Wednesday, September 26th: It’s The End Of The 2012 Season Today!

7:15 p.m. in Meridian Park on last day of season 2011. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wondering why your Wallingford Farmers Market is ending its season today? This is why! This is the last day last year — same week — and at 7:15 p.m., it was already quite dark in the park. Meridian Park has no lights, and the trees around it’s perimeter block street light as well. Besides being difficult to pack up in the dark, it can be dangerous, and from our experience, people won’t shop in the dark, either. So, alas, today, we end another glorious season. But you can still visit most of our vendors at our sister market, Ballard Farmers Market, open all year-round on Sundays in Old Ballard. We thank you for your support this year, and now, how’s about us all giving our vendors one more market of love today. We’ll warm you up with some tasty photos. See you in 2013!

Winter squash from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just look at all this stunningly beautiful and incredibly delicious winter squash from One Leaf Farm, available today at your Wallingford Farmers Market! It stores well, so stock up and enjoy it all winter!

Pea vines from Gaia’s Natural Goods. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Here’s a little rebirth of spring for you! Gaia’s Natural Goods has a fresh crop of pea vines! I love these just sauteed with a little garlic in some olive oil, and imagine serving some local halibut or a nice grilled pork chop over a bed of sauteed pea vines, eh? Yummers!

Sweet Dream peaches from Tiny’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Peach season rolls on, and with every week, we see new varieties of them, like these Sweet Dream peaches from Tiny’s Organic Produce. These late-season peaches are amongst the best of the year — sweeter, juicier.  The season may be drawing to a close, but don’t let it get away without a few more peaches!

Blueberry peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Happy Autumn, everyone! And as if to signal the turning of the seasons, it got cooler and grayer over the Equinox. But the sun is back, and the fall crops are flowing in, like the plethora of peppers varieties from Alvarez Organic Farms. Did you know that they grow about 200 different varieties of them? Yep. Check out these blueberry peppers, for instance. They are sweet, not spicy, but mostly, they are really cool looking. And if any peppers remind us of their deadly nightshade ancestry, these will, eh?

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

And how’s about a last big shot of farm-fresh tomatoes? Just look at these beauties from Alm Hill Gardens. Big ones. Little ones. Slicers, poachers. Sweeter ones, more acidic ones. And in all sorts of great colors to liven up your meal! Enjoy them right now. You will miss local, farm-fresh tomatoes come winter!

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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