Posts Tagged ‘vendor’

Boistfort Valley Farm Returns To Ballard

June 28, 2009
Valerie Rose of Boistfort Valley Farm holds up some of their beautiful Red Oakleaf and Salad Bowl lettuce. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Valerie Rose of Boistfort Valley Farm holds up some of their beautiful Red Oakleaf and Salad Bowl lettuce. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Boistfort Valley Farm is back at Ballard Farmers Market for another season. You know, people ask me all the time where Boistfort Valley Farm is. I try to be as straight-faced as possible when I reply to them, “It’s in Boistfort Valley.” Eventually, I have to tell them it’s near Chehalis, but basically, it is in the valley swamped by water and mud in December 2007, a not-so-natural disaster that played a key role in the unseating of our former Commissioner of Public Lands. Boistfort Valley Farm kinda became the poster farm of that disaster.

Boistfort Valley bok choi and tatsoi. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Boistfort Valley bok choi and tatsoi. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

But really, Boistfort Valley is best known for growing some of the best produce available anywhere. One area the farm specializes in is Asian greens, like the bok choi and tatsoi above. They also have much sought after Asian broccoli. And eight kinds of lettuce, two of which are displayed by the lovely Valerie, above, as well as red, Easter egg and Shunko radishes, Italian dandelion greens, red chard, strawberries, fresh herbs, kohlrabi, cilantro — the list seems almost endless.

Kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family, is a staple of some Eastern European diets. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family, is a staple of some Eastern European diets. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Be sure to stop by Boistfort Valley Farm’s stall, along the sidewalk at the 22nd Avenue end of the Market and welcome them back. And maybe pick up a bag of sugar snap peas, while you’re at it.

Growing Things Farm

May 31, 2009
Michaele Blakely of Growing Things showing off her prized eggs. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Michaele Blakely of Growing Things showing off her prized eggs. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

 

Michaele Blakely farms under the farm name, Growing Things, in Carnation, where for years she has produced some of the best eggs and chickens around. She has been a pioneer in pastured egg and poultry production locally, not to mention a champion and advocate for family farms and farmers markets here. Did you know that before the farmers at Fremont Sunday Market moved to Ballard some ten years ago, Michaele managed the farmers market component of the Fremont Market. She has served on the King County Agriculture Commission, the King County Farmers Market Health Regulation Task Force, and numerous statewide boards serving family farms and farmers markets.

Michaele Blakely's special blend of greens make Growing Thing's spicy salad mix unique. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Michaele Blakely's special blend of greens make Growing Thing's spicy salad mix unique. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Blakely also grows a wide variety of vegetables and greens. She is famous for her beautiful baby summer squash, and she even makes jams and soaps. She is a farmer who likes to do it all. So stop by and visit Michaele, who sets up mid-market on the sidewalk side, say hi, thank you, and try out some of those amazing eggs.

Beautiful eggs at Growing Things. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Beautiful eggs at Growing Things. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Summer Run Farm & Empire Ice Cream Return

May 9, 2009

Summer Run Farm and Empire Ice Cream are returning to Ballard Farmers Market on Sunday, May 10th after their respective winter hiatuses.

Summer Run, from Carnation, is renowned for its spectacular lettuces, not to mention a broad range of other crops, from radishes to green beans to broccoli to potatoes, all of which will grace the farm’s tables as the year progresses.

Empire Ice Cream is not only a stickler for using fresh, local ingredients, right down to the sugar it sources from Idaho sugar beets, but these guys are also the mad scientists of ice cream, setting the bar high for all those ice cream making artists that now follow in their footsteps. This week, Empire Ice Cream promises the following flavors:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Fresh Mint wth Theo Chocolate
  • Chocolate Ice Cream with Nibs (again, featuring Theo Chocolate)
  • Candied Bacon with Hazelnuts (with Skagit River Bacon and Holmquist Hazelnuts
  • Rhubarb Oolong Sorbet

Fresh Washington Salmon & Halibut!!!

May 3, 2009

 

Always colorful and full of character, the Wilson Fish crew entertains while they sling excellent fish from the Washington coast. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Always colorful and full of character, the Wilson Fish crew entertains while they sling excellent fish from the Washington coast. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The Washington coastal fishing season opened on Friday, May 1st, and that means Wilson Fish should have beautiful and delicious fresh king salmon and halibut at Ballard Farmers Market today, Sunday, May 3rd.

If you have never had some of Wilson’s fresh fish, you must try it. In most cases, the day you buy it from them is the day after they caught it. Unless you caught it yourself, this is a fresh as it gets. And when you compare their quality and price to that at grocery stores selling fish sent down from Alaska, you will see that the fish at Wilson Fish is not just delicious, it’s a steal of a deal.

Support your local fisher at the Ballard Farmers Market.