Posts Tagged ‘golden turnips’

Sunday, January 6th: Happy New Year! It’s Time To Get Your Winter Fruit & Veg On!

January 6, 2013
Stew Mix from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Stew Mix from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Happy New Year! We’ve made it to 2013, and we’ve got only one college bowl game left. It’s time to get serious again… about winter fruits and vegetables, that is! And nothing says “winter” like a nice, house-warming pot of stew. Get a head start on your stew with this bag of stew mix from Colinwood Farms. It’s a bag of roots, from carrots to onions to potatoes to daikon radishes, and more, all together and ready to bathe you in their delicious nutritiousness. Or you can throw them all in a baking dish and roast them. Or use them as a base for soup. It’s your call. Just imagine how good your kitchen will smell, how warm it will feel, and how happy your mouth, belly and soul will be.

Pa-zazz apples from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Pa-zazz apples from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter fruits, you ask yourself? Who is harvesting fruit in winter around here? Well, no one, really. But lucky for us, our state is full of farmers who have figured out how to grow delicious fruits that they can harvest in summer and fall at their peak of flavor, then carefully store, ready to break out throughout the winter to keep us happy, healthy and well-fed well into spring. Like these Pa-zazz apples from Collins Family Orchards. These are essentially the same as Jazz apples, but since that name is already trademarked, we’re calling these Pa-zazz! Delicious, crunchy, satisfying, and they’ll even keep the doctor away… assuming you eat one every day.

Red Sunchokes from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Red Sunchokes from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

There is, perhaps, a bit of irony in the fact that sunchokes are a winter dietary staple. After all, their name, and their membership in the sunflower family, conjures up more images of summer sun than the long, dark, grey days of winter. But the truth is, these tubers have actually stored all that summer sun in them to nourish our bodies and our souls all winter long. They are great in a root roast, pan-fried, in soup, and even raw. You’ll find these uniquely American red sunchokes today at Stoney Plains Organic Farm.

Pink Lady apples from ACMA Mission Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Pink Lady apples from ACMA Mission Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

A true staple of winter, and certain to help keep the doctor away, are these Pink Lady apples from ACMA Mission Orchards in Quincy. These sweet, crunchy apples are a great munching apple, perfect for the kiddies’ lunchbox. Of course, ACMA still has a large selection of apple varieties, so mix and match!

Braised mix from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Braised mix from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for a quick, simple, tasty dish of nutritious greens for dinner? Pick up a bag of these braising greens from Alm Hill Gardens. They contain a nice mix of chards and kales, and a few other surprises, depending on what’s ready to harvest from week to week. Simply sauté them until tender with olive oil and garlic, or cook them up Patty Pan Grill style with Mexican seasonings, and make your own veggie quesadillas. Add them to soups and stew. Whatever floats your boat!

Purple Goddess pears from Jerzy Boyz. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Purple Goddess pears from Jerzy Boyz. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Jerzy Boyz returns this week with their excellent heirloom tree fruit, and perhaps even a few bottles of fresh cider. What’s great about specializing in heirloom varieties is that they generally have apples and pears you just won’t find on other farmers’ tables, and each one comes with is own story. Like these Purple Goddess pears. No one else has them around here. Stop by for a sample, and ask them to tell you the back story on them, while you’re at it!

Golden turnips from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Golden turnips from Nash’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

To you and I, it is the dead of winter, and working in our gardens is the last thing on our minds. For the good folks at Nash’s Organic Produce, out on the Olympic Peninsula in Dungeness, in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains often referred to as the Banana Belt, it is peak season! And right now, they have these amazing golden turnips, great roasted on their own, or in a nice mixed root roast.

Frozen blueberries from Whitehorse Meadows Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Frozen blueberries from Whitehorse Meadows Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whitehorse Meadows Farm grows beautiful organic blueberries for us in the summertime. And I like to freeze a bunch of them to use with my oatmeal all winter long. Unfortunately, I never seem to freeze enough, and they run out long before winter’s end. Lucky for me, and you, they freeze lots of their berries, too, and these two-pound bags of frozen blueberries are available right now at your Ballard Farmers Market!

Local albacore tuna loins from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Local albacore tuna loins from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And it is time for our monthly visit from Ballard’s own Fishing Vessel St. Jude, based at Fishermen’s Terminal. That means it’s time to load up for the month on the best local albacore tuna you will find anywhere. Their tuna is high in beneficial omega-fatty acids and low in heavy metals, and they offer it in a variety of ways, from frozen loins to smoked to canned in a variety of flavors. If you haven’t tried it… if you’re still getting your tuna from the Big Box stores… you are truly missing out!

Please remember bring your own bags every Sunday, as Seattle’s single-use plastic bag ban is now in effect. Also, please take note of our new green composting and blue recycling waste receptacles throughout your Ballard Farmers Market, and please make an effort to use them correctly. Each container has what’s okay to put in it pictured right on the lid. Please do not put the wrong materials in, because that drives up the cost of recycling and composting, and it can result in the entire container being sent instead to a landfill. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

There is plenty more 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 16th: Cultivated Mushrooms, Golden Turnips, Holiday Bread, Local Tuna & Much More!

