Posts Tagged ‘dairy’

The Circus & Bluebird Grain Farms

April 28, 2009

Unless you got to the market early on April 26, 2009, you missed the UC Berkeley Men’s A Cappella Octet singing doo-wop songs in front of Lucca great finds. They were singing for fun and gas money on their way to a competition in Vancouver, BC.

The Circus Contraption band performing at the Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The Circus Contraption band performing at the Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Circus Contraption was also running amuck of the Market, performing and promoting their soon-to-close-forever Show To End All Shows in the Theo Chocolate factory, next to our sister market in Fremont.

 

When he's not clowning around at Wilson Fish, Tim Davidson is an international disaster relief volunteer for the Red Cross. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

When he's not clowning around at Wilson Fish, Tim Davidson is an international disaster relief volunteer for the Red Cross. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of running amuck, those wacky guys at Wilson Fish were up to their usual antics this Sunday… besides selling an awful lot of fish.

 

First of the season rhubarb from Alm Hill Gardens in Everson. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

First of the season rhubarb from Alm Hill Gardens in Everson. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Washington is the rhubarb capitol of the world, and besides asparagus, it is a sure sign that spring is here for good. Alm Hill and Stoney Plains had it this week, with more to come next.

 

Golden Glen Creamery's new cow's milk feta. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Golden Glen Creamery's new cow's milk feta. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You missed the introduction of Golden Glen Creamery’s newest cheese, too — its cow’s milk feta. Hmm, you know what feta would work well in? A nice emmer salad. And if you missed the Market this week, you missed to arrival of Bluebird Grain Farms with emmer, rye, wheat and all different milled varieties of them, to boot.

 

Whole grain emmer, rye and wheat from Bluebird Grain Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whole grain emmer, rye and wheat from Bluebird Grain Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And you missed this beautiful peppermint from Children’s Garden.

 

Fresh, spirited peppermint from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Fresh, spirited peppermint from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Support Your Local Dairy!

April 1, 2009

Golden Glen Creamery produces a broad line of cow's milk dairy products. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons

Golden Glen Creamery produces a broad line of cow's milk dairy products. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons

Golden Glen Creamery used to be one of those nameless, faceless dairy farms that sold to the local big dairy company. You know these companies well, as the big box grocery store near your house has a dairy cooler full of cartons of milk from them. You have no idea what farm’s milk is in that carton, or how they raised their cows. In fact, there may be the milk of dozens of farms in those cartons — certainly of thousands of cows.

Golden Glen got a better idea: it decided to market dairy products under its own farm name. Now it can control every aspect of its milk and dairy products production, and we reap the rewards. Milk from cows raised on real pasture, instead of a confinement barn, not only tastes different (and better), but it is also healthier, both for the cows and us. And if you compare milk from between local dairies, you can actually taste the difference in their pastures and in the breeds of their cows in the milk itself. 

Golden Glen produces cheese, sure, but it also produces butter, cream and milk, including chocolate milk. If you haven’t tried these market rarities, you don’t know what you’re missing. And perhaps one of the coolest things about Golden Glen is that it bottles its milk in returnable glass bottles! Glass better protects the integrity of the flavor of the milk, and it is much lighter on our environment, especially considering they reuse them.

Welcome Golden Glen Creamery

February 26, 2009

Golden Glen Creamery joined our family of vendors in January 2009. Golden Glen offers butter, milk, cream, half and half and a wide variety of cheeses — largely goudas and cheddars — it produces on its dairy farm in Bow, Washington. Golden Glen is a pasteurized cow’s milk dairy. Golden Glen uses old fashioned glass milk bottles that are refillable, so be sure to bring a little extra cash on your first visit, so you can pay for the bottle deposit. Then remember to bring your empties back the next week to swap them for full ones.