July 29th: Chef Dennis Ruiz from Pequena Havana, Melons, Gooseberries, New Hummus Flavors & Lots Of Other Ways to Avoid Heating Up Your Kitchen

Jose from Alvarez Organic Farms holding just three varieties of their melons. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. It's hot. In fact, today it is as hot as it has ever been in Seattle since we started tracking such things. So, at the Wallingford Farmers Market, we say, if you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Come to the Market for fresh, local meal ideas that require no heating, or can be cooked outdoors. Check out these melons from Alvarez Organic Farms. Besides just cutting a wedge off of one, or six, and burying your face it in, you can also add these to savory salads with greens and basil for a no-heat-necessary dinner. Of course, the Market has plenty for the grill, too, from Wilson Fish, Olsen Farms and Sea Breeze, and heck, you can always add some fish or meat to your lovely melon salad, right?

Two new flavors of hummus from Sound Bites. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You can also grab some bread from Panzanella or Tall Grass, or crackers from Sound Bites, and spread some of Sound Bites new hummus on it. They have added two new flavors: honey mustard and pepper bacon-esque. And we'll have a cooking demonstration by Chef Dennis Ruiz from Pequena Havana at 4 p.m. today, too. Chef Ruiz is from Cuba, so he is used to cooking in hot weather. Let him teach you a few of his tricks of the trade.

Gooseberries from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you ever had a gooseberry before? They are amazing. They are juicy and sweet, with the texture of a grape and the flavor of a kiwi. Full Circle has them now, and they, too, are great cold -- in a salad or by themselves. Oh, and we will have plenty of cold water around today, not to mention Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company with plenty of ice cream bars.

Sungold cherry tomatoes from Alm Hill. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

My accupunturist says tomatoes, salads, melons and so on are "cooling foods." If that's the case, I am definitely going to be stocking up on these Sungold cherry tomatoes from Alm Hill today. I love these puppies. They are incredibly sweet, low-acid and just plain delicious. I eat 'em like candy. Sure, I'll toss them in a salad, too, if they last that long. Carrots are cooling foods, too, and just check out these white carrots from Full Circle...

White carrots from Full Circle Farm are good food in our extreme heat. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Green beans will even do the trick, you know. I mean, just look at these beauties from Summer Run. They're like a waterfall of cool mountain runoff, right?

A cascade of green beans from Summer Run. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey, it's all about thinking cool thoughts, after all... and eating cooling foods. If you are looking for more cooling foods, ask one of us at your Wallingford Farmers Market today. We can point you in the right direction. And we'll even mist you, if you're nice to us. See you at the Market.