Wednesday, August 28th: Pretty Pears, Magnificent Melons, Crisp Celery, Fabulous Flowers & Chef Miles James!

Chef Miles James of Dot's Delicatessen. Photo courtesy Dot's Delicatessen.

Hey kids, look! It's Chef Miles James from Dot's Delicatessen. He is joining us today at 4 p.m. for a cooking demonstration. So, have you been to Dot's yet on upper Fremont Avenue? If you like your ingredients local, this is the place for you! It's an old school butcher shop and deli with all local meats on the menu. Come gain some tasty insights in working with the bounty of your Wallingford Farmers Market from a guy who is dedicated to using local in his own place.

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

It is pear season at your Wallingford Farmers Market, earlier than we’ve ever seen them before. These beauties are Bartlett pears from our friends at Collins Family Orchards. They’ve also got some great late-season peaches and nectarines now, too. This really has been one amazing summer, eh?

Herbs de Provence and Garlic-Parsley chevre from Twin Oaks Creamery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Meet Herbs de Provence and Garlic-Parlsey chevre from Twin Oaks Farm in Chehalis. Okay, this chevre is not new to your Wallingford Farmers Market, but it is different. See, they ditched the plastic wrap and switched to small containers for their packaging. It makes for a more attractive, less messy chevre that is easy for you to dive into, and you can reuse or easily recycle the container — more than you can say for that plastic wrap!

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

Our friends at One Leaf Farm have been kinda hogging the limelight on the tomato front this summer, so I figured it was time to give someone else a little glory. These beautiful maters are from the kids at Seattle Youth Garden Works, a program that provides meaningful employment experience in urban agriculture for homeless and underserved youth. 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. So stop by for some great tomatoes, and to support a great program!

Cantaloupe melon from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, admit it. You just banged your nose or your finger into your screen while going after this gorgeous organic cantaloupe melon from Alvarez Organic Farms. I snapped this photo last week at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Oh, if you could just smell this melon. Wow. Sweet and juicy and absolutely incredible tasting.

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

Maybe it’s just me, but frankly, I was almost as excited to see this fresh crop of celery from One Leaf Farm show up this week at our sister Madrona Farmers Market as I have been to see all of their dozen or so tomato varieties come into season. Seriously, there is nothing quite like a crisp stalk of locally-grown celery fresh from the farm. It is sweeter and tastier, and once you try it, you won’t look at this staple of most kitchens quite the same when you see it in the Big Box stores.

Red Hiromi plums from Tiny's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Now, that is one spectacular plum, don’t you think? It is a Red Hiromi plum from Tiny’s Organic Produce. It is the first plum harvested at Tiny’s each summer. It tends to have a mildly sweet to slighty tart flavor, and it must be very soft before eating to bring out maximum flavor, Tiny’s advises.

Bagels from Grateful Bread Bakery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Grateful Bread Bakery makes lovely bagels. Chewy, tasty, nicely seasoned. And they are conveniently located next to Twin Oaks Creamery, where you can get some fresh cheese to spread all over them! Mmm. You can thank me later.

Black Knight Pincushion flowers from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Looking for something a little different in the fresh cut flowers department today? How’s about these certified organic Black Knight Pincushion flowers from Kirsop Farm? Stunning, aren’t they? And unique. Just take a gander at them, and you can see from whence their name came, don’t you think?

Jerseys blueberries from Whitehorse Meadows Organic Blueberry Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Jerseys blueberries are the latest variety of blueberries to come into season at Whitehorse Meadows Blueberry Farm. They are kind of the classic blueberry, sweet and a little tart. Toss them in your oatmeal. Make muffins. Add them to pancakes. Relish in their antioxidant qualities!

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.