Wednesday, September 11th: Fresh Peanuts, Cannellini Beans, Local Wine & More!

Chef Brian Gojdics from Tutta Bella. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons. Hey kids! Look! It's Chef Brian Gojdics of Wallingford's favorite pizzeria, Tutta Bella! Brian is returning today, after three long years, to perform another great cooking demonstration at 4 p.m. at your Wallingford Farmers Market. He is always a blast, and the things he can do with localiciousness and some pizza dough on simply a portable butane burner, under a tent in a park, will remove any intimidation factor on your part about replicating it in your fully outfitted kitchen... or on your grill, for that matter!

Reusable wine bottles from Wilridge Winery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wilridge Winery joined us last week at your Wallingford Farmers Market with their wines made right here in Seattle. They are the oldest winery in Seattle. But did you know that they have these cool, reusable Magnum Wine Bottles (left, above) today at your Wallingford Farmers Market in 3 Wine Varieties? Bring it back next week and exchange it for another... and an $8 credit! FreshBucks_Logo

Just three more weeks left in the 2013 season of your Wallingford Farmers Market. If you receive SNAP/EBT benefits (food stamps), take advantage of our Fresh Bucks program now, while it is soooo convenient. We will double the first $10 you use in SNAP benefits once per visit -- every visit -- to your Wallingford Farmers Market. Use this program to help stock your pantry for the cold, dark, wet months! Oh, and if you have WIC or Senior Farmers Market Checks, use them now, too, while you can.

Fresh peanuts on the vine from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Are you one of those people that can’t wrap your head around whether a peanut is a nut or a legume? Do you love the roasted and salted peanutsfrom Alvarez Organic Farms, but wish you could get some fresh peanuts to boil or cook with? Or maybe you just want a conversation starter. Well, here it is – fresh peanuts on the bush, available right now, for a very short time, at your Wallingford Farmers Market! Do you see those leaves? Yup, thems are peas alright!

Flavor supreme pluots from Tiny's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Flavor Supreme pluots from Tiny's Organic Produce are perhaps the most dramatic looking of all the pluots they grow, with a skin that is a mixture of green and red, and flesh that is the most beautiful bright red. And as a late-season pluot, they are also one of the best tasting!

Fresh cannellini shelling beans from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cannellini beans are one of the great shelling beans. They are prized in Italy and France, and dried, they are the classic white bean. They have a lovely flavor and texture for use in soups, stews and salads, and when they are fresh, like these from One Leaf Farm, I love shucking them and building a lovely succotash around them. They are a great substitute for traditional lima beans. And as sweet corn is the other most common component in succotash, lucky us, they’ve got that now, too!

Yellow Curry Vegetables from House of the Sun. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

House of the Sun Raw & Vegan Cuisine returns to you Wallingford Farmers Market today after a brief hiatus. With great offerings like these Yellow Curry Vegetables, kale chipscarrot crackers and more, they can help you outfit your September picnic in the park on this unusually warm day, or take it home for later!

Green Zebra tomatoes from Seattle Youth Garden Works. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Check out these gorgeous Green Zebra tomatoes from Seattle Youth Garden Works. They are just one of a bunch of different tomatoes they have right now. These guys were actually bred by a guy right here in Western Washington.  Pretty cool, eh?

Banana cantaloupe melon from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lyall Farms grows lots of melons, like this unusual banana cantaloupe. It is weird looking, sure, but it is super sweet and juicy, and it’ll confuse the heck out of your backyard barbecue guests! Of course, Lyall still has plenty of watermelons, too, though they tend to sell out early. Consider yourself warned, sleepy heads!

Broccoli from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Yippee! It’s a new harvest of broccoli from Kirsop Farm! Is this not some of the most beautiful broccoli you have ever seen? Delicious, too. Try grilling it. What? Yes, broccoli grills quite nicely! I also love tossing it with some fusilli, crushed garlic and chile flakes, also. Or roast it in the oven. Mmm. Broccoli.

Three new flavors from Soda Jerk Sodas. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Soda Jerk Sodas just introduced three new flavors of fresh sodas for you to enjoy, like blueberry basil, featuring berries from Sidhu Farms, and ginger peach, featuring peaches from Bill's Fruits in Ballard. These will take the edge off on this hot September day!

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.