Sunshine & Green Things


 

Bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine welcomed, if it did not confuse, thousands of happy shoppers on Sunday, March 29th at the Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine welcomed, if it did not confuse, thousands of happy shoppers on Sunday, March 29th at the Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just in case you spent the whole day in bed, or maybe in the Washington Trade & Convention Center at the Seattle Green Festival, you missed a beautifully sunny, if not brisk, afternoon at the Ballard Farmers Market on this last market of March.

 

A table of greens from Stoney Plains gives us hope that spring will soon be here for real. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

A table of greens from Stoney Plains gives us hope that spring will soon be here for real. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Some vendors even had, gasp, green things on their tables this week, suggesting that, in spite of the fact it snowed a few inches at several vendors farms and houses overnight, spring may well be on its way. Foraged & Found Edibles brought the first fiddlehead ferns of the season, and Stoney Plains had an entire table of green things, from kale to herbs to Brussels sprouts and more, not to mention the flat of strawberry starts. Can you just smell those Washington strawberries now? Meanwhile, shoppers stacked up like cordwood to scoop up some Nash’s dwindling supply of winter roots.

 

Crowds battle their way into Nash's stall to gather up the farm's delicious winter roots, made all the more sweet by the cold weather. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Crowds battle their way into Nash's stall to gather up the farm's delicious winter roots, made all the more sweet by the cold weather. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

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2 Responses to “Sunshine & Green Things”

  1. Zachary D. Lyons Says:

    The first thing you need to know is the correct name of your quarry. It is Rockridge Orchards. Click the link to learn more about them.

    But that said, the easiest way for you to get some of this wine is to simply ask your family in Ballard to go to the Ballard Farmers Market, buy it, and the ship it to you. Ballard Farmers Market is open year-round, and Rockridge Orchards is in attendance there year-round.

    Good luck, enjoy, and thank you for thinking of our great farmers all the way down in Phoenix!

    p.s., have them send you a bottle of the Tayberry wine, too. You’ll love it!

  2. Sharyn Says:

    I visited Ballard in July of ’09 and while I was there I went to the market. I purchased a bottled of Sweet Raspberry Wine. This stuff was so sweet it was like a dessert by itself. When I returned to Phx, I found myself craving it, so I called by family members in Ballard and they gave me the info. from the back of the bottle. I’ve done multiple searches in an attempt to find a way to order some of this syrupy goodness. The back of the bottle said Roderidge Orchard Enterprises, Enumdclaw, WA, I believe. If anyone can provide me with information on the vendor who sells this Sweet Raspberry Wine, I would greatly appreciate your help.
    Thank you!

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