Wednesday, May 19th: Welcome Back Wallingford!

Woo-hoo! Finally, after its long slumber through the dark, cold, wet months, your Wallingford Farmers Market is back for another glorious -- and delicious -- season. We've got all sorts of surprises in store for you, from new vendors to great cooking demonstrations to a different layout for the entire Market. Yep, instead setting up around the elbow of the Wallingford Center parking lot, the market will reside entirely in the southern part of the lot. That frees up a few more parking spaces during the market for Wallingford Center merchant customers. (Which reminds me: please be kind to our gracious hosts at Wallingford Center and avoid parking in their lot unless you plan to shop there, too. Instead, try walking or peddling to Market, or park on the street.  Thanks!)

Chef Rachel Yang, of Joule Restaurant, will kickoff our cooking demonstration series for 2010 today at 4 p.m. with another one of her informative, entertaining and delicious cooking demonstrations. Did you know that Rachel competed on the Food Network's Iron Chef this past winter? As modest and approachable as she is, she is indeed one of Seattle's culinary rock stars.

You will find many familiar faces at your Wallingford Farmers Market this season, including: Wilson Fish, arriving today with fresh, Washington-coastal king salmon, halibut and rockfish; Alvarez Organic Farms with asparagus; Full Circle Farm, Stoney Plains and Summer Run with lots of greens, radishes, herbs, lettuce, and more; Tall Grass Bakery; Ia's Garden, Pa Garden and The Old Farmer with flowers and veggies; Olsen Farms with spuds, beef, pork and lamb; Whidbey Island Ice Cream and Zaw Pizza; Pasteria Lucchese and La Pasta; Golden Glen Creamery and more!

You will also find a number of new vendors, including: Firely Kitchens with kimchi, sauerkraut and other fermented deliciousness; Cascadian Edible Landscapes with local, indigenous plants for your garden; Sweet As Can Bee honey, pollen and bees wax candles; Jonboy Caramels; Marilyn's Nut Butters and Wedgewood's Grateful Bread Baking, with breads, pastries, cookies and bagels.

And now you can not only follow your Wallingford Farmers Market on this blog, but also on Facebook and Twitter. Become a Facebook fan and a Twitter follower today!

There is still plenty of other stuff just waiting for you at your Wallingford Farmers Market this week. For a full accounting of what you will find, click on “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.