Posts Tagged ‘dried peppers’

Midweek Update, Thursday, November 13th: San Juan Island Sea Salt & Pinckney Cookie Cafe Return! Crabapples! Dried Beans & Dried Chiles!

November 13, 2014
San Juan Island Sea Salt at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

San Juan Island Sea Salt at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

You use salt every day… probably multiple times a day. Wouldn’t it be nice to get that salt right here at your Ballard Farmers Market, too? Well, now you can! San Juan Island Sea Salt Company returns this Sunday with their wonderful pond evaporated sea salt made on San Juan Island with the waters of our own beloved Salish Sea. Why not season your food with a taste of home, eh? And this will not be the last time you’ll here me say this in the next several weeks: it makes a great gift!

Wickson crabapples from Booth Canyon Orchard Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Wickson crabapples from Booth Canyon Orchard Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Don’t let this image fool you. These are tiny Wickson crabapples, not full-sized apples. It was developed by Albert Etter in Humboldt County, California by crossing two other crabapple varieties. Grown by Booth Canyon Orchard, they have a strong flavor suited well to making ciders. This Sunday is likely your last opportunity to get some of them this season.

Hurrerite (left), tiger, black & pinto beans, and hard red wheat, from Kirsop Farm Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Hurrerite (left), tiger, black & pinto beans, and hard red wheat, from Kirsop Farm Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Kirsop Farm from Tumwater joined our vendor ranks two weeks ago. Kirsop is a certified organic farm that grows a great diversity of crops, much like Nash’s Organic Produce and Alm Hill Gardens. In addition to Kirsop’s gorgeous veggies, which currently include magnificent romanesco and Pink Beauty radishes, they also grow lots of legumes and grains. Right now, you can get four different kinds of dried beans: hurrerite, tiger, black & pinto, and well as hard red wheat. All are great for hearty fall soups, stews, salads and more!

Dried chipotle peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Dried chipotle peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

While our friends at Alvarez Organic Farms bring the last of this year’s fresh peppers to your Ballard Farmers Market this coming Sunday, they will also have many varieties of dried chile peppers, including these chipotle peppers. Their dried peppers will keep for months, if you don’t use them first, and they are great added to all kinds of recipes. Try some of the chipotles mashed with some Lyall sweet potatoes, some garlic and a little maple syrup. Nummers!

Double chocolate chip cookies from Pinckney Cookie Cafe Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Double chocolate chip cookies from Pinckney Cookie Cafe Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Michael Pinckney returns with his Pinckney Cookie Cafe this Sunday at your Ballard Farmers Market. Michael makes his cookies using local flour from Shepherd’s Grain, and, as he likes to put it, the number one ingredient in his cookies (except the oatmeal raisin, of course) is chocolate. As I like to put it, they’re like Cougar Mountain cookies, only really good!

Sunday, December 4th: Wreathes, Hot Sauce, Warm Clothing, Rocksalmic Vinegar, Arkansas Black Apples, Tasty Fish Eggs & Dried Chiles! It Is The Holiday Season!!!

December 4, 2011

Fresh holiday wreath from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

In the immortal words of Andy Williams, “It’s the holiday season, so whoop-dee-doo, and dickery-dock, and don’t forget to hang up a sock.” And don’t forget to hang up one of these spectabulous holiday wreathes from Alm Hill Gardens, either. Not only beautiful and aromatic, they last forever. Heck, I’ve still got mine from last year hanging on my living room wall, ready to be replaced this week with a fresh one.

Apple Cider and Rocksalmic Vinegars from Rockridge Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Twice a year, Rockridge Orchards bottles some of its prized, long-aged Rocksalmic vinegar, and this is one of those times. This stuff is the closest thing we’ve got to local balsamic vinegar around here. It is a thick, sweet, smooth vinegar made from Rockridge’s Asian pears, and once you’ve tasted it, you won’t feel the need to bother stocking balsamic from the other side of the planet in your kitchen anymore, cuz you’ll have the good stuff from Enumclaw. But get it today, and early today at that. It will likely be sold out before the day is done. And hey, if that’s the case, you can still get you some sweet or hard cider, or some berry wine, right? They’ll bottle some more Rocksalmic for you around tax time.

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

A holiday treat of sorts are these crisp and tart Arkansas black apples from Tiny’s Organic Produce. See, they show up every December, kinda like satsumas, just in time for the holidays, it seems. So enjoy these special, heirloom apples while you can. Hey, if you can’t go to Arkansas, at least Tiny’s can bring a little Arkansas to you, right?

