“Are they ripe?” a walker asks, stepping around my parked bicycle and out into the street to pass me in a wide arc. The brambles along this sunny road are heavy with dark, gleaming berries. Riding out this morning on deliveries their fragrance pulled at me, lush and nostalgic. I resisted until I’d made the last drop. Now I’m standing in the dry grass, right up against the thicket, an empty delivery box at my feet. Already my legs are scratched and my braid pulled loose by the thorns. My hands are sticky, my mouth stained dark. The berries make a satisfying thump as I drop them into the box. I look over my shoulder at the walker. Can’t she see how fat the berries have grown this last week? Can’t she smell them, sunhot and sweet? How can she walk this way without gorging herself? I smile. “Yes,” I tell her. “They’re ripe.”
TODAY AT MARKET and NEXT WEEK FOR MARKET PREORDER
10am – 2pm, 1100 Railroad Ave
Red Wheat ($7.50 / 720g)
Elwha River Spelt ($8 / 750g)
Mountain Rye ($7.50 / 750g)
Vollkornbrot ($8 / 750g)
Seedy Buckwheat ($8 / 420g)
Gingersnap Cookies ($5 / 2)
Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Cookies ($5 / 2)
Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies ($5 / 2)
Olive Oil Tea Cake ($5) with too much zucchini & blackberry (it's hard to practice moderation in the face of summer abundance).
Brown Butter Shortbread ($9 / half dz)
NEXT WEDNESDAY PREORDER & PICKUP
Self-serve pickups in Birchwood, Columbia, Lettered Streets, South Hill, and Fairhaven.
Address and directions with your pickup reminder email Wednesday morning.
Order by Sunday night.
Toast: WILD & SEEDY
Sweets: BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE COOKIES & CHOCOLATE CHIP HAZELNUT COOKIES