Wednesday, August 1st: Organic Sweet Corn, Shiro Plums, Local Honey, Spud Nuts & Chef Brian Gojdics from Tutta Bella!

Chef Brian Gojdics from Tutta Bella. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s that time again! Time for another beautiful summer afternoon at your Wallingford Farmers Market! It doesn’t get much better than a day like this in Seattle — 75 degrees and sunny, crystal clear, blue skies, and the rumble of fighter jets flying over the city. Okay, we can probably live without that last bit. But by any measure, most folks would call a day like today perfect. Just add some local deliciousness fresh from your Wallingford Farmers Market, and you can’t go wrong! To get things started, we’ll enjoy another great cooking demonstration at 4 p.m. today with Chef Brian Gojdics of Tutta Bella, likely grilling up some pizzas topped with the bounty of the Market!

Sweet corn from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Okay, the wait is over. Organic sweet corn has arrived from Alvarez Organic Farms at your Wallingford Farmers Market! Woohoo! But wait, there’s more! Alvarez also now has tomatillostomatoeseggplant, okra and soon, peppers! Oh, I so love this time of year.

Shiro plums from ACMA Mission Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Shiro plums are the pride and joy of Japan, and they make for some absolutely amazing wine. But not too many folks grow them around here. Lucky for us, our own ACMA Mission Orchards does! This mildly flavored, sweet, juicy little plum is a delight, but only for a few weeks do we get to enjoy it, so grab some while you can.

Honey from Alm Hill Garden’s Sunny Honey. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We’ve got a fresh harvest of honey from Sunny Honey of Alm Hill Gardens now at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Annie’s bees pollinate the many diverse crops around Alm Hill Gardens each spring and summer, and then they produce this amazing honey. And because Alm Hill Gardens is an organic operation, neither you nor the bees need to worry about getting poisoned by chemicals! So sweeten up your day the natural way with some fresh, local honey from Annie’s bees in Whatcom County.

Green beans from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Yay! More green beans! These beauties are from One Leaf Farm. Gotta love green bean season. How do you like them best? Sautéed with some bacon and pearl onions? Pickled? In a casserole or salad? Maybe you even will grill them. Or maybe you will just devour them straight out of the bag. However you enjoy them, enjoy them now, while you can, as you will miss them once fall returns.

Flavor supreme pluots from Tiny’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Talk about stunning, how’s about these flavor supreme pluots from Tiny’s Organic Produce? I think they might be the most beautiful of stone fruits. (Coolest looking is reserved for donut peaches, also in season now.) Pluots, a cross between plums and apricots, are firmer than both while still being plenty sweet and juicy. And they come in all sorts of varieties. Now’s a great time to experiment with them, as so many are currently in season.

Dinner hour at Skagit River Ranch. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Get your grub on at Skagit River Ranch today at your Wallingford Farmers Market. They’ll be grilling up their farm-fresh sausages and burgers for you. And remember, you can buy those same sausages and burgers frozen to bring home and cook yourself, too! Plus, they’ve got a full lineup of beef, pork, lamb, chicken, bacon, ham, and more! Enjoy dinner fresh here tonight, and bring home with you dinner for the rest of the week from all of our lovely farmers and processors.

Fresh spud nuts from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Spud nuts from Olsen Farms are in the house! Olsen is famous for their dry-land potatoes grown in Northeastern Washington. In fact, did you know they travel farther than any other farm in the state to bring you their amazing potatoes in 20+ varieties, as well as beefpork and lamb? Spud nuts in particular are great this time of year because they are the smallest of the potato harvest, sold in mixed bags. They roast, steam, sauté, and even grill wonderfully! And nothing’s sweeter than new, freshly dug potatoes.

Please remember to bring your own bags today, and every Wednesday, as Seattle’s single-use plastic bag ban is now in effect. Also, please take note of our new 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. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.

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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