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Sunday, September 1st: Taste That Hard Cider Before You Buy It! Jerzy Boyz Returns! And It’s St. Jude Tuna Day!

August 31, 2013
Some of the hard cider lineup at Finnriver Farm & Cidery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Some of the hard cider lineup at Finnriver Farm & Cidery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We’ve all been talking about it for years. We’ve been hearing about it in the news. We’ve worked for years with the State Legislature to get it to happen. We’ve worked for months with the Washington State Liquor Control Board to implement it. And today, it becomes a reality. Yes, starting today, you can actually sample hard cider and wine from the vendors at your Ballard Farmers Market before you buy it! Yup. All the campaigning and paper pushing is done, and now, it’s go time. So stop by Finnriver Farm & Cidery today for a sample of their amazing collection of hard ciders, and find the one that’s right for you. And just maybe, it’s all of them!

Hard ciders from Eaglemount Cidery. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hard ciders from Eaglemount Wine & Cider. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Do you find the sheer number of enticing choices of wines and ciders from Eaglemount Wine & Cider overwhelming, especially when you can’t taste them first to see which one you like best? Well, Eaglemount will also be sampling today at your Ballard Farmers Market. So maybe you’ve tried one and stuck with it. Try the others today, find a new fave and mix it up a bit!

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.

Our friends from Jerzy Boyz return today for the fall season with their amazing, certified organic fruit. They grow many heirloom varieties of applespears, and other goodies on their farm that hugs the rim of the Columbia River Gorge just north of Chelan. Check out these aptly named Purple Goddess pears, for instance. That’s what I’m talking about!

Canned local albacore tuna in a variety of flavors from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Canned local albacore tuna in a variety of flavors from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s tuna day! That’s right. It is the first Sunday of the month, and that means Fishing Vessel St. Jude is here with their extraordinary local albacore tuna. They have it frozen, canned, smokedjerkied and more. This is the best tuna you will ever taste, and it is low in heavy metals and high in beneficial omega-fatty acids. And if you get it in the can, don’t you dare pour off the liquid! See, they don’t add any cooking liquid, so what you find in the can is the natural juices from the tuna that is packed with flavor and goodness.

Sweet corn from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet corn from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Look, kids. It’s Westside sweet corn from Stoney Plains Organic Farms. Since it doesn’t get as hot over on this side of the Cascade Mountains, Westside corn takes longer to mature. But what it lacks in speed it makes up for in flavor and sweetness. But it will go fast, so get here early!

Jerseys blueberries from Whitehorse Meadows Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Jerseys blueberries from Whitehorse Meadows Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Jerseys blueberries are the latest variety of blueberries to come into season at Whitehorse Meadows Blueberry Farm. They are kind of the classic blueberry, sweet and a little tart. Toss them in your oatmeal. Make muffins. Add them to pancakes. Relish in their antioxidant qualities!

Whole pastured chicken from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whole pastured chicken from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whether you fry it, roast it, smoke it, make it with dumplings, or stick a beer can up its bum and barbecue it, a pasture-raised chicken from Growing Things Farm offers you one of the best chickens you’ve ever tasted. Maybe it’s the fresh air and exercise they get. Maybe its because they eat excellent food. Maybe it is just farmer Michaele Blakely’s magic touch. Whatever the case, I’ve been proud to serve these birds for my Thanksgiving dinner many times. So you can imagine the amazing fried chicken they’d make!

Thai eggplant from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Thai eggplant from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These magnificent little creatures are Thai eggplant from Alvarez Organic Farms, and they are just one of about 18 varieties that they grow, 13 of which are gracing their tables right now. If you love eggplant like I love eggplant, check out Alvarez today. And to get your juices flowing , just take a gander at our Facebook photo album of their eggplant.

Organic raspberries from Gaia's Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Organic raspberries from Gaia’s Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It may be September, but it is still berry season. These organic raspberries are from Gaia’s Harmony Farm. 2013 has been one of the best berry-growing seasons in history, with better quality, sweeter berries and huge harvests. There is still plenty of time to get your berry on this season!

Peppers from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Peppers from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Alvarez isn’t the only farm with a rainbow of peppers. This colorful collection of sweet and hot peppers are from Colinwood Farms, over in Port Townsend. 2013 is a historic year for peppers, too, and the more sun and heat we get, the better, and in some cases hotter, they are. So load up on peppers this year, too!

