August 5th: Forecast -- Pleasant! Get Out To The Market And Enjoy It!

Watermelons from Ayala Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. Yes, it is safe to come out of your cool basement, your air conditioned office, Green Lake, or wherever you were cooling off this time last week and visit the Wallingford Farmers Market. In fact, it has cooled down enough that you can think again about cooking indoors. We will have a great cooking demonstration from Chef Jason Brzozwy, the Sous Chef at Tilth Restaurant, at 4 p.m. today to help you remember how to cook indoors. And sure, we still have plenty of cooling summer treats like these watermelons above from Ayala Farms.

Olsen Farms spud nuts come in three sizes. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

But why not think about treating yourself to an indoor-cooked meal that might include some of these spud nuts from Olsen Farms. Of course, spud nuts are small enough that they cook well wrapped in foil on the barby. Or, you could pick up some fresh pasta from Pasteria Lucchese or La Pasta, as steaming up the kitchen is tolerable again. Pick up some broccoli, bacon, smoked salmon, fresh shelling peas, tomatoes, eggplant, or what else sounds good to you with pasta, too. And don't forget the bread from Tall Grass or Panzanella. Oh, and please vote for Wallingford Markets Market as your favorite farmers market in the American Farmland Trust poll. Just enter "Wallingford" into the search field.

Alvarez peppers. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

'Tis the season to start having fun with peppers, too. Alvarez already has lots of them, but they will have so many more as the coming weeks progress.

Pickling dill from Alm Hill. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It is also pickling season, and Alm Hill has a good supply of pickling dill and cukes now, as does Stoney Plains. The cukes can also be found at Ayala, Alvarez, Lyall and Magana.

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

Tomatillos can be found throughout the market today, meaning it is also fresh salsa season. Just look at these beauties from Full Circle. Alm Hill, Alvarez and others have them, too. And don't forget the tomatoes, which can be found just about everywhere in the Market now.

Shiro plums from ACMA. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

More and more fruit keeps rolling into the Market every week. Plums are really rocking right now. Check out these gorgeous Japanese shiro plums from ACMA.

For a full list of what is fresh and in season at your Wallingford Farmers Market, click on "What's Fresh Now!" in the upper right-hand corner.