Posts Tagged ‘tulips’

Sunday, February 12th: To Quote U2, “In The Name Of Love…”, Because Hallmark Says So!

February 12, 2012

Fresh tulips from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Yes, it is our annual obligation to encourage you to forego Hallmark’s demands that you go to your local mall to pick up stuff made by the millions in China that is supposed to represent how much you care for someone you love, and instead to get said symbols of your undying love and affection from local producers right here at your Ballard Farmers Market, because when it comes to guilt, guilt begins right here at home! So let’s start you out with a beautiful bouquet of fresh tulips from Alm Hill Gardens. They were cut yesterday, so they are super fresh, and they will keep for many days to warm the heart of that someone special. And hey, when they realize you got them today at your Ballard Farmers Market, they will not only know you cared enough to get them the best, and that you care enough to support local farmers, but it will also let them know that you remembered to get them a full two days before Valentine’s Day!

Beautiful, non-toxic, scentless candles from Ascents Candles. Photo copy 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Along with tulips, you will need some candles to help set the mood. For that, visit our own Ascents Candles for some of these beautiful, scentless candles that are also blissfully non-toxic. That means the stunning meal with which you are about to dazzle your darling will not be disturbed by the smoke from that romantic candlelight. Yup, we think of everything here at your Ballard Farmers Market!

Sweetbread Cellars Wine from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweetbread Cellars is the label for the fabulous wines made by Sea Breeze Farm. And right now, they have some beautiful vintages for your sipping pleasure, including their 2006 Syrah, and their 2009 Vashoneuf, their red table wine blend. Forget the Three Buck Chuck, and show your sweetie you are so cool that you get your wine direct from the winemaker!

Rack of lamb, saddle of lamb and standing beef rib roasts from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Why not surprise your little lamb chop with some actual lamb chops from Olsen Farms? They’ve got lamb loin chops on sale today just for you. And they’ve got New York steaks on sale, too! Hey, anybody can make reservations and take their honey out for a fancy meal. But you are going to hit a home run this year by cooking that fancy meal yourself, right?!?

Spicy salad mix from Colinwood Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And to keep your in-house, romantic dinner humming along, looking mighty sophisticated, whilst still keeping it easy on you in the kitchen, why not grab a bag of tasty salad mix from Colinwood Farms? They are harvesting it out of their greenhouses this time of year, and it is what your body is craving right now… well, besides the undying gratitude of your dining companion.

Lotsa pies from Deborah's Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

For this one, I recommend that you just don’t tell them that you bought this pie from Deborah’s Homemade Pies. Make pretend you slaved all day making it yourself. Leave some extra dirty bowls about the kitchen and a bit of stray flour here and there. The fact that you didn’t actually make from scratch the best flippin’ pie your little cupcake has ever tasted will just be our little secret.

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

Let’s finish off the night with, um, well, more wine! And hey, why not buy that special someone part of a vineyard? Okay, well, not really. But today is your last chance to get in on Lopez Island VineyardsSiegerrebe Futures.” They are taking preorders for case quantities of their Puget Sound Siegerrebe at $20/bottle, prepaid. This wine will be $25 when released in late March! Also, last call on their 2010 Riesling at $10/bottle – that’s $4 off! Hey, you’ll be serving up fine wine while saving some cash. That shows you can be thoughtful and romantic, while being responsible all at the same time. That makes you a keeper!

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, February 13th: Flowers, Wine, Cheese, Sweets… Sausage!

February 13, 2011

Gorgeous tulips from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, before I get into berating you to not forget your sweetie, mom, cat, dog or parole officer tomorrow, I just have to get a little something off my chest… How ’bout those Egyptians, eh? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been riveted to the international news broadcasts on Channel 28.2 these last few weeks. I fear we Americans too often take for granted what much of the world dreams of having — the right to choose our leaders and say what we want when we want. Maybe watching the brave people of Egypt will remind us not to so easily disregard what is perhaps the most precious right we Americans enjoy: our freedom. So consider this my valentine to the people of Egypt, and a thank you note, too, for reminding us just exactly why we party our American brains out on July 4th every year. Next year, let’s do it on February 11th as well.