Purple mizuna from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Purple mizuna from Boistfort Valley Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Purple mizuna from Boistfort Valley Farm is as delicious as it is beautiful. It is a little spicy and a little bitter, and it makes for great salads, garnish for sandwiches or a nice, quick wilting for a tasty side dish. Enjoy!

Blooming succulents from Phocas Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Blooming succulents from Phocas Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It is almost time for the saffron harvest, and that means it is almost time for our buddy, Jim, from Phocas Farms to disappear for a few months back over to Port Angeles. In fact, next week is his last until next year. So if you’ve been putting off getting that succulent garden going, or those saffron crocuses planted, now’s the time. Stock up today, and then use your day off tomorrow to get them in the ground!

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 10th: Hayton Berry Farms & Full Circle Farm Return, Dungeness Crab, Beautiful Broccoli, Ravishing Radishes & Strawberry Cream Puffs, Yo!

June 10, 2012

First-of-the-season strawberries from Hayton Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey kids, now we’re cookin’! That’s right! Hayton Berry Farms returns today for the 2012 season to your Ballard Farmers Market with plenty of their famous strawberries. So get up and get down here early, cuz you know they’re gonna go plenty fast!

English cucumbers from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Because of year-round farmers markets like your Ballard Farmers Market, Seattle’s first year-round neighborhood farmers market, many Washington farms are able to confidently invest in season-extending infrastructure that allows them to sell more crops for more of the year, thus allowing us to enjoy those crops more, too. Case in point is Colinwood Farms from Port Townsend. They leverage their temperate climate in the so-called “Banana Belt” under the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains with acres of greenhouses that bring us their amazing spicy salad mix all winter long, and squash blossoms and these gorgeous English cucumbers in late spring, long before even Eastern Washington farms have them.

French breakfast radishes from Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

With this winters record mountain snowfalls, many rivers like King County’s Snoqualmie River continue to run high and fast, and that means the farmland along its banks continues to be very wet from the high water table under it. No wonder many of our East King County farms have been a little slow with spring produce this year. The good news is, farms like Oxbow Farm are beginning to hit their stride now. Just take a gander at these magnificent French breakfast radishes from Oxbow. And they’ve got collard greenschardgreen garlic and much more!

Fresh spinach from Gaia’s Natural Goods. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Downriver from Oxbow, along the Snohomish River (for that is where the Snoqualmie River goes), Gaia’s Natural Goods is also adding new crops to its table every week. Check out this spectacular spinach they’ve got right now. It is crisp and tender and delicious, and ready for salads, sautés, stuffing pasta and more!

Strawberry plants from Red Barn Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Want your very own strawberry patch? It is still plenty early enough to plant some strawberry plants from Red Barn Farm. These plants are already baring fruit, and as they mature and spread out over the coming years, they will give you a seemingly endless supply of fresh strawberries from right outside your door every spring and summer!

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

Alm Hill Gardens is rightfully proud of its broccoli. Beautiful, isn’t it? And it’s broccolicious, too! They are harvesting lovely little florets from their late-winter planting right now. Roast it, sauté it, soup it, steam it, toss it with garlic, bacon and fusilli. Oh, life is good!

Dungeness crab from Hama Hama Oyster Company. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Dan says Hama Hama Oyster Company will have fresh, whole dungeness crabs today, while they last. He’ll also have some geoduck, the world’s largest, and our own native clam. Geoduck in particular is a rare treat, as it can only be harvested at especially low tides. But again, get here early if you want some. And hey, if he’s already sold out, just put an order in for next week, so you’ll be sure to get some, eh? Sounds like a good Father’s Day dinner to me!

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

Speaking of fields slowly drying out and crops returning to the Snoqualmie River Valley, Full Circle Farm returns today to your Ballard Farmers Market after a month-long hiatus, and to be honest, I am not really sure what all they’ll have today. If I had to guess, which, I guess, I have to do, I’d guess they’ll have some of this mizuna, maybe some mustard greensradishesJapanese wax turnips, some spring carrots and such. Okay, now we all get to see just how clairvoyant I am.

Shaving kit from Brown Butterfly. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of Father’s Day (which is just next week, by the way), has your dad ditched those annoying, expensive, environmentally unfriendly aerosol shaving cream cans yet? No? Well, then, this is the year! Our own Brown Butterfly makes extraordinary shaving soap that will keep dads face smooth as a baby’s bottom, make him feel like a real man, save him money, and reduce his footprint on the earth, too. And to get dad started, get an entire shaving kit for him from Brown Butterfly. Seriously… ask any man who’s dumped the can for the pleasure of lathering up with a brush and soap. There’s just no going back!

