A few days before my birthday we packed a picnic and headed to my favorite local shellfish farm for a Beach & Bubbles Birthday seafood feast.
Some years call for all out birthday bashes, but thirty-four is not one of those milestones. I’m pretty simple. Aside from bubbly and cheese, outdoor family fun makes me one happy mama. Flowers. flowers are nice too 🙂
A simple farm food birthday
In all honesty, I’m not THAT simple to please. For the weeks leading up to my day I buy myself whatever I want using birthday as leverage. I also use this same excuse to get the hubs to finish up projects around the house.
And even though I say I need or want nothing, on the actual day I was over-the-top excited to have a good bottle of champagne, some dahlias and a cheese plate waiting for me when I got home from work.
And plans for a low-key Beach and Bubbles Birthday party at my favorite local on-the-beach market, Taylor Shellfish Farms.
Taylor Shellfish Farms
The Taylor family has been farming shellfish in the Puget Sound since 1890. With oyster bars around Seattle at Queen Anne, Pioneer Square and Capital Hill as well as markets at their farm locations in Shelton and Samish Bay, they are pioneers of the sustainable farm to market movement.
The Samish Bay location is just a few minutes from our house, on the south end of scenic Chuckanut Drive, making it super easy to pack up the family
and a quick picnic basket full of goodies.
Their markets serve the freshest manila clams, geoducks, mediterranean mussels, crab and oysters (including shigoku and kumamoto).
You can take them to go or get a bucket, oyster knife and towel to cook up and devour at one of their picnic tables and barbecues.
If you forget to grab any seafood essentials – briquets, lemons, cocktail sauce, crackers or Tabasco sauce- no worries, they sell those too!
The Samish Bay location is perfect for a small family picnic or for a larger party.
Overall, we had a great day with sunshine, seafood, family and cocktails! It was a fabulous way to kick off the start to my next year.