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Sunday, June 8th: Raspberries, Apriums, Snow Peas, Sheep Feta & More!

June 7, 2014
Apriums from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Apriums from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wow! The summer crops keep rolling in early! These are apriums from Collins Family Orchards. They are a hybrid of apricots and plums, genetically 70% apricot and 30% plum. They favor apricots in appearance and flavor, though they are sturdier, making them good for hikes and lunch boxes, and they are the first large stone fruit of the season. Ripe and ready now!

Snow peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Snow peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just last week, we were celebrating the first sugar snap peas of the season from Alvarez Organic Farms. This week, we cheer for snow peas! I sautéed a bunch of these Friday night with some of their green garlic and green sweet onions, and served it alongside a nice grilled King salmon fillet from Wilson Fish. Now, that’s living!

Raspberries from Sidhu Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Raspberries from Sidhu Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And under the heading of, “could life get any better?” come the first raspberries of the year! Yes, Sidhu Farms wins the derby on them. And we checked… this is the earliest we’ve ever had raspberries at your Ballard Farmers Market!

Sheep feta from Glendale Shepherd. Photo courtesy Glendale Shepherd.

Sheep feta from Glendale Shepherd. Photo courtesy Glendale Shepherd.

Glendale Shepherd has its first sheep’s milk feta of the season today at your Ballard Farmers Market. This is the feta they eat in Greece, where sheep reign and cows are less common. So enjoy a little old world flavor, not from the Greek Islands, but from Whidbey Island!

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

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

And how crazy is this? Nash’s Organic Produce has cucumbers today! Yes, you heard me right! And they also have strawberries, spinach and, wait for it, even a little basil!

Tieton cherries from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Tieton cherries from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These are Tieton cherries from Lyall Farms. A big, bold, full-flavored cherry, they are the cherry’s cherry. You want dark? You want to know you are actually eating a cherry? Heck, you want to keep your gout away?!? Eat a handful of these bad boys a day!

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

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

Summer Run Farm, from just over in Carnation, is known for their huge heads of lettuce. But they are also known for these adorable dwarf sunflowers. Why not pick up a few for your planter box? Oh, and Growing Things Farm is offering your fourth garden start free when you buy three plants today. So stop procrastinating, and get planting!

Organic asparagus from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Organic asparagus from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Asparagus season is going to go away this year as quickly as it came on, what with our warmer and sunnier than normal weather. So don’t miss out on this wonderful organic asparagus from Alm Hill Gardens. Get it while you can!

Zucchini from Colinwood Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Zucchini from Colinwood Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how about this? Yes, this is zucchini! I took this photo last Sunday, in fact. Colinwood Farm manages to always be the first farm with summer squash every year. In fact, I had someone ask me recently, “Where’s that zucchini coming from in Patty’s Pan’s quesadillas?” Colinwood, that’s where!

Purple kohlrabi from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Purple kohlrabi from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How about some lovely, and colorful, purple kohlrabi from One Leaf Farm? Remember, you can eat the greens and the bulb on it. And One Leaf has doubled the number of varieties of heirloom lettuces they have on their tables this week!

Lettuce from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lettuce from Children’s Garden. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Short, and very sweet this week, given all the fruit and peas coming into season, we finish off this week’s epistle with a summer staple: lettuce. Our buddies at Children’s Garden have lots of it right now, as well as mintcilantrorosemaryparsley and many other fresh cut herbs. And don’t forget to grab one of their beautiful bouquets of flowers, too!

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.

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.

Sunday, June 3rd: Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Cherries, Broccoli, Morels & Big Honkin’ Heads of Lettuce!

June 3, 2012

Strawberries from Billy’s. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s been a tough week for our community. The entire city of Seattle could use a hug right about now. We at your Ballard Farmers Market will endeavor to do just that, in the form of our weekly local food, arts and music community happening on Old Ballard Avenue. We welcome you to come and mix and mingle, get some nourishment for your body and your soul, and share some love with each other here in the People’s Republic of Ballard. Let’s get the love started flowing with some spectabulous strawberries from Billy’s Gardens in Tonasket. Billy’s returned to your Ballard Farmers Market for the 2012 season just last week. They’ve also got some amazing wild arugulafresh cut herbs and other goodies.

Sugar snap peas from Magana Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s sugar snap peas season! Woohoo!!! Now, if that doesn’t put a smile on your face… These beauties are from Magana Farms from over in Sunnyside. They are crisp, sweet and delicious, and you will want to get twice as many as you think you’ll need. Why? Because you are going to eat so many of them before you even get home!

