Yes, it is spring! Both the calendar and the weather agree on this this weekend! And that means it is time to start planning how you will eat your yard this year. To that end, we welcome the return of Cascadian Edible Landscapes to your Ballard Farmers Market. They’ve got all manner of fruit, vegetable and herb starts ready to go into the ground right now, and they can help you get your yard in shape for your garden, too.
More proof that it is, in fact, spring, is the return of all of our flower farmers today — Mee Garden, Pa Garden, Ia’s and, above, The Old Farmer. Nowhere will you find fresher, more beautiful flowers from a more local source, or at a better price, than at your Ballard Farmers Market, unless, of course, you grow them yourself. And even then, odds are you couldn’t arrange them as well!
This sure sign of spring is nothing short of stunning! Yes, Wilson Fish will have the first fresh king salmon of 2012! State authorities had hinted at the possibility of an early opener on the Washington coast this spring, but Gene was convinced it was an April Fools prank. But hey, April Fools Day isn’t until next Sunday. So Gene called us on his way back from the coast this evening to let us know it is salmon time, baby! Woohoo!!! You see, apparently there will be a record salmon run on the Washington coast this year — well, a record for modern times, anyway. But get here early. It will sell out fast! (This just in: in a cruel twist of irony, the early April Fools joke was clearly played on me! It is fresh halibut and true cod today at Wilson Fish. Salmon next week. We’ll suffer through it!)
Children’s Garden has plenty of gorgeous flowers. They also have plenty of stuff for us to eat, as well! And what is truly exciting is that they are already harvesting early spring herbs like parsley, chives and mint! They also still have plenty of tender kale and chard.
Our sixth flower farmer, Alm Hill Gardens, has plenty of tulips and other beautiful flowers right now, too. And then there are edible flowers like these over-winter broccoli florets. They are sweet and delicious, and you have been craving local broccoli for a couple of months now, right? Indulge yourself! It’s spring! Celebrate!!!
And if all this isn’t enough to make you run naked through the streets or pass out from hyperventilation, today, we welcome back Hot Cakes to your Ballard Farmers Market. Hot Cakes is in the process of opening a storefront just north of the Market, where it will share with us even more of their amazing sweets made from local ingredients. Like these molten chocolate cakes, from which the name Hot Cakes originates, made with local flour and Theo chocolate, sold to you in its own oven-safe jar, ready for you to take home, heat up, and enjoy all hot and delicious!
And, of course, you can always grab a snack in the midst of your trip to your Ballard Farmers Market. Besides the ever increasing number of local, storefront eateries lining Ballard Avenue, many featuring our market farmers on their menus, our own Patty Pan Grill makes tasty vittles using market ingredients, and Dante’s Inferno Dogs offers all-natural, grass-fed beef hot dogs from Whidbey Island’s 3 Sisters ranch.
Hey, there is plenty of local deliciousness waiting for you today at your Ballard Farmers Market. Just check What’s Fresh Now! for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now.