Wednesday, June 6th: Farm-Fresh Eggs, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Cherries, Rainbow Chard, Humongous Heads of Lettuce & Chef Lesa Sullivan, Too!

Chef Lesa Sullivan of LesaCooks.com. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s Market time again! And it is shaping up to be another lovely, if not a bit brisk, afternoon at your Wallingford Farmers Market. It’s been an unsettling couple of weeks for many, and we want to remind you that, besides great local food, your Wallingford Farmers Market is a place to come feel safe, hang with friends and neighbors, let the kids play, listen to music, grab a snack, throw down a blanket and have a picnic, and just let the stress of life in the Big City fade away! And to help us in that endeavor is the always charming and informative Chef Lesa Sullivan of LesaCooks.com. Lesa has made a career out of teaching folks like us to cook with fresh, nutritious and delicious local ingredients. Come pick up some great tips and ideas from her today during her 4 p.m. cooking demonstration!

Farm-fresh chicken & duck eggs from Sky Valley Family Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Eggs. You’ve been begging us for them for years. Well, we’ve got them for you. These gorgeous eggs are from Sky Valley Family Farm up in Snohomish County. The colorful dozen on the bottom are chicken eggs, while the creamy-white ones are from ducks. Been longing for fresh eggs direct from the farm? Not only will you now find them at your Wallingford Farmers Market, but you will find them in abundance!

Fresh strawberries from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Woohoo!!! Strawberries! Organic strawberries from Alm Hill Gardens, in fact! Alm Hill grows some of the sweetest, most delicious berries anywhere. We live through the cold, dark, wet months, foregoing hollow temptations by tasteless, white-fleshed, under-ripened “strawberries” from factory farms in California and Chile in eager anticipation of the arrival of local berries from Washington — the best berries on earth! And Alm Hill Gardens is among the best of the best, too… and we’ve get ‘em right here at your Wallingford Farmers Market!

Sugar snap peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s sugar snap peas season! Woohoo!!! Now, if that doesn’t put a smile on your face… These beauties are from Alvarez Organic Farms from over in Mabton, in the Yakima Valley. They are crisp, sweet and delicious, and you will want to get twice as many as you think you’ll need. Why? Because you are going to eat so many of them before you even get home!

Burlat Cherries from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Say what?!? Cherries? Yuppers! These are burlat cherries from Lyall Farms. Burlats are the first cherries to come into season each year, and where Lyall grows them in Prosser, they get a 10-14 day jump on the rest of the state with their harvest. That’s why  Lyall always has them before anyone else. And don’t think because they are early or an unusual variety that they aren’t good. Burlats rock!

Rainbow chard from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Another of our new vendors this season at your Wallingford Farmers Market is One Leaf Farm from Carnation, and if Opening Day last week was any indication, the good people of Wallingford have overwhelmingly recognized a good thing when they see it. One Leaf sold out by 6 p.m.! And why not? Will spectacular rainbow chard like this, one is bound to draw a crowd. The amazing thing is, everything One Leaf grows is this spectacular. Come see for yourself!

Carrot & Spinach Capellacci from Pasteria Lucchese. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We missed Pasteria Lucchese, and the ever charming Sam, on Opening Day last week. See, Sam was home visiting his ailing mother in Italy. He is a very good boy. He also makes very good pasta! And he’s back with it today at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Come by and welcome him back, both to the Market and the Pacific Time Zone, and be sure to take advantage of his jet lag (he returned yesterday) with a joke or two!

Giants heads of red leaf lettuce from Summer Run Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

No, Jon from Summer Run Farm does not have a tiny head. It’s just that Summer Run grows ginormous heads of red leaf lettuce. Seriously. Just look at these suckers. They are easily twice the size of his head. Indeed, it is these magnificent specimens of leafy deliciousness for which Summer Run is famous. But you might need to bring a trailer with you today to get one of them home!

Shaving soap, mugs and brushes from Mr. Kitty’s Soap Shop. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve got plenty at your Wallingford Farmers Market to please him, mostly involving grilled dead things over fire in the backyard. But why not surprise him with one of these beautiful shaving mugs and brushes, complete with locally made shaving soap from Mr. Kitty’s Soap Shop. These old-fashioned shaving kits provide a smooth, clean shave, smell great, eliminate wasteful shaving cream cans, and will make dad feel like the rugged man he is!

Kids tamales from Patty Pan Grill. Photo courtesy Patty Pan Grill.

Did you know that our own Patty Pan Grill recently introduced tamales made especially for kids? They’re half the size of their adult counterparts, and one variety has just cheese, while the other has a very simple, mild bean filling. They are available hot and ready to eat at the Market and in convenient packs to take home. “Just the thing for those parents on the verge, desperate to come up with an easy meal that isn’t full of processed garbage,” says Devra. Oh, and they are also offering a free small serving of their market-fresh vegetables along with any kids’ menu item.

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!

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