Burlat cherries from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Say what?!? Cherries? Yuppers! These are burlat cherries from Lyall Farms. Burlats are the first cherries to come into season each year, and where Lyall grows them in Prosser, they get a 10-14 day jump on the rest of the state with their harvest. That’s why  Lyall always has them first. And don’t think because they are early or an unusual variety that they aren’t good. Burlats rock!

Broccoli from Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chopping broccoli… Oh, yeah, baby! Broccoli from Oxbow Farm. It’s like love in a vegetable! You know, I love Oxbow’s amazing tomato plants — few offer better — but I live for Oxbow’s veggies. And it’s not just broccoli they’ve got now. Their collard greens are also absurdly good. If you’ve never tried them, you must. They are sweet, delicious and tender, and they are loaded with nutrients. I love just sauteing them with a little green garlic, which they also have now, and some nice, smoky bacon from Sea Breeze, Olsen or Skagit River. Now, that’s living!

Wild morel mushrooms from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wild morel mushroom season finally arrived, about a month late, but hey, it’s here now, right? And Foraged & Found Edibles has ’em. Lots of ’em! There are endless ways to enjoy morels, but my favorite this time of year is to cut them into rings and toss them with asparagus, green sweet onions and green garlic from Alvarez Organic Farms, some olive oil, salt and pepper in a big baking dish and roast the lot in a 425 degree oven until the asparagus is just tender. You get the sweetness of the asparagus and the onions, the mild garlicky flavor of its immature form, and the earthiness of the morels. Serve it as a side to some fresh king salmon or halibut from Wilson Fish, and some fresh artisan bread from Tall Grass Bakery, and you’ve got a simple, serious meal!

Kids tamales from Patty Pan Grill. Photo courtesy Patty Pan Grill.

Did you know that our own Patty Pan Grill recently introduced tamales made especially for kids? They’re half the size of their adult counterparts, and one variety has just cheese, while the other has a very simple, mild bean filling. They are available hot and ready to eat at the Market and in convenient packs to take home. “Just the thing for those parents on the verge, desperate to come up with an easy meal that isn’t full of processed garbage,” says Devra. Oh, and they are also offering a free small serving of their market-fresh vegetables along with any kids’ menu item.

Purple kohlrabi from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Stoney Plains Organic Farm down in Tenino always seems to be the first with many crops each year, and they are now with this purple kohlrabi. It can be steamed, sautéed, eaten raw with some onion dip, or find the nearest Eastern European to give you some stellar recipes! Oh, and they’ve also got lamb’s quarterepazote and a late resurgence of miner’s lettuce right now, too. Try to find any of these on any other tables in the Market!

Jon from Summer Run Farm holds heads of red leaf lettuce bigger than his own head! Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

No, Jon from Summer Run Farm does not have a tiny head. It’s just that Summer Run grows ginormous heads of red leaf lettuce. Seriously. Just look at these suckers. They are easily twice the size of his head. Indeed, it is these magnificent specimens of leafy deliciousness for which Summer Run is famous. But you might need to bring a trailer with you today to get one of them home with you!

Split farro from Bluebird Grain Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bluebird Grain Farm’s cracked farro makes for some amazing porridge. Or use it as a polenta. Heck, all their heirloom grain products are fantastic and nutrient dense. They mill their flours, cereals and mixes fresh before each Market, so they are at their peak of flavor and goodness when you get them, unlike so many bags of denuded flours in the Big Box Store that have been sitting in warehouses for months and have turned rancid. Bluebird makes its monthly visit to your Ballard Farmers Market today, so stock up!

Cans of albacore tuna from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Also making its monthly visit to the Market today is Fishing Vessel St. Jude with its incomparable albacore tuna products. They catch their tuna off the coast of Washington as the adolescent albacore swim south from their spawning grounds in the cold waters of the North Pacific to enjoy a leisurely adulthood in warm tropical waters. Because of their youth, this tuna is very low in heavy metals. Because they’ve been living in cold water, this tuna is very high in beneficial omega-fatty acids. Oh, and it is the best tuna you’ll ever taste, too! They’ve got it cannedfrozen freshsmokedjerkiedloxed and a few other ways, just to mix it up.

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, January 29th: Greens, Carrots, Sprouts, Apples, Kohlrabi. Winter, Schminter!

