Treating Dear Old Dad for the Summer Solstice

This Sunday is a happy twofer: It's Father's Day -- and summer solstice. As much as we love the idea of taking the old man out to knock down some pins (like our friend Fred, pictured above), it would keep the party confined to the indoors, a pity on the longest day of the year. You know what we're going to say next: Take him out on a date to the farmers market instead!

In case you need a reminder: The grazing options are endless.

Pair up your morning coffee with a bagel from Bob's Bakery (with a shmear of smoked salmon spread from Loki) or a breakfast crepe from La Crespella

Late risers: Grab some fried oyster sliders from Hama Hama (and maybe a bag of manila clams for the evening), an artisanal sausage sandwich from Graze Cafe (by Sea Breeze Farm and La Boucherie) or a veggie quesadilla from Patty Pan Cooperative (their new whole wheat tortillas using locally milled flour from Nash's Organics are outrageous). 

While you walk off your market treats, you can do the stroll 'n' shop for midsummer night "grilling out" vittles. Grass-fed ground beef from Olsen Farms, burger buns from Tall Grass Bakery, newly dug taters from Kirsop Farm (gotta have potato salad for the cook out), lettuce from more farmers than we can count on one hand, young onions from Alvarez, spare ribs from Skagit River Ranch. And for dessert, cherries from Collins Family Orchards or Lyall Farms (a lovely sweet ending but also who doesn't love a little cherry pit spitting contest on a night when the sun doesn't want to sleep?). 

To all the Dads, uncles, grands and fatherly figures, a very Happy Father's Day!