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Aldrich’s Market

July 31, 2012 by bluegullinn

Aldrich’s Market first opened in 1895 and after a couple of fires that completely destroyed the store it has gotten its most recent facelift in 2005. The store holds an interesting mix of everyday staples and necessities alongside local cheeses (Mt. Townsend Creamery) and fresh baked goods (Pastry Design by Anca). This is an excellent place to swing by whether you need a loaf of bread or want to pick up lunch from their deli. They stock over 700 wines from around the world and on weekdays will make you the best sushi roll, right in front of you. I always seem to find something unique and yummy when I stop by.

Saturday Farmers Market

June 29, 2012 by bluegullinn

Featured in The Seattle Times as “Farmers markets: five worth the drive,” the Saturday market in Uptown Port Townsend is not  to be missed. The market boasts fresh, local fruit and vegetables along with arts/crafts and plenty of food. Check out an excerpt from the article below and take their advice on the cheese stick from Pane d’Amore, it is a personal favorite of mine. Only three blocks from the Blue Gull Inn.

 Port Townsend Farmers Market

620 Tyler St., in Uptown Port Townsend.

Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, April-December. (Also 3-6 p.m., Wednesdays, June 20 through September; and in Chimacum, Jefferson County, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays, May 20 through October.) See www.ptfarmersmarket.org.

Drive time from Seattle: About two hours, including a 30-minute ride aboard the Bainbridge Island ferry from Seattle’s Pier 52.

What’s special: With 70 vendors, including cider makers, bakers, farmers and artists, this market earned the “Market of the Year” designation from the Washington State Farmers Market Association in 2011.

What to eat: Don’t leave without buying a cheese stick from Pane d’Amore. The footlong snack is like an adult version of a licorice twist, easy to hold and whittle down in seconds. Worth bringing home are goats-milk cheeses from Mystery Bay Farm on Marrowstone Island, jars of kimchi from Midori Farm and pastries from Romanian baker Anca Hasson.

Making a day of it: Picnic on the beachfront at nearby Fort Worden State Park, or leave the car parked and walk to quiet Chetzemoka Park, with gardens and a kids’ play area. Save time for a stop at the Finnriver Farm & Cidery tasting room in Chimacum.

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