I saw my farmer friend, Jonathan, there. Jonathan and his wife run Filbert Acres, a hazelnut grove and organic farm in the Puyallup Valley. Last summer I was driving along, saw a sign on the side of the road, and decided to explore. Jonathan welcomed me warmly and gave me a personal tour while his little rat terrier, Bisous, gave Rosemary the doggy version. We didn't see the 2 dogs for something like 10 minutes. Thank goodness Rosemary is used to chickens, as there are quite a few on the Filbert Acres property.
At the market I veered over to say hello to Jonathan and to chat for a while. He asked how my hazelnut supply was and I waffled guiltily... I didn't have the nerve to tell him I hadn't used any yet. I've since remedied that.
I noticed that he had a basket of black walnuts for $8.99/lb. I've never had them before and so he told me to take a few to see if I liked them. He said that they're a pain to crack and even harder to get the meat out of. "They're more than $8.99 per pound worth of work," he informed me.
He wasn't kidding.
(Happy birthday, Mom.)