so we can eat: zestful gardens

Dropping in at Tacoma’s Broadway Farmers Market has become a regular part of our monthly routine.

During our latest visit, the Zestful Gardens booth caught our eye, overflowing with bok choi, Napa cabbage, daikon radish, piles of heirloom tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers of all sorts, sweet corn, onions, carrots, and leeks, all stunningly arranged by Valerie, part of the mother and daughter team that farm their 35-acre property in the Puyallup Valley. After circling for a few minutes dazed by the beauty of the display, we loaded up a big bag of produce for stir fry dinners and a hearty pot of soup then headed over to the food court to share a spicy chicken tamal from Taste of Peru.

Though the weather is cooling down in the Pacific Northwest, we are in the thick of harvest season. This particular market ends in three weeks and there is so much more to sink our teeth into including pears, pluots, nectarines, peaches, apples, raspberries, blueberries, the ever present mini donuts, and freshly made ice cream, not to mention soap and jewelry vendors to visit. We will stop by again.

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