The 16th annual National Farmers Market Week is officially underway. It's a chance to celebrate locally grown and raised produce, meat, eggs and seafood, prepared foods and crafts using farmstead ingredients. But more importantly, it's a chance to thank the incredibly hard-working people who trek to market week after week -- the farmers, the fishers and ranchers; the beekeepers, bread bakers and soap makers; the foragers, flower growers and cheesemongers; the brewers, the orchardists and the soda poppers; the fermentation fiends, the wood carvers and the vintage fabric vixens -- who make farmers markets the vibrant community hubs that they have become. We salute them -- and thank you for continuing to show up and contributing to the local food and arts economy.
As part of the celebration, SFMA is hosting a Farmstand Demo at all three markets this week.
We kicked things off with Ballard Farmers Market friend and chef Jason Stoneburner of Stoneburner Restaurant. Jason walked the market and came up with a wax bean and hazelnut salad that was simply divine.
We continue the festivities Wednesday, 8/5, 4 p.m. at Wallingford: Sample a variety of vegetable and seed-centric sweet treats from the dynamic duo that is Power Yummies.
Also on tap is our Tattoo Booth! Stop by the Demo Tent for an "I Heart Farmers Markets" tattoo (temporary, of course).
Friday, 8/7, 4 p.m. at Madrona: "Jam-boree": Part One: Tasting from Growing Things Farm in Carnation. Part Two: Caroline from Sweet Caroline's Jams will show how to use jams in everyday cooking.