Okay, I know I fell better know. So, let’s get to the beratement. You will need flowers for tomorrow, or you will need a comfy couch at your buddy’s house, if he ain’t too busy romancing to open the door to you. Lucky for you, Alm Hill Gardens has flowers. Lots of them. But then, if you are that slacker that shows up to your Ballard Farmers Market at 2:30 p.m. today, you might miss them, because everyone who gets here before you will be thinking the  same thing. I’m just sayin’.

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

Showing up with an award-winning bottle of wine from Lopez Island Vineyards will also be a good career move tomorrow. And Lopez Island Vineyards is right here at your Ballard Farmers Market. Maybe you should try a nice bottle of siegerrebe? It’s made from a German grape that grows well in the Puget Sound appellation, and it has a wonderful grapefruit finish. And best of all, as Brent from Lopez Island taught me, you can remember how to pronounce it by remembering the names “Bob Seger” and “Reba McEntire.” Just say “Seger-Reba”! Folks’ll be really impressed with you, which is, after all, what we’re all going for… to start with anyway… tomorrow.

Seastack cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How about some good cheese? This Seastack from Mt. Townsend Creamery is award-winning, too. In fact, it has won multiple awards. With a nice baguette from Tall Grass Bakery, some of that aforementioned wine, and those flowers, you’ve got the foundation for a very special evening indeed!

Handmade truffles from Hot Cakes. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweets. Get you some sweets, too. Like some of these truffles, or perhaps a molten chocolate cake, from Hot Cakes. Talk about your decadence! If this stuff doesn’t lead to… well, you know, then that nut simply was not for cracking. Besides, you can brag that not only do you know the chocolatier, but that the chocolate she uses is organic, fair trade, and made in Fremont! And the flour in the cake comes from Bluebird Grain Farms. Let’s face it. Local, delicious, fair, organic – they’re all sexy. They show you care. They show you think about what you are doing. Who is not going to love you for that?!?

Artisan sausages straight from the farm at Sea Breeze. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And finally, nothing says “I love you” like sausage from Sea Breeze Farm. Am I right?!? Heck, get two — one for you and one for that special someone — or get one just for you, if you’re on your own tomorrow night. Nothing wrong with giving yourself some love by giving yourself some sausage. And frankly, you can’t go wrong with George’s sausage at Sea Breeze Farm. It comes in various sizes and flavors, with a sausage to please everyone. They can give it to you French-style, Italian, Spanish, Romanian — ooh, Romanian. Now, that’s some good sausage! So stop by Sea Breeze today, and ask them to hook you up with some fresh sausage for you to enjoy with your sweetie tomorrow.

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.

Sunday, January 9th: Bagels, Short Ribs, Kombucha, Tulips & Some Righteous Triticale, Dude!

January 9, 2011

Fresh, chewy bagels from Grateful Bread Bakery. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey kids! We got bagels!!! Woohoo!!!!! After Christmas, we lost two of our three bakeries, leaving us with just Tall Grass, which, mind you, ain’t a bad thing to be left with. But we figured we really need at least two bakeries. Enter: Grateful Bread Bakery from Wedgewood. We enjoyed these guys and their baked goodies all summer at our four seasonal markets, and we’re just tickled pink to be able to add them to our great roster of vendors here at your Ballard Farmers Market. Besides bagels, they also make great bread, cookies, croissants, and other goodies. And if we’re lucky, they’ll have some challah for those French toast emergencies. But what I suggest you do, first and foremost, is pickup some of their bagels, grab some truffled fromage from Mt. Townsend, and some salmon lox from Loki or Cape Cleare, and have yourself a proper Brooklyn-style Sunday brunch. Yeah, baby. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Rack of lamb, saddle of lamb and standing beef rib roasts from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And guess what else? Olsen Farms is having a sale on beef short ribs today — just $5 per pound! Oh, the slow cooked deliciousness! Okay, I know. Those ain’t short ribs in the photo above. Truth be told, I don’t have a photo of Olsen’s short ribs. Sue me! But hey, that is their beef, and some of their lamb, too. Bottom line: all their meat is wünderbar. So, if you are a slacker today and don’t get down here to your Ballard Farmers Market before they sell all of their beef short ribs for $5 per pound, just get something else. You can thank me later.

