Posts Tagged ‘winter squash’

Sunday, November 9th: Spuds, Sprouts, Crans, Shrooms, Gourds, Souse & Kippers.

November 8, 2014
Cranberries on the bush at Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm. Photo courtesy Bloom Creek.

Cranberries on the bush at Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm. Photo courtesy Bloom Creek.

Looking for fresh, local cranberries? You’ll find them from Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm right here at your Ballard Farmers Market! Picked from these lovely cranberry bushes at the peak of ripeness, they will make for the best cranberry sauce ever this Thanksgiving, or great muffins and breads. And are you still looking for a Thanksgiving turkey direct from a local farm, and you worry they are all already spoken for? Fear not! Growing Things Farm still has some turkeys available for you. Stop by and visit them at the 22nd Ave end of the Market today and reserve yours!

Shiitake mushrooms from Sno-Valley Mushrooms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Shiitake mushrooms from Sno-Valley Mushrooms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Sno-Valley Mushrooms has returned to your Ballard Farmers Market just in time for all of your fall feasts. They grow their wonderful shiitakeoyster and lion’s mane mushrooms in a state-of-the-art facility in Duvall, right here in King County, and they bring them to you when they are perfect. So get  your mushroom on now!

Mountain Rose potatoes from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Mountain Rose potatoes from Olsen Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

With all your hearty fall recipes and big holiday feasts, you need potatoes. All kinds of potatoes. Lucky for you, Olsen Farms grows all kinds of potatoes. In fact, they grow a couple dozen varieties of potatoes, from the perfect bakers to the perfect roasters. From the perfect fryers to the perfect mashers. From spuds that hold up in stews to spuds that break down for the perfect soups. Have a particular recipes you wish to make, and wondering what potato is the right choice for it? Just ask them!

Naturally-fermented pickles from Britt's Pickles at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Naturally-fermented pickles from Britt’s Pickles at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Britt’s Pickles has returned to your Ballard Farmers Market with their naturally barrel-fermented pickles and kimchis. They offer a great selection of flavors, from hot to mild to curried and more! Grab a jar or three for your holiday parties, or to bring with you to someone else’s party.

Sugar Pie pumpkins and delicata squash from Kirsop Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Sugar Pie pumpkins and delicata squash from Kirsop Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you met Kirsop Farm yet? Kirsop is the newest farm to join the vendor ranks here at your Ballard Farmers Market. The farm is located in Tumwater, and it was founded back in 1996. It is renowned for producing some of the finest certified organic veggies in Washington. Stop by for some of these yummy Sugar Pie pumpkins and delicata winter squash to warm up your kitchen, your belly and your soul!

Brussels sprouts from Nash's Organic Produce at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Brussels sprouts from Nash’s Organic Produce at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Nash’s Organic Produce is rocking the organic Brussels sprouts now. And this should be an epic year for the Brussels. I can’t wait to get me some today and cook them with some Sea Breeze Farm bacon and One Leaf Farm shallots. Woohoo!

Smoked king salmon from Wilson Fish at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Smoked king salmon from Wilson Fish at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

And maybe we’re beyond fresh local king salmon season, but we can still enjoy smoked king salmon from Wilson Fish during the cold, dark, wet months. Add it to pasta dishes, salads, soups. Or just enjoy it on its own, or on a slice of Tall Grass Bakery baguette with some fromage blanc from Mt. Townsend Creamery. You will not find better smoked king salmon anywhere!

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.

For Sunday, November 2nd: Fall Back 1 Hour, Local Albacore Tuna, Rutabagas, Heirloom Apples, Beautiful Broccoli, Award-Winning Ales & We Welcome Kirsop Farm!

October 31, 2014
Rutabagas from Boistfort Valley Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Rutabagas from Boistfort Valley Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Don’t forget to set you clocks back Saturday night! And that means it’s baga season, baby! Yes, the food of our people — the Scandinavians and Irish who built Ballard — is here again to sustain us through the cold, dark, wet months. These beautiful rutabagas are from Boistfort Valley Farm in, you guessed it, Boistfort Valley. I love them steamed and mashed with a good butter as a side dish at Thanksgiving, and I toss them in the pot with my corned beef on St. Paddy’s Day. What my Irish kin still call “turnips” or “Swedes” over on the Emerald Isle are a root that is much more dense than a turnip, with a distinct flavor. They take longer to cook, but they hold up well in wet cooking. And they’re gorgeous! (Oh, and don’t forget to scroll down to see our midweek post for even more news on this week’s localiciousness at your Ballard Farmers Market.)

