Wednesday, June 26th: Welcome Kirsop Farm, Fresh Sodas, Goat Ricotta, Apricots, Summer Squash & More!

Organic carrots from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons. Kirsop Farm from Tumwater joins the vendor ranks of your Wallingford Farmers Market today. They've been at it since 1996, growing some of the finest organic veggies in the state, and we are thrilled to have them join us today. We were sorry to learn last week that Summer Run Farm would not be able to return to Wallingford this season, but we wanted to act quickly to ensure you still have access to an abundance and diversity of great local food, and Kirsop certainly fits that bill. Today, you'll find carrotsbeetsbasilmintsalad mixbok choyspinachlettuce and so much more on their tables. So please give them a hardy Wallingford welcome. We know you will fall in love with them as quickly as we did!

Chef Heather Immoor of Phinney Market at last year's cooking demonstration. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chef Heather Immoor from Phinney Market joins us today for another great cooking demonstration at 4 p.m. Last year, she dazzled us with an elaborate pistou. We are all a twitter in anticipation of what she will do with all the fresh marketliciousness today!

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

Apricots are in! These are tomcot apricots from Collins Family Orchards. Sweet, juicy and loaded with flavor, they remind us of how wonderful it is to live in one of the great food producing regions of the world. Collins also has gorgeous Rainier and Bing cherries today, too! Woohoo!!!

Bacon from Sky Valley Family Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You already love Sky Valley Family Farm for their awesome chicken and duck eggs, but did you know that they raise pigs, too? Yup! This beautiful bacon is from their farm, and available to you today at your Wallingford Farmers Market. And they have a great selection of sausages for you to enjoy on the grill, too! Oh, and if you are looking for whole chickens, you can order them from Sky Valley, as well.

Summer squash from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Summer squash has returned... just in time for summer! Alvarez Organic Farms is already harvesting half a dozen varieties, and soon they'll have half a dozen more! I love grilling these puppies, but there are so many ways to enjoy them. Share your recipes on our Facebook page!

Raspberries from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Alm Hill Gardens is known for producing a lot of delicious food, but they may be most well known for their raspberries. The farm was first and foremost a berry and flower producer before diversifying significantly over the last 15 years or so.  They have acres and acres of raspberries, some in the open air, and some under row tunnels, resulting in some of the tastiest berries you will even encounter. Sure, you can find cheaper berries at the Big Box stores, but what's the point? I, for one, spend good money on good quality. Saving a few bucks to have something I don't really enjoy just seems wasteful to me.

Lettuce from Seattle Youth Garden Works. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Seattle Youth Garden Works, a project of our own Seattle Tilth right here at Good Shepherd Center, joined us last week with their beautiful produce grown by local teens. Like this stunning lettuce, red Russian kale, colorful chard and much, much more. Stop by and support a great program that develops strong youth and future farmers while providing us with great food!

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

Twin Oaks Creamery has added goat ricotta to their lineup. This lovely, delicate fresh cheese has a lovely, light crumble to it, a touch of tang, a bit of sweetness and a bite of saltiness. Stop by for a taste today, and check out all their other great cheesesgoat yogurt, and goat and cow milk!

Fresh sodas from Soda Jerk Soda Company. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Soda Jerk Soda Company has a great lineup of fresh sodas on tap for you today made from great local ingredients.  Today's flavors include Strawberry Pink Peppercorn Balsamic featuring local strawberries from Frog Song Farm, Cherry Chipotle featuring cherries from Lyall Farms and Bill's Fruits, and Lemon Lavender using lavender from multiple farms in the Sequim area. They are all refreshing and delicious. Grab some for your picnic in the park, and grab a jug to take home for later!

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.