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Sunday, January 26th: Stock Up This Week For Big Game Next Week!

January 25, 2014
Awarding-winning sheep cheese from Glendale Shepherd. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Awarding-winning sheep cheese from Glendale Shepherd. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Our Seattle Seahawks aren’t the only local winners right now. In fact, while San Francisco’s 49ers were here last weekend, Glendale Shepherd was in San Francisco winning a Good Food Award for their Island Brebis aged sheep cheese. So it seems only poetic that you should stop by Glendale Shepherd today at your Ballard Farmers Market, and pick up a nice chunk of their winning cheese to enjoy while you watch the Seahawks win the Super Bowl next Sunday. And here are a few more ideas for game-changing deliciousness you should pick up this week to enjoy during the Big Game:

Bratwurst from Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bratwurst from Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Some delicious bratwurst from Skagit River Ranch will be a perfect addition to your game time snacks. These delicious sausages would be the pride of any Packers tailgating party, if the Packers had actually made it to the Big Game. But since they didn’t, and since the Meadowlands in New Jersey kinda looks and feels like Green Bay right now, why not celebrate our own northern team with these classics.

Caraway sauerkraut from Firefly Kitchens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Caraway sauerkraut from Firefly Kitchens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of classic, nothing goes better with a good brat than some caraway sauerkraut, and no one around here makes caraway sauerkraut better than Firefly Kitchens! So stock up, good 12s of Ballard. Oh, and speaking of the 2014 Good Food Awards, Firefly’s kimchi also won one. Woohoo!

Chili sauce with garlic from Four Sisters. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chili sauce with garlic from Four Sisters. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey, it may not be Frank’s, but this hot red chili sauce with garlic from Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces will certainly make for some tasty game time wings. Maybe not what they’re serving at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, but hey, when’s the last time the Bills were in the Big Game? We come from a city full of wonderful Vietnamese culture, so we can eat our wings with Vietnamese hot sauce! (BTW, would someone from Buffalo please explain to The Stranger what a Buffalo Wing is, and where they came from?)

Rainbow carrots from Gaia's Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Rainbow carrots from Gaia’s Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Now, I don’t want to hear any talk of ranch dressing. It’s go bleu or go home in my house! But whatever you’re using for dip, be it hummus or onion dip, you’ll need lots of carrots to dip in it. These young, sweet rainbow carrots from Gaia’s Harmony Farm are the perfect size for dippers, and they look and taste incredible. Plus, you don’t have to spend a ton of time cutting them down to size!

Asian pears from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Asian pears from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, I am not exactly sure how Asian pears from Collins Family Orchards fit into the Big Game feasting, but when I walked past them last Sunday, they looked really good. And let’s face it — you have to eat the rest of the week, too, right? Why not pack some of these in your lunch bags?

Kale, zucchini & collard chips from House of the Sun. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Kale, zucchini & collard chips from House of the Sun. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Kale chips from House of the Sun, or just about anything else they make, will be perfect for game day. This crunchy, flavorful snack not only tastes great, but it’s good for you, it’s made from local ingredients, and it will satisfy your salty, crunchy snack needs well!

Collard greens from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Collard greens from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Mmm. Collard greens. That sounds kinda good alongside those ribs or that brisket you smoked for the game. Stoney Plains Organic Farm has lots of sweet, tender collard greens right now, and you don’t even have to tell your guests that collard greens are one of the most nutrient-dense vegetables around. It’ll just be our little secret!

Olive fougasse loaves from Tall Grass Bakery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Olive fougasse loaves from Tall Grass Bakery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I can eat an entire loaf of this football-shaped Olive Fougasse bread from Tall Grass Bakery in one sitting. It’s that good. But it also holds up for a few days without drying out, or — and this is what you really should do — it freezes really well, so you can thaw it out and warm it up in the oven next Sunday just in time for the game!

Chicken pies from Deborah's Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chicken pies from Deborah’s Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And did you know that Deborah’s Homemade Pies makes savory pies, too? Like these chicken pies. You don’t see them on her tables because they are frozen. She keeps them in coolers in the back of her stall, waiting for you to take them home and pop them in your own oven. You see what I’m driving at here? You can pick up one or six of these chicken pies, or her equally delish pork pies, this week, then keep it in the freezer until next week, when you just pop it in the oven, so it’s hot and ready for game time! Could we make your lives any easier, or tastier?

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.

Please remember bring your own bags 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.

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

October 7, 2012

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.

Sunday, September 16th: Nectarplums, Purple Carrots, Banana Cantaloupes, Asian Pears, Greek Yogurt, Earl Grey Tea Jelly & Other Deliciousness!

September 15, 2012

Purple carrots from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Now, them’s some carrots, eh? Purple Haze carrots from Boistfort Valley Farm, in fact. Stunning, aren’t they? And admit it. You either just hurt your fingers or smeared your nose all over your screen trying to get at these, didn’t you? These beauties are plenty satisfying raw, but they really shine cooked. They get a big, deep, wonderful carrot flavor to them — more earthy, less sweet, and just plain delicious. Plus, they look really cool, too! Stop by Boistfort Valley Farm today to see all the stunning produce they’ve got for you this week at your Ballard Farmers Market.

