Sunday, June 6, 2010

To Market, To Market

Astoria, Oregon has a Farmers' Market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. taking up three blocks downtown. It not only includes seasonal fruit and vegetables, but fresh fish, oysters, crab. They also have a large food court, a live band, and craft booths. It is a little early in the season for the fruits and vegetables, but we found a wine tasting booth, Nehalem Bay Winery. Nehalem Bay Winery only sells from their winery, website shipping, and the Astoria Farmers' Market. It has been in existence since 1974, and their wine is really pretty good. We bought two bottles of chardonnay. Mike negotiated a "senior citizen discount" price for the two (hey, we're on a fixed income now!).

The Market layout leads you down to the river walk and the Wet Dog Cafe. We stopped for lunch and had the crab cake melt and DaBomb Blonde beer (this one is for you, Barb!). The cafe overlooks the Columbia River and sturgeon fishing is now open. Several boats were fishing not too far out from the restaurant and in plain view of our table. A sturgeon was caught while we were having lunch--that doesn't happen very often. The after meal "mint" is a key lime flavor. I didn't know key lime candy existed (what a sheltered life I've led) and it was really good (this one is for you, Jerry!).

Astoria has a new Costco and we had to pick up another Tri-Tip (Classic style marinade) for the freezer. We barbequed a Costco tri-tip last night and it was to die for. So good. Is it time to eat again?

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