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Sunday, October 14th: Hardy Kiwis, Carving Pumpkins, Holiday Hams, Celery Root, Cheesecake & More!

October 13, 2012

Hardy kiwis from Greenwater Farm. Photo courtesy Greenwater Farm.

The rains have returned, and frankly… yippee! Don’t get me wrong. I, too, enjoyed having a summer that, well, was a summer. But I wouldn’t live here if I didn’t like rain. And after 81 days without it, it is quite refreshing. The air smells cleaner. The dust is washing off of, well, everything. And I can hear each and every blade of grass cheering. Imagine how our beloved farmers are feeling! So, it really is October. Most farms have already felt a nip of frost by now, and your Ballard Farmers Market is awash in fall crops. Today, we celebrate the arrival of a particularly special Northwest fall crop, the hardy kiwi. These tiny jewels of sweet deliciousness are indeed kiwis, but they have evolved so that they thrive in a cool, temperate climate like we have here in Western Washington. Greenwater Farm grows them in Port Townsend, and they’ll only have them available for a few short weeks. If you’ve never tried them, avail yourself of this opportunity!

Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Halloween is fast approaching, and it is high time to get that perfect pumpkin and carve it. Grab one of these lovely Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins today from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Cut the top out. Scoop, wash and roast the seeds, and carve it up with some menacing looking face. Just be sure to let your kids pick out a pumpkin, too!

A holiday ham from Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you ordered your holiday turkeys and hams yet? It’s not too early. Heck, it’s already October 14th! Thanksgiving is less than five weeks away. Seriously. It’s early this year — November 22nd. Swing by Skagit River Ranch today and place your order, so you’ll been sure to have a delicious, humanly-raised, local centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast.

Celery root, a.k.a., celeriac, from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It is by no means the most handsome of fall vegetables, but celery root, or celeriac, is an essential ingredient to many fall dishes. From soups to roasts to amazing mashes — think celery root, parsnips and potatoes! — you’ll need it. In fact, many have been asking about it for weeks. Well, One Leaf Farm, which returned to your Ballard Farmers Market just last Sunday, wins this year’s celery root sweepstakes, being the first farm to roll in with it this year. Woohoo!

Farm-fresh honey from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We’ve been a little short on honey this past year at your Ballard Farmers Market, so we’ve allowed some of our farmers to bring in honey produced on their farms for sale. This honey, from Boistfort Valley Farm, is made by their resident bees that also pollinate all their crops on the farm.

Kale and collard greens from Gaia’s Natural Goods. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Gaia’s Natural Goods returns today to your Ballard Farmers Market will lots of tasty greens, like the above kale and collard greens. See, with a little nip of frost in the air recently, greens have gotten a lot sweeter, making this a great time of year to enjoy them. Plus, cooking them helps warm up your kitchen and takes the nip out of your house.

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

Bosc pears from Collins Family Orchards are in their prime right now. Sweet, juicy, and wonderful to eat, they make for a great addition to junior’s lunchbox, a salad, or a snack at the office during your afternoon break. Enjoy this fall treat while you can!

A colorful fall display at Nash’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just had to share this photo of the display at Nash’s Organic Produce last week. It comes under the heading of “spectacular displays.” Oh, the fall colors of goldenchiogga and Detroit beetsturnipscelery and arugula. Comforting veggies for cool fall days!

Daikon radishes from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how’s about some daikon radishes from Colinwood Farms? They have a bright, clean, mild flavor, with just the slightest hint of spiciness. Add them to salads like any radish, shred them as a garnish or to use with sashimi, sauté them. These Asian delights are deliciously versatile!

Cheesecake from Pasteria Lucchese. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

While you are ordering your holiday turkeys, roasts and hams, don’t forget about dessert! From sweet breads to pies to one of these amazing cheesecakes from Pasteria Lucchese, check in with your favorite Ballard Farmers Market dessert makers now to learn about what you’ll need to do to ensure you’ll bring the best dessert with you to whatever holiday festivities.

Finally, another reminder to please 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.

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, March 4th: Another Sunny Winter’s Day Brings Spinach, Salad Mix, Jazz Apples, Gluten-Free Bread, Raw Milk & More!

March 4, 2012

Spinach from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I’ve got Sirius by The Alan Parsons Project playing to fire me up to write this week’s epistle, as I am still fairly dain-bread from this past Monday’s Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection. It’s kinda funny how a song by a bunch of nerdy studio musicians in the late 1970s is still widely used to whip sports fans into hysteria at stadiums around the world. Anywho, lucky for me, I took a bunch of fresh photos of lotsa cool stuff at your Ballard Farmers Market now, in spite of what the calendar says. Indeed, now that it’s March, we’ve turned a corner into spring as far as local crops go. Odds are slim we’ll get a killer freeze to take out the hardy crops now. And many other crops are making a comeback already, like this spinach from Full Circle Farm. All you folks who question the point of getting up in the morning without spinach to enjoy at some point during the day can relax now, and even celebrate a little. It’s back!

Detroit beets from Gaia’s Natural Goods. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How about some freshly dug over-winter Detroit beets, complete with beet greens, from Gaia’s Natural Goods. By now, you have probably tried their delicious pickled beets. Well, these are the beets from which those pickled beets come.

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

This is one of the best apples you will ever sink your teeth into. It is a jazz apple from Collins Family Orchards. They pull these out of storage this time of year, still firm and crisp, and at their peak of flavor. If there is any time of year you’ll want an apple a day to keep the doctor away, this is it, and this apple is one that will make eating an apple a day easy!

Dino kale from Nash's Organic Produce in the February sun. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, dino kale is not exactly a re-emergent crop, but it is incredible this time of year. It’s leaves are getting smaller and more tender, and after surviving more than a few very cold nights of winter, it is very sweet and full of flavor. And this dino kale from Nash’s Organic Produce basking in February sunshine kinda gives us hope, doesn’t it?

Gluten-free sandwich bread (right) and baguettes from Dolce Lou. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Phebe Rossi of Dolce Lou is known for her gluten-free sweets that not only fill a void in the lives of people who must maintain a gluten-free diet, but are also so good that everyone else loves them, too. And now, she’s putting that same passion into loaves of gluten-free bread. You’ve gotta love gluten-free bread that is also, well, you know… edible. Cuz a lot of it isn’t! Check out Dolce Lou for gluten-free bagettes and sandwich bread.

Spicy salad mix from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s back! Yup, the greenhouses atop the hill that is Alm Hill, after which Alm Hill Gardens is named, are cranking out their famous spicy salad mix again. Woohoo! Now, that’s gotta give you hope of immanent spring, eh?

Raw milk products from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Raw milk products can be hard to find around these parts. Washington state has some of the strictest regulations on the production of raw milk products anywhere in the country. Lucky for us at your Ballard Farmers Market, we’ve got Sea Breeze Farm. They’ve jumped through the various hoops necessary to bring us raw milkcream, buttermilk and more!

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.

Sunday, October 30th: Local Keta Salmon, Purple Goddess Pears, Rainbows Of Beets & Squash, Beautiful Butters & Wonderful Wines!

October 30, 2011

Fresh, whole Puget Sound keta salmon from Loki Fish. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey, kids! It’s fresh Puget Sound keta salmon from Loki Fish. They are catching it right now in the heart of Puget Sound, west of Seattle. Salmon doesn’t get much more local than this. But it’ll only be around for another couple of weeks, so enjoy it while you can!

Dinosaur kale from Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Dinosaur kale from Oxbow Farm is the old-school kale, favored in Italy and Southern Europe. It holds up great in soups and stews, adds a nice crunch to salads, sautés beautifully, roasts into a crunching snack, and it looks pretty cool, too.

Purple goddess pears from Jerzy Boyz. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These are the aptly named purple goddess pears from Jerzy Boyz. These are large, beautiful and delicious, and Jerzy Boyz has plenty of them now. Stop by for a taste, then bring a bag home with you. You can thank me later.

Red and white storage onions from Nature's Last Stand. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This time of year, you are cooking all sorts of dishes with onions. Nature’s Last Stand has gorgeous red and white storage onions for just that purpose right now, and they are perfect, pungent, and ready to add beautiful richness to any dish.

Beets of all shapes and colors from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Nash’s Organic Produce is known for its great fall and winter crops, like carrots, cabbage, kale and more. And they also grow amazing beets! Above, you can see four varieties of beets: chiogga, cylinder, golden and Detroit beets, from left to right. Enjoy this sweet, tasty rainbow of rootliciousness!

Berry wines from Rockridge Orchards. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Summer berries make for fall berry wines from Rockridge Orchards. Of course, they’ve got hard and sweet ciders, vinegars and more now, too. You’ll need a bottle or three to help you through the long, dark, wet nights!

Delicious, fresh pork from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Fresh pork is a staple of the meat cases at Sea Breeze Farm, and it is some of the best pork you will ever taste. Their pigs are forest-raised, healthy, strong and happy pigs, raised with love, and even with names! The result is delicious, tender pork like your never tasted from one of those Big Box stores.

Fresh, local butter from Golden Glen Creamery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Luscious, local farmstead butter is a hard thing to find around here… that is, unless you visit Golden Glen Creamery at your Ballard Farmers Market. They make amazing butter from their jersey cows up in Skagit County. You’ll find it both unsalted and lightly salted, as well as in a variety of seasoned butters. And it’s pretty much butter season, right? Mmm. Butter.

Fuji apples from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Collins Family Orchards has plenty of pears, pluots and apples right now, freshly harvest. Like these lovely Fuji apples. Collins grows some of the sweetest, most flavorful fruit you will find anywhere, and we’ve got them right here at your Ballard Farmers Market!

Winter squash from Colinwood Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how about a rainbow of winter squash from Colinwood Farm? Spectacular, is it not? Delectable, too. But this season has seen a stark reduction in the harvest yields of winter squash amongst our local farms, so don’t go dillydallying about getting you some. It is likely to run out earlier than usual this year.

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.

Sunday, August 14th: Vote Now! Excellent Eggs, Mouthwatering Watermelons, Wild Elderberries, Tremendous Treviso & Washington’s Only Native(ish) Potato!

