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Sunday, December 21st: Happy Solstice! (And Chanukah, Christmas, Festivus, Kwanzaa, Yule, Zappadan & Any Other Holidays I Missed!)

December 20, 2014
Holiday wreath from Alm Hill Gardens at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Holiday wreath from Alm Hill Gardens at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

I’ve got the Andy Williams Christmas Album playing on the iTunes, and that can only mean it is time for our annual Winter Solstice, Chanukah, Festivus, Zappadan, Kwanzaa, Yule, and, of course, Christmas Ballard Farmers Market Blog Holiday Extravaganza! So deck the halls with one of these giant, natural wreaths from Alm Hill Gardens, and sing along with Andy, cuz it’s time to get our holidaze on, good people of Ballard!

Chef Jason Stoneburner of Bastille and Stoneburner during his 2013 Eat Local For The Holidays cooking demonstration at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Chef Jason Stoneburner of Bastille and Stoneburner during his 2013 Eat Local For The Holidays cooking demonstration at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

“So hoopdeedoo, and dickory dock, and don’t forget to hang up your suck, cuz just exactly at 12-o’clock, he’ll be coming down the chimney, down!” And to get you further in the holiday spirit, our buddy, Chef Jason Stoneburner from Stoneburner and Bastille will perform an Eat Local For The Holidays cooking demonstration today at noon!

Hams for the holidays from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Hams for the holidays from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year (ding, dong, ding, dong).” And yule need a nice roast beast for your holiday table to help ring in the season. Perhaps one of these lovely, freshly smoked holiday hams from Olsen Farms will hit the spot. Or maybe a nice leg of lamb, or a beef rib roast, will do the job.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

And if you set some of these gorgeous Beauregard sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms on your holiday table, you will hit a high note with your guests that could very well send the kind of chills up and down their spines that we all get when Andy Williams hits those high notes when he sings, O Holy Night.

Cipollini onions from Colinwood Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Cipollini onions from Colinwood Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

“It’s Christmas time pretty baby, and the snow is falling down…” Sing it, Elvis! And what could be sweeter than listening to An Elvis Christmas while enjoying some caramelized cipollini onions from Colinwood Farm atop some of their delicata or blue hubbard winter squash, eh?

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

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

“Uh-hubba-hubba, uh, here comes Santa Claus…” I think only Bruce Springsteen’s version of this song even comes close to Elvis’s. It’s that Delta Blues influence that makes it so much fun! And Santa will be quite please with you for setting out a nice plate of sautéed kale from Kirsop Farm with a nice glass of boozy eggnog. After all, we’re one of his last stops here in the Pacific Time Zone, and that means he’ll be all bound up on cookies and milk, and he’ll be ready for some fiber and a cocktail!

Pink Lady apples from Collins Family Orchards at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Pink Lady apples from Collins Family Orchards at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

“And when those blue snowflakes start falling…” I think Elvis was missing his Pink Lady when he sang those words… his Pink Lady apples, that is, from Collins Family Orchards. And who wouldn’t? They’re at their peak right now, crisp and sweet. They are like candy, without the big bill from the dentist!

Organic cranberries from Starvation Alley Cranberry Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Giles Clement.

Organic cranberries from Starvation Alley Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Giles Clement.

“Don’t fill my sock with candy… no bright and shiny toys…” Santa, bring Elvis’s baby back to him already. And throw in some of these wonderful organic cranberries from Starvation Alley Farm, too, please!

Stöllen from Snohomish Bakery at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Stöllen from Snohomish Bakery at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

“It doesn’t show signs of stopping, and I brought me some corn for popping…” Just something about the swagger with which Dean Martin signs these word. And let it snow right here on the blog for your Ballard Farmers Market! Oh, and to really crank up the spirit, grab a loaf of stöllen from Snohomish Bakery. This traditional German holiday loaf is as much fun to pronounce as it is to eat, and it comes with its own little coating of snow, in the form of lots of powdered sugar!

Drinking chocolate from Soulever Chocolates at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Drinking chocolate from Soulever Chocolates at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

“But baby, it’s cold outside…” Dean had better break out some of this drinking chocolate from Soulever Chocolates, and the discussion would be over in a heartbeat.

Raw pet foods from Porter's Pride at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Raw pet foods from Porter’s Pride at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

“The snow is snowing, and the wind is blowing, but I can weather the storm. What do I care how it may storm? I’ve got my love to keep me warm.” I think Dean was talking about his dog and his cat in this song. Heck, they come with their own fur coats, after all. So why not treat your best friends with some locally-made with local ingredients raw pet food from Porter’s Pride?

