Photo courtesy of Vickie Chynoweth

Photo courtesy of Vickie Chynoweth

Well-fed from the Federal Way Farmers Market: Borscht

Saturday, Oct. 30, marks the final market of the 2021 season.

The 2021 Federal Way Farmers Market season comes to a close Saturday, Oct. 30.

To celebrate a successful season and the upcoming Halloween holiday, visit the market for festivities from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Treat baskets, a costume contest and more await.

The Federal Way Farmers Market is located behind The Commons mall along S. 324th Street. Next year’s market season begins in May 2022.

Borscht (makes 6-8 servings)

By Vickie Chynoweth


2 cups chopped onion, 1 large (J & E Farm)

1 cup sliced celery, 3 ribs (Bautista Farm)

1-2 medium carrots peeled and sliced(Bautista Farm)

2 cups peeled and shredded beets (Armando Farm)

2 cups shredded red cabbage (Sidhu Farm)

3 garlic gloves (Lopez Farm)

2 tablespoons (Nature’s Works Classic Dark Balsamic Vinegar)

2 tablespoons (Ancient Trees Greek Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 cups organic chicken stock

1/2 cup ketchup

1 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans rinsed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Sour cream for garnish (optional)

Bread Sticks (Forest Fairy Bakery) (Optional)


1. Heat olive oil in large stock pot on medium high heat. Add onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes

2. Add remainder of ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cover pot, turn down heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes, until vegetables are tender.

3. Serve in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream and bread sticks. Borscht is a hearty soup from the Slavic countries. There are many varieties, depending on the region. There some are made with meat, some with potatoes and with different vegetables. All versions, however, must be made with beets. With the many different versions, there are also different spellings: borscht, borsch, borsht or bortsch. No matter if you add meat or not, no matter how you spell borscht, it all says this is a hearty delicious soup. It can also be served hot or cold.

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