Hey Seattle peeps, Bainbridge Island makes a lovely fall day trip. You can walk on the ferry in Seattle, and once on the island, walk a few blocks to the heart of town.
The Bainbridge Island Farmer’s Market runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April to October. It’s held at Town Square on City Hall Park. If you drive on the ferry, take a left at the first light, Winslow Way, and then a right on Madison Avenue, and look for a place to park in that block.
I was drawn away from my usual Saturday stop at the Poulsbo Farmer’s Market to the Bainbridge Island market by the chance to connect with a beekeeper at the Busy Buzzy Bees booth. Beekeeper Charles Schaffer brought his extractor and a hive. I’m interested in a top bar hive and was worried that the West Sound Beekeepers Association would favor Langstroth hives. He assured me that the association has members with top bar hive knowledge and encouraged me to call to find a mentor. He was very friendly and knowledgeable and made beekeeping seem a lot less intimidating.
One of the great things about going to a different farmer’s market is connecting with new vendors. Walker Mt. Meadow Meats came all the way out from Quilcene to sell grass fed beef and milk fed pork. Ted’s been longing for a real honey smoked ham (not HFCS) and I was able to pick one up for him, yay!
Bainbridge Island has no less than seven wineries. Perennial Vintners had a booth at the market today. They sell verjus, which can be used in place of lemon juice. A bottle I bought last year lasted me a long time.
The city closes the block of Madrone between the market and Winslow Way as a pedestrian mall with chairs and tables for eating lunch, which you can buy from food vendors at the market. Or you can pop around the corner to Blackbird Bakery, which sells beautiful fresh pastries. I had a French roll which was eggy, fluffy and sweet, melt-in-your-mouth amazing.
Bring cash or a checkbook as both the farmer’s market and the bakery take only checks or money. There’s a Chase ATM on Winslow Way if you didn’t get a chance to stop before jumping on the ferry. After shopping at the market and lunch on Madrone Lane you can poke around the art galleries and little shops on the street. What a pleasant way to spend a Saturday!