Posts Tagged ‘flour’

Sunday, October 16th: Fall Flour, Sweet Potatoes, Seedless Grapes, Sunchokes, Ginormous Leeks, The Difference Between Celery & Celeriac, and One Final Farewell To Carrie!

October 16, 2011

Freshly milled flour from Bluebird Grain Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Yuppers, it’s fall, good citizens of the People’s Republic of Ballard. And we are breaking out the layers. Brrr. But hey, Bluebird Grain Farms is just wrapping up their fall grain harvest, and that means they’ve got all sorts of freshly-milled flour with which you can warm up your house as you bake all manner of deliciousness. They specialize in growing the finest emmer in the country, but they also grow some rye and wheat, too, and it is super fresh right now. And you can get it whole, cracked, and in cereal and mix blends. Tis the season! Enjoy!

Canadice einset table grapes from Jerzy Boyz. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These canadice einset table grapes from Jerzy Boyz are sweet, juicy and seedless. That makes them perfect for turning into raisins. So break out the dehydrator, and stock up on these beauties. Of course, you can eat them fresh, too. Just don’t dilly-dally, as they’ll only be available for a couple more weeks.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet potatoes are back at Lyall Farms. They are the only farm currently bringing local sweet potatoes into Seattle-area farmers markets. See, sweet potatoes like it hot, and Lyall Farms grows them in Sunnyside — about the hottest place in the state. These babies are deeply sweet. They are of the so-called “yam” school of sweet potatoes. Of course, they aren’t yams. Yams grow in Africa and Asian and are white, starchy things. The sweet orange and red tubers we call yams are sweet potatoes. Blah, blah, blah. Just get you some. You can thank me later!

Sunchokes from Summer Run Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

With our cool, fall weather and the plethora of root vegetables flooding your Ballard Farmers Market right now, it seems to me that it’s high time for a good, old-fashioned root roast. Some of those sweet potatoes, and some of these sunchokes (a.k.a., Jerusalem artichokes) from Summer Run Farm, will make a great start on that. Sunchokes make for an awesome alternative to potatoes in many recipes, including home fries and soups, too. So enjoy this North American native, tuberous vegetable that is from the sunflower family this fall. Eat like a pilgrim!

Celery (left) and celery roots (a.k.a., celeriac, right) from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, it’s time for a little visual aid. Above is a photo of celery (left) and celery root (a.k.a., celeriac, right) from Boistfort Valley Farm. Yes, they are closely related, but no, they are not the same plant. And you do cook with them differently. Now you know. That said, you will be hard-pressed to find finer examples of either anywhere else.

A dizzying variety of flower bulbs from Choice Bulb Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D Lyons.

Welcome a new farm to your Ballard Farmers Market — Choice Bulb Farms. Mind you, they are not new to farming, just new to our Market. They produce an extraordinary variety of flowering bulbs up in our own little Holland in Skagit County, the #2 bulb producing region in the world. And now is the perfect time to plunk some fresh bulbs into your garden, so that you can enjoy them all next year.

Bulk yellow carrots from Colinwood Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D Lyons.

Woohoo! More sweet, delicious roots! It’s yellow carrots from Colinwood Farm. These are awesome. And did y0u know that Colinwood Farm is right smack in the middle of the city of Port Townsend? Yup. It sits on 12 acres of fertile bottomland, surrounded by several neighborhoods, just a stone’s throw from downtown.

Monster leeks from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D Lyons.

No, those are not miniature ears of sweet corn from Nash’s Organic Produce. To the contrary, they are full-sized and delish. It’s just that they are dwarfed by Nash’s humongous leeks. I have heard rumors that these leeks, if left unsupervised, will, in fact, destroy Tokyo! Make soup from just one of these bad boys, and you could feed an entire army.

Maple-walnut fudge with chocolate from Pete's Perfect Butter Toffee. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D Lyons.

Pete’s been in the kitchen experimenting again. The result is this new maple-walnut fudge with chocolate — the latest addition to the Pete’s Perfect Butter Toffee lineup. And hey, you eat all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables all the time from your Ballard Farmers Market, right? The meat, seafood and poultry you consume is all sustainably produced and healthy. And you’re eating your share of fermented vegetables from Firefly Kitchens. So treat yourself! You’ve earned it!

Padron peppers from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D Lyons.

If you count yourself a foodie, you know that padron peppers are all the rage right now, especially since the good folks at The Harvest Vine in Madison Valley introduced many of us to them fried and salted. Full Circle Farm grew some this year, and if you are lucky, you will get to see David today before he sells out of them, so you can enjoy the deliciousness at home your own self.

