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Sunday, November 25th: Happy Buy Local, Direct From The Producer At Your Ballard Farmers Market Sunday!

November 25, 2012

Sunshine rings from Itali Lambertini. Photo courtesy Itali Lambertini.

It is now officially the Holiday Season, and folks are in a frenzy of gift buying and partying around Ballard. We love that yesterday, when it came time for the talking heads on the TV news to talk about Small Business Saturday, they brought their cameras here to Ballard. Why? Because our entire neighborhood is full of great, locally-owned small shops and boutiques full unique gifts. And it is no coincidence that these merchants surround your Ballard Farmers Market. Many of them set up shop here because of Ballard Farmers Market. After all, where else in Seattle would they find thousands of people like you and I who are committed to buying local flocking to one neighborhood — indeed, one block — religiously, every week? (BTW, check out this stunning ring set from Itali Lambertini at your Ballard Farmers Market. They make their heirloom-quality jewelry from recycled gold, so not only is it magnificent, it is also better for the environment, and it reduces the need for more destructive gold mines, like the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska.)

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

Today is what we have deemed, Buy Local, Direct From The Producer At Ballard Farmers Market Sunday, and that means you can make the local economic impact of your holiday shopping go even further. You see, when you spend your dollars at a locally-owned store, they recirculate in our local economy with about three times the impact of dollars spent at some national or international chain. But when you spend your dollars buying something locally-made directly from the producer of that product, that impact doubles to about six times. Plus, you get the satisfaction of being able to meet and support the producer, and thus directly support good, local jobs. (Besides great gifts, we still have plenty of local deliciousness available now, too, like these beautiful, sweet carrots from Gaia’s Natural Goods. They are extra sweet this time of year, after they’ve been kissed by just a little frost!)

Non-toxic scented candles from Ascents Candles. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Your Ballard Farmers Market, with your support, continues to incubate new, local businesses. One we are quite proud of is Ascents Candles, which is dedicated to making non-toxic candles scented with natural essential oils. This time of year, when it’s cold and damp outside, it is difficult enough to keep the air inside your home clean without adding to the indoor air quality problems by lighting some nasty, imported candle made with petroleum products. Why not make the mood even more romantic with a beautiful, fragrant candle that won’t shorten your mate’s life?! And they’ve got gorgeous, scent-free candles for use at dinnertime, too!

Savoy cabbage from Nash’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Stunning fall crops, like this Savoy cabbage from Nash’s Organic Farm, are still abundant at your Ballard Farmers Market, and frankly, they are at their peak of quality and flavor now, too! Local fall crops thrive on lots of rain, cold nights and minimal daylight, and they are sweeter and tastier, and even more nutritious, for it. Remember, your Ballard Farmers Market is your year-round, locally-grown grocery store. And what you get here is so fresh that it is often fresher come the following Saturday, after sitting in your fridge since the previous Sunday, than what you can get at the Big Box stores. So comfortably stock up for the entire week. Plus, many fall storage crops can be held simply in a cool, dark storage room, or your garage, meaning you don’t need to have a huge fridge to hold it all for the week.

Color-accented cups from Daily Bird Pottery. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These color-aceented clay cups from Port Townsend’s Daily Bird Pottery are more than just a beautiful way to enjoy your morning cup of joe or your evening tea. The unglazed cups actually reduce the bitterness in the flavor of your beverages. It is a type of chemical reaction between the clay itself and whatever you put in the cup, and it is a form of culinary technology that people from India to Mexico have been using for centuries. These cups are fired very hot, and they are as strong and durable as any pottery you’ve encountered — perhaps stronger. And these particular cups are extra cool in that the lovely, colorful accent of glaze around the rim also provides a more pleasant mouth-feel as you drink out of them. Swing by and pick up a couple of cups to try out this week. You’ll be amazed by them! And once you are, you’ll want to get them for everyone on your list.

