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AUGUST 25, 1997


Pike Place hosts tasting

  NW News Staff
   The taste of "fresh" is what the Taste of Washington Farms at Pike Place Market is all about this Labor Day at the Pike Place Market. Now in its ninth year, this annual event celebrates the diversity and abundance of Washington-grown fruits and vegetables by providing "tastes" of seasonal produce.
   The Taste features a showcase of seasonal produce, presented by local farmers and farmers' markets from throughout the state. The general public and food professionals alike are invited to explore and experience new specialties through a comparative tasting exhibit, food demonstrations, and other educational displays.
   For families, the Taste offers an opportunity to sample fruits and vegetables and talk with the growers themselves about how the products are grown and actually "get from the field to the kitchen." Taste-goers can also ask questions about cooking and storage tips, and take home some old favorites as well as some new discoveries for the dinner table.
   Hours for the event are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. Many Market restaurants and shops will be open during the taste; however, the crafts' table will not operate in order to provide expanded space for growers. The Market's fish stands, commercial produce stands and meat markets will also be closed for the day.