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Sunday, December 14th: Eat & Give Local For The Holidays!

December 13, 2014
Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table during his 2011 Eat Local For Thanksgiving cooking demonstration at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table during his 2011 Eat Local For Thanksgiving cooking demonstration at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

There are just two Sundays left before Solstice and Christmas, and only one before Chanukah to get your local on for the holidaze at your Ballard Farmers Market! And we’ve got everything you’ll need right here, from the greenery to decorate your door to the pie for dessert; from the wine and cider to muddle to the roast for your oven; from local salt to season your food to treats for Fido to gifts for under the tree, in the stocking or behind the couch. Make this holiday season a local one, and give a truly unique gift with a local face behind it. Heck, we’ve even got a chef to give you cooking tips on how to make it great! Yup, Chef Dustin Ronspies from Art of the Table joins us today for an Eat Local For The Holidays cooking demonstration today at 11 a.m.!

Smoked hams for Easter from Skagit River Ranch at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Smoked hams for Easter from Skagit River Ranch at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Don’t forget the roast beast for your holiday table! Skagit River Ranch still has plenty of holiday hams available, and these beauties are delish! They’ll also have some pork rib roasts today, too. And plenty of sausage to working into your holiday dressing.

Mixed kale from Alm Hill Gardens at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Mixed kale from Alm Hill Gardens at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

The kale at Alm Hill Gardens (Growing Washington) came through our second early deep freeze surprising well, Clayton tells us. And keep in mind that the farm is within a stone’s throw of the Canadian border, where it takes the frosty outflow of the Fraser River Valley right in the teeth. And while it was warmer this past week, Clayton and the crew spent most of it battling high winds instead, repairing row tunnels and harvesting deliciousness, just to bring you the freshest local food. Show your appreciation by making this an Eat Local For The Holidays kinda year!

Carrots from Kirsop Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Carrots from Kirsop Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Between freezes and floods, we’ve already seen quite a few farms leave your Ballard Farmers Market earlier than usual this fall. But the good news is that in the midst of all of this, we actually added another farm: Kirsop Farm from Tumwater! A veteran farm, they are new to us here at your Ballard Farmers Market in the last month. Their organic produce is as good as any in the state, like these carrots — crunchy and sweet. Image them buttered or roasted alongside your roast beast, sprinkled about your salad mix from Colinwood Farm, or simply as a vehicle for transporting some hummus from Uncle Eyal’s into your mouth!

Huge Sweet Salmon & Sweet Meat winter squash from Nash's Organic Produce at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Huge Sweet Salmon & Sweet Meat winter squash from Nash’s Organic Produce at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Devon tells me that Nash’s Organic Produce will be rocking the Nash’s red kaleBrussels sproutsgreen and savoy cabbage, and more, all of which came through the freeze fine, as well as bringing back their famous root medley bags which make for easy root roasts and stews. And don’t forget their huge Sweet Salmon and Sweet Meat winter squash, too!

Beef roasts from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Beef roasts from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of roast beast, Olsen Farms will have freshly smoked holiday hams and beef and pork roasts, and leg of lamb, today and next Sunday. In fact, if there is a particular roast or size you desire, they’ll be cutting more this coming week, for you to pick up next Sunday. Stop by and talk to Allen and let him know what you want, and he’ll set it up for you. And don’t forget potatoes!

D'Anjou pears from Booth Canyon Orchards at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

D’Anjou pears from Booth Canyon Orchard at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Booth Canyon Orchard still has lots of apples and pears, like the versatile keepers, these D’Anjou pears. They are a great eating pear, are great added to salads, and they are a wonderful cooking pear, too!

Colorful skirts from Marmalade Originals at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Colorful skirts from Marmalade Originals at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

And don’t forget all the wonderful local artists who bring their handcrafted goods to you here at your Ballard Farmers Market this time of year. Like Marmalade Originals, which makes these beautiful, colorful skirts by hand. Anyone can buy a garment from a Big Box store with some corporate logo on it, made in a sweat shop in Bangladesh, so the recipient will look “different” by looking exactly like everyone else. Only you can invest in a truly unique piece of clothing artwork that will make your special someone stand out from the herd!