Kombucha from Communi-Tea. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And here’s some great news. Communi-Tea Kombucha finally worked out its little misunderstanding with the Treasury Department, and now they are a — get this — licensed brewery, and they’re back at your Ballard Farmers Market. Seems the fermentation process for kombucha is a little on the squirrelly side, and the good folks at our federal government spent most of this past summer cracking down on pretty much everyone in America who was making kombucha because during fermentation, the stuff creates alcohol. I am guessing that means they won’t be able to offer you samples of the stuff anymore at the Market, and they’ll probably card you, but you should get some anyway, because it is very, very good for you, and it is alive!

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

Look! Green stuff!!! Yes, you will still find some green things at your Market. In fact, the good folks at Full Circle Farm are working great wizardry and hocus pocus over there in Carnation this time of year, what with their greenhouses and hoops. So come get some sorrel. And maybe some miner’s lettuce. Cuz green things are as rare as sunshine this time of year… unless we’re talking about moss.

Vegetable quiche from Deborah's Homemade Pies. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Real men eat vegetable quiche from Deborah’s Homemade Pies. I mean, dudes, it’s friggin’ pie, man. Really good pie. With eggs. Lots of eggs! Just remember to get one of her sweet pies for dessert, too. You’re welcome, and your manhood is intact.

Fresh cut tulips from Alm Hill. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Tulips in January! Thank you, Alm Hill, for putting a little floral color into our long, cold, gloomy winter. But you’re scratching your head, wondering, “how the heck are they getting tulips to bloom in January?” One word: greenhouses. So grab a dozen stems, why don’t you, and brighten up your day, or someone else’s.

Honey crisp apples from Jerzy Boyz. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Oh, these sure are beautiful honey crisp apples, aren’t they? And tasty, too. I’ve been working on a bag of these babies from Jerzy Boyz this whole past week, ensuring I will keep the doctor away. Pickup your own bag o’apples today!

Whole grains from Nash's. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And finally, the promised righteous triticale, as well as some wheat berries and a bit of rye all grown by Nash’s over on the Olympic Peninsula. I’ve been eating the triticale rolled in a hand mill and cooked like oatmeal. It has a great nutty flavor to it, and I love how it smells when I am cooking it. It reminds me of Wheatena from when I was a kid. Of course, this stuff isn’t all processed like Wheatena — it’s the real deal. I like warming up some jambon in a skillet, and then tossing the two together. Yummers!

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.

Sunday, February 14th: Flowers, Jewelry, Oysters & Spice

February 14, 2010

Gorgeous tulips from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

If you are wondering why I’m leading with flowers today, you definitely need to get down to Ballard Farmers Market to buy some right now, or else plan to spend the next couple of weeks on the couch. Dude. Look at the calendar. It’s Chinese New Year. (Oh, yeah. It’s also Valentine’s Day.) If you are looking for some spectacular colors to warm the heart of that special someone, you need not buy overpriced flowers flown in from South Africa or South America. You can pick up some of these magnificent Whatcom County tulips from Alm Hill Gardens right here at your Ballard Farmers Market.

Black pussy willows from Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

For a little something different, how about these wonderful black pussy willows from Harmony Farm. The pussy willow season is just about over. (Heck, it’s been over in my backyard for two weeks!) But treat these right, and they’ll dry beautifully and spruce up your home for months.

