Woodinville’s 21 Acres has long been a community resource that encourages learning through hands-on experiences like onsite farm tours and gardening and cooking classes. In this time of low or no-contact with respect to public safety, it continues to advocate for local farms and food systems through its adapted Farm Market, which still offers socially distanced shopping hours on Fridays (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). There also is a new personal shopping/pickup program, where customers can go online to see what’s available, email an order before noon on one of its shopping days (Wednesday to Saturday), and pick it up between 2 and 4 p.m. that day to ensure the products’ freshness.
Unlike the typical click-buy online experience, 21 Acres wants to provide the same thoughtfulness it integrates into all its programs — a browse of a virtual farmers market. It encourages online visitors on its Farm Market page to click the prompt to read this week’s Fresh Sheet, which has weekly announcements, a recipe, as well as the list of fresh produce and a link to prices.
As 21 Acres’ items reflect what’s local and in season, there may be unusual varietals of produce not typically found in stores. For the home cook wanting to branch out from typical ingredients, this is a handy resource that both enriches your dining experience and supports neighboring food systems.