Only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and home-grown tomatoes
March 20, 2010 3:29 PM Subscribe
What other secret, magic foods can I buy and eat? Bonus points for being local to Washington or the Pacific Northwest.
posted by KathrynT to Food & Drink (49 answers total) 83 users marked this as a favorite
As I explore my various locavore and farmer's market options, occasionally I'll stumble across something so unbelievably delicious that it's a fundamentally different food from other, similar varieties. My first experience with this was buying Coronation grapes in British Columbia in late September; they were so unbelievably good that my husband and I ate four kilograms of grapes in two days. (And then paid for it, digestively, but that's neither here nor there.)
Since then I've also discovered a local farm that sells eggs from scratch-fed chickens, alpine strawberries, local heirloom peaches with skin so thick and fuzzy it could choke you and so full of juice they settle into your hand, Berkshire pork from pastured hogs that run in an abandoned apple orchard eating apples and wild onions. . . Homegrown heirloom tomatoes are probably the most well-known example of what I'm talking about, where for a brief window if you know where to go you can get glorious, secret, magic food that makes the regularly available stuff look like a pale shadow of the real thing. So what else am I missing? What should I be looking for that's so much better than the grocery store?