Wednesday, June 11th: Raspberries, Snow Peas, Apriums, Broccoli & Several More Vendors!

Apriums from Tiny's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons. Another week, another bunch of new vendors and another bunch of new crops. That's just how we roll here at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Among the new and/or returning vendors today are Jonboy Caramels, Martin Family Orchards, Seattle Youth Garden Works & Tiny's Organic Produce. And among the new crops are these apriums from the aforementioned Tiny's Organic Produce. Apriums are a hybrid of apricots and plums, genetically 70% apricot and 30% plum. They favor apricots in appearance and flavor, though they are sturdier, making them good for hikes and lunch boxes, and they are the first large stone fruit of the season.

Snow peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just last week, we were celebrating the first sugar snap peas of the season from Alvarez Organic Farms. This week, we cheer for snow peas! I sautéed a bunch of these Friday night with some of their green garlic and green sweet onions. Try it alongside a nice grilled salmon fillet from Two If By Seafoods. Now, that’s living!

Raspberries from Sidhu Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And under the heading of, “could life get any better?” come the first raspberries of the year! Yes, Sidhu Farms wins the derby on them. And we checked… this is the earliest we’ve ever had raspberries at your Wallingford Farmers Market!

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

Woohoo! Broccoli! Yeah, baby! Sweet, crunchy deliciousness! I like to roast these bad boys in a nice, hot oven with some green garlic and some crushed red pepper for kick. Ooh, or sautéed with some bacon. That's what I'm talking about! Get your broccoli on from Kirsop Farm today at your Wallingford Farmers Market. And speaking of bad boys...

The sexy boyz of Patty Pan Grill. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The Boyz of Summer are ready to sling you up some serious deliciousness at Patty Pan Grill. Patty Pan embodies farmers market prepared food, being the first to build their menu around what is fresh and local at the market. Their veggies for their quesadillas are all sourced every week from our market farmers, and their tamales are filled with veggies, meats and cheeses from them, as well. And Patty Pan is even a worker-owned cooperative. How cool is that? Enjoy!

Chef Devra Gartenstein from Patty Pan Grill. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And meet the founder of Patty Pan Grill, Chef Devra Gartenstein. She'll be doing another of her tasty cooking demonstrations at 4 p.m. today. She's been cooking with farmers market veggies for years, so you are certain to pick up a tip or two from her.

Rainbow chard from Seattle Youth Garden Works. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Seattle Youth Garden Works returns today to your Wallingford Farmers Market. This great program, run by our pals from Seattle Tilth, involves Seattle teens in farming, right here in Seattle, giving them an opportunity to create and nourish. Come pick up some beautiful produce from them today, like this rainbow chard.

Green garlic from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This is spring garlic from Alm Hill GardensSpring garlic is quite simply one of the most delicious things Al Gore ever invented, but it is only available for a short time each spring. Use it much like a spring onion in sautés, roasts, on the grill — heck, I like to cut it up with spring onions and asparagus, toss them with some nice olive oil, and roast them all together in a hot oven until just tender. Or it's great sautéed with some of that chard. It is so sweet and mild this time of year. Green garlic is a byproduct of garlic production. When farmers plant garlic in the late fall, they plant way more than they hope to harvest and cure come summer. That way, if some fails, they will still have plenty. In the spring, as the garlic begins to grow with gusto, they thin it out to allow the remaining plants’ bulbs to fill out comfortably. We get to enjoy the thinned plants as spring garlic. You can use the entire plant, from root hairs to the tips of the greens.

Chelan cherries from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Collins Family Orchards has begun to harvest apriums, Early Robin cherries, and these Chelan cherries. Their fruit is so sweet and flavorful. Stop by for some today!

Hot Italian sausages from Sky Valley Family Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Father's Day is this coming Sunday. How about some of these wonderful sausages from Sky Valley Family Farm to grill for him? Made from their own pork, they come in several great flavors, including these hot Italian sausages.

The picnic scene at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Your Wallingford Farmers Market is a great place for a picnic on a lovely Wednesday afternoon, eh? After you pick up your groceries for the week, pull up a patch of grass in the sun, or shade, and enjoy a meal made of goodies from any one of our great vendors. Like Ethan Stowell Restaurants, which this week is showcasing the talents of Chef "T" from Rione XIII, who will be making a Grilled Bruschetta with Housemade Ricotta Cheese on Tall Grass Bread, with Alm Hill Greens, Alvarez Beets and Lyall Cherries which you can wash down with a Hayton Farms Strawberry Cooler!

Olive fougasse from Tall Grass Bakery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

A nice loaf of olive fougasse from Tall Grass Bakery is perfect picnic food, too! Or any of their other breads and baked goodies. I love this bread so much, I can eat an entire loaf in a single sitting!

Wines from Bainbridge Vineyards. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I'm not sure if the Parks Department wants you to crack open a bottle of this wine in the park for your picnic, but you can certainly pick up a bottle for when you get home, right? Bainbridge Vineyards is from, wait for it, Bainbridge Island. I know. I was surprised, too. But seriously, did you know that Puget Sound has is own recognized wine grape growing appellation? That's right. Puget Sound is a perfect climate for a number of wonderful varieties of wine grapes that don't do well in the drier, hotter climates in Eastern Washington. One of my favorites is siegerrebe, a lovely white wine with a unique grapefruit finish that they offer in both a dry and dessert wine.

Rin from Whidbey Island Ice Cream. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Finish off your picnic with a hand-dipped ice cream bar from Whidbey Island Ice Cream. They are simply addictive, come in a ridiculous number of flavors, and Ron and his crew will take great care of you.

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.