Wednesday, September 5th: Westside Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Soft Pretzels, Big, Juicy Peaches & Chef Jeff Marshall from Bizzarro!

Westside sweet corn from Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I cannot remember a year in which sweet corn from Western Washington came into season this late. What a bizarre year this has been. And now, we are in what seems like an endless summer pattern in which we are well positioned to break the record for the most consecutive days without rain. Huh? Weren’t we just whining about too much endless rain?  Wasn’t July the wettest one ever? Well, we’re heading into El Nino, folks, and according to the weekend weather woman on Fox News, that means it’s likely to be a warmer, drier fall than normal, so things may be coming on late, but hopefully they will stick around longer, too. Anyway, this is all to say, enjoy some Westside sweet corn from Alm Hill Gardens today at your Wallingford Farmers Market.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Look, kids! It’s sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms at your Wallingford Farmers Market. Yeah, baby! Sweet, nutritious tuberous deliciousness! Oh, hey, and we get to enjoy another great cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m. from Chef Jeff Marshall of Bizzarro. Come see what crazy goodness he’s got up his sleeve today!

Suncrest peaches from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These are the big, juicy peaches dreams are made of… and messy shirt fronts! These are Suncrest peaches from Martin Family Orchards. Several years ago, I visited a Serbian restaurant in Milwaukee, and the owner told me this amazing story of fighting with the Yugoslavian resistance during WWII, and how he and his two brothers escaped Yugoslavia in 1956 by climbing over the Alps into Austria when the Soviets invaded Hungry, as the Yugoslavian military left the border along the Alps open as they scrambled to the Hungarian border. He told me that they then joined their father in Milwaukee at his restaurant, which he had named Three Brothers in just the hope his three sons would eventually join him there in freedom. It was one of the great life stories I’ve ever heard. But when he heard I was from Washington, all he wanted to talk to me about was these big, beautiful, juicy peaches!

Snow Leopard melons from Tiny’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Nothing says summer like a ripe, juicy melon. And Tiny’s Organic Produce has a bunch of cool, heirloom melons available right now. Like these Snow Leopard melons. They’re all organically grown in East Wenatchee, and they are ready for you to devour!

Japanese eggplant from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Eggplant season is in full swing at Alvarez Organic Farms. They grow about a dozen varieties of eggplant, including this Japanese eggplant. Each has its own shape, color and distinctive flavor, and each suits itself to a different style of cooking. So why not grab one you don’t recognize, research it, and play with it!

Soft pretzels from Grateful Bread Bakery. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These are Grateful Bread Bakery’s new soft pretzels, and they are perfectly soft, salty and chewy. They made this Philly ex-pat a little homesick, in fact. Seriously. The only thing they lack is some yellow mustard. Lots of yellow mustard! Nuff said.

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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