Salish sea salt and madrona smoked sea salt from San Juan Island Sea Salt Company at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Salish sea salt and madrona smoked sea salt from San Juan Island Sea Salt Company at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

“It’s the Little Saint Nick (oohoohoohooh)… Run, run, reindeer… (he don’t miss no one)…” Yes, the Beach Boys had it right. And you’ll have it right with this delicious stocking stuffer. These little sample bottles of sea salt and madrona-smoked sea salt from San Juan Island Sea Salt Company are just you need for those little extra gifts. Oh, and you can cook with it, too!

Rutabagas from Boistfort Valley Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Rutabagas from Boistfort Valley Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, like Santa, I’ve got a lot of ground to cover here, so I will spare you additional quotes from my Joan Stafford, Liberace and two Chimpmunks Christmas albums. (Although Liberace’s Twas The Night Before Christmas is an absolute classic!) For me, it just ain’t the holidays without steaming up some rutabagas from Boistfort Valley Farm and mashing them with some really good better. Yeah, baby!

Black trumpet wild mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Wild black trumpet mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

This has been an epic fall for wild mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Treat yourself to some of these awesome black trumpet mushrooms, or maybe some yellowfoot chanterelles or hedgehog mushrooms during the holidays!

Polish hardness garlic from Jarvis Family Garlic Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Polish hardness garlic from Jarvis Family Garlic Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Not only is there no such thing as too much garlic, but you’ll need it for all sorts of holiday dishes. Plus, garlic makes a great stocking stuffer, too. Seriously! Garlic is known as the stinking rose, and who doesn’t like roses? Am I right, people? Think of the gourmand on your list for whom you need that little surprise gift. Then visit Jarvis Family Garlic Farm today at your Ballard Farmers Market, and let them introduce you to their wonderful selection of heirloom garlic varieties that will please you, and the recipient of your garlicky gift.

Bartlett pears from Martin Family Orchards at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Bartlett pears from Martin Family Orchards at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Whether you are poaching them, baking them, saucing them, adding them to salads, or just eating them right off the core, you can’t go wrong at the holidays with a bunch of these great Bartlett pears from Martin Family Orchards.

Chanukah pecan pie from Deborah's Homemade Pies at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Chanukah pecan pie from Deborah’s Homemade Pies at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Lest anyone think this post is too Christmas heavy (and really, it’s just Christmas music heavy!), check out these special Chanukah-themed pies from Deborah’s Homemade Pies. She’s got them in peachpecan and several other flavors, as well as some with snowmen on them, and others with reindeer! Save yourself some work in the kitchen this week, and bring home the best pies in town!

Spirited Apple Wine from Finnriver Cidery & Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Spirited Apple Wine from Finnriver Farm & Cidery at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

You’ll really get in the holiday spirit with some of this Spirited Apple Wine from Finnriver Farm & Cidery. This is their cider taken in a wine cordial direction, then they add a bit of extra bunch that’ll make you smile. Just don’t plan on driving for a while. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the day!

Beautiful, unique necklaces from Gypsy Beaded Creations at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Beautiful, unique necklaces from Gypsy Beaded Creations at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Let’s take one more crack at that holiday gift list of yours. Remember, you will find truly unique gift items, direct from the local artists who created them, right here at your Ballard Farmers Market. Like these stunning necklaces from Gypsy Beaded Creations. Heck, you can actually watch Corrine make some of her pieces right in front of you at the Market! So give a gift with a real person behind it.

Beautiful, hand-turned wooden tableware from Vern Tater at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Beautiful, hand-turned wooden tableware from Vern Tator at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

And Vern Tator, Woodturner, joins us today for his only pre-holiday visit of the 2014 season. Vern makes these magnificent works of functional art using wood from his own property. He turns, sands and polishes them by hand. And you get to give someone very special a spectacular set of wooden salt and pepper mills, a fantastic wooden salad bowl, a gorgeous wooden rolling pin, heirloom-quality wooden pens, and more!

Shucked oysters from Hama Hama Oysters at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Shucked oysters from Hama Hama Oysters at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Finally, we look a week ahead to New Year’s Eve. While your Ballard Farmers Market will be open next Sunday, December 28th, for you to stock up to celebrate the coming of a near year, Hama Hama Oysters will be absent. Why not stock up on shucked oysters today? They’ll have a freshness date that will carry through the changing of the calendar, and you’ll be all set for the big party!

