Sunday, June 6th: New Crops, New Neighbors, New Rides & New Markets


Broccoli from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We know, we know. You want to hear about fruit. Well, it’s coming, but it’ll be just a little longer. In the meantime, ain’t it nice to have broccoli again? Just look at this beautiful broccoli from Full Circle. (See that button to the right that says “Vote Today“? Please click it and type in “Ballard” and vote for us!)

Snow peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And peas are coming into season now, too. Several farms now have sugar snap peas, and check out these snow peas from Alvarez. Sure, there is a distinctly green theme going on here, as is the case in spring, but at least I am talking about more than kale, right? And as we progress from spring into summer, many more colors in the food rainbow will arrive.

Fresh basil from Billy's. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How about fresh basil? I’ve been hearing a goodly number of folks wondering when basil would return to the Market. Well, here it is, courtesy of the fine folks from Billy’s.

Gluten-free goodies from Deborah's Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for gluten-free products? Deborah’s Homemade Pies makes several gluten-free goodies, from pies to her incredible Chocolate Decadence Cake to chocolate muffins. Deborah’s has something for your gluten-free sweet tooth.

Coffee toffee from Pete's Perfect Butter Toffee. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Pete’s Perfect Butter Toffee has added another great flavor to his awesome toffee lineup: coffee toffee. Stop by for a sample taste.

Delicious pastured pork from Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you tried the pork from Skagit River Ranch? I had some for dinner the other night. It is phenomenal. Tender, juicy, and full of flavor, it will satisfy your need for some pig.

Market Master Judy Kirkhuff arrives at the Market Information Desk in style in a PEVCAB. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for some green, alternative transportation to and from the Ballard Farmers Market today? Meet PEVCAB. These peddle/electric powered cabs will pick you up at home, bring you to the Market, and then, when you are finished, they will bring you home again with all your groceries. Plenty of room for the whole family, too. Stop by the Market Info Desk for a brochure explaining rates and service areas.

D'Ambrosio Gelateria is one of Ballard Farmers Market's newest neighbors. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We welcome two new neighbors to our block on Ballard Avenue. The first is D’Ambrosio Gelateria Artigianale, which is Italian for friggin’ good gelato. You will find them at 5339 Ballard Ave NW with this deliciousness…

Just three of the many gelato flavors from D'Ambrosio Gelateria. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The other new neighbor is The Noble Fir, a cozy little tap room and eatery at 5316 Ballard Ave NW. Both are open during Market hours on Sundays!

Happy Ballard Farmers Market shoppers enjoying some nosh and a few beverages post-Market at The Noble Fir. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And the Seattle Farmers Market Association, which operates your Ballard Farmers Market, is the proud new parent of the new Georgetown Farmers Market, which celebrated its grand opening yesterday, June 5th. With dozens of vendors and some 6,000 customers, all signs point to this new market being a resounding success, and the people of the South Seattle neighborhoods surrounding the market couldn’t be happier. After all, they live in the largest grocery store desert in King County. Many have to travel three or more miles to find a proper grocery store. We heard people all day yesterday expressing utter joy at finally having access to fresh food from local farms. Visit us some Saturday.

The new Georgetown Farmers Market, next to the General Offices building, on the grounds of the old brewery in Georgetown. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And remember, your Ballard Farmers Market is chock full of all sorts of goodness for  your kitchen, from meat, seafood, poultry, cheese, to all sorts of fruits and veggies, baked goods, sauces, confections, fresh-cut flowers and fresh milled flours, plants for the garden, wild mushrooms, and on and on. For a fuller accounting of what you’ll find at the Market today, go to “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.

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