Wednesday, June 8th: Chef Jason Brzozowy, Sugar Snap Peas, Washington Wine, Bagels, Gluten-Free Goodies, Local Salmon & Pea Vines

Opening day at your new & improved Wallingford Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It was an amazing, if not a little damp, opening day for your new and improved Wallingford Farmers Market at Meridian Park, behind Good Shepherd Center, along Meridian Avenue North. We had great music, great vendors, a great cooking demonstration, and the rain even took a break between 4-7 p.m.! If you missed it, come see us today from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Not only will you find your Wallingford Farmers Market having more vendors than past years, but you will find our new location to be spectacularly beautiful, easily accessible, relaxing, charming, and hey, there’s even a playground to keep the kids occupied and places to sit with a snack and enjoy the afternoon.

Chef Jason Brzozowy of Tilth. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This week, we’ll have another great cooking demonstration at 4 p.m., featuring Chef Jason Brzozowy of Maria Hines’s celebrated Tilth Restaurant on N 45th Street. Mason, as his buds call him, is always a pleasure, as he crafts deliciousness from stuff he finds at the Market. And hey, if he can do it in a park, under a tent, on two portable butane burners, you can do it at home!

Sugar snap peas - first of the season - from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Your eyes do not deceive you! These are fresh sugar snap peas, the first of the season, from Alvarez Organic Farms in Mabton. Eddie tells me they will likely also have snow peas and fresh beets today, to add to their asparagus, green garlic, green sweet, red and white onions, radishes and dried beans!

Washington wines from Tefft Cellars. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And yes, that is wine. We have wine and hard cider at your Wallingford Farmers Market this year. Meet our Washington winemaker, Tefft Cellars, from Outlook, Washington, in the Yakima Valley. They produce an impressive, high-quality, line of wines you will love. Pick up a bottle to enjoy with dinner tonight!

Fresh bagels from Grateful Bread Bakery. Photo copyright 2010 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Grateful Bread Bakery is back this season with great artisan breads, as well as pastries, cookies, muffins, and these awesome bagels, which go great with some smoked salmon from Wilson Fish!

Spring carrots from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And how about the first carrots of the season? Check out these beauties from Stoney Plains! They’re sweet and crunchy, and they will brighten up your salads, if you don’t eat them all right off the bunch first.

Pistachio puffs from Dolce Lou. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey kids, these pistachio puffs from Dolce Lou are gluten-free! Gluten-free, you ask? Yep! And yet, you want to reach into your computer screen and pop one in your mouth right now, don’t you? Phebe’s goodies have that effect on people. So stop by to see all that she’s got with her today!

Fresh, wild, Washington coastal king salmon from Wilson Fish. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of Wilson Fish, how about some fresh king salmon caught just off the coast of Washington. No frequent flyer miles here, folks. When you buy some today, it was likely swimming yesterday! As David likes to say, “this fish is so fresh, it’s from the future.”

Tender, spring pea vines from Lee's Fresh Produce. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Meet one of our new farms this year at your Wallingford Farmers Market: Lee’s Fresh Produce. If you ever drive out SR 520 to its end, where it becomes Avondale Road in Redmond, you have likely driven right past Lee’s without even knowing it! They grow a lot of beautiful produce on their farm, which they are in mid-process to have certified organic. Just look at these lovely, tender pea vines. I enjoyed some last week, and they were nothing short of perfect! So tender and sweet. So check them out today!

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, click on “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner.

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