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Maryhill Fruitstand

Maryhill Fruitstand
* 125 Maryhill Hwy, Maryhill/Goldendale, Washington 98620509.773.4695 *

A great little fruit and vegetable stand enroute to the infamous American Stonehenge along the Columbia River. Friendly staff and good prices, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as tasty preserves. They also have dried fruits, nuts, chocolates, and other local farmer made products. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.


Rhubarb: Rheum rhabarbarum

The Poison Garden, Blarney Castle, Ireland

Article by Thomas Baurley, Technogypsie Productions © November 23, 2010 published – all rights reserved.
Original and extensive article at http://www.treeleavesoracle.org/treelore/?p=1215

Rheum rhabarbarum [ Plantae: Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Polygonaceae: Rheum: R. rhabarbarum ]

Common Names:

Grown throughout the world in heated greenhouses, it is a common vegetable all over.


Rhubarbs are a popular herbaceous perennial plant that grows up from short thick rhizomes sprouting with large triangular-shaped leaves with long fleshy petioles blossoming into a large compound of leafy greenish-white to rose-red inflorescence small grouped flowers. The crimson rhubarb stalks vary in color from crimson red, speckled light pink, or light green.

It is commonly grown in hothouses which is ready for harvest mid-late spring though grown year-round in warm climates. It can be forced or encouraged by raising of the local temperature as it is a seasonal plant. It can be planted in containers.

Common Uses:
A rich brown dye close in color to walnut husks is created from its root.

Culinary Uses:
The leaves are toxic. Fresh raw stalks are crisp with a strong tart taste, commonly cooked as an alternative to celery but used in pies and other foods for its tart flavor. It is considered a vegetable. It is often dehydrated and infused with fruit juice such as strawberries to mimic strawberry rhubarb pie. It is used in pies, jams, jellies,fruit wines, sauces, and preserves. It was a quick snack for children in the UK who dipped it in sugar.

Medicinal Uses:
The leaves are toxic and poisonous as it has oxalic acid, nephrotoxic, and corrosive acid in its leaves. The roots are used as a strong laxative for over 5,000 years. It has an astringent effect on the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, is rich in anthraquinones, emodin, rhein, and are cathartic. It is commonly used as a dieting aid.

Magical Uses:

Folklore and History: Rhubarb is associated with the legend of Shen Nung, the Yan Emperor, in 2700 BCE as a strong medicinal herb and was harvested by Marco Polo in his travels. It was believed to be derived from Rha, the ancient name of the Volga, where the plant was found growing on its banks. Comes from the Greek root “rheo” meaning “to flow” in relation o its purgative properties. During the Ming Dynasty, a Ming general attempted suicide by eating rhubarb medicines.

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Hilo Farmers Market

Hilo Market

Hilo Farmers Market
downtown Hilo, corner of Mamo Street & kamehameha Avenue * Big Island, Hawaii * http://www.hilofarmersmarket.com/
Every wednesday and Saturday, from dawn to dark, is the infamous Hilo Farmers Market nestled in the heart of the historic center. Here over 200 local farmers and craftspeople come to sell their produce, fruits, wares, crafts, and tropical flowers. One of the best, and cheapest, places to get fresh vegetables and tropical fruits of a large variety and assortment including organic produce. Often found are cherimoya, jaboticaba, jack fruit, lychee, mangoes, papayas, pineapples, rambutan, soursop, strawberries, white pineapple, baby ginger, bitter melon, bok choy, eggplant, lettuce, spinach, sweet corn, warabi, bonsai plants, herbs, orchids, protea, anthuriums, awa, coconut, jelly, tamales, bread, seafood, beads, drums, clothing, jewelry, shell anklets, t-shirts, woodworks, and much much more. Of course during my visit, I was captivated by the various assortments of tropical fruits of which I indulged greatly in. Definitely a hot spot for any travellers coming through Hilo. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

Kawika with some mangoes

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Pike’s Place Market (Seattle, Washington)

Pike’s Market, Seattle, Washington

Pike’s Place Market * http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/ * 1531 Western Ave * Seattle, WA 98101 * Pikes Place / 1st Ave

A fabulous street mall and interior mall complex of shops, gifts, food, produce, restaurants, cafes, bars, and entertainment. Home to many street performers, and just watching the fishermen sell their sole provides humongous entertainment as one visits this historic venue and tourist attraction of downtown Seattle. 9 acres long, and over a hundred years old, its home to unique and interesting stories from immigration, to internment, gentrification, and urban renewal. It is because of this that its often referred to as the “Soul of Seattle”. Between 1906 and 1907, the cost of onions increased tenfold. Outraged citizens, fed up with paying price-gouging middlemen too much for their produce, found a hero in Seattle City Councilman Thomas Revelle. Revelle proposed a public street market that would connect farmers directly with consumers. Customers would “Meet the Producer” directly, a philosophy that is still the foundation of all Pike Place Market businesses. On August 17, 1907, Pike Place Market was born. Since that date this market is internationally recognized as America’s premier farmer’s markets and hosts over 200 year-round commercial businesses, 190 craftspeople, and 120 farmers who rent table space by the day. Over 240 street performers and musicians; and 300 apartment units, most of which house low-income elderly people. “The Market,” as the locals affectionately say, attracts 10 million visitors a year, making it one of Washington’s most frequently visited destinations. Every time i visit downtown I stroll through this wonderful venue. Its top rate. Rating : 5 stars out of 5.

Pike’s Place Market, Seattle, Washington