January 29, 2012

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

A week ago, Alm Hill Gardens, which is just a few miles south of the Canadian border in Whatcom County, was buried in snow and ice, as the wrath of Old Man Winter poured out of the Frasier River Valley and punished Western Washington. But the beauty of snow surrounding hearty winter greens is that it insulates them from the bitter cold, and when the thaw comes, the greens spring back to life. So swing on by your Ballard Farmers Market today for some of Alm Hill’s braising greens mix, some kale, heck, even fresh tulips. ‘Cuz winter ain’t got us beat yet!

Pink lady apples from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I heart pink lady apples, and Collins Family Orchards has some of the best pink ladies to be found anywhere. And this time of year, surprisingly enough, is the best time of year for them. Fresh out of storage, they are firm, crisp and sweet, and they will lift your spirits whilst you await longer, warmer, drier days in the months to come.

Carrots from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Last week, the only greens in the Market were from the greenhouses of Colinwood Farms, and few freshly harvested veggies were to be had, as the great thaw had just begun. But today, Growing Things Farm has some freshly-dug carrots, which are especially sweet now, as a result of the recent cold whether. See, veggies protect themselves from the cold by producing sugars that act as an anti-freeze for them. And we benefit from extra-sweet veggies! Oh, and don’t forget to pickup some eggs, chicken, spuds, Brussels sprouts, and a little farmstead soap while you’re at it.

Delicious, fresh pork from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sea Breeze Farm has plenty of stellar pork, chicken, sausage, and all manner of other deliciousness this time of year. Get yourself some of their raw milk, and learn why they wear t-shirts in the summertime that say, “Legalize Milk.” Learn to enjoy meat and dairy again, the way it’s supposed to taste!

Brussels Sprouts from Nash's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Nash’s Organic Produce was long on the roots and grains last week, as their farm was under 7″ of snow. But that’s all a distant memory now, and their kale, red cabbage, and these gorgeous Brussels sprouts survived the winter blast just fine – heck, better than fine! So come on down and get your veggie on!

Berry wines from Rockridge Orchards. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Last week, Rockridge Orchards couldn’t even make out of Enumclaw, let alone make it to your Ballard Farmers Market. They had lots of snow and ice, no power, and trees were down all over the place. It was one of the few Markets they have ever missed. And we missed them, too. But they’re back today with their awesome selection of sweet and hard ciders, fruit wines, and vinegars.

Purple kohlrabi from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And when is came to snow last week, Stoney Plains Organic Farm, from way down south in Tenino, took the big, err, prize with two feet! They weren’t going anywhere. But they, too, are back today, with all sorts of vegeliciousness. They have mastered the art of the year-round vegetable harvest, and a little — okay, a lot — of snow and ice isn’t about to stop them now. Swing by for greens, roots and legumes!

Pickled beets from Gaia's Natural Goods. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Welcome our newest vendor to your Ballard Farmers Market: Gaia’s Natural Goods. These pickled beets are made from beets from the family farm in Snohomish. And you can even take home a bottle of the pickling brine, great for dressing salads, as a marinade, or to do a little pickling of your own. Gaia’s Natural Goods celebrates beets as a superfood, nutrient dense with a laundry-list of benefits to one’s health. They pickle both golden and Detroit (red) beets. Serve them with a little fresh goat cheese for an extra special treat.

This boy knows a good thing when he sees it! Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The good people behind Cupcake Luv picked a wise couple of weeks to go home to tropical climes in Asian. This missed all our Winter Blast mayhem. I imagine they enjoyed a good snicker at our expense while watching us act like idiots on YouTube during the calamity. And who can blame them? We are a laughable lot when it comes to winter weather around here, are we not? In any case, they, too, return to your Ballard Farmers Market today with their lovable cupcakes. Mmm. Cupcakes.

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, June 26th: Fava Beans, Cauliflower, Fennel, Carrots, Cucumbers, Kohlrabi, Fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon & Other Sure Signs It Is Summer!!!

June 26, 2011

Cauliflower from Summer Run. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Yes, it’s been a cold, wet year so far. And yes, most crops are way behind schedule. But that doesn’t mean your Ballard Farmers Market isn’t full of all sorts of local goodness, much of which is just now coming into season. Indeed, lotsa stuff is back this week! Like this cauliflower from Summer Run. Honestly, I think this is the longest I can ever remember the Market going without cauliflower. The last we saw any was back before last Thanksgiving, I believe. And mind you, it’s just beginning, so get there early if you want some today!