Don’t forget to check out our midweek update for lots more info about this week’s offerings. And 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, November 17th: Eat Local For Thanksgiving & Every Day!

November 16, 2013
Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table during his 2011 Eat Local For Thanksgiving cooking demonstration. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table during his 2011 Eat Local For Thanksgiving cooking demonstration. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey kids! There’s no fighting it. We have reached the holiday season, and that means lots of festive eating will be going on. Your Ballard Farmers Market is open year-round with lots of local deliciousness, so really, we make it easy to build your holiday meals, and your everyday meals, around great, local food produced by great local people. And to help get your creative juices (and your salivary glands) flowing, this week and next, we offer our annual Eat Local For Thanksgiving cooking demonstration series at noon under the red Cooking Demonstration tent. Today, we welcome our old buddy, Chef Dustin Ronspies from Art of the Table. He has been building his restaurant menus around what is fresh and local at your Ballard Farmers Market since 2007, so if anyone can show you a tip or two for adding more localiciousness to your holidays, he can!

Conference pears from Booth Canyon Orchard. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Conference pears from Booth Canyon Orchard. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just two more weeks to get amazing heirloom pears from Booth Canyon Orchard. Their inventory of these delicious Conference pears, as well as ComiceD’Anjou and Dana Hovey pears is just about exhausted for 2013, so take advantage and stock up this week and next, while you can.

Chile pepper wreathe from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chile pepper wreathe from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The season is winding down for our friends from Alvarez Organic Farms, too. Stop by now and stock up on great storage crops like onionsgarlicshallots and potatoes, as well as dried chiles, and these gorgeous pepper wreathes and strings.

Whole grains from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whole grains from Nash’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Nash’s Organic Produce has lots of great veggies right now, from parsnips to celery root to Brussels sprouts, as well as tender greens that will not be around much longer, like bok choychard and arugula. They also have delicious, local whole grains like red wheatrye and triticale. Try some out as a side dish this holiday season.

Honey crisp apples from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Honey crisp apples from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whether just for munching, for pies, sauce or roasting, Collins Family Orchards has an apple for you. Try out these honey crisp apples, for instance. They are crisp and full of flavor, great for the kiddies’ lunch box or that elegant artisan cheese platter.

Delicata winter squash from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Delicata winter squash from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We are in serious winter squash weather now, aren’t we? There is just something so comforting and cozy about roasted delicata squash from One Leaf Farm on a cold, dark, wet night. The oven warms up the kitchen. The sweet, luscious squash warms up your soul.

Cabernet Franc from Kitzke Cellars. Photo courtesy Kitzke Cellars.

Cabernet Franc from Kitzke Cellars. Photo courtesy Kitzke Cellars.

It is tasting day at Kitzke Cellars. Stop by today to give their lineup a test drive right at your Ballard Farmers Market. Then, once you find the varieties of wine you like best, you can stock up for the holidays, ready with the perfect wine for every occasion, be it a friend’s party, an elegant dinner or a gift for your boss. And with Kitzke’s award-winning collection of wines, you are sure to find at least one you will love.

Shiitake mushrooms from Sno-Valley Mushrooms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Shiitake mushrooms from Sno-Valley Mushrooms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just in time for fast-approaching holiday feasts, we welcome the return of Sno-Valley Mushrooms. They cultivate great mushrooms, like these shiitake mushrooms, over in Duvall. And considering that it is also chicken soup season, think about adding mushrooms to the pot, too.

Sweet potato pie from Simply Soulful. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet potato pie from Simply Soulful. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And don’t forget to check out our newest vendor, Simply Soulful. They simply make the best sweet potato pies from scratch using Lyall Farms sweet potatoes and freshly-made crust. Stop by for a sample, and then put your orders in for next week!

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, November 18th: Everything You Need For A Local Food Thanksgiving & Chef Dustin Ronspies, Too!

