July 15th: Chef Allyss Dillon, Corn, Coho & Pluots

Chef Allyss Dillon, from Elemental Next Door, at the Wallingford Farmers Market in 2008. Photo copyright 2008 by Zachary D. Lyons. Chef Allyss Dillon from Elemental Next Door will be performing a cooking demonstration today at  4 p.m. at Wallingford Farmers Market. Allyss is another of our amazingly talented chefs in Wallingford who actually cooks on the same little butane burners in the restaurant that we use at the market. (And I promise to update this blog with many new chef recipes before Sunday.)

The season's first corn, from Family Pepper. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

No, this is not a file photo. This is fresh sweet corn from Family Pepper at our Madrona market last Friday. It will be at Wallingford today, along with corn from Lyall, Magana, and maybe Alvarez. Woohoo! Corn season!!!

Fresh, whole coho salmon from Wilson Fish. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And woohoo! Coho salmon season, too! Just look at these bright beauties from Wilson Fish. Throw them on the barby with some of that corn, some summer squash and sweet onions, and maybe a couple of thick-skinned tomatoes, like romas, and you've got dinner, baby.

First of the season pluots from Tiny's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And don't forget dessert, like perhaps some of these fresh pluots from Tiny's Organic Produce. They also have Arctic Star nectarines new this week, and Lapin cherries. Oh, and if you are wondering to yourself what the difference is between pluots and apriums, here's the short and skinny on them. Both are hybrids of plums and apricots. Pluots have more plum genes, and apriums have more apricot genes -- something you can kinda figure out just by looking at them, but now you know it for sure.

Anywho, we'll see you at the Wallingford Farmers Market this afternoon!