Wednesday, July 16th: More Corn, Melons, More Tomatoes, Nectarcots, Peaches & More!

Yellow Doll watermelons from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons. Just when you thought this summer couldn't get any more amazing, Lyall Farms brings the first melons of the season to your Wallingford Farmers Market! These are Yellow Doll watermelons, and this is the earliest we've ever seen them here, by more than two full weeks. Wow. They also have more traditional red watermelons, sweet, juicy and ripe, and ready for you to devour. Oh, and guess what else? Chef Carl Mofjeld of Joule will perform a cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m.

Organic sweet corn from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

More sweet corn has arrived this week. This is certified organic sweet corn from Alvarez Organic Farms, and because I care, I have already done some serious quality control testing on it, and I can assure you, it is awesome!

Here is a tip for chosing corn: instead of pulling open the top to see if it is filled out, simply run your thumb over the outside of the husk. You can easily feel the mature kernels inside. See, when you actually tear the corn open, you are actually ruining it either for yourself or the next person, because the minute you do that, all the delicious sugars in it that make it so sweet begin to turn to starch. So please, never tear open the husk to examine it before you buy it. If you need help choosing the best ears, just ask. Our farmers are more than happy to lend you a hand.

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

These are nectarcots, from Collins Family Orchards, and as the name suggests, they are a cross betwixt nectarines and apricots. And of all the various stone fruit hybrids, I'd say these guys might be the most difficult to pick out their genetic lineage without us telling you. They kinda look like a yellow-orange plum, and they taste super sweet and are super juicy. They don't have the fuzzy exterior of the apricot, or its deep flavor, and they don't have that texture that nectarines have. It is as if somehow, someone was able to cross them and get them to contribute their best flavor notes while giving them the texture of a plum and the sturdiness of a pluot. Bottom line is, they are amazing, but they're only around for a few weeks, so don't you dare miss them!

Fresh cut lavender from Around The Table Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This is also the earliest we've had fresh cut lavender at your Wallingford Farmers Market by far. It is turning out to be a terrific year for lavender, and the bees couldn't be happier. This beautiful, fragrant, soothing and tasty lavender is from Around The Table Farm from Poulsbo.

Sungold cherry tomatoes from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey kids! One Leaf Farm has tomatoes! These sungold cherry tomatoes, in fact. They are so sweet, they’re like candy. I eat them a pint at a time. Of course, that means you'll need to get twice as many as you think you'll need... at least. Woohoo!

A rainbow of berries from Hayton Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It is a spectacular rainbow of berries today at Hayton Farms, including golden raspberriesred raspberriesblueberries and blackberries. Better load up on them, so you can enjoy their cooling effects with every meal during this hot weather!

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

And there's nothing like a cucumber to cool you off during the hot days of summer, a phrase we don't get to say too often. But this year is one for the record books, so let's get our cucumber salads on, people. Let's crank out some cucumber sandwiches. Let's add it to our ice water and make cocktails and gazpacho out of it. They babies are from Alm Hill Gardens. Pick some up today at your Wallingford Farmers Market!

Early Red Haven peaches from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These early red haven peaches from Martin Family Orchards are sweet and juicy, picked only when ripe, and then packed in these protective trays to reduce bruising. They are ready for you to enjoy right now, at the happy expense of the front of your shirt!

New Viking Purple potatoes from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Our friends at Olsen Farms offer these Viking Purple new potatoes today, just dug fresh this past week. They are sweet and tender, and they need to be eaten right away, preferably with lots of butter!

Rainbow chard from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2014 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How about some stunningly gorgeous rainbow chard from Kirsop Farm? A close cousin of beets, chard is sweet and earthy when lightly wilted with some fresh garlic in a skillet. When choosing a bunch of chard, look for stem cuts that are still clean looking, like these, where they haven't begun to brown. That tells you it was harvested within the last day. And if it gets wilty from the heat before you get it home, submerge it in a big bowl of very cold water for an hour or two. It will perk right back up again! This trick works for most greens.

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

Cool down with a fresh soda from Soda Jerk Soda today at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Made with many fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, their flavors change from time-to-time, so stop by to see what’s fresh today!

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

Or better yet, how about a nice ice cream bar from our buddies at Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company? It’s like a big hug and an air conditioner on a stick! They have a ridiculous selection of flavors from which to choose. I have a bit of a weakness for the cardamom, myself. Nummers.

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!