Lori Taylor listened to her customers. When Taylor opened the Bellevue Farmers Market last year, people complained that the midday hours...

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Lori Taylor listened to her customers.

When Taylor opened the Bellevue Farmers Market last year, people complained that the midday hours weren’t good for working folks. The market, which opens for the season today, will now run from 3 to 7 p.m. in Bellevue’s First Presbyterian Church parking lot on Bellevue Way Northeast.

Taylor joked that one of last year’s most popular vendors, Bob Moore, may need a personal security guard. Moore’s booth, Cookies by Bob, was a top seller, often selling out in a few hours.

He won’t be peddling cookies this year. Moore, a Medina resident, instead will volunteer at the market.

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“When I went to apply for my permit at the city, do you think they asked me about the level of traffic, noise or anything else?” Taylor said. “No. They wanted to know if Cookies by Bob was going to be there.”

Historical taste treat

Kelly Nolan sweet-talked his way into more than 50 Eastside offices last week. The Salvation Army captain was passing out doughnuts in honor of National Salvation Army Week.

These weren’t just any doughnuts. They were Salvation Army ones, marketed as The Famous Doughnut. The fame was earned during World War I and II, when Salvation Army women served them to soldiers at battlefront canteens.

A couple of years ago the historical recipe was updated, and Fred Meyer and QFC agreed to sell the six-doughnut boxes. A small donation from each sale goes to the Salvation Army’s work fighting hunger and homelessness.

Nolan and David Miller from the Eastside Corps’ advisory board gave nearly 100 boxes of doughnuts to mayors, businesses, service clubs and schools.

Nolan and his wife, Captain Katie, run the Eastside Corps and Community Center in Bellevue.

I’m a big believer in dining for charity — particularly since the doughnuts are fresh and a box costs about $1.99.

Steak out

The basketball universe revolved around Seattle’s Metropolitan Grill last week.

Former Seattle Sonic Brent Barry, currently with the San Antonio Spurs, was at one table with some of his teammates. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and other team coaches and players were in the Met’s private dining room.

Howard Schultz, who owns both the Sonics and Seattle Storm, was in another booth.

And across from Schultz were Storm players celebrating Lauren Jackson’s 24th birthday.

More tasty fare

Seattle catering gurus Russell Lowell and Jonathan Hunt opened the Lowell-Hunt Garden Cafe two weeks ago in downtown Woodinville’s prime tourist attraction, Molbak’s.

They’re already remodeling.

“I’m changing a few things around,” Lowell said from the 2,700-square-foot restaurant area inside the nursery and gift store.

What’s with Woodinville foodies? Not only does the city have the world-class Herbfarm Restaurant, it now has two Lowell-Hunt enterprises. The 11-year-old Lowell-Hunt Wine Cafe is located by the Hollywood Schoolhouse.

“We opened that to have a kitchen for our Eastside catering,” Lowell said. “It grew from there to serving lunch and dinner.”

Interesting footnote: The Garden Cafe was built inside Molbak’s main building, displacing the aviary.

Lowell said the parrots are now living in a private home.

“They must like the quiet,” he said. “Within two weeks after being moved they laid eggs.”

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633