Wednesday, June 19th: Raspberries, Shelling Peas, Apriums, Shunkyo Radishes, Pie Cherries & More Farms!

First-of-the-season raspberries from Sidhu Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons. Your eyes do not deceive you. These are raspberries. From this year. Grown locally by Sidhu Farms. They just started harvesting them over the weekend on their farm in the Puyallup River Valley. Just another sign of what a remarkable year we are in. It is warmer, drier, and crops are coming in earlier than we've seen in years. Enjoy!

Seattle Tilth Youth Garden Works. Photo courtesy Seattle Tilth.

Seattle Youth Garden Works is a program of Seattle Tilth in which homeless and underserved youth participate in a job training program emphasizing responsibility and growth.  They grow, harvest and sell produce at farmers markets, participating in all aspects of the food system and gain a range of employment and life skills. They join us today to sell their produce to you at your Wallingford Farmers Market!

English shelling peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just in time for your evening picnic here in Meridian Park, how about some English shelling peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Grab a big old bag of them, throw down your blanket, and pop open the pods to munch on the sweet, crunchy peas held within. Summer doesn't start until tomorrow, but there is no reason why we can't enjoy a taste of it today!

Apriums from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Here we go! Cherries are one thing, but when the larger stone fruit starts arriving, we know summer is here. And first out of the gates each year are these apriums from Collins Family OrchardsApriums were developed in the 1980s as an hybrid of apricots and plums. They are about 75% apricot and 25% plum, and as such, they are much more like apricots, not just in appearance, but it flavor and seasonality. If you’ve been missing your sloppy, juicy, wipe-your-chin-with-your-sleevy local, tree-ripened stone fruitliciousness, it is time to rejoice!

Gruyere from Twin Oaks Creamery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of great picnic food, why not grab a loaf of crusty bread from one of our bakeries and a chunk of this gorgeous, and delicious, gruyere from Twin Oaks Creamery. Bring your bread and your cheese knife, and a cutting board, and maybe grab a seasonal soda from Soda Jerk Sodas, and enjoy a lovely snack at the park before hauling the rest of your groceries for the week home!

Shunkyo radishes from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Now, this is one ravishing radish! Meet the shunkyo radish, a native of Northern China. These stunning roots, grown by One Leaf Farm in Carnation, have a nice bite to them this time of year, and for my money, they are the king of radishes available around here. I am known to our farmers for asking when these jewels will arrive each spring. (Okay, I’m known for a few other things, too.) If you’ve never tried these, you should give them a test drive today. You can thank me later.

Broccoli from Alm Hill Gardens (a.k.a., Growing Washington). Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hopefully, Growing Washington (a.k.a., Alm Hill Gardens) will have more of this awesome broccoli today. If not, they will have lots of sugar snap peasstrawberriessalad mix and even a few chickens, plus much, much more! And this just in: they will have fryer rabbits today, too!

Olsen Farms ribeye steaks searing in the pan. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And don't forget that Olsen Farms has much more than just heirloom potatoes. They raise beeflamb and pork, and they have it at your Wallingford Farmers Market in steaks, chops, roasts, hams, sausages and bacon! Get your grass-fed, pasture-raised, delicious meat on today, and kick the factory farmed habit at the Big Box stores.

Pie cherries from ACMA Mission Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for pie cherries? ACMA Mission Orchards has you covered, but only for a limited time. Pie cherries have a very short season -- just a couple of weeks -- so if you've got cherry pie, or maraschino cherries, in your future, you'd better get over here on the double!

The kiddie cue at Whidbey Island Ice Cream.  Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Many of you missed your ice cream fix last Wednesday, as Whidbey Island Ice Cream had actually run out of ice cream. Yikes! Well, the good news is, they've caught up on their ice cream production, and they are back today to satisfy your every craving!

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.