Blueberry Fields Forever
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Arm yourself with a bucket and nimble fingers, and taste the sweet fruits of labor at one of the area's U-pick blueberry farms. Along with acres open for berry-pickin', farms also offer traditional array of blueberry goods, like Canter-Berry's savory chutney with ginger and brown sugar, or berry-themed evenings, like Blue Dog Farm's Friday Night Blueberries. Be sure to call ahead for U-pick availability. Katherine Shaw
Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm and Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm
Both farms are owned by the City of Bellevue but operated by local farmers who offer both U-pick and pre-picked produce.
Mercer Slough: Mercer Slough: For seven years, Bill Pace has been running operations at Mercer Slough Blueberry Farm (formerly known as Overlake). He says he loves to see the kids come every year for U-pick blueberries. “It's part of the community, he says. “Some kids haven't ever been to a blueberry farm before. On average, Pace expects up to 200 people to wander through the 16.1 acres of certified organic U-pick blueberries each summer. He harvests six different varieties from 95,000 plants, and also runs a small vegetable market with produce from his family farm near Yakima. $1.25 per pound of U-pick blueberries. Open daily through October, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Bellevue, 2380 Bellevue Way SE.; 425.467.0501.
Family-owned and operated by Doug and Clarissa Cross since 1954, Canter-Berry Farms grows eight blueberry varieties on their small, just-under 5 acres and sells savory-sweet vinegars, syrups, jams and chutneys from their barn. Doug recommends calling ahead to make sure enough blueberries are ripe for the picking. The farm offers three pickings per season, and is open daily in late July and early August; 8 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Auburn, 19102 SE Green Valley Rd.; 253.939.2706; Blueberries4u.com.
Blue Dog Farm
Blue Dog Farm is celebrating ten years on their 50-acres in Carnation, WA. Owners Amy and Scott Turner, known for their four acres of organic berries, are hosting Friday Night Blueberries with free farm tours, local bluegrass music and, of course, U-pick blueberries for $2.50 per berry bucket. Bring a picnic and nimble berry-picking fingers. (Dates and times vary depending on availability, so call ahead.) Carnation, 7125 W Snoqualmie Valley Rd. NE,; 425.844.2842; bluedogfarm.com.
South 47 Farm
Owned by Farm LLC, South 47 offers 1.5 acres of 10 blueberry varieties as well as a slew of raspberries, marionberries and thornless blackberries sold by the bucket throughout the summer. The growing season ranges from early August to September. Call ahead for availability. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Redmond, 15410 NE 124 St.; 425.869.9777; South47farm.com.
Known for their June strawberries and October pumpkins, the three-generations old Remlinger Farms offers seven acres of naturally grown blueberries, as well as other produce in their market and restaurant. The farm charges by the pound and is open da Heather Fassio http://seattlemag.com/files/image/main/large/08jul17.jpg Arts + Events Articles
449 July 2008 2008-07-17 15:47:27.000 Ken Sharp Shares His Top Places to Buy Beef For Home-cooking
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“What I’m looking for is internal marbling,” says Sharp, and Prime-graded steaks deliver plenty of it. But most beef is the next grade down, Choice, which offers less marbling.
A&J Meats n (USDA Choice; dry-aged 30 days) $17 per pound at A&J Meats, Queen Anne, 2401 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.284.3885 n Dynamite flavor made up for the thick lip of inedible fat that should have been trimmed off this tasty steak. “This is the best flavor of all of them,” said Sharp.
Don & Joe’s n (USDA Choice; wet-aged) $18 per pound at Don & Joe’s Meats, Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St.; 206.682.7670; donandjoesmeats.com n The most tender of all the steaks, with superior marbling: “It could be dry-aged,” said Sharp approvingly of this wet-aged steak.
Metropolitan Market n (USDA Choice; wet-aged) $17 per pound at Metropolitan Market, multiple locations including Lower Queen Anne, 100 Mercer St.; 206.213.0778; metropolitan-market.com n A gorgeous, thick, perfectly butchered steak, but the flavor and marbling were lacking. “It has the best trim,” was the highest praise Sharp could muster.
Safeway Rancher’s Reserve n (USDA Choice; wet-aged) $11 per pound at Safeway, multiple locations including Capitol Hill, 1410 E John St.; 206.323.4988; safeway.com n “Possibly a low-end Choice commodity [supermarket] cut,” said Sharp, nailing it. This brand trumpets guaranteed tenderness, and it was tender, but not flavorful.
Skagit River Ranch n (ungraded, organic and grass-fed; dry-aged 14 days) $23 per pound at area farmers’ markets, including University District Farmers’ Market, University Way at 50th Street; seattlefarmersmarkets.org n Sharp immediately identified this as grass-fed. “I don’t really like grass-fed,” Sharp said. “It [tastes] like lawn clippings to me.”
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485 July 2008 2008-07-16 11:46:01.000 Restaurant Review: Jasmine Provincial Vietnamese Restaurant
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Mount Baker, 2826 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S; 206.722.3225; seattlejasminerestaurant.com. $$