Happy New Season! Yes, Opening Day of the 2014 Season of your Wallingford Farmers Market has finally arrived! Woohoodillydoo! It's time to dust off your reusable shopping bags, leash up Fido, saddle up that stroller, oil your bicycle chain and lace up your most comfy walking shoes and wander on over to Meridian Playfield at the corner of Meridian Ave N and N 50th St, behind Good Shepherd Center. It's time to revel in the veritable cornucopia of localiciousness available to you every Wednesday afternoon through September, to eat well while eating well, to have a picnic in the park before hauling this week's bounty back to your homestead. You'll find lots of old favorite vendors here this season (many featured below), along with a number of great new additions, like Two If By Seafoods with salmon, Farmbox Greens microgreens, Seattle Pops, Around the Table Farm with Bainbridge Island Vineyards, Soulever Chocolates, and our new prepared food vendor... wait for it... Ethan Stowell Restaurants! And we kick off the new season with another great cooking demonstration by Chef Jason Brzozowy from Tilth and Agrodolce at 4 p.m.
And as if Opening Day isn't exciting enough, we just happen to be welcoming the first strawberries of 2014 from Hayton Farms this week! How awesome is that? See, while everything else has been late in coming this year so far, strawberries are coming on early!
One Leaf Farm returns for another season with their spectacular produce, from Pink Beauty radishes to Japanese wax turnips to broccolini raab to these gorgeous, and delicious, Golden Frills mustard greens.
Olsen Farms is back with its many varieties of potatoes, pork, lamb, sausages, bacon and these delicious beef ribeye steaks!
And Alm Hill Gardens (a.k.a., Growing Washington) is here again, with this awesome spicy salad mix, and much more, from dried beans to leeks to braising mix to asparagus, and soon their famous berries, all served up to you by the Mouth from the South, JT!
Lyall Farms will have the first cherries of the season today at your Wallingford Farmers Market! These early Burlat cherries are the first cherry to ripen, and Lyall’s orchards are perfectly located to produce the first of these cherries each year! The Fresh Bucks program returns this year, too! That’s right! If you receive SNAP/EBT benefits (a.k.a., Food Stamps), and you use them to buy groceries at your Wallingford Farmers Market, we will match your SNAP dollars, up to $10 per visit, with Fresh Bucks coupons good for fresh, local fruits, vegetables and fresh-cut herbs from our vendors, once per visit, every week, all season long! Get them, and more information, at the Market Information Desk.
Looking for the freshest of farm-fresh eggs? How about these great chicken and duck eggs from Sky Valley Family Farm from up in Snohomish County. They also have chicken and pork, and a great lineup of sausages and bacon, too!
Our buddies at Alvarez Organic Farms have this beautiful organic asparagus for you to kick off the new season, as well as spring garlic and green onions, dried beans, and the best peanuts you have ever tasted!
These colorful Easter egg radishes come from our friends at Kirsop Farm, from down in Tumwater. They've also got gorgeous spinach, pea shoots, head lettuce, and more!
Ballard's Tall Grass Bakery was born at the Fremont Farmers Market at Fremont Sunday Market back in the late 1990s, before that market moved to Ballard, and the bakery has been selling at our farmers markets ever since. Back then, Tall Grass borrowed kitchen time from other bakeries until it opened its own storefront on 24th Avenue NW. They are back for yet another season at your Wallingford Farmers Market, bringing you the finest European-style artisan breads in Seattle, as well as cookies, muffins, pastries, pretzels, granola and more!
Finally, Seattle’s oldest winery, based in Madrona, returns, too. Wilridge Winery is not only the oldest winery in Seattle. It is also the only one that has refillable 1.5 liter bottles (above, left). That means you get a great deal ($20/bottle plus $8 deposit) on great wine, while simultaneously treading more lightly on Mother Earth.
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 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.