Porchetta from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I find that I often make George, Liz, Rose and the gang at Sea Breeze Farm blush when I comment on what a beautiful piece of meat they are, err, I mean have. Exhibit A: this spectacular porchetta from last Sunday’s Market. I took home about a pound of it and ate it for dinner a couple of nights. And they, err, I mean it is as delicious as it is beautiful. Best of all, it is not just cooked on Vashon Island, but the pigs are forest-raised on Vashon Island, just up the hill from the Fauntleroy Ferry dock. Of course, what they’ve got in their refer case varies from week-to-week, based on what they harvested that week, so stop by today to check out their sexy meat selection for this week!

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

Dad’s are difficult to shop for, right? They don’t want lots of shiny things, unless it’s a new sports car, and unless you live in Medina, you probably have neither the money nor the space under the tree for giving dad a new sports car for Christmas, as much as Lexus would like you to believe everyone is giving $50,000+ cars as gifts this year. One thing Gillette won’t let you forget this holiday season, however, is that dad’s shave, and that you can buy dad shaving gear. But how personal and special is a can of Foamy and a Mach III razor from Bartell’s, eh? Why not get dad one of these lovely shaving kits from Brown Butterfly that will make dad feel like the real man that he is! Let him reconnect with his Wild West cowboy roots, shaving with a brush, mug and soap with a nice sharp razor. Brown Butterfly’s shaving soap will leave his face smooth and soft, like a baby’s bum, it smells nice and manly, and it comes with the added benefit of not coming out of an aerosol can that cannot be easily recycled, too!

Salad mix from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

After this past week of overindulgent eating, you just really want a nice salad, am I right? Well, this spicy salad mix from Colinwood Farms makes it a breeze! Just fill up your bowl, add some of those Gaia’s carrots… maybe some radishes — Colinwood has some nice daikon radishes still — dress, and you’re done. Your body will thank you, and it will reward you with the loss of the 2-3 pounds you put on this past week in short order. Seriously.

Hemp fabric clothing from Texture. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Texture, from Bellingham, makes gorgeous, comfortable, durable and fashionable clothing from hemp fabric, with pieces to suit your every mood and situation. From formal and office to out on the town, you will look fabulous in Texture’s garments, and you’ll know you are wearing unique, local creations, direct from the designer, and made with environmentally-responsible fabrics. And talk about a gift that will be appreciated every time she’s wears it!

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, November 27th: It’s “Buy Direct From The Local Producer” Sunday! (Okay, I just made that up, but you get the point.)

November 27, 2011

Spirited Apple Wine from Finnriver Farm & Cidery. Photo courtesy Finnriver.

Okay, folks, we’ve made it through the Thanksgiving gorge, the Black Friday riots, and Small Business Saturday (which we fully endorse, as small businesses have created 65% of all new jobs over the last 17 years, even without government bailouts and tax breaks). Now, it’s time for what I like to call, “Buy Direct From The Local Producer Sunday.” And where better to do that than right here at your Ballard Farmers Market, where every vendor is a local producer. Yes, these folks are small business owners, but more importantly, they are all producing what they are selling right here in Washington, then selling it directly to you. You can’t get much more of a face-behind-the-product than this. So give a gift with true meaning. It’ll be unique, local, have a story and face to go with it, and it will create local jobs, which in turn might end up ultimately saving yours! Pretty cool, eh?

Today, we welcome back Finnriver Farm & Cidery, and their amazing line of estate ciders, fruit wines and brandies made on their farm in Chimacum with much of their own fruit. Heck, they even grow most of the hops used in their hopped cider. And today, Ballard Farmers Market will be the only place in Seattle to get a bottle or three of their Spirited Apple Wine, pictured above. (Go to the Ballard Farmers Market Facebook page for info on a special offer just for you today from Finnriver!)

Taste test cups from Naked Pottery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Not the sexiest photo ever, but what you see here is something revolutionary. These are three cups of tea — one in plastic, one in glazed ceramic and one in a Naked Pottery cup. It is part of an informal taste test we did this past April. See, Naked Pottery likes to rave about how their pottery actually improves the flavor of, well, just about everything, from whiskey to breakfast cereal to, um, tea. It’s some sort of a chemistry thing between the particular clay they use and the food or beverage in it. In most cases, the result is a cleaner, less bitter flavor. Now, I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t experienced it firsthand. but indeed, the tea in the Naked Pottery tea cup was smoother and less bitter tasting than the glazed ceramic cup, and, of course, the plastic had a chemical taste. We also tasted one of their bowls against a steel bowl with some of Daddy’s Muesli and soy milk. Again, the Naked Pottery bowl’s food tasted better. Give it a shot this week, and then buy it for everyone on your gift list this holiday season!

Last call for pepper wreathes and strands from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This may be the last week for Alvarez Organic Farms at your Ballard Farmers Market for the 2011 season, so now’s the time to stock up on garlic, onions, potatoes, dried peppers, dried beans, winter squash and their amazing pepper wreathes and strands.

Teas from Sip-T. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sip-T has returned to your Ballard Farmers Market with their wonderful artisan tea blends they handcraft in Bellingham. Stop by for a sample, and then grab some herbal deliciousness to warm you up during the long, dark, wet, cold Northwest winter. And hey, their teas make for great stocking stuffers, too!

Peanut brittle from Pete's Perfect Butter Toffee. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Look kids, Pete’s Perfect Butter Toffee has branched out again — this time to the glorious world of peanut brittle. Woohoo!!! Break out the good set of chompers, grandpa, and run (or shuffle) down to see Pete right this very second! Trust me, you will not survive another week without this stuff.

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

Let me put this as simply and clearly as I can… Brown Butterfly makes the finest shaving soap I have ever used. If that special person in your life uses shaving soap, they will be eternally grateful for a gift of this shaving soap. And notice that I was gender neutral here. Yes, this stuff works just as well on faces as it does on legs. And it is formulated in a way that nurtures, instead of harming, your skin. And if you are still using foam from a can, it is time to kick that habit. This stuff is less wasteful, less destructive to the environment, better for your skin, less expensive, and best of all, you get it direct from the people who make it. And if you, or your special someone, needs to kick the can and join the shaving soap revolution, Brown Butterfly has these complete shaving kits to get you and yours started.

Corrine "Gypsy" Mirenda and her Gypsy Beaded Creations. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Corrine Mirenda makes a lovely collection of knitted wares and beaded jewelry that is bound to fill a slot on your holiday gift list. Everything she makes is truly unique — one-of-a-kind items for your one-of-a-kind loved ones. This year, give a gift that truly does have meaning, a story and a face behind it.

Kale & collard chips from House of the Sun. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for a unique, delicious and healthy snack, especially after your Thanksgiving gorge? How about some of these kale & collard chips from House of the Sun? They use local ingredients from Market farmers to make them, and they are both raw and vegan. What? Raw? How’s that, you say? Simple. They dehydrate them instead of roasting them. Mystery solved. Appetite quenched. Deliciousness had by all.

Emmer pappardelle from Pasteria Lucchese. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We all know and love Bluebird Grain Farms and their incomparable emmer, right? Well the good folks at Pasteria Lucchese have begun making pasta from it — emmer pappardelle and emmer fettucine. They use Bluebird’s emmer flour to make a toothsome, nutty, whole grain pasta that is perfect this time of year. Toss some of it with some of Wilson’s smoked king salmon and some frozen peas, or toss it with some Golden Glen Creamery butter and grab some Washington black truffles from Foraged & Found Edibles to shave over the top. Oh, yeah, baby! That’s living!

Chocolate and apple turnovers. from Little Prague European Bakery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And our bodies need a little extra boost to get us going on a cold, dark, wet morning, right? How about one of these yummy turnovers from Little Prague European Bakery? They’ve get ’em in chocolate and apple. Oh, the sweet deliciousness!

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 5th: Of Sunshine, Sugar Snap Peas, Carrots & Lotsa Lettuce!

June 5, 2011

Memorial Day Sunday was a beautiful, sunny, busy day at your Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This past Sunday, big, happy crowds enjoyed a sunny, mild Ballard Farmers Market on Memorial Day Weekend. And Ballard faithful, please know that our farmers appreciate your patience and understanding with how late all the crops are this year, due to our absurdly long, cold, seemingly endless — until this weekend, anyway — winter. But there now appears to be a light at the end of that long, dark tunnel, and it may not be the headlamp of an oncoming train after all! Yesterday, we recorded the warmest temperatures in Seattle since, well, last Labor Day Weekend. Babies were conceived and born in that stretch on time! Yikes!!! But with this burst of warm, sunny weather, we will finally, it seems, see an acceleration in the growth of local crops. Read on, and celebrate the return of a few overdue favorites! And while you are at it, please vote for your Ballard Farmers Market in the 2011 America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest, which launched this past week. And tell your friends and family! Use that Facebook and Twitter account of yours for something productive! We came in fourth last year. With your help, this year, we’re gonna win it all!

Sugar snap peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

So, did I lie? Yes, this is a photo I took yesterday at Georgetown Farmers Market of fresh sugar snap peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. I did some quality control testing on these — you know, because I care some much about you and all that — and I can vouch. These puppies are sweet and crunchy and delicious, and if you plan to do anything else with them aside from eating them right out of the bag before you even get home today, you will need to buy yourself twice a many as you think you’ll need! Just get there early, as this is the first harvest. They will run out.

Red summer crisp lettuce from Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lettuce Exhibit #1: Red summer crisp lettuce from Oxbow Farm. Beautiful. Refreshing. Delicious. Nuff said.

Carrots from Stoney Plains Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Here’s another crop we’ve been longing for: carrots! Woohoo!!! Oh, happy day! Ding, dong! Do I really need to go on and on? I don’t think so. But beeline it to Stoney Plains today first thing to get a bunch for yourself. If you’re that guy that rolls into the Market all bleary-eyed at 2:17 p.m., you will not find these!

Butterhead lettuce from Red Barn. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lettuce Exhibit #2: Butterhead lettuce from Red Barn Farm. Magnificent on sandwiches. Terrific in salads. Great for wraps. Just plain lovely.

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

Radishes are bursting out all over the Market now, and while they’ve been around a few weeks now, and as such aren’t quite as exciting as carrots and peas (or is that peas and carrots?), they still are delightful, colorfully, crunchy, spicy little jewels, are they not? When it finally gets hot, they will disappear. So enjoy them now, good people of Ballard. March on over the Full Circle Farm and rack ’em up!

Luscious lettuces from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lettuce Exhibit #3: Red & green leaf lettuces, adorned adoringly with nasturtiums from Colinwood Farms. I look at this wonderful display of lettucelisciousness, and I can’t help but wish for a nice dressing for it, and a really big fork!

Goose Tongue sea grass from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

From the “cool, wild stuff” category, how about some Goose Tongue salty sea grass from Foraged & Found Edibles? This is some tasty, salty stuff folks. Honestly, I haven’t quite figured out how to use it yet, but I am certain that amongst the good people of Ballard, there are more than a few who can give me some tips. Weigh in with your tips for enjoying Goose Tongue sea grass using the comments form. Thanks!

Romaine lettuce from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lettuce Exhibit #4: Romaine lettuce from Alm Hill. Imagine the BLTs. Ponder the lettuce wraps. Heck, grill it! In the immortal words of Eric Clapton, “It’s all right, it’s all right, it’s all right… romaine!” (And no, I’m not sorry.)

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

And now, a pitch for your favorite father, even it that turns out to be someone else’s. Father’s Day is coming up in just two weeks. Show your favorite dad that you put some thought into your annual “thanks for being a great dad” acknowledgement gift. Get him a new shaving kit that is locally made! Brown & Butterfly’s shaving soap is peerless. Heck, I use it exclusively, and you all know how handsome I am! Besides, using shaving soap and a brush eliminates the need for dad to use shaving foams from aerosol cans that create waste and release sketchy gases.

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.

Sunday, November 28th: Happy Chanukah! Buy Local This Holiday Season!

November 28, 2010

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

It’s the holiday season. So whoop-dee-doo and dickery-dock, and don’t forget to hang up your sock, in the immortal words of Andy Williams. So you’ve survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and you’re gearing up for Cyber Monday tomorrow. All we ask is that you not forget that every Sunday is Buy Local Sunday at your Ballard Farmers Market. Instead of pitching a tent in front of the Big Box Store to save a few dollars on something made in China they will just be telling you a year from now you need to replace with the latest friggin’ updated version, or that will break once the one-year limited warrantee expires, or that will be meaningless to your loved ones because everyone everywhere got the same thing, why not find something truly unique — handcrafted by local artisans and sold directly to you right here at your Ballard Farmers Market. I mean, if you are going to get Dad a new shaving kit, or Junior his first one, wouldn’t it be special to be able to tell them you got it right from the guy making the shaving soap and lotion — Brown & Butterfly? Hey, I use this shaving soap with a mug and brush, and you all know how pretty I am, right? But seriously, it’s the best shaving soap I’ve ever used. Trust me. Love your razor again!

A beautiful gold ring with pink tourmaline & diamonds from Itali Lambertini. Photo courtesy Itali Lambertini.

If you are planning on giving that special someone some jewelry, do you really want to give them something from one of the mall stores that was actually advertised on TV? Seriously? What, they made about 100,000 of those, right? Not very special, if you ask me. Instead, how about a truly unique creation made from recycled gold, direct from the artist who created it, like this magnificent ring from Itali Lambertini. And if you like, you can commission them to make something just for you.

Top & skirt from Texture. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking to give some unique fashion? Want something that is actually made in this state, let alone this country?!? How about some of the beautiful, brilliantly colored garments designed for comfort and style from Texture! They use hemp fabric to make their clothing, and if you haven’t experienced their hemp fabric, it is a linen fabric to die for, as you will think yourself in heaven when you feel it against your skin.

Two new honeys from Golden Harvest. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for a sweet (literally) stocking stuffer? Why not some local honey? And for a limited time, Golden Harvest has its wonderful lavender honey available again. Plus, they have fireweed honey with a hint of blackberry, but just a little, so get it while it lasts!

Pink Lady apples from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Apples make great stocking stuffers, too, and they’re great with honey! Collins Family Orchards has a fresh crop of these delicious Pink Lady apples right now, as well as Fujis, Empires and soon to come, Braeburns. Yummers.

Corrine "Gypsy" Mirenda and her Gypsy Beaded Creations. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Oh, you so know someone who needs one of these lovely hats from Gypsy Beaded Creations. Actually, she’s created lots of gorgeous stuff from which to choose. And to think you were gonna go to that store that caters to the “we wanna look like everyone else” crowd. I am so glad we saved you from that embarrassment!

Truly unique seed jewelry from Semilla Designs. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Zena from Semilla Designs travels the world to collect the seeds from which she makes her unquestionably unique seed jewelry. Just look at these earrings (above) with all their brilliant colors and fascinating shapes. And she’s got bracelets, necklaces and more, too. I know you have someone, or three, on your list who will absolutely love these.

Fleece from Pieter Muller, the Fleece Guy. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

La Nina ain’t done with us yet. Better pick up some fleece from Pieter Muller, the Fleece Guy. Did you know he recycles fabrics into entirely new creations, while creating other anew — from his fleece (above) to cute tops and skirts to sexy little numbers made from big old scarves. Hats, too!

Chili sauce with garlic from Four Sisters. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We’ve also got a whole bunch of food artisans in the mix this week, including Four Sisters Chili Sauce, made from a recipe these four Vietnamese sisters brought over with them from Vietnam when they left as children 30 years ago. Also, you’ll find Hooting Owl granola, Sip-T teas, Cape Cleare salmon, Caveman Bars and Harmony’s Way goat milk soaps.

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.