Wednesday, August 10th: Chefs Shop Wallingford, Pink Oyster Mushrooms, Spectacular Lilies & Blueberries On The Bush!

Chef Colin Patterson of Sutra shops at Wallingford Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wallingford is blessed with a wonderful collection of restaurants run by some of the finest chefs in Seattle. It is also blessed with undoubtedly the most beautiful farmers market in Seattle, your Wallingford Farmers Market, located in magnificent Meridian Park. Combine the two, and you’ve got some great cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients. And that’s just what we do every Wednesday from 3-3:30 p.m., before your Wallingford Farmers Market opens to the public at 3:30 p.m. — we allow chefs to come pick up orders from farmers, and grab a little something extra for the nightly special. Here, Chef Colin Patterson of Sutra Vegetarian Cuisine stocks up on some great, organic fruit from Jenny Sutton at Tiny’s Organic Produce, last week. Colin will be performing a cooking demonstration here next Wednesday at your Wallingford Farmers Market.

Pink oyster mushrooms from Red Owl Mushroom Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Red Owl Mushroom Farm introduced this spectacular pink oyster mushrooms last week. Stunning, aren’t they? Delicious, too. Red Owl is literally the newest farm at any of our markets, bringing their first-ever harvest to market in late June. It is also the closet farm to your Wallingford Farmers Market that vends at the Market, being located in Lake City, in Northeast Seattle.

Yellow Doll watermelons from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chef Peter Levine of Waterfront Seafood Grill did a cooking demonstration for us at your Interbay Farmers Market on Thursday in which he used all yellow foods, calling it a “yellow plate special.” The one thing we were missing that day was this yellow doll watermelon from Lyall Farms. Don’t you miss this sweet, refreshing summer treat today!

Blueberries on the bush at Alm Hill Gardens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These are blueberries ripening on the bush at Alm Hill Gardens, up in Everson, Washington, just a few miles south of the Canadian border. And because they do grow on a hill, they actually have a bit on an advantage, as they get to enjoy good drainage in the soil as well as crisper air. Whatever the ultimate secret is, the result is incredible blueberries. Enjoy!

Lilies from Pa Garden. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s lily season, and Pa Garden has some gorgeous bouquets of them right now. Few flowers are quite as dazzling as lilies. They will certainly brighten up your home, or the day of someone special. So don’t forget to add a bouquet of fresh, local flowers to your grocery list today!

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

And I’m thinking of some tasty green salsa as I look at these tomatillos from Alvarez Organic Farms. They just came into season, and they are just waiting for you to have all sorts of fun with them.

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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