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.

Thanksgiving Update for Tuesday, November 18th: Eat Local Cooking Demo With Chef Ethan Stowell, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries!

November 18, 2014

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Thanksgiving is next Thursday, good people of Ballard, and to that end, your Ballard Farmers Market will feature an Eat Local For Thanksgiving cooking demonstration this coming Sunday at 11 a.m. with Chef Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, which include Ballard Ave’s own Staple & Fancy and Chippy’s. Chef Ethan will share with us some of his favorite ideas for cooking with local ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast. After all, how better to give thanks for the bounty that feeds you year-round called Ballard Farmers Market than to make your Thanksgiving feast be entirely from the many local farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans who bring their localiciousness to you every week?

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Few things say, “Happy Thanksgiving,” quite like sweet potatoes, especially when they are local sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. And they will have plenty of them this week at your Ballard Farmers Market. I actually like to roast them with parsnips. Just cut up the sweet potatoes and parsnips into equal sized pieces and toss them with olive or camelina oil in a glass baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Then place the dish in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the contents are fork tender. Pull the dish out about midway to give the contents a good tossing.

Freshly-picked cranberries on the farm from Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm. Photo courtesy Bloom Creek.

Freshly-picked cranberries on the farm from Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm. Photo courtesy Bloom Creek.

One crop that does scream, “Happy Thanksgiving,” even louder than sweet potatoes is fresh cranberries. Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm will have those for you this Sunday at your Ballard Farmers Market, so that you can make fresh cranberry sauces, relishes and breads to impress your family and friends come next Thursday! They also have fresh cranberry mustards available in a couple of different flavors, which will come in pretty handy after Thanksgiving, when you start eating all those leftover turkey sandwiches.

Sunday, November 9th: Spuds, Sprouts, Crans, Shrooms, Gourds, Souse & Kippers.

November 8, 2014
Cranberries on the bush at Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm. Photo courtesy Bloom Creek.

Cranberries on the bush at Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm. Photo courtesy Bloom Creek.

Looking for fresh, local cranberries? You’ll find them from Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm right here at your Ballard Farmers Market! Picked from these lovely cranberry bushes at the peak of ripeness, they will make for the best cranberry sauce ever this Thanksgiving, or great muffins and breads. And are you still looking for a Thanksgiving turkey direct from a local farm, and you worry they are all already spoken for? Fear not! Growing Things Farm still has some turkeys available for you. Stop by and visit them at the 22nd Ave end of the Market today and reserve yours!

Shiitake mushrooms from Sno-Valley Mushrooms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Shiitake mushrooms from Sno-Valley Mushrooms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Sno-Valley Mushrooms has returned to your Ballard Farmers Market just in time for all of your fall feasts. They grow their wonderful shiitakeoyster and lion’s mane mushrooms in a state-of-the-art facility in Duvall, right here in King County, and they bring them to you when they are perfect. So get  your mushroom on now!

Mountain Rose potatoes from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Mountain Rose potatoes from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

With all your hearty fall recipes and big holiday feasts, you need potatoes. All kinds of potatoes. Lucky for you, Olsen Farms grows all kinds of potatoes. In fact, they grow a couple dozen varieties of potatoes, from the perfect bakers to the perfect roasters. From the perfect fryers to the perfect mashers. From spuds that hold up in stews to spuds that break down for the perfect soups. Have a particular recipes you wish to make, and wondering what potato is the right choice for it? Just ask them!

Naturally-fermented pickles from Britt's Pickles at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Naturally-fermented pickles from Britt’s Pickles at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Britt’s Pickles has returned to your Ballard Farmers Market with their naturally barrel-fermented pickles and kimchis. They offer a great selection of flavors, from hot to mild to curried and more! Grab a jar or three for your holiday parties, or to bring with you to someone else’s party.

Sugar Pie pumpkins and delicata squash from Kirsop Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Sugar Pie pumpkins and delicata squash from Kirsop Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you met Kirsop Farm yet? Kirsop is the newest farm to join the vendor ranks here at your Ballard Farmers Market. The farm is located in Tumwater, and it was founded back in 1996. It is renowned for producing some of the finest certified organic veggies in Washington. Stop by for some of these yummy Sugar Pie pumpkins and delicata winter squash to warm up your kitchen, your belly and your soul!