Carrie disappears behind a mountain of roots from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo courtesy Clayton Burrows.

It’s time for one last, colorful, silly goodbye to Carrie Palk of Alm Hill Gardens, as she breaks our hearts and abandons us to return to her roots in Ohio. (Hey, ho, way to go…) In this photo, taken by Clayton Burrows last week, it’s as if Carrie is a setting sun behind a mountain of roots, and they are filled with all the colors of a spectacular sunset. Carrie, we’ll miss you, but it is good to know we’ve got a couch to crash on in Cincinnati.

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, April 10th: Nothing Says Spring Like Garden Starts, Easter Hams, Baseball, Radishes & Lard!

April 9, 2011

Baseball cookies from Grateful Bread. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

So let’s root, root, root for spring to show up. If it doesn’t, it will be a shame. But hey, ignore the forecast, as it’s spring at your Ballard Farmers Market right now! And that means, among other things, baseball cookies from Grateful Bread. You’ve just gotta love the creativity of these folks. I mean, have you seen the alligator loaf?!

Vegetable starts from Sunseed Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Rain or not, if you plan on having a garden, now’s as good a time as any to start planting you some veggies. Sunseed Farm returned to your Ballard Farmers Market last Sunday with all manner of organic veggie starts. So get out the slicker, boots and trowel, and get planting!

Easter hams from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, now that’s a proper photo of Olsen Farms’ holiday hams, just in time for Easter. Much better than last week’s photo of ham hocks, don’t you think? Skagit River Ranch has hams, too, and Olsen is offering up leg of lamb this week, as well. Or, get a chicken from Growing Things or Stokesberry Sustainable Farm — perfect for Passover.

Ravishing red radishes from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ravishing radishes just radiate spring. Just imagine dipping them in some butter and truffle salt, slicing them over a beautiful salad, or just eating them all before you even get home. These lovelies are from Full Circle Farm.

Spicy salad mix from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And speaking of salad, spicy salad mix has returned to the tables of Alm Hill Gardens. Woohoo! May your taste buds and colon rejoice!!! Get you a big ol’ bag, and a few bunches of them radishes, and just eat yourself silly!

Shucked, smoked & pickled oysters from Hama Hama Oyster Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you met our new shellfish farm yet? If not, meet Hama Hama Oyster Company. They’ve got a few varieties of oysters in the shell, as well as the above shucked, smoked and pickled oysters, and they’ve got some gorgeous manila clams, too. If you’ve been missing your oysters & clams, stop by for your fix. These sweet, briny bivalves will absolutely make your day!

Bluebird Grain Farms Orange Hazelnut Farro Salad. Photo courtesy Bluebird Grain Farms.

Bluebird Grain Farms returns today, with the plan of coming back now every week. So come on down and pick up some emmer, a little flour, and maybe a bag or two of biscuit mix. Oh, yeah.

Strawberry starts from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Strawberry starts from Stoney Plains Farm. Plant them now. Eat berries from them in June! ‘Nuff said.

Pork lard from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And finally this week, nothing says spring like, um, lard? Oh, what the heck. You are going to make pie for Easter, right? Then why not make it right, with the most incredibly flaky crust ever? Well, that will require some of this beautiful lard from Sea Breeze Farm, it will. (Um, not the best choice for that Passover pie, but then again, such a pie would like be made of matzoh meal and eggs anyway, right?)

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, February 27th: Bluebird Grain, Suh-weet Sweet Potatoes, Moby Bread, Righteous Salad Mix & Some Tasty Chickweed!

February 27, 2011

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

It’ll be fairly short and sweet this week, folks, as honestly, I am a bit wiped from prepping for the 2011 Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection tomorrow. (If you are a chef, you need to check this event out, BTW!) Bluebird Grain Farms makes its monthly visit to your Ballard Farmers Market today with whole grain emmer/farro, cereals, flours, mixes and all things graintastic.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lyall Farms still has plenty of sweet potatoes, but they won’t last forever, and you won’t find local sweet potatoes anywhere else in Seattle. Stock up on this super food, and sweeten up your dinner tonight. Tell Lizzie I sent you!

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

Oh, happy day! Colinwood Farms from Port Townsend is finally turning out their incredible salad mix from their greenhouses. (And hopefully, the recent cold weather didn’t set it back too much.) This is one of my favorite salad mixes anytime, what with all the beautiful, tender mustards, arugulas and other leafy deliciousness. But right now, it is just about the only salad mix! Amen it’s here!

Gala apples from Tiny's. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lotsa lovely apples still to be had at Tiny’s Organic Produce, like these gala apples, for instance. Keep that doctor away with these babies!

