Is there anything more divine than late summer fruit condensed into an icy sweet treat? I just have to spread the word about some incredible fresh sorbet I got at the Phinney Farmer's Market recently.
Can you believe that rich color?
As part of the wave of fresh, local, seasonal food flourishing here in the Pacific Northwest, ice cream carts are now part of the scene at farmer's markets. At the Ballard Farmer's Market where I usually shop, you can get Empire Ice Cream and Whidbey Island Ice Cream (you've got to try their chocolate-dipped ice cream bars). So when I stopped by Phinney Ridge on a Friday afternoon, I allowed myself the indulgence of a small dish of Half Pint ice cream.
With an intriguing array of flavors, I opted for Earl Gray chocolate and blackberry sorbet. After blissfully savoring the creamy sweet explosion of flavors on my tongue, I splurged on a pint of the hand-packed blackberry sorbet to take home.
As a girl whose favorite ice cream was raspberry sherbet because of its rich pink color, of course I was a sucker for the deep magenta blackberry sorbet. But the flavor and texture have to also shine, which they do. Not overly sweet but sweet enough, creamy with a touch of ice like a good sorbet should be. Perfect.
Owner Cle Franklin whips up weekly batches of four different flavors using mostly local and fresh ingredients. To see what she has whipped up this week, check Half Pint on Twitter.
Find Half Pint Ice Cream in the Seattle area at the Columbia City Farmer's Market on Wednesdays, Lake City Farmer's Market on Thursdays, Phinney Farmer's Market on Fridays, and Broadway Farmer's Markets on Sundays while the season lasts.