My home farmers market is Bremerton, and I usually make it out to Poulsbo’s market too. Both have closed for the season, so on Saturday Alex and I made the trek out to Bainbridge Island, which had one more outdoor Saturday. The last time I visited I didn’t realize that this market is limited to Bainbridge Island farmers. There’s a definite character to each market which I have come to love; the Bainbridge farmers make such beautiful displays, they’re like art installations.
I seem to find many more varieties of potato at this market. There are seven wineries on the island, several of which show up to the market. I picked up a bottle of Perennial Vintners’ verjus, non-alcoholic juice made from unripe grapes, which can be used instead of lemon juice or vinegar. Also a bottle of Bainbridge Island Wineries’ Ferry White to add to the jar of vinegar starter. Feeling guilty about using such a good wine for culinary experimentation I picked up a bottle for my wine rack too.
Alex and I had breakfast at Blackbird Bakery, watching the namesake crows patrol outside the windows. We topped a pleasant day off with a fast tour of the town’s art galleries.
There’s a little break now, then the Bainbridge Island winter market picks up indoors on Saturdays Nov. 21 through Dec. 19, 10-3, at the church at the corner of Winslow and Madison, very easy walking distance from the ferry.