November 18, 2012

Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table during his 2011 Eat Local For Thanksgiving cooking demonstration. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Thanksgiving is in four days, good people of Ballard, and today’s the day you need to stock up on all things local and delicious to make for the best holiday feast ever! Seems kind of early this year, right? Well, it is officially celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November, and this year, that’s the 22nd. Yuppers, it’s Eat Local For Thanksgiving time again, and to help you in this endeavor, our good buddy and culinary artist extraordinaire, Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table with be doing his annual cooking demonstration today at noon at your Ballard Farmers Market. Dustin, who builds his menu every week around what is fresh and in season at the Market, will show us some fun, delicious and simple holiday side dishes made with ingredients from our Market farmers!

Brilliant kales and chards from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Everyone has their own holiday menu traditions and favorites, and you’ll find most of what you desire right here at your Ballard Farmers Market, direct from the farm and so fresh, in fact, that even though you are buying it today, it will still be fresher on Thursday than if you bought it from a Big Box grocer on Wednesday, and you won’t have to fight with anyone in the parking lot or wait in the checkout line for an hour, either! Just check out how stunningly beautiful these chards and kales from Boistfort Valley Farm are, for instance. If hearty braising greens are on your menu, you can’t go wrong with these.

Winter squash from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter squash is on the menu for many, and just take a gander at all the gorgeous varieties Alm Hill Gardens has for you right now. Kabochabutternutspaghettiacorn, and even pie pumpkins! They’ve also got broccolileeks and more!

Brussels sprouts from Nash’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

One item I cannot live without on my holiday table is Brussels sprouts. Indeed, I have found many who use this holiday as a great means to education the jaded masses as to the wonders of these little cabbages that grow on stalks. Well, Nash’s Organic Produce has a lot of Brussels sprouts right now, but if memory serves me, that didn’t keep them from running out early last year. So get here early! Just be kind to your neighbors. We don’t want to have to deploy the tear gas and rubber bullets at their stand again this year.

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

The king of mushrooms, the mighty porcini mushroom returned to the tables of Foraged & Found Edibles last week, and hopefully, they will have plenty of them again this week, too. Nature can be fickle, but it has been a relatively unharsh week, mushroom wise. Of course, they should have plenty of chanterelles, too, great for adding to stuffing!

Seasoned croutons for stuffing from Grateful Bread Bakery. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And speaking of stuffing, Grateful Bread Bakery should have more of their seasoned croutons for stuffing available for said purpose today, if their is any justice in the universe. Mind you, these tend to sell out very quickly, so again, get here plenty early! And grab some loaves for Thursday while you’re at it. Bread freezes very well, so just toss it in the freezer when you get home today, and then, half an hour before dinner Thursday, take it out, run it under warm water just to moisten, and slide it in the oven on low-ish heat while your turkey is resting and your stuffing is heating through. It’ll be warm and fresh like it was just made, and all your guests will worship you! (Heck, I’ve got an entire religion named after me from doing this.)

Quince jelly from Deluxe Foods. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You’ll need jams, jellies and chutneys from Deluxe Foods to accent various stages of your holiday meal. Their Spiced Plum Jam will round out that cheese plate perfectly to keep your guests out of your way in the kitchen whilst you finish up dinner. Apple Chutney and Quince Jelly are both perfect accompaniments to your turkey, and their Gingered Rhubarb is lovely with apple pie or over vanilla ice cream… or both!

Dried chili peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Last call for dried chili peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms, as well as garliconionsdried beans and more. It has already gotten quite cold over in the Yakima Valley, and they are simply running out of deliciousness for us this season. The good news is, everything they have currently will keep for months, so stock up on all that you will need now, and enjoy it all winter long!

Smoked, pickled & shucked oysters from Hama Hama Oyster Company. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

If you are planning on adding oysters to your stuffing, you had better get down here very early. That’s because even though Hama Hama Oyster Company has been bringing more and more jars of shucked oysters each Sunday, they are still selling out long before the Market ends. So, no dillydallying, folks. Oysters wait for no one!