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

I guess I am delivering a mixed message today. Yes, we’ve got lots of crops in the Market now. But also, many of our farmers are hurting from this historically difficult year of cold, wet weather. For instance, these carrots from Oxbow Farm were planted in late winter, and while they are ridiculously sweet, like you’ve come to expect of Oxbow carrots, the yield on this first planting of theirs is below 20%. In other words, they’ll go fast. For us, it’s a bummer. For our farmers, it’s a nightmare. Now, this means two things for you, the faithful shoppers of your Ballard Farmers Market:

  1. You need to get to the Market early today if you want some of these carrots; and
  2. Your Ballard Farmers Market farmers need you to support them by purchasing the other things they have on their tables, even if they are not the sexy new items or the things you’ve been missing.

Buy lettuce and collard greens, people, like you’ve never tasted anything so good in your life. Do it for your farmers, because they are struggling right now. Me, I love collard greens with some green garlic and pancetta. Just sauté them until they’re tender. You can’t go wrong. See, now’s not the time to get stuck in a Seattle Foodie rut where you have to have to newest, coolest, bestest thing ever. Show your farmers the love and buy your next door neighbors some kale! And together, we will get our farmers through this year as a community. Can I get an amen?!

Whole fresh sockeye from Loki Fish. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey, the Knutsen boys of Loki Fish are hard at work up in Alaska catching salmon right now and sending it down to us here at your Ballard Farmers Market. Dylan tells me they’ll have some of this lovely fresh sockeye available today, along with fresh ikura, the roe of keta salmon that they salt and jar right on the boat. And you know, isn’t this why your Ballard Farmers Market is your favorite farmers market? Well, show your favorite farmers market some love today, too, by voting for it in the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest. We came in fourth last year. Let’s win it all this year! Just click on “Ballard Farmers Market” in the link.

Fresh fava beans from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Alvarez Organic Farms now has fava beans, folks, as well as English shelling peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas, and they still have asparagus, too! If these don’t cheer you up, I just don’t know what will.

Kohlrabi from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And look. It’s kohlrabi. From Growing Things Farm. You know, I would love it if some of you Ballard faithful would share with your neighbors your favorite recipes for kohlrabi on our Facebook page, or by posting a comment here. It really is one of those veggies that mystifies a lot of folks, and we need to rectify that. Let’s here it, Eastern Europeans amongst us! And don’t forget to visit Growing Things at their new location at the top of the Market by 22nd Ave NW.

Chef Jason Stoneburner from Bastille serves up freshly grilled sausages. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey gang! Our buddies at Bastille, who you’ll see every Sunday shopping the Market for their menu, decided they’d start grilling up some of their house-made sausages in their Back Bar patio area on Sundays during the Market. Don’t feel like a full-on brunch? Don’t want to wait in line for a table? Shoot on back to their charcoal grill for a sausage and a pint before finishing up your Market shopping.

Tieton cherries from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

More cherries! Woohoo!!! These are Tieton cherries from Collins Family Orchards. Tietons are an early, sweet cherry that looks a lot like a bing. Try ’em. You’ll like ’em!

Cucumbers from Colinwood Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how about cucumbers, eh? Now, if these don’t give you hope, nothing will! Thank you, industrious fellows of Colinwood Farm for going greenhouse crazy and being the first in the Market to bring us cucumbers, right when we need them more than ever!

Apriums from Tiny's. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Tiny’s wins the “what fruit will be next” sweepstakes with these early apriums out of their orchards in Rock Island, a lovely little micro-climate just downriver from Wenatchee. Yup, the produce in the Market is indeed getting more diverse, colorful and plentiful.

Baby fennel from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I grilled some of this baby fennel from Alm Hill Gardens Saturday night. Oh, baby. It is so sweet and fennelicious, lathered up with a nice olive oil and finished with some sea salt. Now, that’s living! Hey, Alm Hill’s got purslane now, too, and lots of other great stuff!

Aged cheeses from Silver Springs Creamery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Blessed are the cheese makers. Especially when they bring milk and yogurt with them, too. Silver Springs Creamery does just that. They milk goats and jersey cows, and they make aged, raw milk cheeses, fresh fromage and chevre, award-winning yogurt and milk. And you can get that milk with chocolate, too!

Red radishes from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I finish this week’s epistle with some ravishing red radishes from Stoney Plains Organic Farm in Tenino. Honestly, it is hard to identify the crop that the Meyer clan doesn’t grow. They’ve got like 40 different crops on their tables right now — more than anyone else in the Market — and that’s not even counting all of the plants they have to add to your garden. Of course, they’ve been at this farming business longer than most everyone else, too.

There is much more waiting for you at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Just check What’s Fresh Now! for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now. And please remember to vote for your Ballard Farmers Market in the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest!