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By Jerry Shackette One of the best things about shopping at the Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market is the quality and variety of the seasonal fruit available from our local growers. Blueberries, apples, raspberries, strawberries, wine grapes and blackberries all grow in significant quantities in the Skagit Valley....

When I was growing up, “different, gourmet or exotic” were not words used to describe what would be on our family table for dinner. The protein included beef, pork, beef, chicken, or beef. Starch was potatoes. Vegetables were the most predictable. Canned corn, beans, or peas…and...