Okay, before I get into berating you to not forget your sweetie, mom, cat, dog or parole officer tomorrow, I just have to get a little something off my chest… How ’bout those Egyptians, eh? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been riveted to the international news broadcasts on Channel 28.2 these last few weeks. I fear we Americans too often take for granted what much of the world dreams of having — the right to choose our leaders and say what we want when we want. Maybe watching the brave people of Egypt will remind us not to so easily disregard what is perhaps the most precious right we Americans enjoy: our freedom. So consider this my valentine to the people of Egypt, and a thank you note, too, for reminding us just exactly why we party our American brains out on July 4th every year. Next year, let’s do it on February 11th as well.
Okay, I know I fell better know. So, let’s get to the beratement. You will need flowers for tomorrow, or you will need a comfy couch at your buddy’s house, if he ain’t too busy romancing to open the door to you. Lucky for you, Alm Hill Gardens has flowers. Lots of them. But then, if you are that slacker that shows up to your Ballard Farmers Market at 2:30 p.m. today, you might miss them, because everyone who gets here before you will be thinking the same thing. I’m just sayin’.
Showing up with an award-winning bottle of wine from Lopez Island Vineyards will also be a good career move tomorrow. And Lopez Island Vineyards is right here at your Ballard Farmers Market. Maybe you should try a nice bottle of siegerrebe? It’s made from a German grape that grows well in the Puget Sound appellation, and it has a wonderful grapefruit finish. And best of all, as Brent from Lopez Island taught me, you can remember how to pronounce it by remembering the names “Bob Seger” and “Reba McEntire.” Just say “Seger-Reba”! Folks’ll be really impressed with you, which is, after all, what we’re all going for… to start with anyway… tomorrow.
How about some good cheese? This Seastack from Mt. Townsend Creamery is award-winning, too. In fact, it has won multiple awards. With a nice baguette from Tall Grass Bakery, some of that aforementioned wine, and those flowers, you’ve got the foundation for a very special evening indeed!
Sweets. Get you some sweets, too. Like some of these truffles, or perhaps a molten chocolate cake, from Hot Cakes. Talk about your decadence! If this stuff doesn’t lead to… well, you know, then that nut simply was not for cracking. Besides, you can brag that not only do you know the chocolatier, but that the chocolate she uses is organic, fair trade, and made in Fremont! And the flour in the cake comes from Bluebird Grain Farms. Let’s face it. Local, delicious, fair, organic – they’re all sexy. They show you care. They show you think about what you are doing. Who is not going to love you for that?!?
And finally, nothing says “I love you” like sausage from Sea Breeze Farm. Am I right?!? Heck, get two — one for you and one for that special someone — or get one just for you, if you’re on your own tomorrow night. Nothing wrong with giving yourself some love by giving yourself some sausage. And frankly, you can’t go wrong with George’s sausage at Sea Breeze Farm. It comes in various sizes and flavors, with a sausage to please everyone. They can give it to you French-style, Italian, Spanish, Romanian — ooh, Romanian. Now, that’s some good sausage! So stop by Sea Breeze today, and ask them to hook you up with some fresh sausage for you to enjoy with your sweetie tomorrow.
There is much more waiting for you at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Just check the What’s Fresh Now! listings in the upper right-hand corner of this page for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now. But please note that due to our recent cold weather, some crops may not be available as anticipated.