It's August, or as we call it, Peak Season at your Wallingford Farmers Market. All of your favorite summer deliciousness is flooding into the Market now. And speaking of deliciousness, Sous Chef Jason Brzozowy from Tilth will perform a cooking demonstration at 4 p.m. today to give you some great ideas of how to enjoy the fresh, local bounty of the Market.
Melons are in. You heard me right! Cantaloupes have arrived from Alvarez Organic Farms. Sweet, juicy and full of flavor, they are ready to eat straight, juice and put in salads and salsas. Yeah, baby! And Alvarez has tomatillos now, too!
Eggs are back! Not many of them, but at least some. You'll find them at Jessie's Berries, but get there early, as they will sell out fast. And don't forget to pickup some of their great berries while you are at it.
Treviso radichhio is not just a handsome vegetable, it is delicious, too. And I just love it bathed in that golden smoky sunlight on Sunday at Full Circle Farm in Ballard. Radicchio is a wonderful family of bitter greens with many applications, and Treviso in particular is the sweetest of them, especially sweetening up when sauteed, though still maintaining its nice bite. I like it with the salty, smokiness of bacon from Olsen Farms, which balances out its bitterness perfectly, and sides terrificly with a nice steak. Yummers!
Artichokes, like these beauties from Summer Run, are great steamed, grilled, worked into sauces and dips -- heck, the Romans use them in myriad ways. So enjoy local artichoke season while you can. You won't find them fresher.
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.