Posts Tagged ‘fiddlehead ferns’

69 Degrees & Spoonman

April 6, 2009
Ballardites crowded the Market by the thousands to welcome, finally, spring. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ballardites crowded the Market by the thousands to welcome, finally, spring. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sunday, April 5, 2009 was the warmest day in 188 days, according to the National Weather Service, and Ballardites wasted no time getting out and enjoying it. And besides the fabulous sunshine and the always fantastic market vendors, they were treated to many of Seattle’s best street performers, as Pike Place Market was overrun by a barbecue competition that day, and its buskers all headed north to Ballard.

Artis The Spoonman & Jim Page led an all-star cast of buskers filling every nook and cranny of Ballard Avenue. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Artis The Spoonman & Jim Page led an all-star cast of buskers filling every nook and cranny of Ballard Avenue. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Besides Ballard Farmers Market regulars like MoZo, Raw Corn and Dandelion Junk Queens, such performers as Jim Page with Artis The Spoonman and Reggie Miles, who plays a handsaw, made the pilgrimage up from Pike Place.

Reggie Miles playing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" on a handsaw. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Reggie Miles playing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" on a handsaw. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Richard and Jane Bye visited the market from Onalaska, Alaska, where their blessed weekly box of fresh produce from our own Full Circle Farm is a matter of survival for them.

The Byes of Onalaska, Alaska visit with Peter at Full Circle Farm's stall. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The Byes of Onalaska, Alaska visit with Peter at Full Circle Farm's stall. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company sold out of ice cream bars.

Whidbey Island Ice Cream sells yet another ice cream bar to cool a warm day. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whidbey Island Ice Cream sells yet another ice cream bar to cool a warm day. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

As spring finally gets cranking here in the Pacific Northwet, don’t miss a single week at the Market. Be it fiddlehead ferns, delicious salad mixes, a bouquet of flowers for mom or some plants for the garden, new things are appearing every week this time of year.

You even missed this loaf of Buckwheat Seed Bread at Flying Apron this week. Bet you won't make that mistake again. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You even missed this loaf of Buckwheat Seed Bread at Flying Apron this week. Bet you won't make that mistake again. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sunshine & Green Things

March 31, 2009

 

Bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine welcomed, if it did not confuse, thousands of happy shoppers on Sunday, March 29th at the Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine welcomed, if it did not confuse, thousands of happy shoppers on Sunday, March 29th at the Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just in case you spent the whole day in bed, or maybe in the Washington Trade & Convention Center at the Seattle Green Festival, you missed a beautifully sunny, if not brisk, afternoon at the Ballard Farmers Market on this last market of March.

 

A table of greens from Stoney Plains gives us hope that spring will soon be here for real. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

A table of greens from Stoney Plains gives us hope that spring will soon be here for real. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Some vendors even had, gasp, green things on their tables this week, suggesting that, in spite of the fact it snowed a few inches at several vendors farms and houses overnight, spring may well be on its way. Foraged & Found Edibles brought the first fiddlehead ferns of the season, and Stoney Plains had an entire table of green things, from kale to herbs to Brussels sprouts and more, not to mention the flat of strawberry starts. Can you just smell those Washington strawberries now? Meanwhile, shoppers stacked up like cordwood to scoop up some Nash’s dwindling supply of winter roots.

 

Crowds battle their way into Nash's stall to gather up the farm's delicious winter roots, made all the more sweet by the cold weather. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Crowds battle their way into Nash's stall to gather up the farm's delicious winter roots, made all the more sweet by the cold weather. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Fern Fiddleheads

March 31, 2009
Lady Fern Fiddleheads from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lady Fern Fiddleheads from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Fiddlehead refers to the unfurled fronds of a young fern harvested for food consumption. The fiddlehead unrolls as the fern matures and grows due to more growth in the inside of the curl. Fiddleheads are usually located by the bottom of a fern plant.

Fiddleheads resemble the curled ornamentation (called a scroll) on the end of a stringed instrument, such as a fiddle. It is also called a crozier, after the curved staff used by shepherds and bishops.

The fiddleheads of certain ferns are eaten as a cooked leaf vegetable. They must be cooked first to remove shikimic acid.

For more information on fiddlehead ferns visit Wikipedia.