Wednesday, August 17th: Chef Colin Patterson of Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine Cooks; Fun In The Sun; Chefs Shop & Mug For Cameras; and Cake & Flowers!

Chef Colin Patterson of Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine returns for a cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m. Colin creates brilliant new vegetarian menus for his restaurant every week based on what's local and in season, and he can be seen every week shopping for those ingredients at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Stop by today for some delicious ideas for using the bounty of the Market.

Your Wallingford Farmers Market has a new home this year, and it is very likely the most beautiful setting for any farmers market in the state! The lush lawns and fruit trees of Meridian Park offer ample opportunities on a warm, sunny summer afternoon for the ultimate picnic. Just bring the family, a blanket and some utensils, and get the rest from your Wallingford Farmers Market, from cheese to bread to wine to milk to fruit to tomatoes to summer sausage, and on and on. Bring your dog (on a short leash, of course), and bring the kids. Heck, there's even an enormous playground right next to the Market. Your Wallingford Farmers Market is your Wednesday destination, your town square to meet neighbors and friends, and it is just plain drop-dead gorgeous.

We take a break this week from talking what's in season to talk instead of just how magical a place your Wallingford Farmers Market is. It cannot help but brighten your day. Just like these sunflowers from Pa Garden. Give yourself a stress-reducing treat today, and join your neighbors at your Wallingford Farmers Market.

You may have been wondering why you've seen a camera crew around the Market recently. Well, Wallingford's own Chef Dustin Ronspies is creating a TV series to showcase Seattle's amazing local food, the people who produce it, and how he uses it every day on his menu at Art of the Table. Dustin does most of his weekly shopping for his menu at your Wallingford Farmers Market, and at our sister market, Ballard Farmers Market. His menus focus on what is in season, so he writes them every week, instead of writing them months in advance, in anticipation of what will be in season. Anyone who does that will be having a tough time buying local this year, as the crop seasons are all screwy, do to the weather. We encourage you to be like Dustin. Come to the Market, see what is here, and support our local farmers by buying local, and in season. As you may have heard, the governor has just declared a statewide disaster for farmers, who have each lost tens of thousands this year because of the whacky weather. That is why, if you believe in buying local and supporting local farmers, they need you to be like Dustin and buy what is more than ever!

When we moved your Wallingford Farmers Market to Meridian Park, we instated a special chef-only shopping hour from 3-3:30 p.m. This allows Seattle's top, and most conscientious about supporting local, chefs to get in and out with their orders from local farmers before the whole neighborhood arrives. (It also allows the school inside Good Shepherd Center to release its kids before lots of folks descend upon the park.) It is peak season at the Market now, and you'll find great chefs (above) like Dustin, Seth Caswell of emmer&rye on Queen Anne, and Rachel Yang from Wallingford's Joule shopping the Market before 3:30 p.m. Other chefs recently spotted include Colin from Sutra, Tara Ayers from Ballard's Ocho, as well as kitchen staff from Cantinetta, Eva and other local favorites. Please support the local restaurants that support our local farmers.

So let us celebrate our magnificent Wallingford Farmers Market with some gluten-free cake from Dolce Lou. This is their Lemon Cake with Raspberry Buttercream. Gluten-free, schmuten-free, right? Gluten intolerance doesn't mean you can't have really delicious cake! Grab a slice, or three, to round out that picnic on the lawn.

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!