Wednesday, August 11th: Early Apples, Ripe Melons, Many Tomatoes, Eggplant O'Plenty & More Sweet Corn!

Early season apples are here! Check out these Shamrock apples from Tiny's. I am not sure whether they're called shamrock because of their lovely green hue, or because it is magical that they appear to us in early August. Either way, they are perfect for accompanying you on that late summer hike. By the way, I'd like to ask a favor of you. Our sister market, Ballard Farmers Market, is currently in fourth place in national voting in the 2010 America's Favorite Farmers Market Contest by American Farmland Trust, out of 6,132 markets! I know many of you Wallingford faithful also visit us in Ballard on Sundays. We'd really appreciate your vote for Ballard, for the pride of Seattle. Thanks!

Melons are in at your Wallingford Farmers Market, too. I know there are some of us who fight our way through the cold, dark, wet months of winter solely because we know there will be melons in August. Well, your long wait is over! Just look at this collection of melons from Lyall Farms. And the season is just getting going! Woohoo! I can just picture my soiled shirt and swatting away the yellow jackets now. Life is, indeed, good.

As the weeks of summer roll by, and we forget, save for this past weekend, those dreary, cool, wet months of this past spring, more and more tomatoes are arriving at your Wallingford Farmers Market. At least four farms currently have them, and more are coming. It's been a challenging year for tomatoes, but our patience is now being rewarded. Just image a BLT with slices of these beefsteak tomatoes from Alvarez Organic Farms on them.

Eggplant are such beautiful, well, fruit really. It's the whole seeds on the inside thing. Most nightshade crops are fruits, after all, except the potato. It's confusing, I know. Just focus on their deliciousness, and not on their classification, and you'll be fine. I like to grill eggplant, like these beauties from Billy's, this time of year, especially when it will be hot this weekend. Lather them down with olive oil, salt and pepper, and on the grill they go. And if you are feeling really industrious, you can always salt the bitter out of them for a half hour or so, but I rarely do, and they treat me just fine.

A great loaf of artisan bread rounds out any good meal, especially on a warm summer night. How about trying a loaf of Tall Grass Bakery's Sourdough Rye tonight? Dip it in a little salted olive oil, or better yet, slather it with some Golden Glen butter! You'll thank me later.

These sunburst summer squash from Alm Hill Gardens are spectacular, aren't they? And they, too, grill up wonderfully. They cook up juicy and sweet, and the smokiness of the grill compliments them perfectly.

And more sweet corn. Woohoodillyhoo!!! This is Westside sweet corn from Full Circle Farm. I enjoyed some of this corn just the other day, again, like everything else this time of year, on the grill. I grill it in the husk, which helps to steam the corn and keeps it from scorching while it grills. The intense, dry heat of the grill serves to intensify the sweetness of the corn. Then, just carefully peel back the husk, butter is up, salt it down, and you've got a little slice of heaven on a cob!

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.