Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Manhattan market

This evening the Manhattan farmers market was in full swing. For a town with a population of about 1,500 people, this market is really impressive. The name of the town reflects the early influence of Dutch settlers. The countryside around here is full of neatly kept farmsteads (often with bright red barns and shining white fences) tucked between rolling green hills. Very scenic.

On average, like today, there are 20 vendors, 50 percent of whom sell produce. There were all kinds of veggies and fruit, including large Walla Walla sweet onions, tulip onions (see photo above), lettuce, beets, rainbow chard, snow peas, herbs . . . and locally grown strawberries!!!

When I got home, I took a photo of the box. Another use for duct tape!

Just a side note: This park is where many of the vendors for the annual Potato Festival set out their wares. I highly recommend this festival, which is a celebration of a truly local product. Manhattan grows very tasty potatoes, and you can find plenty of them at this festival.

Manhattan Farmers Market
Railroad Park, on West Main
June 17 - September 9
Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Manhattan Harvest Market
October 17

August 15, 2009

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