Local albacore tuna loins from Fishing Vessel St. Jude at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons..

Local albacore tuna loins from Fishing Vessel St. Jude at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons..

It’s the first Sunday of November this week, and that means local albacore tuna from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. This sashimi-grade tuna is blast frozen at sea to preserve flavor and freshness. It is younger albacore from the North Pacific, meaning it is higher in beneficial  omega-fatty acids and lowering in heavy metals than tuna from the tropics. Get it in frozen loins, like above, or canned, dried or smoked. If you get the canned, don’t pour off the juices. Those are the natural juices of the tuna, not added oils or water. In other words, that is pure flavor you’d be draining off! And trust me, this is the best canned tuna you’ve ever tasted.

Winter squash from Kirsop Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter squash from Kirsop Farm at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Please welcome the newest farm in our vendor ranks at your Ballard Farmers Market: Kirsop Farm. While they’ve sold at our markets in Wallingford and Madrona for the past two years, this week marks the first time they will be at your Ballard Farmers Market. But they’ve been at this organic farming business going on 20 years. Based in Tumwater, Washington, they grow some of the most beautiful produce in Washington, and we are very excited to have them here. We’re certain you will be just as excited as we are, once you meet them and try out their deliciousness!

Prairie Spy apples from Booth Canyon Orchard at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Prairie Spy apples from Booth Canyon Orchard at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

The Prairie Spy apples was introduced by the University of Minnesota back in 1940, one of the earliest varieties produced there. It is one of the sweeter varieties of apples, good for eating right off the core or cooking. It is just one of the many interesting varieties of apples and pears offered currently by Booth Canyon Orchard at your Ballard Farmers Market.

Broccoli in the field at Alm Hill Gardens. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Broccoli in the field at Alm Hill Gardens. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

With our cooler, wetter weather, broccoli is rocking tables through your Ballard Farmers Market right now. It is, after all, the good food that’s good for you, right? And ain’t it nice to get to adulthood and realize you actually really like broccoli? I sometimes toss it with some bacon, garlic, chile flakes and fusilli for one simple, yet primo pasta dish. This beautiful broccoli is in the field up at Growing Washington at Alm Hill Gardens. Why not get your broccoli on today?

Award-winning ales from Propolis Brewing at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Award-winning ales from Propolis Brewing at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Propolis Brewing won Best Belgian-style Ale from Sip Northwest in their 2014 Best of the Northwest issue, on newsstands now. “At Sip Northwest, we like to think we are advocates of local,” said Erin James, managing editor of Sip Publishing, publishers of Sip Northwest. “Through this extensive and taxing process of blind tasting, we have found varying results over the past three years that give us even more producers and people to cover and celebrate in the Northwest. It’s very eye-opening to the amazing beverages being produced in our region, and we hope it serves as a shopping list for our readers.” Stop by and try some of their great ales for yourself this week at your Ballard Farmers Market.

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, October 12th: Hawaiian Apples, Ozette Potatoes, Wildflower Honey, Heirloom Pears & More!

October 11, 2014
Hawaiian apples from Tiny's Organic Produce at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Hawaiian apples from Tiny’s Organic at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Hundreds of varieties of apples grown here in Washington. But for some reason, I always get a kick out of when these Hawaiian apples from Tiny’s Organic arrive each fall. I mean, it’s fall! Not exactly Hawaiian weather around here. All those old English and New York varieties make more sense to me. But hey, if we’ve learned anything in this state, it is: if it grows, someone will grow it. So give them a try. They are crisp, firm and sweet… a good eating apple! (And don’t forget to check our Wednesday post for even more info about today’s Market.)

Celery and celeriac (celery root) from Boistfort Valley Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Celery and celeriac (celery root) from Boistfort Valley Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Celery root and celery from Boistfort Valley Farm. Yes, they are different beasts, though they are closely related and similarly flavored. Celery root, also known as celeriac, is not actually just the root of common celery. It is actually bred specifically for its root. See, while celery is rather fibrous and crunchy raw, and holds up in cooking, celery root will get nice and soft, making it great for soups, purees, mashes and broths. And you’ll need plenty of both for your favorite fall recipes.