Brussels sprouts from Nash's Organic Produce at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Brussels sprouts from Nash’s Organic Produce at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Nash’s Organic Produce is rocking the organic Brussels sprouts now. And this should be an epic year for the Brussels. I can’t wait to get me some today and cook them with some Sea Breeze Farm bacon and One Leaf Farm shallots. Woohoo!

Smoked king salmon from Wilson Fish at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Smoked king salmon from Wilson Fish at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

And maybe we’re beyond fresh local king salmon season, but we can still enjoy smoked king salmon from Wilson Fish during the cold, dark, wet months. Add it to pasta dishes, salads, soups. Or just enjoy it on its own, or on a slice of Tall Grass Bakery baguette with some fromage blanc from Mt. Townsend Creamery. You will not find better smoked king salmon anywhere!

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.

For Sunday, October 26th: Order Holiday Turkeys & Hams, Last Call For Kiwis, Fresh Cranberries & Shiso!

October 24, 2014
Whole pastured chicken from Growing Things Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Whole pastured chicken from Growing Things Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, this is notturkey. It is a chicken from Growing Things Farm. It is the chicken my family eats for Thanksgiving every year. But if your family must have a beautiful, pasture-raised turkey from right here in King County, Growing Things has you covered there, too. Stop by their stall this week and reserve yours for Thanksgiving, but you need to do it this week! They are selling fast, there is a limited number of them, and most other farms with turkeys are already sold out of them. (And don’t forget to scroll down below this post to see our mid-week post for more delicious info!)

Patty Pan Grill's market-fresh veggie quesadillas were never sexier at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Patty Pan Grill’s market-fresh veggie quesadillas were never sexier at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Patty Pan Grill is a worker-owned cooperative that is the original farmers market prepared food stand. They have always been community oriented, and they’ve even offered a 50% discount to anyone identifying themselves as unemployed, on the honor system, since the early days of the Great Recession, over five years ago. They already source a huge percentage of their ingredients from our market farmers, but they want to increase that percentage, and to that end, they are trying to raise capital to get equipment to make their own tortillas using Nash’s Organic Produce flour. And that’s where you come in. Patty Pan is asking the community they’ve served for so many years to contribute to their Kickstarter Campaign. Please click over, get informed, then generously support this great project!

Hardy kiwis from Green Water Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hardy kiwis from Green Water Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Last call for hardy kiwis from Green Water Farm! Get thee down to your Ballard Farmers Market for these little jewels of the Northwet. They are super sweet and the best kiwis you’ll ever taste. No fuzzy skin to deal with. And they’re easy to eat… a lot of them! About the size of a small grape, the ones with the redder skins are the sweetest. But they are only here for a few short weeks each fall, and this week is their last.

Fresh cranberries from Bloom Creek Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Fresh cranberries from Bloom Creek Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

As one fall berry season ends, another is in full swing! These are fresh cranberries from Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm in Olympia. Bloom Creek is harvesting hundreds and hundreds of pounds of cranberries right now, and they should be available fresh through Thanksgiving. Make your own cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, cranberry muffins and bread, and more! Beats the heck out of that stuff that comes in cans at the Big Box stores.

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 Zachary D. Lyons.

Not in the mood for turkey this Thanksgiving? More of a ham family? Skagit River Ranch is taking orders now for their spectacular smoked holiday hams, which they will deliver to you here at your Ballard Farmers Market on the Sunday before T-day. These hams are awesome. If you’ve never had one, you owe it to yourself to get one this year, if not for Thanksgiving, at least for the December holiday season. But they will sell out fast, so order yours today! (Skagit is already sold out of turkeys.)

Viking purple potatoes from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Viking purple potatoes from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s potato eating season, folks, and our friends from Olsen Farms have a ginormous selection of potato varieties from which to choose in every shape, size and color, and suited to any number of cooking applications. Some are waxy and others more starchy. Some hold up well in soups, stews and boiled dishes, while others just want to be mashed or roasted. These are the beautiful, Ballard-appropriate, Viking purple potatoes. Inside their stunning purple skin is a gorgeous white flesh that is wonderful steamed and then mashed with a really good butter.

Shiso from Children's Garden at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Shiso from Children’s Garden at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

We finish off with this herbaceous shiso from Children’s Garden. This leafy green is favored by many Asian cooks for the way its intense herbal flavor sets off against raw fish, chicken and other dishes. You probably had it at a sushi bar without knowing what it was. It won’t be around much longer, as temps continue to drop, so enjoy it now, as well as the many other lovely herbs at Children’s.

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.