June 10th: It's Strawberry-Palooza! (And A Lot Of Other Yummy Stuff)

It's strawberry season. Not the strawberry season you find year-round at those big-box grocery stores, where they import mealy-white, tasteless berries from wherever in the world strawberries happen to sort of be in season, but Washington strawberry season -- the best strawberry season on earth, where the berries were picked this morning just a few miles away from the Market, and they are sweet and juicy, and you can taste the differences between each different variety that each farmer grows.

Today, we have strawberries from many farms. Of course, Tiny's, Alm Hill and Collins have had them for a couple of weeks now. But today, we welcome back Hayton Berry Farms, Jessie's Berries and Sidhu Farms with strawberries, and Stoney Plains should have them, too.

Burlatt cherries from ACMA Orchards. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And it is also cherry season in Washington, now, with the first early cherries -- Burlatts, Chelans and Chinooks -- being brought in by ACMA Orchards, Collins and Lyall Farms.

In the vegetable department, you'll find peas, broccoli, fava beans, chard, rhubarb, fennel, radishes, beets, turnips, lettuce and more. Stoney Plains even hopes to have the first green beans of the season today. And don't forget salmon and halibut, fresh from the Washington coast from Wilson Fish. And they have smoked salmon again, too. Olsen Farms has you covered in the beef, lamb and potatoes department, and Sea Breeze has fresh, dry-aged beef now, too.

Panzanella is back with bread this week, and Mt. Townsend Creamery can finally get across the new Hood Canal Bridge from Port Townsend with their wonderful cheese again today. Don't forget to pick up some fresh cream from Golden Glen Creamery for those strawberries today, too.

Chef Seth Caswell performing a cooking demonstration at Wallingford Farmers Market in 2008. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chef Seth Caswell, president of the Seattle Chefs Collaborative, will be performing a cooking demonstration at the Market today from 4-5 p.m. Come check him out here one last time before we lose him to his soon to open restaurant, Emmer & Rye, in Belltown.