I know. I know. I was rubbing my eyes to make sure I wasn’t seeing things either. But I took this photo on Wednesday at your Wallingford Farmers Market. These really are the first Sugar Time peaches of the season from Collins Family Orchards. For real… and in June!!! But it gets even crazier than that, as they’re also harvesting Tomcot apricots already, too! After three consecutive years of our harvest schedule being two to four weeks behind schedule, it is really confusing to have things two weeks ahead of schedule this year, but who’s complaining?!? Now, if you are wondering why not all crops are ahead of schedule, that is because row crops, which require being planted each spring, were planted close to on schedule, so their harvests are not coming quite so early — at least not yet — though that will change in the coming weeks. But tree, bush and vine fruit, and things like strawberries, are perennials, so they are able to take full advantage of this warmer, drier year so far!
Chef Jason Circelli from Phinney Market joins us for another great cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m.! As it is, he sources plenty from our local farmers, and he features weekly specials based on what's fresh at the markets. So come learn a trick or two from him today of how to turn the bounty of your Wallingford Farmers Market into brilliant cuisine at home!
Lots of gorgeous local summer squash has already filled the tables of your Wallingford Farmers Market, including this zucchini and yellow zucchini from City Grown Farm. City Grown farms right here in Wallingford, as well as in Ballard, on a group of small plots next to schools, houses and such. Fresh produce doesn't get much more local than that. Stop by and see the map of where their gardens are located!
Hey kids! Yes, it is already blackberry season, too! These big, beautiful berries come from our friends at Hayton Berry Farms. So, for those of you keeping score at home, Hayton now has these blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. Woohoo!
If you are looking for the perfect cheese to top your 4th of July burgers, you need not look further than the Swiss style cheeses of Rosecrest Farm. They come in four flavors, and they put the so-called "Swiss cheese" at the Big Box stores to shame. Their big, rich, creamy flavor is an ideal compliment to your burgers, and it makes for superb grilled cheese sandwiches, or you can just enjoy it on your cutting board with some wine and a nice crusty bread.
Have you met our newest farm, Kirsop Farm, from Tumwater? They joined us just last week at your Wallingford Farmers Market with this spectacular display of certified organic produce. Amazing, isn't it? And they told me that this week they will increase that display by another 50%! Wow! So stop by, say hi, and grab some awesome localiciousness.
These great sausages from Sky Valley Family Farm will be great on the grill tomorrow, don't you think? These are hot Italian sausages, and I tried some over this past weekend -- you know, because I care! Well, I can report that they are absolutely lovely grilled alongside some fava beans, summer squash and broccoli for a simple meal that keeps the kitchen cool, can be done at a park and requires few pans or utensils. Really, just some olive oil, salt and pepper for the veggies and a big dish to put it all on to get it to the grill is all you need. Enjoy!
Don't forget the burger, sausage and dinner rolls from Tall Grass Bakery to go along with those sausages, burgers or whatever else is on tomorrow's menu. These are brioche rolls, so they are moist and chewy and an excellent compliment to the rest of your meal.
Beautiful rainbow chard from One Leaf Farm, don't you think? And delish, too. Plus, it is tender and sweet and will sauté quickly, keeping the kitchen cool. Or you can eat the leaves raw in salads. They also have some nice kales and collard greens which would be great on the grill, too!
Finally today, some vanilla rice pudding from Pasteria Lucchese sounds like the perfect way to wrap up your holiday picnic or barbecue tomorrow, eh? And now that it has cooled down a bit, why not use all the great local flavors in the Market today with some of their wonderful pasta noodles, or leave the mixing of Market flavors and pasta to them, and get some of their outstanding stuffed pastas?
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.