More Is More cream puffs from Cupcake Luv. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

One of these day, I will have to start with dessert, but again this week, I will end with it. In this case, how about some More Is More cream puffs with fresh local strawberries from Cupcake Luv. Cupcake Luv is hardcore with its use of local ingredients. Heck, even the flour they use in these puppies is from Washington farmers. Yay! So get your Luv on today!

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, March 20th: Farewell, Oh Winter Of Our Discontent!

March 20, 2011

Daffodils from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Woohoo! It’s spring!!! Okay, that was not necessarily the snowiest winter ever, but it was one of the coldest. Heck, Seattle didn’t even have a high temperature in all of 2011 that was at or above normal until yesterday. Brrr. And we’ve noticed it on the produce tables at your Ballard Farmers Market, because cold, gray skies do not much food make. Ah, but it’s spring, and the sun (that’s that blinding fireball of an orb you’ve been trying to figure out) is out today in a bright blue sky (yes, that’s what the sky looks like without clouds), and Children’s Garden, as well as my own, has daffodils! And with that, we bid the winter of our discontent farewell, and wish it is not hit in the bum by the door on its way out.

Cascadian Edible Landscapes will help you eat your yard. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Besides daffodils, I’ve got violets and crocuses blooming in my yard, and ornamental cherries are finally in bloom all over the city. Heck, as I walked through Ballard on Saturday, I was shocked to find that I still had neighbors — lots of them! Yes, we have been starved for some sun folks, and we all were out worshiping it yesterday. I saw a lot of folks tending to their yards, prepped garden beds and pruning trees. Good on you. And now is as good a time as any to start making your yard more edible. Well, Cascadian Edible Landscapes returns today with all sorts of wonderful native plants that will feed you for years to come, so let them help you eat your yard!

Fresh mizuna from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

No, this is not a file photo. This is fresh mizuna from Stoney Plains that I captured just two weeks ago. Yes, green things are back, baby. Woohoodillihoo!!! Hey, I like root veggies and cabbage as much as the next guy, but lordy, have I missed me some leafy greens.

Red radishes from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how’s about some new red radishes from Colinwood Farms?! A-friggin-men! Let me hear it, people!!! Yes, we are indeed slowly climbing out of that deep, dark, cold, wet hole that was winter 2010-2011. Adios, La Nina. We’ll miss you… not! Oh, Colinwood has some righteous salad mix right now, too.

Beautiful braising mix from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Some braising mix from Full Circle Farm will cheer you about right about now, as well. Heck, anything leafy and green will, I’d say. Being the simplistic kinda guy I am, I like just lightly sauteing this stuff in olive oil with a bunch of garlic, but hey, maybe you’re into soup or quiche. Who am I to judge you?

Soft pretzels from Tall Grass Bakery. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I know you’ve got some mustard in your fridge that is just dying to get slathered all over one of these soft pretzels from Tall Grass Bakery when you get home. That is, unless you eat them all before you get home. It’s a tough call, I know. But as your physician and your attorney, I recommend that you convince yourself that you will in fact make it home with some, but that you hedge your bets by buying some extras, so you can, in essence, have your pretzels and eat them, with mustard, too.

Chili sauce, sans garlic, from Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

For me, there is no such thing as too much garlic. But for some, garlic can be their nemesis. And then there are simply times when garlic is not indicated. Well, the ladies from Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces — the folks who make amazing Vietnamese chili sauces from Alvarez peppers — are now making a version of their red chili sauce without garlic. Yep. And if that weren’t enough, they are also now making a version of their green chili sauce without any sugar! Thank you, sisters, for your thoughtfulness… and your delicious sauces, too!

Coconut cream pie from Deborah's Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, it’s time for dessert. So how about a nice coconut cream pie from Deborah’s Homemade Pies? Of course, it seems that every time I feature one of her pies on the blog, it is always the week she doesn’t actually have any of that kind. But never fear. All of her pies are awesome. If she’s out of coconut cream, just try one of her other pies. I’m telling you, these are the best pies in town. Had the Weekly considered Deborah’s pies when they belittled the so-called pie “trend” here, they’d have sung a different tune indeed. Her crust alone is worthy of a new religion. So, am I coming through on FM yet? Step away from your computer and get yourself down here right now and eat some pie!!!

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.