Pumpkin Pie from Deborah’s Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey, there is no shame in admitting you suck at making pies. I know I do. But you promised to bring dessert to your friends’ holiday feast, didn’t you? Well, fear not. Deborah’s Homemade Pies has you covered. From these lovely pumpkin pies, to apple, berry and pecan pies, Deborah has a pie to fit every palate, and best of all, her pies are — and I feel no hesitation saying this — the best pies on earth! Seriously. Her crusts are nothing short of divine, and she uses local ingredients right down to the flour from Washington’s own Shepherd’s Grain. (Okay, the pecans ain’t local, but would you rather she not make pecan pie?) But lest you have failed to get the point thus far, her pies will sell out quickly, regardless of the fact that she’s bringing many more than usual. Don’t be the poor sap who arrives at 2:30 p.m. expecting to find exactly what you desire. Those of us who are not snickering will be rolling our eyes at you. You’ve been warned!

Beautiful late fall bouquets from Mee Garden. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how’s about some lovely local flowers for your dinner table. Our many flower farmers still have plenty of stunning bouquets waiting for you, like this gorgeous arrangements from Mee Garden. Again, they are so fresh, they’ll still look great come Thursday! Enjoy!

Andrew Your Knife Sharpening Guy. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Let’s finish off with one more holiday necessity you might not otherwise think of until it’s too late, and your carving knife bounces off of your turkey. Meet Andrew Huesca, a.k.a., Your Knife Sharpening Guy. Andrew sharpens knives by hand, right at the Market, and he’ll be here today, all day, doing just that. So bring down your frustrating old knifes that are so dull, they could barely hope to bruise you, let alone actually cut you, drop them off with Andrew when you first get to the Market, and with any luck (meaning that not too many people beat you there, and you’re not too fast a shopper), your knives will be sharpened and ready to slice through the most stubborn of roast beasts with ease come Thursday!

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, November 20th: Eat Local For Thanksgiving with Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table!

November 20, 2011

Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table performing a cooking demonstration at Wallingford Farmers Market this past June. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This is where the rubber meets the road, folks. If there is any time to eat local, it’s Thanksgiving. After all, what’s the point of giving thanks for the bounty on our tables if we do not know who to actually give thanks to? Well, when you Eat Local For Thanksgiving, you’ll know the names of each of the farms that produced the ingredients that went into your Thanksgiving feast, and that means you can thank each and every one of them by name as you give thanks over your meal. How cool is that? And to help us with great ideas for Thanksgiving side dishes is Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table, who will be performing a cooking demonstration today at noon at your Ballard Farmers Market. Dustin has built his entire business around using what’s fresh and local at your Ballard Farmers Market every week as the basis for his weekly menus, so if anyone can talk Eat Local For Thanksgiving, it’s him!

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

Okay, it’s time to go down the Thanksgiving grocery check list. And you might as well bring that entire list to your Ballard Farmers Market today. I mean, if for some reason you can’t find it here, you’ll still have four days to get it at the coop or Ballard Market, right? Let’s start with an absolute staple: winter squash. Just look at these beauties from Growing Things Farm. You know, like with so many crops, 2011 was not a good year for winter squash harvests, but the ones our farmers did harvest are awesome, and the Market is flush with them today, so celebrate ’em while you can!

Fresh sausages from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

If you are looking at this photo thinking, “What the heck do sausages have to do with Thanksgiving dinner?”, then you need to broaden your horizons a bit! These beautiful, farmstead sausages from Sea Breeze Farm are perfect to mix in with your stuffing, or to toss in with your mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes. Their savory, spicy, fattiness adds complex flavors to all sorts of dishes. So don’t think of them as a main course. Think of them as a seasoning!

Brooke Lucy from Bluebird Grain Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for flour to bake with, or to thicken that gravy? Or maybe you’d like to add a nice pilaf as a side dish. I imagine you have all manner of uses for the whole grains, cracked grains, flours and mixes offered by Bluebird Grain Farms. Well, Brooke Lucy returns today with your direct connection to your local grain grower. Everything else on your holiday table will be local. Shouldn’t your grain products be local, too? Not to mention fresh and delicious!

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

Granny Smith apples from ACMA Mission Orchards make for great pies and sauces, and they’ve got a gorgeous fresh crop of them, and many other varieties of apples and pears, right now. And hey, don’t just think desserts and sauces. Think stuffing, or roasting with squash and more. Few meals are more wonderful than Thanksgiving dinner for  celebrating the bounty of this year’s local harvest of magnificent deliciousness. So pull out all the stops!

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Beauregard sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms are another must for your Thanksgiving table. You can roast them whole, or cut them up. You can bake them in a casserole. You can mix them in with your mashed potatoes. You can even try them with a recipe I learned from some of the Mexican farmhands at Full Circle Farm years ago — cube them, steam them until just tender, and then mash them with some canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and a little maple syrup. Yeah, baby!

Fresh, local jersey cow milk from Silver Springs Creamery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, just how many dishes will require fresh milk this week? You’ll need them for your mashed potatoes, of course. And for that chocolate cream pie. So let’s be thankful for Silver Springs Creamery for producing for us some of the most incredible, local jersey milk and goat milk you will find anywhere. Support your local dairy while enriching your meal.

Brussels sprouts from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ah, the mighty Brussels sprout from Boistfort Valley Farm. It is peak season for them now. If you love them, you don’t need me to sell you on them. But if you are one of those phobic types, then you clearly have never had them prepared properly. They are amazing oven roasted, but I love them sautéed with pancetta, shallots and a little white wine at the end to deglaze the pan and give them a little steam. You pork-phobic types can leave out the pancetta, I s’pose, if you must. Otherwise, sweat the chopped shallots while you render the fat out of the pancetta, and when they’re both going good, add your halved and quartered sprouts. When they start to get bright green and a bit tender, hit the pan with some white wine for a few minutes, until nicely tender. Just don’t overcook them. That’s why most folks don’t like them. They’ve always had them overcooked.

Viking purple potatoes from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

As for those aforementioned mashed potatoes, Olsen Farms has an amazing selection of the finest potatoes you will ever want. For mashing, I am a particular fan of these Viking purple potatoes, with their creamy, white flash that is pretty much put on this earth as a vehicle for butter. But you might be a German butterball fan. Who am I to judge?

Sugar pie pumpkins from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Pumpkin pie is a staple of many a Thanksgiving feast, but too many people use that nasty canned stuff. But why, when Stoney Plains has these gorgeous sugar pie pumpkins just waiting for you? These babies are bred specifically for your pie-making pleasure. Please, do not deny them their destiny!

Artisan breads from Grateful Bread Baking. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You might be thinking, “With all the food we’ll have on our table this Thursday, do we really need bread, too?” Uh… yes!!! I mean, you are gonna take it home tonight, cube it up or tear it apart, toss it with olive oil and herbs and spices and roast it in the oven at low heat to dry it out, and then, on Thursday, you are going to make the most amazing stuffing with it. Woohoo! So stop by Grateful Bread Baking for just the right loaf, or three.

Schmaltz, a.k.a., chicken fat, from Stokesberry Sustainable Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And the secret ingredient is schmaltz, or chicken fat. Use it in just about everything. From your mashed potatoes to your baked goods to a rub-down for your turkey, and on and on. Stokesberry Sustainable Farm produces this from their chickens. And they’ve also got plenty of turkey sausage right now. Work some of that into your stuffing, too, eh?

Quince jelly from Deluxe Foods. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You’ll be needing some incredible, heirloom jams and jellies to accompanying many of your dishes, and for that, Deluxe Foods has you covered. Hopefully, they’ve have some of this quintessentially Thanksgiving-esque quince jelly today, though you might have to get here early to get any. But hey, if not, they’ve go many more great flavors.

Parsnips from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Parsnips from Nash’s Organic Produce are great added to a root roast, stew or soup, but for Thanksgiving, I recommend blending some in with your mashed potatoes. Oh, sweet, creamy deliciousness!

Rutabagas from Colinwood Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Let us finish today’s Eat Local For Thanksgiving epistle with the mighty rutabaga from Colinwood Farm. These, too, can be mashed in with your potatoes, but me, I like ’em steamed and mashed with lotsa butter all on their own. For my money, it just ain’t Thanks For The Land Day without a healthy helping of bagas.

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.