Spectacular wooden earrings from Forestlife Creations. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Dean Robertson knows how to coax the inner beauty out of any piece of wood, and the results are these lovely earrings he calls Forestlife Creations. He makes various kinds of brilliant wooden jewelry that will wow that your valentine. Remember, at Ballard Farmers Market, you can feed your eyes and soul as well as tantalize your taste buds and nourish your body. Support your local farmer and your local artist, and give a unique gift while you’re at it.

Kumumoto oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whether or not oysters are an aphrodisiac, they certainly will perk up your night. Stop by Taylor Shellfish early today for some of these Kumumoto oysters, before Oyster Bill sells out of them, lest, again, your couch becomes your bed.

Several varieties of local paprika from Some Like It Hott! Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Spice up your night with local paprika, too, from Some Like It Hott! Charles Bodony, who grows, dries and smokes chilis to make his paprika in Port Townsend, tells me that he now has the 2009 vintage (yes, his paprika has vintages) alder smoked paprika that weighs in at a whopping seven stars of heat. Stop by to sample some, then bring some home to pep up just about anything.

Five flavors of soup from Got Soup? Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

New this week at your Ballard Farmers Market is Got Soup? Jerry Baxter makes fresh, delicious soups in a variety of flavors from local ingredients every week. Pick up a frozen quart, and bring it home for a simple, yummy, full-body warming meal. This week, look for Crab Bisque, Orange & Cumin Scented Sweet Potato, Cassoulet, and Smoked-Tomato Bisque. You’ll always find vegetarian and vegan options, too. Also new this week is Booth Canyon Orchards from the Methow Valley with D’Anjou pears.

Red cipollini onions from Colinwood Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Port Townsend’s Colinwood Farms returned to your Ballard Farmers Market last week with spicy salad mix, braising greens, lots of beautiful spuds, and these gorgeous, and powerful, red cipollini onions.

Truffles, caramel sauces and molten chocolate cakes from Hot Cakes. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Autumn Martin returned with her Hot Cakes last week, too. Grab a Josephine for a lovely snack while you shop, and pickup some truffles, caramel sauce or some molten chocolate cake to pop in your oven for later. Autumn, who used to be the chocolatier at Fremont’s Theo Chocolates, uses local flours, and chocolate, of course, and even local butter.

Pork rib roasts from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Perhaps you are just looking for a nice piece of meat for Valentine’s Day. How about one of these pork rib roasts from Sea Breeze Farm? The one of the left is even already Frenched for you.  And if you are really lucky, you might still be able to get a reservation for Valentine’s Day dinner by Chef Meredith Molli at La Boucherie, Sea Breeze Farm’s own restaurant, on Vashon Island. The menu looks amazing!

Some of the bowls up for grabs at "Empty Bowls," a fundraiser for Ballard Food Bank and the Seattle Animal Shelter. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for Ballard Food Bank and the Seattle Animal Shelter. The idea is that you donate $10 for a soup and bread dinner, and you get to keep the bowl your meal comes in. The bowls are made and donated by dozens of local artists and just plain folks. And there are some particularly spectacular bowls from top local artists that will be sold in a silent auction. You can see just a sampling of the bowls up for grabs in the photo above. The event itself takes place at the Ballard Community Center on Saturday, February 27th.

A group from Seattle Flickr Meetups photographing the Ballard Farmers Market on February 7th. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ballard Farmers Market is always photogenic, as evidenced by a visit from the Seattle Flickr Meetups group last Sunday. Some of these folks have cameras older than mine… that use film! Actually, I think there was a camera there that was older than me.

And remember, your Ballard Farmers Market is chock full of all sorts of goodness for  your kitchen, from meat, seafood, poultry, cheese, to all sorts of fruits and veggies, baked goods, sauces, confections, fresh-cut flowers and fresh milled flours, plants for the garden, wild mushrooms, and on and on. For a fuller accounting of what you’ll find at the Market today, go to “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.