The cool morning air hasn't quite lost its shiver yet in Redmond, Washington. There's still mist in the early lavender blooms but the sun was shining from a clear blue sky at the Redmond Saturday Market over the weekend, promising a warm, summer day. Entering its thirty-sixth year, this farmers' market in the Seattle suburb continues to bring together fresh, local produce and hand-crafted goods. People start arriving at 8:30 a.m. for the first pick despite the official 9 a.m. start time.
Over a hundred years ago Redmond was a logging town that enjoyed the boon of a heavily forested Pacific Northwest. A few preserved brick buildings, formerly saloons and dance halls, still stand but are now restaurants and office space. The railroad tracks still run through the city even though trains rarely come by.
The Saturday Market is located in an open-air gravel lot in the center of the old historic part of the city, sharing space with a neighboring outdoor mall (no less than three Starbucks are within walking distance).