Ahoy! It's Moby Bread from Grateful Bread Bakery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ahoy, matey! It’s Moby Bread!! I love the cool looking loaves the bakers at Grateful Bread create each week for us, from this whale to lobsters and crabs to alligators and more. And really, if you must eat whale, wouldn’t you feel better about yourself if that whale was made of bread?

Deli to-go food, Sea Breeze Farm-style! Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Do you ever find yourself marveling at all of the spectabulousness in the refer cases at Sea Breeze Farm, wishing they would just come to your house and cook it for you? Well, George and the gang have met you halfway. Now, they are preparing dishes in their restaurant and bringing them to Ballard Farmers Market, and you can take them home to enjoy later. I enjoyed that Farm-Cured Sauerkraut with Pork Belly & Potatoes (right, above) last week. They used their pork in it, and the rest of the ingredients came from other Market farmers, except the bay leaves. I harvested those puppies for them! (Thanks, Jenny.)

Chickweed from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And I end this week with another sign that this winter cannot last forever — chickweed from Stoney Plains. Hey, not only can you eat this stuff, but it actually tastes good. It kinda has a grassy flavor to it. Try it alongside some albacore from St. Jude. 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.

Sunday, February 13th: Flowers, Wine, Cheese, Sweets… Sausage!

February 13, 2011

Gorgeous tulips from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, before I get into berating you to not forget your sweetie, mom, cat, dog or parole officer tomorrow, I just have to get a little something off my chest… How ’bout those Egyptians, eh? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been riveted to the international news broadcasts on Channel 28.2 these last few weeks. I fear we Americans too often take for granted what much of the world dreams of having — the right to choose our leaders and say what we want when we want. Maybe watching the brave people of Egypt will remind us not to so easily disregard what is perhaps the most precious right we Americans enjoy: our freedom. So consider this my valentine to the people of Egypt, and a thank you note, too, for reminding us just exactly why we party our American brains out on July 4th every year. Next year, let’s do it on February 11th as well.

Okay, I know I fell better know. So, let’s get to the beratement. You will need flowers for tomorrow, or you will need a comfy couch at your buddy’s house, if he ain’t too busy romancing to open the door to you. Lucky for you, Alm Hill Gardens has flowers. Lots of them. But then, if you are that slacker that shows up to your Ballard Farmers Market at 2:30 p.m. today, you might miss them, because everyone who gets here before you will be thinking the  same thing. I’m just sayin’.

Award winning wines from Lopez Island Vineyards. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Showing up with an award-winning bottle of wine from Lopez Island Vineyards will also be a good career move tomorrow. And Lopez Island Vineyards is right here at your Ballard Farmers Market. Maybe you should try a nice bottle of siegerrebe? It’s made from a German grape that grows well in the Puget Sound appellation, and it has a wonderful grapefruit finish. And best of all, as Brent from Lopez Island taught me, you can remember how to pronounce it by remembering the names “Bob Seger” and “Reba McEntire.” Just say “Seger-Reba”! Folks’ll be really impressed with you, which is, after all, what we’re all going for… to start with anyway… tomorrow.

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

How about some good cheese? This Seastack from Mt. Townsend Creamery is award-winning, too. In fact, it has won multiple awards. With a nice baguette from Tall Grass Bakery, some of that aforementioned wine, and those flowers, you’ve got the foundation for a very special evening indeed!

Handmade truffles from Hot Cakes. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweets. Get you some sweets, too. Like some of these truffles, or perhaps a molten chocolate cake, from Hot Cakes. Talk about your decadence! If this stuff doesn’t lead to… well, you know, then that nut simply was not for cracking. Besides, you can brag that not only do you know the chocolatier, but that the chocolate she uses is organic, fair trade, and made in Fremont! And the flour in the cake comes from Bluebird Grain Farms. Let’s face it. Local, delicious, fair, organic – they’re all sexy. They show you care. They show you think about what you are doing. Who is not going to love you for that?!?

Artisan sausages straight from the farm at Sea Breeze. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And finally, nothing says “I love you” like sausage from Sea Breeze Farm. Am I right?!? Heck, get two — one for you and one for that special someone — or get one just for you, if you’re on your own tomorrow night. Nothing wrong with giving yourself some love by giving yourself some sausage. And frankly, you can’t go wrong with George’s sausage at Sea Breeze Farm. It comes in various sizes and flavors, with a sausage to please everyone. They can give it to you French-style, Italian, Spanish, Romanian — ooh, Romanian. Now, that’s some good sausage! So stop by Sea Breeze today, and ask them to hook you up with some fresh sausage for you to enjoy with your sweetie tomorrow.

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.