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Sunday, October 31st: BOO!!! How About Some Market Treats!

October 31, 2010

Dante Rivera, owner of Dante's Inferno Dogs, slinging dogs at your Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I spent Saturday afternoon partying with Dante Rivera, his staff and his friends, family and fans to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dante’s Inferno Dogs. In fact, Dante’s is the same age as your Ballard Farmers Market. We both were born in the summer of 2000 here on the mean streets of Ballard. One could say we grew up together. In fact, Ballard Farmers Market has nurtured, or incubated, a number of businesses over the years. Indeed, it is one of its roles. Today, let’s take a look at our five prepared food vendors, four of which developed their businesses by vending at Ballard Farmers Market to the point where they now have storefronts. And vending at Ballard Farmers Market seems to give our vendors a unique sense of community that they carry with them as they grow, as evidenced by Dante’s support of other Market vendors in his business, and the party he threw today. Thanks, Dante!

Devra, owner of Patty Pan Grill, slinging fine veggies quesadillas at Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Patty Pan Grill is another one of our bedrock vendors. You may be one of the throngs of people who enjoy one of their veggie quesadillas every Sunday, but you may not realize that Devra gets most of those veggies directly from our many farmers each week. You should just see her load up on boxes of veggies at the end of the Market each Sunday. And if you can’t wait to get your weekly fix, you’ll be excited to learn that Patty Pan Grill just opened, last week, a new storefront at 23rd & Madison in the Central District, just a short distance from our sister Madrona Farmers Market. The menu there will change daily and will be seasonally based, using ingredients from our Market farmers and other local farms.

Veraci Pizza co-owner Marshall Jett being interviewed by Food Network Canada. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Veraci Pizza is another Market vendor that now has a storefront — theirs at 5th & Market here in Ballard. From Veraci’s humble beginnings with its pizza oven wagons in our market system, Veraci Pizza has expanded to operating multiple wagons throughout the Seattle area on any given day, as well as doing so in Portland and Spokane, too. So great has the legend of Veraci grown that Food Network Canada interviewed owner Marshall Jett at Ballard Farmers Market earlier this year for a series they are doing on great street food in North America, due to air in the next year.

Fresh, hot mini donuts from Market Mini Donuts. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Market Mini Donuts is our most recent addition. It is a sibling business to Ballard Farmers Market’s founding farm, Anselmo’s. These little suckers are nothing short of addictive, and since they’re small, you don’t have to feel as guilty about polishing off a dozen of them! They actually were slinging their donuts at Dante’s party yesterday afternoon. Their chocolate coated donuts, if you ever get a chance to try them, are outrageously good. I finally forced myself to stop eating them when, well, they ran out.

A typical wall of humanity cued up for Anita's Crepes. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You may wonder why I don’t have a lovely, close up photo of Anita’s Crepes, our fifth prepared food vendor, that also now has a storefront of its own, on Leary Way across from Hales Brewery in Frelard. Well, the simple answer is that the line at Anita’s is always so long, it is hard for me to get close enough to get such a photo. You see that black canopy on the left in the photo above? That’s Anita’s. Now, you see that sea of humanity stacked up in cue for Anita’s Crepes — that wall of people? They wait patiently for a long time to get their crepes. I am not going to risk my life by trying to barge into that line, or get inside their booth and slow them down, lest that mob becomes unruly!

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

Hey, there’s lots of other deliciousness to be had amongst the many tables of your Ballard Farmers Market. Bluebird Grain Farms is here today, but then they’ll be gone for a couple of weeks, so stock up on grains and flours now. Today will likely be the last for corn, peas, tomatoes and many other sensitive summer crops, so grab them while you can. Mind you, it is the last day of October. In a normal weather year, these crops would have come and gone weeks ago! Autumn Martin returns with her Hot Cakes! today. Yunmers! These little cakes that you take home and pop in your oven that come out all molten chocolate are to die for! And you’ll find lots of great fall crops, from apples and pears to winter squash, sunchokes and Brussels sprouts.

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!

Sunday, February 7th: Lotsa New Vendors; Lotsa Game Day Munchies!

