The Thursday farmer’s market in Bellevue opened last week to my extreme happiness. I planned an afternoon walk up to the location at the Bellevue Presbyterian Church to look at the goods and bring back as much as I could carry.
Unfortunately, I get really focused when I walk and tend to act like I have blinders on. I could walk by a close friend and have no idea. So instead of stopping at the bank for cash like I planned I realized too late that I’d missed it and headed to the market with the $7 I had in my bag. So much for stocking up on gorgeous flower bouquets, locally sourced meat & vegetables. Of course I could have bought tokens with a debit card but took it as a sign that I shouldn’t spend money. In all retrospect, this was probably a good mistake because I might actually hit under my monthly budget for the first time ever.
Now that I only had $7 I wanted to make good use of it. I’d planned a whole afternoon of sampling treats and buying exciting things like ground beef & granola with a long blog post to follow so I didn’t want to leave with nothing!
My first purchase was a small snack of a pork belly bao from The Box, an Asian Fusion food truck. The pork belly was juicy and came nestled with some cabbage slaw & “box sauce” on a Chinese steam bun. The size was perfect and a budget friendly snack priced at $2.75.
I did a few more laps around the parking lot before settling on the next cheapest thing I could afford, two cookies from Sod House Bakery, one maple walnut sandwich cookie and one maple frosted shortbread cookie, both $1.50.
The two cookies both highlighted the maple in a different way. The sandwich cookie (above) was delicate, much more buttery, with a creamy walnut filling between two maple shortbread. The frosted shortbread was sweeter, the frosting picked up the natural sweetness of the maple cookie underneath. Each cookie was bite sized and delicious.
Loved the simple stamped bakery bags the cookies came in
I spent some time relaxing in my plastic chair at the communal table, listening to some live music and enjoying the warm day. This was my first excursion to the Thursday farmer’s market location, I’ve only ever gone on Saturdays when it is located in downtown Bellevue. I was actually surprised that it wasn’t as far as I thought it was, the walk back at least felt very short!
Enjoying my pretty market flower table decoration
Since the Saturday market doesn’t open until June I know I’ll be back soon to get those local meat products I’ve been craving! I also found a really fun spice-mix vendor that sells dry soup mixes & spice combinations for flavored dips and cream cheese spreads, accompanied with recipes on the packaging. At the time they were overpriced for my meager budget at $4.50 but I think I can make do next time 🙂