Toasty fleece clothing from Pieter Muller Designs. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Many folks know Pieter Muller of Pieter Muller Designs as “the fleece guy,” as he is renowned for his unique, original fleece creations, perfect for the Pacific Northwet, and so much more attractive than the mass-produced fleece available in, well, blue or black, and made in China, from the Big Box stores. I mean, just look at this stuff! It’s fabtastic! And he also makes an entire line of clothing from recycled fabrics, too. Talk about clothing with purpose.

Purple carrots from Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

After a brief post-Thanksgiving hiatus, Oxbow Farm returns today, along with several others, so your Ballard Farmers Market will be flush with produce and other deliciousness today. Like these crunchy purple haze carrots, perfect for roasting. And remember, this year, your Ballard Farmers Market will not be open on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, which both fall on Sunday. So start stocking up your pantry and fridge now!

Hot sauces and a hot sauce holiday gift box from Zane & Zack's World Famous Honey. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking to spice up your life a little? Then stop by Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey to sample their award-winning hot sauces. Single bottles of hot sauce make for great stocking stuffers, or for the more adventurous ones on your gift list, pick up one of their holiday sampler boxes. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle or three for yourself. Support your local hot sauce this holiday season.

Colorful earrings from Christine Groutier. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Christine Groutier has been a mainstay for handcrafted jewelry for years at your Ballard Farmers Market. Just look at the way these sets of earrings pick up the light, eh? Their colors kinda just explode out of them. Why not brighten up the ears, and the eyes, of someone special by slipping a pair of these in their stocking.

Blueberry-Mango Salsa from Whitehorse Meadows Blueberry Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whitehorse Meadows Blueberry Farm drops in on us today with some of their blueberryliciousness. They’ve got gift baskets that include, among other things, their awesome blueberry mango salsa, made from their own certified organic blueberries.

Ikura from Loki Fish. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Mmm. Tasty fish eggs. This is ikura, or keta salmon roe, from Loki Fish. And tasty, they are. I like ’em with some fresh goat cheese on a crostini, or make some sushi with them. Heck, sprinkling them on your seafood-based pasta as a wonderful finishing touch. They are briny deliciousness that literally explode in your mouth with incredibleness.

Handmade soap from Karmela Botanica. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Karmela Botanica handcrafts lovely soaps. And I’m not just talking to look at, though they are easy on the eyes. But they are made will all sorts of gorgeous herbs and essential oils that will soothe your senses and your skin. Just resist the overwhelming temptation to eat them. And you will want to eat them. Especially the chocolate soap. Yeah, baby.

Dried red chile de arbol from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Alvarez Organic Farms hopes to stretch their season out through the end of the year, but keep in mind, the end of the year for your Ballard Farmers Market is December 18th, since we’ll be taking a holiday break both on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day this year. (Of course, we’ll be right back in January.) So start stocking up now. One thing you can stock up on are these awesome dried red chile de arbol. Grind ’em. Toss ’em whole into your soup or stew. They’ve got huge, spicy flavor. And Alvarez has several other peppers dried for you this December, from mild to wild, along with all their dried beans, onions and garlic — all great storage crops, so stock up now for the winter!

Colorful skirts from Marmalade Originals. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We may be in the midst of the coldest, darkest, wettest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add a little color to your life, or to the life of someone special. How about one of these delightful skirts from Marmalade Originals? Talk about adding color to your day! So come to your Ballard Farmers Market, and meet your local fashion designer today. Yes, you will meet the actual creator of these gorgeous garments. Try doing that at the Big Box stores, where you’ll just be another amongst millions wearing the same made-in-China stuff. Get yourself something original, something local, something that creates local jobs, and something that comes with fresh air instead of a stuffy, crowded, dehumanizing mall. (Shutter.)

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.

Sunday, December 19th: Delicious Local Fixins For Great Holiday Meals, Unique Gifts Hand-Crafted By Local Artists & Morris Dancers! Where Else But Your Ballard Farmers Market?!?

December 19, 2010

Whole emmer/farro from Bluebird Grain Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

(Note: Ballard Farmers Market will be open next Sunday, December 26th.)

I spent last week on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Okay, I hear you thinking, “lucky bastard,” but believe it or not, it was colder there on a few days than it was here, and just as stormy. With weather like that, if my parents didn’t live there, the place would hold no redeeming value for me at all. I bring this up to remind us all that we’re pretty friggin’ lucky to live here in the Pacific Northwet. Even when the weather is crappy, we’ve got plenty to keep us going. So I don’t wanna hear anymore whining about La Nina. Get on out to your Ballard Farmers Market today and get everything you need for a great holiday season direct from the local farmers, fishers, ranchers, food artisans and artists that help make this place the best place on earth to live, and visit all of our neighbors terrific shops, restaurants and watering holes. Invest in your local economy this holiday season instead of the Mall, and maybe by this time next year, we’ll all feel more comfortable. That said, Bluebird Grain Farms is here today with all of their magnificent organic heirloom grain products, from whole grain emmer/farro to cereal blends, flours, pilaf, mixes and more. Stock up today, as Bluebird likely won’t be back again for at least another month!

