It's finally here! I was out of town during last week's opening day, but the first thing I did upon arriving back was to head over to Mercerdale park (across from the post office) to check out the new Mercer Island Farmers Market. The Mercer Island blog, Surrounded By Water, wrote a nice description of it last weekend, so I was already prepared to be impressed but it was even better than I'd hoped.
Main thing I liked? Variety. The organizers focused on variety in vendors, not just quantity, so you can find a little bit of everything, from River Valley Cheese to soup to Humingbird Hill sodas to Pure Passion Desserts to Wild Alaska salmon from Two If By Seafood. Even the produce wasn't just the same-old-same-old: Kittitas Valley Greenhouse must have been selling a dozen different varieties of tomatoes (I bought the Amish ones: very very tasty!)
By the way, it's the taste and variety that make the prices reasonable to me. Sure, you can buy cardboard-tasting, pesticide-soaked vegetables on sale at the supermarket for much less money, and there is a dollar menu at the fine McDonalds just down the street. But this is America and you deserve to eat well, not just cheap.
Of course the other nice thing is just getting out into the community and bumping into friends. I was too busy talking and didn't film as much as I'd hoped, but here's a 2-minute video of what I saw: