Planted in the Pacific Northwest | Planted Expo in Seattle

Brittany here from Team Dirty! Before I dive into how I went from a meat and cheese-loving desert rat to loving all the plants and living in the Seattle area, I want you to grab your tickets to the Planted Expo in Seattle! It’s the weekend of April 20th and 21st, and I’ll be there representing Clean Food Dirty Girl. I’m excited to meet my fellow PNW Dirties in person, and we have some bitchin’ prize packages for attendees to enter to win (more on those below). 

Without further ado, grab a cup of tea coffee, or a handful of berries, and read on!

How we were planted in the Pacific Northwest

Over 14 years ago, my husband and I were living in Las Vegas. Times were tough for construction, which my husband works in, and we didn’t want to raise our 18-month-old son in Vegas. I wanted to move to Austin, and Hubs wanted to move to Seattle. We eventually decided we’d lived in a hot, dry climate long enough, so we settled on Seattle. 

Me and my eldest son before we moved (2010)

We’d gotten a decent tax return that year, so we rented a truck 🚚, packed up our lives, and made the move. We only knew one person in the area, had no family nearby, no house, and no plan. 👋

There we were–a loud white truck, a chubby baby, and two young adults who had no idea WTF they were doing. 

We found a rental about 25 minutes south of Seattle, I got a graphic design job and some freelance work, and we started exploring.

I fell in love with the fresh produce at the local markets, which seemed to be everywhere. There were fruits and vegetables I’d never heard of, and there was so much food-centered awesomeness. I started going to the farmer’s market every weekend (a first for me).

We rented a small lot of land for a community garden and changed how we ate. We went from eating meat and cheese at every meal, buying tons of processed food, and getting fast food multiple times a week to focusing more on whole plant foods.

In 2017, I watched What the Health, a documentary about the health effects of meat and dairy versus plants, found Clean Food Dirty Girl, and started eliminating the lingering animal products from our diet. The transition from 2010-2017 was powerful, and I’m not sure any of it would have happened in the smoky casinos of Vegas over another round of Coors Light. Living in the Seattle area ignited our desire to eat healthier food, and here are some of the yums we’ve enjoyed over the years.

Plant based food I discovered in the Pacific Northwest 

Gold beets (who knew beets weren’t from a can?), rainbow carrots, and leeks. I didn’t know what a leek was before I moved to Washington.

Watch out! You might be accused of murder after cutting freshly-picked strawberries—they’re so red and juicy. The strawberry on the top is store-bought, while the strawberry on the bottom was freshly picked from a field. 

We love going strawberry picking every year at Duris Farms in Kent

My youngest sleeping on the job.

The blueberries are crazy fresh here and gave me my first mouthgasm! I pick them at my friend’s property every year. My only complaint is that I’ve been ruined for store-bought blueberries since they just don’t taste like the real deal. I freeze as many as I can and make this smoothie from Plant Fueled Life all year.

I love our juicy peaches! I flash freeze a ton in the summer and use them for smoothies and baking all year.

I grow these huge, delicious peas. My daughter usually eats them as fast as they’ll grow. They have the perfect crunch and almost explode out of their pods. 

This gorgeous mushroom is a rare find in the PNW and great served with Plant Based Alfredo Sauce

We love finding these chanterelles in the fall. They’re very expensive in the store, but if you know the magic spot, you can enjoy them to your heart’s content! 

Green beans with purple stripes are gorgeous, and you gotta love summer squash.

Enter the land of garlic scapes. You trim these off hard-neck garlic in the early summer so the plant can use its energy to grow a bulb. We sauté ours without oil, cut them up, and serve them in salads or as a pizza topping with the best plant-based mozzarella sauce ever!  

Here’s me happily harvesting my garlic. For the record, I’m not the selfie type unless there’s produce or sourdough involved! I just love our community of Dirties who love a good pic with plants. Join our private Facebook group to connect with us, especially if your fam is tired of hearing about how much we love plants!

Here’s my youngest with a Brussels sprout stalk! I didn’t try them until I was 25 years old, and he’s been noshing on them since he was tiny! These are massive, especially during harvest season. 

Harvest festivals were often very hot in the desert and just didn’t feel very harvest-y since nearly everything was shipped in. We love the ones in Seattle, though. Most of these products are grown right on the farm. Also, my son cut his bangs 😅.

Sometimes, I can find fresh dates at roadside markets. They aren’t grown here, but I love finding little treasures like this.

More planty goodness I discovered for the first time in the Seattle area

  • Lemon cucumbers
  • Yellow watermelon/black watermelon
  • Golden raspberries
  • Purple kale
  • Romanesco broccoli
  • Cucamelon (Google it, it’s the CUTEST thing you’ll ever see)
  • Rainier cherries
  • So much more

In 2016, we rented a house with a big yard, built a greenhouse, and I’ve been gardening ever since. It has been fascinating watching plants grow and I love the lessons it’s teaching my kids.

A typical harvest from my garden every few days during the summer.

I never have good luck with cabbage. They sure are cute, though. We split these among our family of five. LOL!

Good thing I can find the big ones at the farmers market!

Fast forward to now. We have three kiddos and are still exploring and fueling with all the plants, thanks to Clean Food Dirty Girl and the plant-forward PNW, where I can find any ingredient I need within three miles 😂. 

One time, I found ume plum vinegar, a common specialty ingredient we use in our cheesy sauces, at a small market smack dab in the middle of nowhere when camping in the North Cascades National Park.

Yeah, I take my sprouts camping. #SoNorthwest (I also drive a Subaru, if you’re wondering.)

I love the Pacific Northwest and all its planty goodness. If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you at the Planted Expo! 

About the Planted Expo in Seattle

The Seattle Planted Expo is April 20 – 21, with over 150 plant based edible and lifestyle businesses and brands, plus informative and inspirational speakers like Dr. Michael Greger. I’ll be at booth 121 and ready to chat it up! Get your tickets today.

Stop by our booth and enter to win prizes 

We’ll have goodies from awesome businesses like:

Rancho Gordo – I am obsessed with these heirloom beans! They require minimal soaking time and are so creamy. Learn more about what makes Rancho Gordo so badass, and try this incredible soup using their garbanzo beans.

Burlap & Barrel – These single-origin spices have excellent flavor. I really love their Black Garlic (good on everything) and Nyanza Vanilla Powder (levels up overnight oats and plant based banana bread).

Souper Cubes – I’m not the most organized, so when I found Souper Cubes sturdy freezer trays, I bought two sets! They are so handy for freezing batching leftovers from our plant based meal plans, pureed fruit from our PNW summer bounty, and all the sauces!

PCC Community Markets – This local co-op and organic grocery store chain started as a food-buying club in Seattle in 1953 and is a wonderful place to shop.

Plant Fueled Life – Our membership gives you access to over 4,600 recipes and 300 meal plans to keep you eating like a plant based boss all year!

Clean Food Dirty Girl – We’ll have stickers, shopping bags, and more so you can represent your Dirty, delicious life.

And more!

Xo
Brittany

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