The 4th is behind us, we've cleaned up the debris from Monday's mayhem in the neighborhood, and summer is finally here in all its long-overdue glory. It's time to head to your Wallingford Farmers Market for some local delicious. Like this nai-yu bok choy from Lee's Fresh Produce. Lee's is a Hmong farm. The Hmong people are from the mountainous regions along the border of Vietnam and Cambodia. Most of us know Hmong farms for their spectacular flowers. But Lee's stopped growing flowers five years ago, and they focused instead on growing vegetables. They are even in the process of getting certified organic. Lee's grows some of the highest quality produce to be found anywhere, but more than that, they have chosen to specialize in growing many Asian varietals otherwise hard to find around here. Like the nai-yu bok choy above, or the yu choy I enjoyed for dinner last night, simply sautéed with green garlic in olive oil until tender and lightly seasoned with just a little oyster sauce. It was sweet and refreshing, like Chinese broccoli, and honestly, I was thrilled to add it to my repertoire.
Lyall Farms has some of the first apricots of the summer today -- these gold strike apricots. Sweet and juicy, try grilling them, then sprinkling a little thinly sliced basil from Alm Hill Gardens over the top.
Speaking of Alm Hill Gardens, check out these gorgeous and cool cucumbers they've got. They're a true treat of summer. Making a refreshing cucumber salad will cool you off on a warm summer night, and it will keep your kitchen cool, too!
Firefly Kitchens returns today to your Wallingford Farmers Market. They've got their wonderful kimchi, salsas and krauts made from great local ingredients we all fell in love with last year. Me, I am still a sucker for their classic sauerkraut, above, spread over a hot dog with some yellow mustard, or just by the forkful.
Silver Springs Creamery bottles some of the most delicious milk I've ever tasted, from their own jersey cows and goats. Plus, they produce award-winning yogurts and cheeses, too. Do you want to fall in love with milk again? You will after first sip of Silver Springs milk.
Sidhu Farms has begun harvested the first raspberries of the season. But they are in limited supplies this early in the year, so stop by early, if you want them today!
Martin Family Orchards returns today with bing cherries! Woohoo! We are rolling in the cherries now, so enjoy them while you can. Harvests are down, overall, this year, so they won't be around for long.
Of course, this is just a highlighting of what you will find 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, check out What’s Fresh Now!