Year-end shopping and New Year’s winter treats at the Olympia Farmers Market

Year-end shopping and New Year’s winter treats at the Olympia Farmers Market

ONEAs soon as Thanksgiving is over, time seems to run out towards the end of the year. Olympia Farmers Market knows we could all spend more time. Holiday Shopping Delight Bonus Days gives you three extra shopping days on December 22, 23 and 24. Yes, it takes you all the way up to Christmas Eve, which may be about to cut it a bit close, but there is magic in the air. It’s an exciting time to be out.

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Use your winter squash as a garnish until you are ready to bake them. They vary in color and taste. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis

To fully enjoy these magical moments, it is probably a good idea when visiting the Olympia Farmers Market, to pick up against the humid days and often windy afternoons. A cup of hot cider or a cinnamon mocha will make your interior toasty. Most of the Olympia Farmers Market is undercover and there are periodic heaters, but it’s winter weather.

When the calendar goes to 2022, winter may be in full swing. Nevertheless, the Olympia Farmers Market will be open on Saturdays. Arts and crafts vendors are waiting for you, and winter products, including things like greens, squash, potatoes and carrots, are available. Spring and its wonderful taste may be a dim memory, but take courage and check out the micro-vegetable in Skipping Stone Garden. A rainbow of choice is there to tempt your taste buds with sprouts from basil, buckwheat, radish, broccoli, sunflower, peas, cilantro and a few mixed varieties.

What is micro green? Descriptive are the small leaves on threads of root-like stems. Scientifically, they are what is picked between the seedling stage of the plant and its first true leaf. Nutritionally, they are intensely powerful. Taste-wise, they are simply amazing. Organically, they are A +. Microgreens are rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper. Sarah and Gabriel Baisan, owners of Skipping Stone Garden, grow them for your dining pleasure.

Sweet, spicy, nutty, grassy and citrusy are some of the ways microgreens can make you love them. You can start by using any of the micro greens as a garnish. Squeeze a miniature bouquet on top of your salad or in a bowl of soup. A few pieces in your sandwich or in your omelettes are a vibrant flavor. You can put them in smoothies. You will keep finding ways to add them to your daily menus. You can find recipes on the Skipping Stone Gardens website.

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Skokomish Valley Farms works year-round with a lot of vegetables and eggs. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis

Emerieta Cobing works at Skokomish Valley Farms. She and her husband are poultry managers and she told me that there will be fresh eggs through the winter, a time when production usually goes slower. The farm stand will also have vegetables. “They have top taste in the new year,” Emerieta assures of the carrots, radishes and napa cabbage. Also check out their colorful squash.

What else is happening at the Olympia Farmers Market this winter?

You can shop at Stewart’s fresh meat and find Rainbow Clouds kombucha.

Cross Paws Bakery continues to bake sweet, healthy treats for your dogs and cats. Your dog will not worry so much that her treat is shaped like a squirrel, but you will get a big smile from it. However, your dog will feel better about the human food quality ingredients.

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These are similar to human cookies, but they are treats for your four-legged friends made by Crossed Paws Bakery. Photo credit: Mary Ellen Psaltis

People also have baking opportunities! I used to bake more when our kids were home. I’m not that inclined to make two dozen cookies now that they’ve grown, though my husband might not mind. You can buy enticing treats individually (or as many as you want) at The San Francisco Street Bakery, Blue Heron Bakery or Wagner’s Market Place Bakery, Baker Potter or from The Bread Peddler. A loaf of bread will be just right with your homemade soup from the carrots, potatoes and microgreens you bought!

These are my two cents on making soup. It’s easy, it’s tasty, it’s just what your body needs. I’m far more lazy than fancy when it comes to cooking. Check your fridge for the sad vegetables you were supposed to eat but forgot. Add all the fine ones you just bought from Olympia Farmers Market. Broth with broth. Add salsa from Olympia Salsa for a little spice. Add a can of refried beans to make the liquid thicker. Once we made soup and took a bag from the freezer with fried beans that had been left over from a party. I do not like to throw things away. Later I realized that it had not been frijoles, but apple puree! The soup was fine. Be brave. Add what you have / what you want. It is not necessary to tell it to everyone else.

Olympia Farmers Market looks forward to seeing all of Santa’s helpers for Shopping Delight Bonus Days just before Christmas Day. When the calendar changes to the new year, come back to freshen up your pantry. You can even order in advance to make sure you get what you want. Olympia Farmers Market is a wonderful place to be outside, get some fresh air, meet friends and see what’s new. For details on events, check out the Market Facebook page.

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