Sunday, October 23rd: Cranberries, Fresh Puget Sound Keta Salmon, Brussels Sprouts Trees, Colorful Carrots & Raw-Vegan Crackers!

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Fresh cranberries from Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm. Photo courtesy Bloom Creek.

You may not know this, but Washington is one of the biggest cranberry producing states in the country. And this week, we welcome our newest farm to your Ballard Farmers Market: Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm. Bloom Creek hails from down Olympia way, where they grow some beautiful cranberries. Tired of canned cranberry sauce? Looking for local fresh cranberries? Look no further than your Ballard Farmers Market and Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm.

Pete Knutson of Loki Fish with the first fish of the season. Photo courtesy Loki Fish.

The most local of local salmon fisheries opened this past week on Puget Sound, and Loki Fish will have fresh Puget Sound keta salmon today, and for the next few weeks. They fish this fishery at night out in the middle of the Sound, west of Seattle. In the photo above, Pete Knutson of Loki Fish brings in the first keta salmon of the Puget Sound season earlier this week on the F/V Njord, one of Loki’s two boats.

Brilliant fresh dahlias from Ia's Garden. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s dahlia season, and throughout your Ballard Farmers Market you will find spectacular, fresh-cut dahlias ready to brighten up your home. Like these from Ia’s Garden. Stunning, aren’t they?

Brussels sprouts trees from Summer Run Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Summer Run Farm is the first to bring Brussels sprouts to your Ballard Farmers Market this year. They’ve got them loose, and they’ve got them “on the tree”, above. If you’ve ever wondered what they look like in the field, the trees will give you an idea. And maybe it’ll even be cool enough to your kids to get them to eat some. If not, I recommend cooking them with shallots, bacon and a little white wine. That’ll do the trick!

Asian pears from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Asian pears are in season, now, too. These beauties are from Martin Family Orchards. They’ve also got a great selection of apples and Bartlett pears now, too.

Fresh eggs from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Growing Things Farm produces amazing, farm-fresh eggs from happy hems. And they’ve got lots of them right now. So stop by and visit them at the 22nd Avenue end of the Market today and get you some. And while you’re there, grab a chicken, some soap, some jam, and some veg, too. They do it all!

Rainbow carrots from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s a rainbow of carrots from Alm Hill Gardens! And their carrots are rockin’ right now. They’re not just colorful. They’re sweet, crunchy deliciousness! Oh, they’ve got plenty of other good stuff now, too, from winter squash to sunflower sprouts to salad mix and more. Enjoy!

A great selection of certified organic beef roasts from Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

With long, cool, wet nights, now’s the time of year to crank up your oven and slow cook you a nice beef roast. And Skagit River Ranch has you covered. They’ve got briskets and rib roasts, chucks and eye of the rounds, and every other kind of beefliciousness you desire, all from their happy, healthy herds up in Sedro-Woolley.

Jonathan apples from ACMA Mission Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

ACMA Mission Orchards has a dizzying selection of apples right now, as it is peak apple harvest time. And these Jonathan apples are particularly special. But they are short-timers, only around for a few weeks, so grab some while you can!

Cirrus from Mt. Townsend Creamery. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how about some Cirrus cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery to go with those apples? This is their camembert style of cheese, perfectly suited to pairing with apples, and maybe a nice cracker, like these…

Carrot Coriander Crackers from House of the Sun. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These are Carrot Coriander Crackers from House of the Sun. They are made with lots of local ingredients from the farmers right here at your Ballard Farmers Market, and they are awesome. And if that isn’t cool enough, they are raw! Yup, House of the Sun produces raw, vegan foods, which means they don’t bake all the goodness out when they make these. Stop by for a sample today, then grab a package, some Cirrus, and some Jonathan apples and have a wonderful afternoon snack!

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.

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