Grapeseed Oil, Basil & Cabbage? I Bet We Could Make Something Out Of That!

Just a sampling of the grapeseed oil flavors offer by Apres Vin at Wallingford Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. Wallingford Farmers Market welcomed Apres Vin, and its delicious Washington grapeseed oils, on Wednesday, June 24th. But if you missed the market, you missed them, too. Apres Vin presses the residual grapeseeds leftover from making wine in Prosser, Washington, and they make cooking oils and flour out of them. Both the oils and the flours are wine-grape varietal specific, and like their wine counterparts, they contain the flavor characteristics of the different grapes. Plus, Apres Vin infuses the oils with various flavorings, from pepper to lime to smoke to give them an extra special quality. They offer tasting samples, so you can find your favorite(s).

Apres Vin is partnered with Sound Bites, Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Apres Vin has partnered with Sound Bites at the Market, which makes perfect sense, as Sound Bites uses Apres Vin products in every one of their own products. In other words, you have been enjoying Apres Vin products now for months without even knowing it!

Gorgeous cauliflower at Summer Run. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Honestly, have you ever seen cauliflower look like this in the big box grocery stores? Heck, no. This stuff has character and beauty, not to mention actual flavor. And it isn't wrapped in plastic for its journey from Mexico or Arizona, because it was harvested, well, yesterday in East King County.

Anyone who says they don't like beets has never met these beauties. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of beautiful vegetables, check out these beets from Full Circle Farm. You know, when President Obama said he didn't want beets planted in the White House garden because he doesn't like them, I thought, besides the fact that that sends a bad message to his two daughters, it is clear to me that he likely has never been fed good beets like these, or had them prepared well. Maybe we should invite him out to Wallingford Farmers Market and have one of our great chefs demonstrate for him how to properly cook beets in a way that he will like.

Even the cabbage at Wallingford Farmers Market is winning beauty contests. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cabbage is another one of those vegetables that sometimes gets a bad wrap, but how can anyone not like creatures as spectacular as these Napa cabbages from Full Circle. Just imagine the tasty braise, the lovely, light soup or the peppy kimchi to be made from this stuff. Yummers.

Amen. It's basil season. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And just the thought of this basil from Alm Hill is enough to put some folks into a lather. The list of applications of this magnificent herb seems endless. Oh, summer, glorious summer. Thank you for basil.

Brilliant Sidhu berries. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And berries. Thank you, summer, for berries, like these from Sidhu Farms.

So, did you really miss the Wallingford Farmers Market on June 24th? Really? More berries for me, I guess, but you had better come get yours next time.