Wednesday, June 12th: Chickens, Heirloom Lettuces, More Cherries, Fava Beans, Broccoli, Sweet Potato Pie & Chef Colin Patterson!

Chef Colin Patterson of Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine (center) and Jeremy Kaplan (right, foreground) at their cooking demonstration in 2011. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons. 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 and his staff 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.

Cornish cross chickens on pasture at Alm Hill Gardens. Photo courtesy Growing Washington.

These handsome birds are also quite delicious! These Cornish Cross chickens from Alm Hill Gardens (a.k.a., Growing Washington) are now available right here at your Wallingford Farmers Market. They are whole and frozen, so if you pick one up today, give it 2-3 days to thaw in your fridge -- just in time for dad to barbecue up some beer butt chicken for Father's Day this Sunday! I have been eating these chickens for years, and I can attest, this is some of the finest chicken I've ever tasted. If you haven't had a truly pasture-raised chicken from a local farm, and you are used to the so-called "free range" birds in the Big Box stores, you owe yourself the favor of trying one of these chickens from Alm Hill. You are in for a real treat! Oh, and I promised you broccoli. Well, Alm Hill has that, too, today!

Speckled Amish butter lettuce from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

If you like your lettuce with a horse and buggy, and no electricity, then you will love this Speckled Amish butter lettuce from One Leaf Farm. I love all their different heirloom varieties of lettuce, especially right now, when their tables just seem buried in it. If you love lettuce, this is your time of year, folks!

Rainier cherries from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cherry season is in full swing now, folks, and that means we get a selection of cherry varieties at your Wallingford Farmers Market, including these Rainier cherries from Lyall Farms. Rainiers are not so intense as the various dark cherry varieties, and as such have a milder flavor favored by many. Of course, you will  find in the Market today Chinook, Chelan and Bing cherries, as well!

Fava beans from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How’s about the first fava beans of the season — these from Children’s Garden. When they are this young and tender, you can eat the whole thing, pod and all. I love slathering them with some olive oil and throwing them on the grill. They get all smoky and beautiful, and they just melt in your mouth. Tip: remove the stem and the string that runs down the body of the pod.

Sweet potato pie from Simply Soulful. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Simply Soulful makes simply delicious sweet potato pies from scratch. Then, they offer them to you right here at your Wallingford Farmers Market. And these aren't those overly, almost sickeningly sweet sweet potato pies you get from the Big Box stores or those chain restaurants supposedly famous for their pies, but more notorious for dumbing down our taste buds for what a real pie should taste like. No, these are honest sweet potato pies. They are not loaded up with sugars and other stuff. The result is a silky texture and a bright, clean, beautiful flavor that respects the sweet potatoes themselves. They offer them ready to go in a 6-inch size, or you can order ahead, and they'll bring you a 9-inch family-size pie for next week. Stop by and try a sample today. Then grab a couple pies and pull up some grass for an instant picnic. Just remember to bring with you a fork!

Mountain Swiss cheese from Rosecrest Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

What? You still haven’t tried the Swiss cheeses from Rosecrest Farm? What in the name of Mike are you waiting for?!? This stuff is wonderful. It comes in four varieties, though with a little extra aging, we get a couple more. Above is the Mountain Swiss, which is great, though to be honest, I am partial to the peppercorn. Try all the various flavors. You’ll be hooked, too! Oh, and don't forget to bring with you a cheese knife, cutting board, and maybe a bread knife, so you can add this cheese to your instant picnic!

Baby arugula from City Grown Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Holy baby arugula, Batman! City Grown Farm has this lovely baby arugula that makes for a simple but wonderful salad. Grab some radishes, some goat feta from Twin Oaks Creamery, and bring with you a salad bowel and some dressing, and you've got yet another component of your instant picnic -- salad! Just remember to get enough of everything so that you have some to take home with you for tomorrow and Friday, too.

Shaving soap, mugs and brushes from Mr. Kitty's Soap Shop. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we’ve got plenty at your Wallingford Farmers Market to please him, mostly involving grilled dead things over fire in the backyard. But why not surprise him with one of these beautiful shaving mugs and brushes, complete with locally made shaving soap from Mr. Kitty’s Soap Shop. These old-fashioned shaving kits provide a smooth, clean shave, smell great, eliminate wasteful shaving cream cans, and will make dad feel like the rugged man he is!

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!

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.