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Ballard Farmers Market Named Best in State

May 7, 2015

COOKING LIGHT E-MAGAZINE

NAMES 50 BEST FARMERS MARKETS IN THE NATION

Ballard Farmers Market is very honored to be recognized as the Best in Washington by Cooking Light magazine.  The article paired one excellent farmers market in each state, with a recipe created by an excellent chef of a fine restaurant in the market area.  Ballard Farmers Market was paired with Chef Jason Miller of Crush.  Located in the Madison Valley, very close to our sister market Madrona Farmers Market.  Click here to see the whole article:

http://www.cookinglight.com/healthy-living/travel/best-farmers-markets

We are proud and happy to also see the recognition of  Skagit River Ranch and Foraged and Found Edibles, who are mentioned in the article.  Without their consistently fine contributions to every week’s market, we would not be shining so brightly. I want to give a shout-out to Renee Erickson, restauranteur extraordinaire, for mentioning Ballard Farmers Market, and to Nicole and Chef Jason Miller, owners of Crush.  It is a tremendous honor to be in the company, not to mention to have the acknowledgement, of some of the biggest stars of the fine restaurant world that is here in Seattle.

Hope you click on the article, it is great to see success and recognition for farmers markets all around the country.  To our supporters goes our heartfelt gratitude.  Without you, we couldn’t do anything like this.

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Estrella Family Creamery

April 1, 2009
Estrella's Guapier & Old Apple Tree Tomme (?) cheeses at the Market.

Estrella's Guapier and Old Apple Tree Tomme (?) cheeses at the Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons

Estrella Family Creamery, from Montesano, Washington, not only makes some of the finest cheeses in our state, they make some of the finest in the world. Indeed, at the 2008 World Cheese Awards in Dublin, Ireland, Estrella won three gold medals and two silver. In fact, Estrella has won 14 national or international awards in just the past three years.

Anthony Estrella and crew serving the patient throngs of Estrella cheese fans at Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons

Anthony Estrella and crew serving the patient throngs of Estrella cheese fans at Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons

Kelli Estrella has been making cheese for the better part of 25 years, but it wasn’t until 2001 when she and her husband Anthony Estrella decided to leave the business world and take over an abandoned dairy farm in Grays Harbor County in Southwest Washington that she decided to make a career of it. There, Kelli makes the cheese while Anthony tends to the goats and the cows and the rest of the farm.

Kelli is like a mad scientist of cheese making of sorts. The Estrella website lists 18 different varieties of cheese, many more than most cheese makers make, though any of Kelli’s cheese-loving fans at Ballard Farmers Market will tell you she makes many more. She may have these other varieties in limited production or various forms of develop, not ready to declare them as having reached perfection. And a perfectionists she is, having told me she continues to experiment and put ideas through trials with the constant quest of developing the world’s best cheeses.

 

Estrella Black Creek Buttery. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons

Estrella Black Creek Buttery. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons

While she may not be comfortable offering these test-cheeses to many cheese mongers and chefs who demand absolute consistency, Kelli revels in unleashing them upon the farmers market public, where she embraces her fans and friends alike with the knowledge that they are open to trying whatever she brings, happy to participate in the grand experiment while invariably thrilled to sample whatever the Estrellas have to offer. And Kelli gets immediate feedback from them, meaning market shoppers are helping her craft her increasingly world renowned cheeses.