Various fish products from Cape Cleare Fishery. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cape Cleare Fishery is back today. They are the folks who peddle their bicycles all the way from Port Townsend to Ballard each week… except last week. Apparently riding face-first into a driving rain along flooded roads didn’t sound too attractive to them last week. Go figure. But they’re back today. So pickup some frozen-at-sea Alaskan salmon, maybe a nice package of lox, or perhaps some smoked salmon to impress your guests with this holiday season.

A display of FDA documents and U.S. Marshall postings from Estrella Family Creamery. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

If you are interested in learning more about the FDA seizure of Estrella Family Creamery, and efforts to help the Estrella family during this difficult time for them, a group of supporters and friends have set up a blog here on WordPress. It contains discussions of the situation and info on how you can help. There has also been setup a “Save the Estrella Family Creamery” Facebook page.

Pepper strands from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Today may be your last chance to get a pepper strand or wreath from Alvarez Organic Farms. These beautiful creations will liven up any home, and they make great gifts. And the best thing is, once they are dried, if you don’t want to leave them hanging, you can actually cook with the dried peppers. Of course, if you don’t want to break it up once it’s dried, why not pickup some dried peppers from Alvarez. They have several varieties of peppers dried this year. Stock up.

Winter squash from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Growing Things still has some lovely winter squash available this week, and of course, they also still have amazing pastured poultry, eggs, jams and soaps. Michaele makes an amazing variety of soaps, in fact, from spearmint — my favorite — to lemongrass to cinnamon. And she makes her soap from beef tallow and lard from her own animals, the old-world way.

Roasted Garlic & Rosemary Gluten-Free Bread from Platypus Breads. Photo courtesy Platypus Breads.

The bad news is, this is the last week for Platypus Breads at your Ballard Farmers Market. The good news is, Lindsay is here today with her amazing gluten-free breads for one last hoorah. Frankly, Platypus Breads is one of the most remarkable new vendors of 2010. Lindsay decided that people who must eat gluten-free products deserved to have just as good bread to eat as everyone else, and she set out to make it. And she succeeded. She proved that the terms moist, flavorful and gluten-free are not inherently mutually exclusive, if you just put some effort, thought and creativity into it. So thank you, Lindsay. You, and your bread, will be missed.

Shucked oysters from Taylor Shellfish make it easy to add fresh, local oysters to any recipe. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Shellfish. You need it. Lots of it. Especially during the holidaze. Think oyster stuffing or stew, baked oysters or oysters on the half-shell, sauteed mussels or clams, or even some geoduck ceviche. Whatever you decide to do with your shellfish, Taylor Shellfish has what you need. So visit Oyster Bill today for this week’s fix, and maybe put in a request for next week’s.

Holiday wreath from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Alm Hill Gardens still has some of their beautiful holiday wreaths today. They handcraft these marvelous creations using foliage from their farm just for us. And they smell amazing! Oh, Alm Hill should have some saute mix, squash and other edibles today, too.

Parsnips from Nash's Organic. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

All the Northwet loves a tasty root roast this time of year, and what root roast is complete without parsnips, like these from Nash’s. Actually, you can also make soups, purees and mashes with parsnips, too, combined with celeriac and maybe potatoes. Parsnips are so wonderfully sweet and delicious, and they cook pretty quickly, so beware and don’t overcook them. Though they look like carrots, they are not nearly as dense as carrots. Enjoy!

Rutabagas from Boistfort Valley. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

On the other end of the root density spectrum, though equally loved by me, is the humble rutabaga, a.k.a., Swedes or Swedish turnips, like these from Boistfort Valley Farm, which will hopefully grace us one more time today with their presence. These giant-looking turnips are not really turnips at all. Their dense flesh has a deeply sweet, savory flavor that is great steamed and mashed with plenty of butter. Or toss them in the root roast, too. But remember, they will take the longest of any of your roots to cook, as they are the densest.

Family-sized cheesecake from Pasteria Lucchese. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Oh, I hope Sam & Sara of Pasteria Lucchese made some of their incredible cheesecakes this week. Have you tried one? Well, take it from this ex-pat New Yorker that they are the real deal, and you will want one, or three, on your holiday table. You can thank me later.

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.