Meridian St.

The Lights of Christmas

5:00pm|Warm Beach Camp

Little Women, the Musical

7:00pm|Sudden Valley Dance Barn

Anne of Green Gables

7:30pm|Anacortes Community Theatre

Hot Cider & Cool Art

10:00am|Morgan Block Studios

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

The Snow Queen

7:00pm|BAAY Theatre

Skagit Valley Chorale's Heralding Christmas

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Ghosts and Brawling

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

VFW Breakfast

8:00am|VFW Hall

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|Ferndale Senior Center

Make It and Take It

9:00am|Garden Spot Nursery

Breakfast with Santa

9:00am|Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center

Coast Salish Winter Festival

10:00am|Lummi Gateway Center

Jingle Bell Dash

10:00am|Seafarers Memorial Park

Bellingham Farmers Market

10:00am|Depot Market Square

Sleighbells Ring

10:00am|Bellewood Acres

Holiday Tea

10:00am|South Whatcom Library

Chainsaw Sculpting Open Studio

10:00am|Tomas Vrba Studio

Baker Beacon Rally

11:00am|Heather Meadow

Fairhaven Winterfest

12:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

Peter James Holiday Gallery Sale and Reception

1:00pm|BelleWood Acres

Hansel and Gretel

1:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Youth Symphony Holiday Concert

1:00pm|McIntyre Hall

Eat Your Words Cookbook Club

2:00pm|South Whatcom Library

Holiday Wines from Spain

2:00pm|Seifert & Jones Wine Merchants

Mozzarella Class

3:00pm|Appel Farms

Winter Dance Celebration

3:00pm|Brodniak Hall

Noel Trio

3:00pm|Jansen Art Center

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Not So Silent Night

7:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Winter Star Mountain Journey

7:00pm|Blaine Performing Arts Center

Kulshan Chorus Winter Concert

7:30pm|Bellingham High School

Skagit Symphony Holiday Concert

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Wizard People, Dear Bellingham

8:00pm|Alternative Library

Teen Library Lock-In

8:00pm|Ferndale Library

Christmas Milonga Tango Experience

9:00pm|Presence Studio

Wizard Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1
Sunday
Holiday Festival of the Arts

10:00am|4145 Meridian St.

Santa's in Town

10:00am|Yeager's Toyland

The Lights of Christmas

5:00pm|Warm Beach Camp

Pacific Arts Market

10:00am|Sunset Square

The Snow Queen

7:00pm|BAAY Theatre

Skagit Valley Chorale's Heralding Christmas

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Sleighbells Ring

10:00am|Bellewood Acres

The Nativity

6:30pm|Mount Baker Theatre

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Community Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Post #43

Rabbit Ride

8:30am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Winter's Return Concert

2:00pm|Skagit Valley Unitarian Fellowship

Nonfiction and Memoir Writing Group

3:00pm|Village Books

Nutcracker Holiday

3:00pm|Jansen Art Center

Holiday Chorus

3:00pm|St. James Presbyterian Church

Whatcom Chorale's Messiah

3:30pm|Church of the Assumption

Backgammon Session

5:30pm|Parkway Village

Way North Comedy Showcase

7:00pm|Farmstrong Brewing Co.

see our complete calendar »

Trove Wizard Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Setzer Village Books Bellingham Farmer’s Market