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  • Fresh Washington Asparagus is Now In Season! 04.16.20

     

     

    The Washington fresh asparagus season has arrived! Support our hard-working, local farmers and look for Washington asparagus while shopping online and in stores. Asparagus is often noted with signage, tags, or a rubber band around the bunch citing Washington grown. From skinny to jumbo to extra fancy, keep an eye out for this favorite springtime vegetable and #stalkup on fresh Washington asparagus from April to June!

     

    From roasting and grilling to quiches or soups, there are so many ways to incorporate asparagus into your meal planning! For recipe inspiration, cooking tips and more, visit the Washington Asparagus Pinterest page.

     

    Asparagus is labor intensive, accounting for 60 percent of the cost of asparagus. An asparagus farmer must harvest their asparagus fields every day of the season. Because the fragile spears rise from the earth in different places daily and are relatively fragile, each one must be individually hand-cut from the ground!

     

    Asparagus is known for making pee smell funny, but it can do so much more, like help you beat bloat and lose weight, thanks to its diuretic properties and high fiber content! It’s also packed with other nutrients like vitamins A, C, K, and B6. Asparagus is also a great source of vitamin E, which strengthens your immune system!

     

    When shopping for fresh Washington asparagus, choose odorless, green firm stalks with dry, compact to slightly open tips. Our state’s “Extra Fancy” fresh asparagus is a step above USDA standards, meaning tighter, more uniformly-packed stalks with superior quality! To store at home, wrap the ends of the stalks in a wet paper towel and place them inside a plastic bag or jar. Asparagus are thirsty and this method keeps them fresher longer! Get the best from anywhere across the country (and imports) by buying local!

     

    Share your photos, recipes and follow along on the Washington Asparagus Facebook and Instagram.

     

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  • Ticket’s on Sale Now for Cafe Flora’s 20th Anniversary Bash! 05.30.12

    Twenty years ago when the quaint Madison Valley neighborhood made a home for Cafe Flora, health-food fanatics, vegetarians, and local producers rejoiced. Cafe Flora not only provided an upscale atmosphere that guests raved about, but their unique recipes exceeded expectations offering a new twist on hearty, flavorful vegetarian dishes.

    As mentioned by the Puget Sound Business Journal, Seattle Weekly, and KING5’s New Day Northwest, this Saturday, June 2nd from 5-10 p.m. marks Cafe Flora’s 20th Anniversary, a celebration you will not want to miss!

    Here’s the scoop: Cafe Flora is throwing a farmers market style event, inviting their beloved growers and vendors to set up throughout the restaurant, atrium and tented courtyard. Cafe Flora chefs will be cooking bites from local vendor produce, in addition to serving wine, beer, and cocktails with the accompaniment of live music. CSA sign ups will also be available.

    Event Information:
    VIP admission: 5-6 p.m. $50 – guests receive special anniversary cocktails by Oola Distillery, wine, beer, food, live music, early admission, and a Cafe Flora gift bag
    General admission: 6-10 p.m. $30 – guests receive wine, beer, food, live music, and a Cafe Flora anniversary gift
    Location: Cafe Flora – 2901 East Madison Street
    Purchase Tickets here!

    Vendors Include:
    • Airfield Estates
    • Alexandria Nicole Cellars
    • Big Al Brewery
    • Bluebird Grain Farm
    • Columbia City Bakery
    • Dry Soda
    • Foraged and Found
    • Growing Washington
    • Local Roots
    • Oola Distillery
    • Oxbow Farm
    • Remedy Teas
    • Rockridge Orchard Cider
    • Seattle Mushroom Farm
    • Stumptown Coffee
    • Theo Chocolate

    Proceeds from the event will benefit Bailey-Boushay House, also celebrating a 20-year milestone of providing nurturing care for those in need.

    Tickets are required for admission so purchase yours today! You won’t want to miss this memorable night with Cafe Flora.

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  • Cafe Flora’s spring menu is in full bloom! 04.24.12



    With the sun shining and spring in bloom, there’s no better time to dine at Seattle’s vegetarian hotspot, Cafe Flora. Known for their creative vegetarian and vegan dishes, charming atmosphere, and fresh local produce, Cafe Flora has a new spring menu, offering a tempting lineup of must-try dishes!

    You won’t find meat at this vegetarian gem, but what you will find is unbelievably hearty and healthy seasonal dishes served straight from local farms to your table. Take it from Seattleite Magazine Meatless Monday writer Catherine Giudici who took the words right out of our mouth: “This spot’s spring menu has me sprung!”

    Spring Menu
    Spring Wontons – bock choy filled wontons, fried and served with goat cheese crema, rhubarb chutney and a black bean garlic sauce. (available vegan)
    Strawberry Butter Lettuce Salad – strawberries, peas and grilled spring onions cradled in butter lettuce in a basil black pepper dressing. (vegan)
    Nettle Ravioli – citrus cashew sauce, petite radishes and Jerusalem artichoke salad. (vegan)
    Tuscan Asparagus & Fava Bean Polenta – chive blossom polenta, grilled asparagus, fava bean mousse in an artichoke heart with sweet onion and nicoise olive tapenade, toasted almond gremolata. (vegan and gluten free)
    Spring Morel Risotto – hare covert and snap peas in an herbed pistou topped with Parmesano Reggiano and roasted cherry tomatoes.
    Potato-Crusted Quiche with Grilled Asparagus & Wild Morel Ragout – spring onions, fresh herbs, and goat cheese in classic custard with a thin potato crust. (gluten-free)
    Chocolate Brownie Coup – salted peanut butter balsamic ice cream, hot fudge, chocolate crumble. (vegan, gluten free, soy free)
    Strawberry Rhubarb Galette – hibiscus crème chantilly, honey caramel. (vegan, gluten free, soy free)

    If you’re still thinking a vegetarian restaurant is “only for vegetarians” you’re certainly not alone. Check out Seattle Weekly’s interview with Cafe Flora chef Janine Doran who’s admits she was intimidated at first, but now nearly 19 years later she continues to break the stereotype of typical vegetarian dishes with items such as Cafe Flora’s killer Spring Nettle Ravioli… that will leave you begging for more. Finish the evening with one of their amazing desserts, often vegan and gluten free, and you’ll leave full and happy with half the guilt!

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