Wednesday, August 20th: Return of Raspberries, More Sweet Corn, Beefsteak Tomatoes, Flavor Heart Pluots & Chef Monica Dimas from Mkt.!

Organic raspberries from Gaia's Harmony Farm. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons. Organic raspberries are back today at your Wallingford Farmers Market! After a brief hiatus, during which I’m guessing they were catching their breath during this prolific year of berry production, the raspberry canes at Gaia’s Harmony Farm are once again bearing fruit for us to enjoy. Woohoo!!!

Basin 'R' Yellow Sweet Corn from Lyall Farms. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

The sweet corn just keeps on rolling this summer. This is Basin ‘R’ Yellow sweet corn from Lyall Farms. This is one of those super-sweet varieties with big kernels, and even bigger ears that will feed two. It is a corn developed to thrive in the Columbia Basin, and that it does!

Chef Monica Dimas of Mkt. Photo courtesy Ethan Stowell Restaurants.

Chef Monica Dimas from Ethan Stowell's Mkt. Restaurant in Tangletown will join us for another great cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m. at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Mkt. is Ethan's neighborhood farm-to-table restaurant that bustles with energy every night in Tangletown, and his chefs there definitely know how to respect and honor the bounty of our Northwest farmers. Come pick up a tip or two! (FYI: mkt. stands for, "Meridian, Keystone, Tangletown... the street, the building and the hood. Now, you know!)

Gorgeous display from Kirsop Farm. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

I just love the colorful, bountiful displays by Kirsop Farm, out of Tenino. They grow such gorgeous, yummy organic produce in so many varieties. Just take a gander at the veritable cornucopia of localiciousness in the photo above!

Beefsteak tomatoes from Alm Hill Gardens. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Alm Hill Gardens is up to its earlobes in organic beefsteak tomatoes this summer. So get in on the action of the most prolific tomato season in recent memory. Make that BLT. Get your salad feeling complete. Make soup, salsa, whatever. Just don’t let this summer go by with enjoying the tomatoliciousness, cuz it will bum you out in January when you get served a lame tomato somewhere.

Flavor Heart pluots from Tiny's Organic. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Fruit names don’t get more blatantly obvious than Flavor Heart pluots.  I mean, just look at them. They are heart-shaped, they are packed with flavor, and they are pluots. Of course, they also have their romantic side, right? Sweet, juicy, and that whole heart-shaped business. Bottom line is, these organic beauties are delish, and you should beat a path to get some from Tiny’s Organic, while you can!

Sweet Snax carrots from One Leaf Farm. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Meet Sweet Snax carrots from One Leaf Farm. Beautiful, aren’t they? They are sweet and crunchy and delicious. These are just the babies, as they are thinning their fields to allow the rest to grow even longer and bigger.

Rio Grande russet potatoes from Olsen Farms. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Sure, there are plenty of more colorful potatoes with sexier names, but there is just something about a russet potato that comforts the American soul. These little fellers are Rio Grande russet potatoes from Olsen Farms. They are, like any russet, a great baker, masher and chipper. They’re are nice on the grill, too!

Pork-apple Breakfast links and bulk sweet Italian sausage from Sky Valley Family Farm. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Whether you are preparing breakfast, lunch, dinner or a picnic, Sky Valley Family Farm has the sausage from you! They have sausages in at least a half-dozen flavors, including these pork-apple breakfast lines, and this bulk sweet Italian sausage, perfect for  so many different dishes at any time of day. All their sausages are made from the happy, free roaming pigs raised by Sky Valley, and they are yummers.

Cinnamon rolls from Tall Grass Bakery. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Finally, though I finish off with cinnamon rolls from Tall Grass Bakery, also commonly considered a breakfast item, I encourage you to enjoy them anytime. They are sweet and chewy and de-lish. Enjoy one for an afternoon snack in the park, for dessert tonight, or for breakfast tomorrow. Or do all three! We won’t judge you.

There is plenty more local deliciousness waiting for you today at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Just check What’s Fresh Now! in the righthand menu for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now.