Bolsa Chica lettuce from Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lettuce is still rocking your Ballard Farmers Market, and Oxbow Farm has some amazing heirloom varieties of lettuce to please every palate and fit every application. This lovely oak leaf variety of lettuce is called Bolsa Chica lettuce. It is bold and beautiful, with its deep green color and its spiky leaves, and it packs a big flavor and tons of nutrients. This ain’t no Big Box store iceberg lettuce, my friends!

Nactarplums from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey kids! It’s another one of those stone fruits from Collins Family Orchards that has two names, because it is a hybrid of two different fruits. These are nectarplums — part nectarine, part plum. All delicious. This is one of those new stone fruits that consistently blows away anyone who tries it. Of course, that means you should probably get to Collins early, before they sell out!

Winter squash from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter squash has arrived at your Ballard Farmers Market! Find kabochabutternutdelicataspaghetti and carnival winter squash now from Alvarez Organic Farms. I realize that winter squash might seem premature on your menu, but remember, if you let the stems dry fully, and store them in a cool, dry, dark place with stems intact, they will last for months.

Banana cantaloupe from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This weird looking creature is a banana cantaloupe melon from Lyall Farms. It is large, long, and quite fragrant, and it is bright orange inside, just like any cantaloupe. Stop by Lyall Farms today and give one of these a good sniff. Then bring it home, cut it open, and dribble its juice down the front of your chin and shirt as you devour it!

All Blue potatoes from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Potatoes also keep well, so stock up on them, too! These all blue potatoes from Olsen Farms are exactly what they sound like — all blue, through and through. They are great roasted in a hot oven, steamed and mashed with good butter from Golden Glen Creamery, or even chipped and fried. Yes, blue potato chips! In fact, pick up some red-fleshed and white fleshed potatoes from Olsen, and make red, white and blue potato chips!

Thompson seedless grapes from Magana Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wanna make raisins? Then you’ll want some of these seedless Thompson grapes from Magana Farms. They are perfectly sweet. And this is an amazing year for grapes. Bring them home, separate them from their vine, give them a good wash, and then load them into your dehydrator. In no time, you’ll have your own homemade raisins! Yeah, baby!

Red onions from Nature’s Last Stand. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These cured red onions from Nature’s Last Stand are great on sandwiches, sautéed, pickled, what have you, and they will store for months in a cool, dry, dark place. Nature’s also has the first yellow storage onions of the season now, too, plus lots and lots of great spuds and greens.

Asian pears from ACMA Mission Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How’s about some Asian pears, while we’re at it? This lovely harbinger of fall has a flavor unto itself — oh, so much more that just a pear. It contains a symphony of tasting notes, like any fine wine, and it comes with a texture that’ll make your teeth sing and bring a tear to your eye. Heck, I’m a bit verklempt just writing about it. Find them at ACMA Mission Orchards today!

Cherry tomatoes from Summer Run Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Tomato season rolls on. With our late-starting warm, dry summer, they are hitting their peak right now! Doesn’t a salad with lots of these cherry tomatoes from Summer Run Farm sound lovely right about now? Or how about poaching them in some olive oil and then adding them to a lovely succotash or pasta dish. Seriously. They’re vine-ripened tomatoes. How can you got wrong?

Jersey cow yogurt from Samish Bay Cheese. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You know Samish Bay Cheese for their unique and delicious cheeses and their meat, but did you know that they make yogurt and Greek yogurt, too, from Jersey milk? Yup! Here it is right here. (I wouldn’t kid about something like that.) Now, with the departure of Silver Springs Creamery for an indefinite period of time, this is very good information for yogurt lovers to know!

Baby squash from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sure, we featured winter squash above, but it really is still summer, both on the calendar and the weather report! So why not continue to enjoy these gorgeous, sweet and delicious summer squash from Growing Things Farm? Make some ratatouille, pickle it, grill it, roast it, make bread with it, do that voodoo that you do with it. But enjoy it while it is fresh, sweet and local, cuz you know that the stuff from the Big Box store does not compare.

Gluten-free dinner rolls from Dolce Lou. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These savory gluten-free dinner rolls from Dolce Lou will please any palate, whether or not your diet requires you to avoid gluten. Of course, if your diet does, these rolls will make you extra happy! They are moist, chewy and full of flavor — words not often associated with gluten-free bread products. Then again, everything Dolce Lou produces is special!

Earl Grey Tea jelly from Deluxe Foods. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And let us finish off this week’s epistle as you should be finishing off every piece of toast — with jams and jellies from Deluxe Foods! Their products are made from heirloom recipes handed down over many generations going back to old Europe, and they use the finest local ingredients fresh from the farmers at the Market. Check out this Earl Grey Tea jelly, for instance. Talk about a morning time-saver! Just make toast, and then add a schmear of this, and BAM, you’ve got tea and toast in a single bite! You can thank me later.

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.

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

October 23, 2011

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.