December 16, 2012
Baby blue oyster mushrooms at Sno-Valley Mushrooms in Duvall. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Baby blue oyster mushrooms at Sno-Valley Mushrooms in Duvall. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey, kids! There are just two more Ballard Farmers Market days before Christmas! Today, and next Sunday. Better get down here and stock up on local arts and deliciousness to make your holidays extra special. And if you’ve got a football fan who just won’t leave the house with you, let them know we’ve got about a dozen places within a block of the Market that’ll have the Seahawks game on today, so they can watch while you shop. And how’s this for an extra bonus: we’ve got mushrooms!!! Yuppers. Today, we are joined by Sno-Valley Mushrooms from Duvall, and they’ve got shiitakelion’s mane and blue oyster cultivated mushrooms from their state-of-the-art growing facility. This is serious cause for celebration, folks, as this marks the first time in our history, going all the way back to our humble roots in Fremont in the early 1990s, that we’ve had a cultivated mushroom farm at the Market. Better yet, they’re just in time for the holidays. And even better still, they’ll have some grow bags that you can take home to have fun with growing them yourself. How cool is that?

Stölen holiday bread from Grateful Bread Bakery. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Stöllen holiday bread from Grateful Bread Bakery. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

No, this bread is not contraband. It’s stöllen, a sweet, holiday bread from Grateful Bread Bakery. This delightful fruit bread hails from Germany, and it offers an old-world festiveness to your seasonal dinners and parties. Only available for a few short weeks each year, why not treat yourself today!

Beautiful metal art ornaments from Metalwing Studios. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Beautiful metal art ornaments from Metalwing Studios. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These beautiful little baked enamel metal Christmas ornaments are produced by Julia Garrels of Metalwing Studios right here in Seattle. Is gifting a special ornament to your loved ones part of your family tradition at Christmas time? Well, you won’t get more special, unique and beautiful than these, and you’ll know you are giving a gift with a story and a face behind it, while supporting a local artist!

A sampler pack of canned tuna from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

A sampler pack of canned tuna from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Fishing Vessel St. Jude makes a special mid-month visit to your Ballard Farmers Market, just in time for the holidays. Stop by and load up on extra local albacore tuna to meet the needs of all your festivities. And remember, they have a wonderful variety of canned tuna flavors that make for great stocking stuffers!

Decorative faceplates for your electrical outlets and switches from Dimensional  Colors. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Decorative faceplates for your electrical outlets and switches from Dimensional Colors. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These decorative faceplates from Dimensional Colors will liven up your switches and outlets throughout your home, and they are great conversation pieces. Just think, everyone will be ooing and ahhing over the coolest fixtures they’ve ever seen during your holiday dinners and parties. And talk about a gift that provides both form and function! No one can complain that this is too practical.

One of the many educational displays at Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

One of the many educational displays at Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Oxbow Farm has decided to come back for one extra week today to your Ballard Farmers Market. And good thing, that, as when we visited them on Monday, their fields still had plenty of deliciousness in them. And have you ever noticed that their full name is Oxbow Organic Farm & Education Center? That’s because the whole farm is one big classroom. You’ll find signs like this one all over, explaining what is going on, from identifying plants to why all the tractors are on an elevated pad of dirt. It’s pretty darned cool. Visit their website to learn more.

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

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

Hmm. What to bring to that party? How’s about an award winning bottle of wine from Lopez Island Vineyards & Winery? They have a number of newly released vintages of many of their best varietals, with something for every taste and occasion, including varietals hard to find anywhere else in Washington. And they offer case discounts, too!

Golden turnips from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Golden turnips from Nash’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Look! Golden turnips are back at Nash’s Organic Produce. These turnips are a true winter treat. They have a somewhat deeper flavor than purple top or Japanese wax turnips, and they are wonderful roasted. Indeed, Nash’s is hitting its peak season right now, when so many other farms are beginning their winter hiatus. See, they are located in the Banana Belt, a region of Washington stretching to the northeast from the Olympic Mountains that tends to be in the rain shadow of those mountains, resulting in a much more temperate growing season. Enjoy!

Gift packs from Whitehorse Meadows Blueberry Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Gift packs from Whitehorse Meadows Blueberry Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Here’s something delicious to slide under the tree for your favorite foodie — a gift box of blueberry salsapreserves and chutney from Whitehorse Meadows organic blueberry farm! Yummers! You can thank me later.

Please remember bring your own bags every Sunday, as Seattle’s single-use plastic bag ban is now in effect. Also, please take note of our new green composting and blue recycling waste receptacles throughout your Ballard Farmers Market, and please make an effort to use them correctly. Each container has what’s okay to put in it pictured right on the lid. Please do not put the wrong materials in, because that drives up the cost of recycling and composting, and it can result in the entire container being sent instead to a landfill. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

There is plenty more 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.