February 7, 2010

Autumn Martin returns today with her Hot Cakes! Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hots Cakes, by Chef Autumn Martin, is just one of several new or returning vendors you will find at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Autumn may be best known for her tenure as Chocolatier at Theo Chocolate, but she is first and foremost a pastry chef who is a master of cake making. And you can enjoy little tastes of the deliciousness she creates, hot out of your own oven. Just pick up a dozen or so (though I think the official serving size is one) of her little cakes made in heat resistant Mason jars, and pop them in your oven for a warmed-over explosion of lusciousness in your mouth. And if you really need someone else to do all the cooking, you’ll want to check out new vendor Cibo Pronto with their fully prepped, frozen entrées made from local, organic ingredients, ready, too, for you to pop in your oven.

New Southwestern Pork Pie from Deborah's Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Since I seem to be getting off on a “the game is on, and we don’t want to friggin’ cook, or we’ll miss a commercial” kinda slant here, how about taking home one of Deborah’s Homemade Pies’ sweet or savory pies, eh? The sweet pies are ready to eat, so you can stuff your pie-hole with one of them while you are waiting for the savory pie, like her new Southwestern Pork Pie (above) to bake in the oven. (Seems I am on a bit of a dessert first slant, too, aren’t I? I think the official logo for Dessert First! is a fist held in the air, a la Earth First!, only it is holding a cake fork.)

Colinwood Farms' salad mix is big and bold with spicy mustards and bitter mizunas. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You’ll want a lazy salad, too, and for that, stop by Colinwood Farms for some of their amazing spicy winter salad mix. Colinwood really is returning to the Market this week. I know I promised their return two weeks ago, but their truck blew an engine halfway to Ballard from Port Townsend. They spent last weekend picking up a new truck. So today, finally, they return. They should also have some gorgeous mustard greens and kale, some spuds, and other goodness from the Banana Belt of the northern Olympic Peninsula.

'Zaw offers gluten-free dough for its pizza crust. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How about taking home a pizza that’s ready for the oven? ‘Zaw Artisan Pizza In The Raw makes take-and-bake pizzas up fresh, right at the Market, from Market-fresh ingredients. And for those of you avoiding pizza because you can’t handle the gluten in the crust, ‘Zaw offers a gluten-free crust just for you! Oh, a couple other returning folks with stuff for your game day festivities: Pacific Coast Bakery, with an expanded line of yummy baked goods… and do you remember the guy who used to sell his amazing salsa at Ballard Farmers Market years ago? He’s back, too!

Trailhead cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And cheese. You’ll need cheese. Like this incredible Trailhead aged cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery. This stuff is so buttery and delicious, you’ll need to get two of three wedges, ‘cuz you’re gonna eat it all, fast. Mt. Townsend is another of our growing number of wonderful vendors from Port Townsend. Of course, you’ll also find great cheese from Estrella, Golden Glen, Samish Bay, and Sea Breeze.

Fresh, hot mini donuts from Market Mini Donuts. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Don’t forget the donuts — delicious, deep-fried dough rings of love, hot and chewy, right out of the fryer, tossed in some cinnamon sugar, just to remind you that the gods did, in fact, create a perfect universe. Be sure to hit up Market Mini Donuts on the 22nd Avenue end of the Market. You’ll need a little bag of a dozen per person in your party. (I’m here to help.)

Mixed baby kales from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lest you think we’ve foregone anything that will actually require you to do any prep work in the kitchen this week, I give you these lovely mixed baby kales from Alm Hill Gardens. Fact is, greens have really made a comeback from farms throughout the Market. Remember this time last year, when we wondered if we would ever see the sun again, let alone fresh greens? Not this year. The trees are already blooming, and the greens are young, tender and sweet.

And remember, your Ballard Farmers Market is still chock full of all sorts of goodness for you to prep in your kitchen to your heart’s content — game be damned. Look for meat, seafood, poultry, cheese, all sorts of fruits and veggies, baked goods, sauces, confections, fresh-cut flowers, 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.

Go Saints!