Wednesday, July 2nd: Time To Fire Up The Barby & Celebrate Our Nation's Birth!

Bratwurst from Sky Valley Family Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons. It's time to fire up the barby, mix a cool drink and settle in to watch the fireworks as we celebrate our nation's birth on Friday! Why not get the party started with some of this delicious pork bratwurst from Sky Valley Family Farm? Great on the grill, with a little kraut from Britt's (see below). Nummers. Oh, and we'll get you fired up to Eat Local For Independence Day with a cooking demonstration by Chef Jason Brzozowy of Tilth today at 4 p.m.!

Hey kids, while you plan to celebrate America this week, or you enjoy a picnic in the park today, please take a moment and recognize 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. It’s easy. You already do it at home every day. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

Red thumb new potatoes from Alvarez Organic Farms.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And just in time for getting your potato salad on for the 4th, Alvarez Organic Farms has these lovely new Red Thumb fingerling potatoes just dug from their Mabton fields. They also have new Banana fingerling potatoes today, too, and if we’re lucky, maybe some blue potatoes, so we can wow everyone at the barbecue next week with our red, white and blue potato salad! New potatoes should be eaten quickly, and at this size, they are also great wrapped in foil with some butter and herbs and tossed on the barby.

Cabbage from Kirsop Farm.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Don't forget the slaw! Kirsop Farm has a gorgeous selection of redgreensavoy and napa cabbages for you, just waiting to get chopped up and mayo'd or vinegar'd down. Yeah, baby! Of course, cabbage grills well, too.

Sugar Time peaches from Collins Family Orchards.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Look kids! Peaches! Yes, these are Sugar Time peaches from Collins Family Orchards. They are the earliest peach to ripen in their orchards. Sweet and juicy, you must give them a try this week. And let me explain why. See, there are many, many varieties of peaches, and this time of year, our orchardists begin to bring in a different variety every week. Works the same way for strawberries, but it is harder for you to notice the difference. But with peaches, they vary dramatically in shape, size, color, sweetness and whether or not they release easily from their stones (“free stone”), which makes them a lot easier to cook with. In other words, enjoy the Sugar Time peaches from Collins now, because who knows if they’ll be around next time, right? But hey, at least you know you’ll be able to look forward to trying an entirely new peach then.

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

Don’t forget to get a couple of bottles of wine from your friendly Madrona neighborhood winery, Wilridge Winery, for those Independence Day parties. They offer great table wines in an economical 1.5 liter bottle, and best of all, they are refillable! Just bring the empties back next time and swap them for full ones.

Sprouting broccoli from One Leaf Farm.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This lovely sprouting broccoli from One Leaf Farm is wonderful on the grill, alongside some of their tender, young fava beans and whatever else you plan to grill. Just oil it down, grill until just tender, and hit it with a nice finishing salt and some freshly ground pepper. One Leaf also has some spectacular carrots this week — sweet and crunchy. You’ll need twice what you think you’ll need, cuz you’ll be eating them on the way home from the Market!

Honeyfire Nectarines from Tiny's Organic.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Tiny's Organic wins the award for first orchard with nectarines this summer! Like with so many other crops this year, these organic Honeyfire nectarines mark the earliest we have ever seen nectarines at your Wallingford Farmers Market!

Oyster mushrooms from J&M Mushrooms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Look, kids! Mushrooms are back at your Wallingford Farmers Market! Yup, these are oyster mushrooms from J&M Gourmet Mushrooms in Selah, the newest addition to our farm lineup. They grow seven kinds of oyster mushrooms, as well as shiitakes, and other varieties. Their mushrooms are grown in a state-of-the-art, positive pressure grow house, and in the field. And remember, mushrooms are not only good, they’re good for you!

Krauts and Kimchis from Britt's Pickles.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Britt's Pickles naturally ferments an awesome variety of krauts and kimchis that will make your taste buds sing during your holiday festivities on Friday. Plus, they are durn good for you! Get plenty to top all manner of grilled things, to add to potato and other salads, to garnish just about anything, or just to enjoy on their own! (Oh, they have pickles, too.)

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

You might wanna add a little color to your slaw, in the form of these sweet and crunchy carrots from Alm Hill Gardens. Or you might wanna just eat a whole bunch of them raw, by yourself, whilst sitting on your deck. But get twice as many as you think you'll need, since you will probably eat a bunch right here at your Wallingford Farmers Market! (And they may even have a few beefsteak tomatoes today, too!)

Blueberries from Sidhu Farms.. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Our friends at Sidhu Farms tell us they will have lots and lots of these wonderful blueberries today at your Wallingford Farmers Market. See, they couldn’t pick them on Friday due to rain, so that means all to more for us today! Get a flat for blueberry cobbler, another for blueberry pancakes for camping, or for Saturday brunch after the 4th or for mixing with your oatmeal, and a third to freeze for winter. Freezing them is easy. Give them a quick wash, dry them thoroughly by dumping them on top of paper towels in a baking dish and rolling them around for a while, and then remove the paper towel and slide the baking dish into the freezer with the berries in a single layer. They’ll be frozen in 30-60 minutes. When they are, loosen them from the dish and pour them into a one-gallon freezer bag, then start the process over again with the next batch.

Butter lettuce from Around The Table Farm.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Now that is one gorgeous head of lettuce! It is butter lettuce from Around The Table Farm, over in Poulsbo. Think of the salads. Think of the sandwiches. Think of the topped burgers, the lettuce wraps, and more. Oh, this is going to be one delicious Independence Day!

Salmon raspberries from Gaia's Harmony Farm.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How about some organic salmon raspberries from Gaia’s Harmony Farm? They are delicious as they are beautiful, and they’re a nice compliment to Gaia’s amazing organic strawberries and red raspberries. And have you tried one of their chocolate-covered strawberries yet? Yummers!

Microgreens from Farmbox Greens. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Farmbox Greens is back today with their delicious microgreens. Perfect for adding to salads, topping sandwiches, garnishing meats, fish and veggies, and just for snacking. They have arugula, several radish varieties, and some nice blends. Enjoy these flavor and nutrient dense greens!

Tomcot apricots from Lyall Farms.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Also new this week are these gorgeous, juicy and flavorful Tomcot apricots from our friends at Lyall Farms. Grown in the warm sunshine of their orchards in the Columbia River Gorge, just south of the I-90 bridge at Vantage, these apricots are an all too short-lived joy of summer, so enjoy them while you can!

Artisan breads from Tall Grass Bakery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Grab a loaf or three of artisan bread from Tall Grass Bakery. Many of the loaves will keep fine until Friday, though you may want to just pop it in the freezer today, then heat it through on Friday on low heat, and it will be fresh like it just came out of the bakery's oven!

Fresh sodas from Soda Jerk Soda Company. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Don't forget beverages for the kiddies, the teetotalers and the designated drivers. Why not grab a few growlers of fresh soda from Soda Jerk Sodas? Made with many fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, they are refreshing, delicious, and they don't contain remotely as much sugar as the stuff at the Big Box stores.

A hot day cools for Seattle Pops!. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It's going to be plenty warm today. Not in the 90s like yesterday, but mid-80s is warm enough for most of us. Cool down with one of these fruity ice pops from Seattle Pops. They've got some great seasonal flavors happening right now, like strawberry-basilpeach and rhubarb!

Pies from Simply Soulful.. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Finish things off with one or all six of these great pies from Simply Soulful. In all kinds of local flavors, made in the Southern style, these puppies are just what the doctor ordered. And don’t forget to visit their new storefront in Madison Valley, next door to Café Flora.

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!