It should not be new news to Seattle foodies that Bastille Cafe in Ballard not only sources much of their food from local providers but also has their very own rooftop garden. However, you may not have heard that every Wednesday this summer you can take a tour of this luscious urban farm while enjoying a cocktail inspired by ingredients from the roof. While the unobstructed sunshine warmed our heads and the beat down on the luscious garden around us, we sipped on the Bees Knees made with gin, fresh lemon juice and honey gathered from the four (4!) bee hives that are housed on the far corner of the Bastille rooftop.
The Seattle Urban Farm Company maintains the rooftop garden space and they make excellent use of container gardening. They use stacked blue children's swimming pools to create above ground beds as well at rectangular wooden beds complete with shade covers for the summer and heat trapping covers for the winter. The edges of the roof are lined with 5 gallon buckets which house tomatoes and climbing beans. While the garden does not supply all of the needs of the restaurant below, they do provide organic produce that is as local and as fresh a possible. We literally watched as a Bastille chef came upstairs to pick greens for dinner that night.