Posts Tagged ‘daffodils’

Sunday, March 20th: Farewell, Oh Winter Of Our Discontent!

March 20, 2011

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

Woohoo! It’s spring!!! Okay, that was not necessarily the snowiest winter ever, but it was one of the coldest. Heck, Seattle didn’t even have a high temperature in all of 2011 that was at or above normal until yesterday. Brrr. And we’ve noticed it on the produce tables at your Ballard Farmers Market, because cold, gray skies do not much food make. Ah, but it’s spring, and the sun (that’s that blinding fireball of an orb you’ve been trying to figure out) is out today in a bright blue sky (yes, that’s what the sky looks like without clouds), and Children’s Garden, as well as my own, has daffodils! And with that, we bid the winter of our discontent farewell, and wish it is not hit in the bum by the door on its way out.

Cascadian Edible Landscapes will help you eat your yard. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Besides daffodils, I’ve got violets and crocuses blooming in my yard, and ornamental cherries are finally in bloom all over the city. Heck, as I walked through Ballard on Saturday, I was shocked to find that I still had neighbors — lots of them! Yes, we have been starved for some sun folks, and we all were out worshiping it yesterday. I saw a lot of folks tending to their yards, prepped garden beds and pruning trees. Good on you. And now is as good a time as any to start making your yard more edible. Well, Cascadian Edible Landscapes returns today with all sorts of wonderful native plants that will feed you for years to come, so let them help you eat your yard!

Fresh mizuna from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

No, this is not a file photo. This is fresh mizuna from Stoney Plains that I captured just two weeks ago. Yes, green things are back, baby. Woohoodillihoo!!! Hey, I like root veggies and cabbage as much as the next guy, but lordy, have I missed me some leafy greens.

Red radishes from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how’s about some new red radishes from Colinwood Farms?! A-friggin-men! Let me hear it, people!!! Yes, we are indeed slowly climbing out of that deep, dark, cold, wet hole that was winter 2010-2011. Adios, La Nina. We’ll miss you… not! Oh, Colinwood has some righteous salad mix right now, too.

Beautiful braising mix from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Some braising mix from Full Circle Farm will cheer you about right about now, as well. Heck, anything leafy and green will, I’d say. Being the simplistic kinda guy I am, I like just lightly sauteing this stuff in olive oil with a bunch of garlic, but hey, maybe you’re into soup or quiche. Who am I to judge you?

Soft pretzels from Tall Grass Bakery. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I know you’ve got some mustard in your fridge that is just dying to get slathered all over one of these soft pretzels from Tall Grass Bakery when you get home. That is, unless you eat them all before you get home. It’s a tough call, I know. But as your physician and your attorney, I recommend that you convince yourself that you will in fact make it home with some, but that you hedge your bets by buying some extras, so you can, in essence, have your pretzels and eat them, with mustard, too.

Chili sauce, sans garlic, from Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

For me, there is no such thing as too much garlic. But for some, garlic can be their nemesis. And then there are simply times when garlic is not indicated. Well, the ladies from Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces — the folks who make amazing Vietnamese chili sauces from Alvarez peppers — are now making a version of their red chili sauce without garlic. Yep. And if that weren’t enough, they are also now making a version of their green chili sauce without any sugar! Thank you, sisters, for your thoughtfulness… and your delicious sauces, too!

Coconut cream pie from Deborah's Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, it’s time for dessert. So how about a nice coconut cream pie from Deborah’s Homemade Pies? Of course, it seems that every time I feature one of her pies on the blog, it is always the week she doesn’t actually have any of that kind. But never fear. All of her pies are awesome. If she’s out of coconut cream, just try one of her other pies. I’m telling you, these are the best pies in town. Had the Weekly considered Deborah’s pies when they belittled the so-called pie “trend” here, they’d have sung a different tune indeed. Her crust alone is worthy of a new religion. So, am I coming through on FM yet? Step away from your computer and get yourself down here right now and eat some pie!!!

There is much more waiting for you at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Just check the What’s Fresh Now! listings in the upper right-hand corner of this page for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now. But please note that due to our recent cold weather, some crops may not be available as anticipated.




Sunday, March 7th: Miner’s Lettuce, Chickweed, Daffodils, Strawberry Starts & Other Undeniable Signs Spring Is Here To Stay!

March 7, 2010

Daffodils from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Growing up in Northern New York, we had daffodils this time of year, too. The problem was that they were imported from, well, here, probably, since it was still a frozen tundra there this time of year. Good thing I live here now, eh? While the rest of the country is still battling snow, we are thoroughly diggin’ this whole El Nino thing, aren’t we? To that end, do pickup a beautiful bouquet of fresh daffodils from Children’s Garden to brighten up your home without having to disrupt the explosion of yellow and white that yours are giving your yard.

Fresh, tasty Miner's lettuce from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Another sure sign of spring that we lacked back East is Miner’s lettuce, a.k.a., claytonia or winter purslane. Native to our region, it gets its name because early miners would rely on it for an excellent source of nutrition after long, hard winters. Find cultivated Miner’s lettuce (above) from Full Circle Farm, or wild-harvested from Foraged & Found Edibles.

Fresh chickweed from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It was a pair of cockatiels that originally taught me to appreciate that chickweed is indeed a tasty treat. But it is Nash’s Organic Produce that I first saw actually bring it to market. Chickweed is a highly nutritious green, like Miner’s lettuce, that is perfect this time of year to give our bodies a kick-start out of the winter blues.

Strawberry starts from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

As our ridiculously warm winter quickly heads officially into spring, many farmers are offering plant starts for your garden. Take these strawberry starts from Stoney Plains, for instance. Plant these puppies now, and you’ll be enjoying incredible strawberries right out of your own yard come June.

A trotter & a leg from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Not necessarily a sign of spring, a trotter and a smoked hock is a sign of pork-o-liciousness. Think of all the wonderful dishes you can enhance with these beauties from Sea Breeze Farm. And they are a sure sign that their case will also be full of other fresh, yummy cuts o’ fresh pig. Yay!

Fresh fudge from Pete's Perfect Butter Toffee. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And there is nothing I can do to tie this gorgeous fudge to spring, other than to say that any time of year is a good time for fudge. You’ll find this fudge at Pete’s Perfect Butter Toffee. You’ll find Pete there, too.

Spicy salad mix from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Back on the spring theme again, how about some tasty, peppy spicy salad mix from Alm Hill Gardens. Lucky for us, the warm winter has meant that salad mixes have returned with a vengeance to your Ballard Farmers Market, which makes our mouths and our bodies very, very happy.

Beef bacon from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Back off the spring theme again, how about some beef bacon from Olsen Farms. You know Olsen for the bazillion kinds of potatoes they grow in the NE corner of our fine state. They have a potato for every application you can think of, and for several you have yet to think of. They also have wonderful beef and lamb, and from that beef they make this beef bacon. We all need more bacon in our lives, so give some of this a try, eh?

Gala apples from Tiny's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You will still find plenty of apples at your Ballard Farmers Market, like these gala apples from Tiny’s Organic Produce. Tiny’s also has a great line of jams. and dried fruit, too.

And remember, your Ballard Farmers Market is chock full of all sorts of goodness for  your kitchen, from meat, seafood, poultry, cheese, to all sorts of fruits and veggies, baked goods, sauces, confections, fresh-cut flowers and fresh milled flours, plants for the garden, wild mushrooms, and on and on. For a fuller accounting of what you’ll find at the Market today, go to “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.