Ozette potatoes from Alvarez Organic Farms at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Ozette potatoes from Alvarez Organic Farms at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

The Ozette potato is the closest thing to a native potato that we have here in Washington. See, potatoes originated in South America, and all but a handful travelled to Europe before being brought to North America by European settlers. But a few varieties travelled up the West Coast with the Spanish in the 1790s, during their brief attempt at colonization here, long before Lewis and Clark ever arrived. The Spanish established one outpost at Neah Bay amidst the Makah Nation in 1791, and it only took two Northwest winters for them to give up and sail back down to California in 1793. They left this potato behind. So eat a bit of Washington history. These Ozettes from Alvarez Organic Farms are great steamed and mashed with a good butter, but I like to toss them with some camelina oil from Ole World Oils, and hit them with a nice, course sea salt and maybe some thyme, and then roast them in a 425 degree oven until they are nice and crunchy on the outside. Nummers.

Fireweed honey with a hint of blackberry from Golden Harvest Bee Ranch at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Fireweed honey with a hint of blackberry from Golden Harvest Bee Ranch at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Tom tells me that really, this honey from Golden Harvest Bee Ranch is mostly fireweed honey, with just a hint of blackberry, despite the label. (See, honey bees do not simply follow orders and only pollinate one flower species at a time.) So, if you like a nice, big local wildflower honey, stop by for some of this stuff today!

Clara Frijs pears from Booth Canyon Orchard at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Clara Frijs pears from Booth Canyon Orchard at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Meet Clara Frijs pears from Booth Canyon Orchard in the Methow Valley. Danish in origins, they date back to the 1850s, and they are an excellent dessert pear. They will keep for up to a month, are not messy eaters, have a great texture, and they are delicious!

Rainbow chard from Nash's Organic Produce at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Rainbow chard from Nash’s Organic Produce at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Nash’s Organic Produce is rocking the rainbow chard right now, and few things are as comforting on a crisp fall night than some wilted chard tossed with garlic. And just look at how gorgeous it is right now! Seriously, this epic year for weather and produce has, in the case of rainbow chard, manifested itself in the most spectacular leaf color I’ve ever seen on chard.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet  potatoes from Lyall Farms return today to your Ballard Farmers Market. Now, it’s really fall, am I right? I kinda like roasting them in a hot oven with parsnips. Yeah, baby.

English shelling peas from Growing Things Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

English shelling peas from Growing Things Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Another pleasant anomaly in this spectacular year that is 2014 is the reemergence of peas this fall. We saw Boistfort Valley Farm return with snow peas recently, and now Growing Things Farm has a new crop of English shelling peas. And sure, the pods may not be the prettiest. But the peas they hold inside are some of the best shelling peas I have ever tasted!

Winter squash from Summer Run at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter squash from Summer Run Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

We finish this installment with a lovely collection of winter squash and pie pumpkins from Carnation’s Summer Run Farm. Did you know that you can eat the skins of many winter squashes? Delicata, for instance, has edible skin when oven roasted, or when you pan roast thin slices of it. No need to cut the skin off or scoop it out. And don’t forget to roast those seeds!

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.

Wednesday, October 8th: Award-Winning Ale, Little Local Kiwis, Aptly Named Pumpkins & Lovely Lamb Sausage!

October 8, 2014
Award-winning Belgian-style ales from Propolis Brewing at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Award-winning Belgian-style ales from Propolis Brewing at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

The awards just keep rolling in for Port Townsend’s Propolis Brewing.  Sip Northwest Magazine just named Propolis Brewing’s Spruce Saison the best Belgian-style ale of 2014. Stop by today to sample their current seasonal flavors and experience the award-winning flavor for yourself!

Hardy kiwis from Green Water Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Hardy kiwis from Green Water Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

These adorable little guys are hardy kiwis from Green Water Farm. Most folks think of kiwis as coming from the other side of the globe, like New Zealand, but these kiwis have been bred to thrive in our cool, damp Northwest climate. When they develop that nice red hue like on the top one in the photo above, they are incredibly sweet, and the greener ones are quite tart. They will only be around for a few more weeks, so enjoy them while you can!

Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm are aptly named. Not only do they come with a stunning lacy skin that makes them quite beautifully ornamental while you are waiting to use them, but they have some of the tastiest, smoothest flesh of all pie pumpkins. Give them a try!

Lamb sausage from Glendale Shepherd at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Lamb sausage from Glendale Shepherd at your Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

You know Glendale Shepherd for their amazing fresh sheep yogurt and incredible sheep cheeses. And now, they are offering lamb sausage, too! For sale in bulk packs, they offer their lamb sausage plain, as a lamb garlic sausage, and chorizo lamb sausage. Enjoy!

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.