Sunday, October 7th: Welcome Back One Leaf Farm, Asian Pears, Chanterelles, Heirloom Garlic & Deluxe Foods Jams & Jellies!

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Chicories from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

One Leaf Farm, one of King County’s newest farms at just under two years of age, returns to your Ballard Farmers Market today! One Leaf has become one of the anchor farms of our two weekday markets in Wallingford and Madrona over the past two years, and with good reason: they grow stunningly beautiful and delicious vegetables! Case in point: these chicories (above) — escaroletreviso radicchio and Palla Rossa radicchio. And this week, they’ll be the first farm of the year to bring in parsnips and celery root, as well as a novel crop, Brussel sprouts tops, and much, much more! Please, welcome One Leaf back to Ballard. The pleasure will be all yours!

Chojuro Asian pears from Rockridge Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

For the first time in years, Rockridge Orchards, best known for their ciders and berry wines at your Ballard Farmers Market, is able to share their Asian pear harvest with us. Rockridge, in fact, is first and foremost an Asian pear orchardist. And few Asian pears are as exciting as these Chojuro Asian pears. Perfectly ripe, and wonderfully juicy, they have a distinct flavor of rum about them. Rockridge offers about a half dozen varieties right now, for a short time. Enjoy them, while you can!

Yellow chanterelle mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It is October, and while we are still enjoying unseasonably warm temps and plenty of sunshine, in this, the driest of weather Seattle has ever recorded, it is also now distinctly fall. The days are shorter, then nights cooler, and the shadows are much, much longer. If you love photography, there is no better day than today, in fact, to head to your Ballard Farmers Market to take some photos. The light is great, and the crops are diverse, plentiful and full of the colors of fall, like these wild yellow chanterelle mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles.

Polish hardneck garlic from Jarvis Family Garlic Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This is shaping up to be an epic year for onionsshallotspotatoes and garlic. And with the addition this season to your Ballard Farmers Market of Jarvis Family Garlic Farm, we are enjoying one of the best years in a long time here for heirloom garlics, like this Polish hardneck garlic. It has a nice kick to it that’ll cure what ails you. It is just one of a half dozen varieties they have to offer right now!

Fresh shelling beans from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

They came late this year, but they are abundant now — fresh shelling beans! It is only at this time of year that we get to enjoy them fresh, when they just take 20 minutes to boil before adding them to any number of dishes. And they taste wonderfully different fresh, too. Alm Hill Gardens has them in all sorts of varieties now, from kidney to cranberry to cannellini to varieties they’ve helped develop, like orcas.

Pink Pearl apples from Jerzy Boyz. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Pink Pearl apples from Jerzy Boyz are just one of the many heirloom tree fruits they grow. With their bright pink flesh, these apples are classically used for apple sauce — you know, that old-fashioned apple sauce that is naturally pink in the jar without the use of food coloring! Of course, they make for just good eating, too. Stop by and check out all the varieties of fruit they have that you will find on no other tables in the Market!

Carrots from Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Carrots from Oxbow Farm have become the stuff of legend around these parts. Few carrots can stand toe-to-toe with these for flavor and sweetness. They are like candy! And they are abundant right now. Plus, with cool nights and sunny days, they are getting sweeter and sweeter every week. Yeah, baby!

San Marzano tomatoes from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Meet the legendary San Marzano tomato, from Alvarez Organic Farms. These are the tomatoes that originate on the hot, fertile, volcanic slopes of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy, which may explain why they like it so much in the shadow of Mt. Rainier in the Yakima Valley. But they are only available for a short time each year, so get them while you can. Stock up, get canning, and enjoy them all winter long!

Gingered rhubarb jam from Deluxe Foods. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Deluxe Foods took a couple of weeks off from your Ballard Farmers Market, but they return today with all manner of jellied and jammed deliciousness. Like this gingered rhubarb jam, made with lots of local rhubarb. They’ll also have flavors like apricotspiced plum and blueberry basil, featuring Sidhu blueberries, today, too!

Finally, another reminder to please bring your own bags today, and every Sunday, as Seattle’s single-use plastic bag ban is now in effect. Also, please take note of our new green composting and blue recycling waste receptacles throughout your Ballard Farmers Market, and please make an effort to use them correctly. Each container has what’s okay to put in it pictured right on the lid. Please do not put the wrong materials in, because that drives up the cost of recycling and composting, and it can result in the entire container being sent instead to a landfill. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

There is plenty more 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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