Hey kids! Look who's back. It's Chef Devra Gartenstein from Patty Pan Grill, the original farmers market chef! She's doing another of her great cooking demonstrations today at 4 p.m. at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Devra's team only cooks with veggies she gets from our farmers at the farmers market, so you'll learn lots from her today!
Melons have arrived from the hot fields of South Central Washington — these from Lyall Farms. You’ll find cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, and other varieties of melons now at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Melons are the quintessential summer food, are they not? So, enjoy them while you can, during these warm, sunny days of August!
Yay! It's pepper season! And nobody grows more kinds of peppers than our own Alvarez Organic Farms. I think they may be up to somewhere between 150-200 varieties now, some they've created themselves. Their pepper fields over the coming weeks will look like the Skagit Valley during the Tulip Festival, with a rainbow of colors as the peppers all mature and ripen. For starters, though, we've got these lovely jalapeno peppers to spice up your day. Enjoy!
Now, here’s a peach that Homer Simpson can really wrap his mouth around! This is the coolest looking stone fruit — the donut peach from Tiny's Organic Produce. Donut peaches are great in so many ways. They are free-stone peaches, meaning the flesh comes cleanly off of the pit, or stone. The pit is tiny, meaning that pound-for-pound, you are getting more peach for your buck. And for flavor, they simply cannot be beaten. They are sweet, juicy and delicious, and I count them as my favorite peach. Plus, because of their shape and size, they actually are the least messy peach to eat.
More lovely heirloom tomatoes from One Leaf Farm. This time of year, it seems a new variety of tomato arrives each week. These beauties are called copia. Ooh, just imagine slices of these in a nice BLT, or on a burger, or a caprese salad, or if you go sans animal products, an LT with nayonaise and some of One Leaf's flashy trout's back lettuce. Bottom line, it's tomato season, and however you enjoy them, make sure you at least take the time to enjoy them now, while you can!
Of course, you'll need bacon for that BLT. For that, Skagit River Ranch has got you cover. In fact, they've also got sausages, steaks, roasts, whole chicken, and so much more for your summer grilling pleasure, all from the animals they raise on their ranch up in Sedro-Woolley.
Some great, local bread would be great for that BLT, too. However, if you must eat a gluten-free diet, you probably have been waiting for a decent gluten-free loaf of bread to cross your path. You know, a loaf of bread that looks and tastes like, um, bread? Chewy. Moist. A loaf that, when you squeeze it, it regains its shape. And a loaf with great flavor! Well, your wait is over. Dolce Lou has succeeded where so many others have failed! Check out their 90% whole grain sandwich bread (left) and their olive loaf! Woohoo! So start enjoying bread again!
Please remember to bring your own bags today, and every Wednesday, as Seattle’s single-use plastic bag ban is now in effect. Also, please take note of our new green composting and blue recycling waste receptacles throughout your Wallingford Farmers Market, and please make an effort to use them correctly. Each container has what’s okay to put in it pictured right on the lid. Please do not put the wrong materials in, because that drives up the cost of recycling and composting, and it can result in the entire container being sent instead to a landfill. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.
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!