Wednesday, July 7th: Now It's Summer!

Like clockwork, the calendar turned July 5th, and the sun came out. This is a true Seattle summer, but at least it is all summer from here on out. And by now, I trust you have cleaned up the debris and the mess from the parties you hosted on Sunday for all of your friends and family who are unfortunate enough to have to live in another neighborhood. And were you like us market manager types, waiting for the rain to break on Sunday so you could at least light you charcoal? Oy! Well, let's celebrate summer, eh? And let's start with some peaches -- Sugartime peaches, in fact, from Collins Family Orchards.

Now that summer is, in fact, here, it is here with a vengeance. And that means grilling weather. And that means steaks! Just look at these beautiful, grass-fed beef ribeye steaks from Olsen Farms searing in the pan during Chef Seth Caswell's cooking demonstration last year. Don't you wish you could penetrate the computer's screen with a knife and fork right about now? I know I do!

Also perfect for cooking on the grill in this weather are summer squash and onions from Alvarez Organic Farms. They have something like 8-10 varieties of summer squash right now, and several kinds of onions. Talk about a simple meal. In fact, once we got our Weber's cranking on Sunday, we cooked up a whole lot of their squash and onions, as well as alder smoking a whole lot of amazing king salmon from Wilson Fish. God Bless America, indeed!

It is berry-palooza now, too! More kinds of berries are showing up every week. This week's entry is loganberries from Jessie's Berries. I am thinking these would be mighty fine with some fresh heavy cream from Golden Glen Creamery, wouldn't you?

And how about some green beans? Yup. 'Tis their season now, too. Lyall Farms won the green beans sweepstakes this year with the season's first. They grow them in hot, sunny Sunnyside, which always puts them a little ahead in the game.

Of course, this is just a highlighting of what you will find today for your weekend festivities, and for the rest of the week. 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.