Raspberries, Squash Blossoms, Chocolate Mousse & Chef Dustin

If you missed the Wallingford Farmers Market on June 17th, you missed the first raspberries of the season at both Alm Hill and Sidhu. Yes, it seems our seasons did a major flip on us, and now, instead of things being weeks late, they are coming on early, and that includes raspberries. I am trying to remember the last time we had strawberries, raspberries and cherries all filling the markets by mid-June, and honestly, I cannot.

Alvarez Organic Farms squash blossoms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Another entrée into the Market this week was squash blossoms. Just look at these beauties from Alvarez. They are just begging to be stuffed and fried.

Emily from Summer Run stands proudly behind her lovely display. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

As if the great food isn't enough to bring me back to the Market every week, I also love just how beautiful it all is, and how creatively our farmers display it. Summer Run is one farm that has always set a gorgeous display of abundance. And just check out Summer Run's cascading display of peas.

Summer Run's pea display looks as if they are just waiting to pour into your shopping bag for the trip home. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of great displays, Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table was up to his usual display of antics during his cooking demonstration. I think he made enough salad to feed the whole neighborhood.

Chef Dustin Ronspies of Art of the Table carefully poaching salmon during his cooking demonstration on June 17th. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Stoney Plains had the first green beans of the season -- the highly prized French harricot verts, a very thin, dark green bean with a bold flavor and a nice crunch.

Stoney Plains harricot vert green beans, which for those who speak both French and English is redundant. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Full Circle Farm proudly displayed some precious gold roots on the 17th -- golden beets and yellow carrots.

Full Circle Farms golden beets and yellow carrots. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And Pasteria Lucchese introduced us to their latest creation -- Hot Chili Pepper Chocolate Mousse, or chocolate elephant, as I liked to call it as a child. Oh, baby, is this stuff good.

Hot Chili Pepper Chocolate Mousse from Pasteria Lucchese. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The goodness keeps on rolling into Wallingford Farmers Market, whether or not you make it here. Don't miss another week, lest your neighbors enjoy all the deliciousness without you.