Chef Devra Gartenstein of Patty Pan Grill has made a living of cooking the fresh, local bounty she finds at local farmers markets. Heck, hoards of you line up every week for her veggie quesadillas and tamales at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Well, today, Chef Devra will share some of her tricks of the trade with you during her cooking demonstration at 4 p.m.
Donut peaches are my favorite peaches. I can't get enough of them. They look cool, taste amazing, and they have only a tiny little pit that comes out easily. Collins Family Orchards has delicious donut peaches right now. Enjoy!
Red Owl Mushroom Farm has really hit its stride now, with lots of lovely oyster mushrooms available for you at your Wallingford Farmers Market. You can eat them raw or cooked, in any number of recipes, from salads to sautés to pastas to soups. Add local, farm-fresh mushrooms, grown right in Seattle, to your menu today.
Alm Hill Gardens produces beautiful beefsteak tomatoes on their farm up in Everson, in Whatcom County. They use these hot houses to help accelerate tomato maturation -- a good thing in what has been a cool, wet year. Above, farmer Clayton Burrows explains the difference between determinant and indeterminant tomatoes. These beefsteak tomatoes are indeterminant, which means they will keep growing taller and taller, producing more and more fruit until shorter, colder days kill them off in the fall. So they string them up high, helping them to be as productive as possible.
We've got lots of sweet corn now at your Wallingford Farmers Market. This lovely sweet corn is from Lyall Farms. They grow it over in Sunnyside, in the hottest part of the Yakima Valley. It is likely to be a short corn season this year, so enjoy it while you can!
The newest farm at your Wallingford Farmers Market is Whitehorse Meadows Farm, about 23 miles east of Arlington on SR 530 in Snohomish County. Whitehorse Meadows grows magnificent blueberries -- several varieties of them, including some huckleberry varieties. They sell them fresh, and in wonderful salsas and chutneys.
In this most unusual of weather years, we continue to be amazed at just how wonky all our crop seasons have become. Normally, by August, it is too hot and dry to grow spinach. Heck, by July it usually is! Not this year. But here it is, from Lee's Fresh Produce. Honestly, never before has there been a year in which we've had both spinach and sweet corn together in summer. Go figure.
Alvarez Organic Farms has the advantage of being based in sunny, hot and dry Mabton, in the Yakima Valley, and that helps them bring crops to market before anyone else -- crops that just don't grow well west of the Cascades -- like these gorgeous watermelons, ripe and ready for your summer picnics right now. They also have sweet gypsy peppers and eggplant now, too.
Caraway sauerkraut is back at Firefly Kitchens. This is the ultimate kraut for bratwurst and many other German sausages. Fill your buns with a brat from Olsen Farms, some good, grainy mustard, and top it off with some of this kraut, and life is good!
And for dessert, or maybe just a snack, grab a fruit pocket pie from Hot Cakes. Made with market berries and fruit, and Washington flour, these sweet little pastries are sure to satisfy just about anyone!
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!