August 14, 2011

Look for these signs at the Ballard Farmers Market to vote for us from your Smart Phone, or download this photo by clicking on it to scan it at home..

Hey, we know you love your Ballard Farmers Market. I mean, more than 3,000 of you visit this blog every week. More than 2,000 of you follow us on Facebook. Another 1,600+ of you follow us on Twitter. And then there are the 10,000 or so of you who visit us at the Market every Sunday. And in your love of your Ballard Farmers Market, you’ve come to expect a lot of it — a lot which we strive tirelessly week in and out, year-round, to provide for you, asking little of you in return. Well, now we are asking you for something. Something simple. We are asking you to take 30 seconds or less to vote for Ballard Farmers Market in the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest. Scan your smart phone across the image above, or just click the link. Help us win bragging rights and funds for improving the Market, as well as 500 No Farms, No Food canvas bags to give to you as a thank you. So far, about 500 of you have voted. We need about 5,000 to win. Do it as a thank you to the Market staff and vendors for all they do for you. Do it for Ballard. Do it for Seattle. Do it for Washington. But do it now, as voting closes on August 31st. And thank you.

Michaele Blakely of Growing Things showing off her prized eggs. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

By now, you have found Growing Things Farm in their new location at the top of the Market at 22nd Ave. Did you know that Michaele Blakely actually was the original manager of this farmers market, when it was still attached to the Fremont Sunday Market back in the late 1990s? Yep. And Michaele is one of those extraordinary farmers that does so much on a relatively small parcel of land, from row crops to poultry to beef and pork to jams to soap made from beef tallow and lard from her own animals to some of the best eggs on earth. And for those of you who have been getting to the Market too late to get some of those eggs in recent weeks, never fear. Michaele tells me her hens have caught up in egg production now, and she will have a lot more eggs today and in future weeks, so come and get ’em. But hey, there are still no guarantees for you slackers who show up late in the day!

Yellow Doll watermelons from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Gotta love these yellow-fleshed yellow doll watermelons from Lyall Farms. Chef Peter Levine of  Waterfront Seafood Grill did a cooking demonstration for us recently at your  mid-week Interbay Farmers Market on Thursdays in which he used all yellow foods, calling it a “yellow plate special.” The one thing we were missing that day were these. Don’t you miss this sweet, refreshing summer treat today!

Treviso radicchio from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

One of the most spectacular looking vegetables, and one of my personal favorites, it treviso radicchio. This member of the chicory family of bitter greens is perfect sautéed with some salty, smoky porkiliciousness, or lathered up with some olive oil and grilled. Pick up some from Full Circle Farm today and give it a try!

Wild blue elderberries from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These tiny little berries are wild blue elderberries from Foraged & Found Edibles. These jewels pack perhaps more medicinal qualities in them than any other berry, and they make some awesome wine and jam. But their season is short. Put some up now for winter, and enjoy their healthful deliciousness during the cold, dark, wet months.

Fresh lavender from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s lavender season at Children’s Garden, folks. May we all rejoice in their fragrant beauty, and may all the bees have one humongous insect equivalent of a kegger amidst their blossoms. Heck, if you’ve got a blooming lavender plant near you, sit or lay near it, close your eyes, and just listen to all the buzzing of the bees as they party their little brains out.

Beets from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Take a gander at these brilliant beets from Colinwood Farms. You know, some people may find beets to be kind of pedestrian, but I find them both beautiful and luscious, and hey, bunch beets give you two dishes for the price of one — roots and greens. Don’t you dare toss out those greens! I mean, you do know that chard is essentially beet greens bred to focus on the greens and not the root, right? Well, with bunch beets, you get your beets and your chard!

Sungold tomatoes & blackberries from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I love the contrast in color between these sungold cherry tomatoes and blackberries from Alm Hill Gardens. Their blackberries are as good as any could hope to be. And I’ve been eating these sweet sungolds by the pint. Sungolds are one of the sweetest tomatoes. And since you are going to want to put some on salads, make sure you get a couple of pints, as you will eat one of them right out of the container!

Ozette potatoes from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ozette potatoes, like these from Alvarez Organic Farms, are the closest thing we’ve got to a native potato here in Washington, the potato producing capitol of the United States. See, all potatoes originated in South America. And almost all potatoes now in North America are descendants of potatoes that first traveled to Europe before coming here. But there are a very few exceptions. The Ozette, along with three other fingerling potatoes, were brought up the West Coast by the Spanish in 1791 and planted near their ports from Northern California to Vancouver Island. The Ozette was brought to the area inhabited by the Makah Nation out near Neah Bay. But the Spanish couldn’t hack our Northwest weather, so in 1793, they buggered off back down the coast, leaving behind these potatoes. So, pick up a little bit of local, and potato, history today. Oh, they taste pretty good, too!

Perfection apricots from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

When you look at this perfect tray of apricots from Martin Family Orchards, it will come as no surprise that they are called perfection apricots. Perfect looking. Perfect tasting. Nuff said.

There is much more waiting for you at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Just check What’s Fresh Now! for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now. And please remember to vote for your Ballard Farmers Market in the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest!