Posts Tagged ‘smoothies’

BALLARD FARMERS MARKET: ALWAYS DIFFERENT

April 24, 2015

MELT – INNOVATION

The MeltMac

It features goat milk from Left Foot Farm, delicious goat and sheep milk cheeses, and locally farmed dried tomatoes and spinach.

Melt.  Now offering goat milk based macaroni & cheese dishes, inspired by mediterranean recipes.

Melt. Now offering goat milk based macaroni & cheese dishes, inspired by mediterranean recipes, for those who want to avoid lactose

The delicious sun-drenched flavors of the Mediterranean are the inspiration for this “no moo” MeltMac. Made with real Greek Kasseri, Mizithra, a ‘ewe’-phoric Gouda, Kalamata olives, dried tomatoes and spinach; one bite will transport you to the beaches of the Greek Islands. Kali Orexi!  If some of these ingredients are new to you, stop by to ask for a taste and explanation of all of those wonderful names.

HAMA HAMA SPOT PRAWNS

Wild-harvested, and fresh as a Gift from Mother Nature can be. Copyright by Zachary D. Lyons

Wild-harvested, and fresh as a Gift from Mother Nature can be. Photo courtesy Hama Hama Oysters.

NOW THIS NEEDS LITTLE EXPLAINING

Better get these wild-caught prawns while they are here at Ballard Farmers Market.  We never know when or how long they’ll be available. A delicate and unique flavor treat, easy to prepare, and absolutely delicious.

EASY RECIPE FOR SPOT PRAWNS DINNER: Start a 2-4 quart pan of heavily salted water to boil.

Wash and trim off tough ends of one bunch Asparagus,

Smash Garlic cloves (as many as you think you’ll like),

Coat a pretty large pan with a good dash of olive oil, add smashed garlic and gradually bring heat up to medium-high.

Wash prawns in fresh, cold water as the fry pan gets hot, pat-dry prawns.

When water is boiling fast, add Pasteria Lucchese’s Tagliatelli, (or any favorite pasta). Stir pasta as water starts to show bubbles again.

Add spears of asparagus or bok choy into the water as the pasta finishes.

This is when you need to watch all the cooking pots because it takes only a short time for everything to be cooked perfectly.

Add prawns into garlic saute pan, stir until they turn red, it will be just a few minutes.

Use tongs to remove veggies from pasta, drain pasta by pouring through a colander.  Plate pasta, pour spot prawns over pasta, including the garlic-oil, add asparagus.  Serve and get rave reviews.

NOTE:  When eating everybody should use their fingers and tongues. Lick the prawns for a great flavor burst, then peel the prawns, bite, eat pasta, eat vegetables, enjoy.

ANNOUNCING BIKE RACKS

Cascade Bicycle Club has worked to develop a bike rack valet parking program for the community of Ballard Farmers Market.  It will be premiered this Sunday.  Come by the market and check it out.

Cascade Bicycle Club Valet Bike Rack in Gasworks Park

Cascade Bicycle Club Valet Bike Rack in Gasworks Park

We are so excited to be able to offer a safe place at the market for all our biking friends to stash their bikes while they shop at the market. Thanks go to Cascade Bicycle Club for thinking of Ballard Farmers Market as the place for this and for their generous donation of time and efforts to make it happen.  And we want to give a shout out to Second Ascent for providing the storage of the bike rack during the week. The support from this neighborhood is so awesome.

Sunday, May 6th: Oxbow Farm, St. Jude Tuna & Bluebird Grain Farms Return, Last Call for Sweet Potatoes & People-Powered Juice!

May 6, 2012

Rainbow chard modeled by lovely Adam McCurdy of Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey kids! It is our fifth gorgeous weekend in a row, and the only thing I can think of that could make it any better would be the return of Oxbow Farm to your Ballard Farmers Market! Yessir. Luke, Adam and the gang are coming out of hibernation today, and bringing with them lotsa plants and veggies to add more local deliciousness to your spring. So be sure to stop by and say ‘hi’ real loud to them, in case they still have headaches from Cinco de Mayo festivities and howling at the Super Moon yesterday!

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

It is the first Sunday in May, and that means local albacore tuna from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. As they only visit us the first week of each month, be sure to stock up on the finest tuna you’ll find anywhere — canned, frozen, smoked, jerkied, loxed, and more. And because they catch their albacore in its adolescence, as it swims from its spawning grounds in the cold waters of the North Pacific to warmer tropical waters, this fish is high in beneficial omega-fatty acids and low in heavy metals. Whatever you do, though, if you get it in cans, don’t pour that liquid down the drain! That is the natural juices of the tuna, and it is packed with flavor. (They don’t add water.)

Brooke Lucy from Bluebird Grain Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bluebird Grain Farms returns to your Ballard Farmers Market today for the first time since before Christmas! They, too, are going on a once-monthly rotation for their market visits this year. So again, take this opportunity to stock up on whole grain emmer and rye, cracked cereals, flours and mixes today!

Collard greens from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Don’t forget to take advantage of the few weeks of One Leaf Farm’s attendance at your Ballard Farmers Market we get to enjoy this spring while we await the arrival of other returning farms, after which you will have to go all the way to our Madrona Farmers Market on Fridays to find them. Last week, they got cleaned out early of magnificent radishesleeksbaby lettuces, and much more, so do visit them early!

D’Anjou pears from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

D’Anjou pears from Martin Family Orchards are juicy and sweet, but they aren’t going to be around much longer… maybe another week or two. They just pulled the last ones out of their winter storage, and once they’re gone, they’re gone until late fall. Sure, cherry season is on it’s way, but not until June. Get your pear on now, while you still can!

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

Another short-timer crop is sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Indeed, this is likely the last week for them. Grab one last taste of fall sweetness. Roast ’em up and have yourself a seasonally-confused meal with asparagus and maybe some halibut from Wilson Fish. Hmm. That sounds pretty good, don’t it?

Customers providing the power at Juice Peddler. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

At the Juice Peddler, if you want one of their smoothies made with great local ingredients, you will have to work for it. That’s because Bellingham’s Juice Peddler powers their blenders using bicycles. Hey, your doctor has been pestering you to eat right and exercise more, right? Well, at the Juice Peddler, you can kill two birds with one stone!

Red romaine lettuce from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Let us finish today with lettuce — red romaine lettuce, in fact. Colinwood Farms grows this early spring beauty in its greenhouses over in Port Townsend, and it is just waiting for you to salad it, sandwich it, wrap it or grill it. Yes, it is lettuce season again. And amen for that!

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.