See You On May 16th!

April 7, 2014

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Your Madrona Farmers Market returns on May 16, 2014 at 3 p.m.! In the meantime, visit many of your favorite vendors at Ballard Farmers Market. And if you would like a beautiful copy of this poster, suitable for framing, stay tuned for details.

Friday, September 27th: Today is the Final Day of the 2013 Season!

September 27, 2013
Chef Michael King from St. Clouds at his 2012 Opening Day cooking demonstration at Madrona Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chef Michael King from St. Clouds at his 2012 Opening Day cooking demonstration at Madrona Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Today is the final day of the 2013 season at your Madrona Farmers Market. The days have gotten short enough now that we will be packing up tonight in the dark, as the sun will set at 6:54 p.m. today! This has been an amazing year, with extraordinary weather and historic crop harvests and quality, and we hate to see it go. But we will return next May. So stock up today, grab a few of our new refrigerator magnets, and then come visit us every Sunday at the Ballard Farmers Market during the cold, dark, wet months. And don’t forget to use those Fresh Bucks and Farmers Market Checks today if you have them!

Oh, and our friend, Chef Michael King of St. Clouds, will be joining us today for his traditional end-of-the-season cooking demonstration at 4 p.m. Chef Mike always delivers deliciousness, and always gives us great ideas for working with the Market’s bounty, and his is also a pillar of the community, raising funds for local shelters and affordable meals. Stop by, and celebrate a great season with us all today!

Ribeye steaks from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D, Lyons.

Ribeye steaks from Olsen Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D, Lyons.

Today is the day to stock up on beefporklambsausages and bacon from Olsen Farms, as well as their amazing potatoes. Their meat is flash-frozen at the butcher shop to preserve it at the peak of freshness, and that means you can store it in your freeze for a few months before you use it, and it will still be better than anything you can get at the Big Box stores. Their spuds will keep for months, too, if you store them carefully in a cool, dark place. So stock up now, while it is convenient. Of course, they will be in Ballard all winter, too.

Radishes from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Radishes from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I heart farm-fresh, local radishes, and I, for one, will miss them over the winter. See, they just don’t like the cold all that much. So even if you do visit us in Ballard all winter, you likely won’t see radishes for several months. Therefore, you should revel in them now! These beauties are from Stoney Plains Organic Farm, and they are delish!

DH Hale peaches from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

DH Hale peaches from Martin Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These D H Hale peaches from Martin Family Orchards are a lovely, late-season peach. They are big, beautiful, sweet and juicy — one last big blast of summer. Few things can top a farm-fresh Washington peach, so enjoy them one last time this season!

Savoy cabbage from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Savoy cabbage from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These sunny Savoy cabbages from Kirsop Farm will give us a little extra hope on a gray, gloomy day. I usually add them to my corned beef pot, or whatever simmering deliciousness is hanging out on the stovetop, as the flavorful stock gets into all the nooks and crannies, and then the cabbage absorbs all those flavors wonderfully. Savoy makes for great krauts, slaws and kimchis, too, and try sautéing it, for a change of pace!

Melons from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Melons from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Last call for juicy melons from Lyall Farms. They still have a variety of melons from which to choose, including cantaloupeswatermelons, and some honeydew varieties. Don’t let the summer slip away without one last melon!

Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

But if you must charge headlong into fall, you can’t do it any better than with these so aptly named Winter Luxury pumpkins from One Leaf Farm. In as much as they are stunningly beautiful, they are even more delicious. This is a great pie pumpkin, or simply use it as you would any winter squash. They have a gorgeous texture and a lovely sweetness and flavor that will have you wondering why you ever bothering with any other pumpkins.

Flavor Grenade pluots from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Flavor Grenade pluots from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

How’s about some late-season pluots from Collins Family Orchards in the form of these colorful and, as the name suggests, exploding with deliciousness, Flavor Grenade pluots?

Holmquist hazelnuts. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Holmquist hazelnuts. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Get your local hazelnut on at Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards today at your Madrona Farmers Market. These, too, keep for months, stored in a cool, dark place, or even frozen. And they are perhaps the best hazelnuts you’ll ever taste, grown just up I-5 in Lynden!

Whole side of smoked wild Washington king salmon from Wilson Fish. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Whole side of smoked wild Washington king salmon from Wilson Fish. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Grab some smoked King salmon today from Wilson Fish. Keep the package sealed, and it will last for weeks in your fridge. Toss it in the freezer, and you’ll be all set for the holidays! And anyone who has ever tried their smoked salmon knows it is the best anywhere!

Flower bouquets from Yeng Garden. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Flower bouquets from Yeng Garden. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Brighten up your home, or the face of someone special, on this dark and gloomy day with a bouquet of fresh, local flowers from Yeng Garden. They have a wonderful selection of fall varieties right now that they grow in East King County, so they don’t have all those frequent flyer miles you find on flowers in the Big Box stores and many local florists.

Artisan breads from Tall Grass Bakery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Artisan breads from Tall Grass Bakery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Tall Grass Bakery is perhaps my favorite bakery in Seattle. They make an amazing collection of hearty artisan breads, from sour doughs to olive fougasse to pumpernickel to all-rye to hominy, and so much more. Chewy on the inside, and crusty on the outside. You can’t go wrong with an single loaf!

Tacos from Los Chilangos. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Tacos from Los Chilangos. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Let’s finish of this last epistle of the 2013 season with a couple more plates for fresh tacos from Los Chilangos. They use only beef, pork, fish and cheese from other Market vendors here and at Ballard Farmers Market. Show me another taco stand in Seattle that can tell you exactly where their meat and fish is coming from. And the proof is in the tacos. Delicious!

Remember, there is plenty more to tantalize your taste buds today at your Madrona Farmers Market. For a fuller accounting, see What’s Fresh Now!

And please remember to bring your own bags today, and every Friday, 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 Madrona 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.

Friday, September 20th: Two Weeks Left In 2013 Season, Concord Grapes, Cippolini Onions, Chile Peppers & Local Salmon!

September 19, 2013
New refrigerator magnets from Madrona Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

New refrigerator magnets from Madrona Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Just one more week after today in the 2013 season for your Madrona Farmers Market, so get in, stock up, have one more plate of tacos or quesadillas, and grab one of these stylish new free refrigerator magnets to help you remember that we will return next May! And if you are asking, “Why so soon?” Well, even with the big overhead lights in the Grocery Outlet parking lot, by the end of September, it is dark already at 7 p.m. That makes it hard to pack up, and let’s face it.  You don’t want to shop in the dark anyway, right? So, enjoy your market while you can, and then we will see you every Sunday, all through the cold, dark, wet months, at Ballard Farmers Market!

Red cippolini onions from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Red cippolini onions from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ooh, yeah, baby! Red cippolini onions from Kirsop Farm. Kirsop kicks bottom at this whole onion growing business, though some might ask, “how can you beat those Ailsa Craig sweet onions they had earlier?” That answer is with cippolini onions. These jewels of Italy cook down to the most beautifully caramelized onions you will ever see or taste, making them a perfect garnish or compliment to any of dozens of hearty fall dishes, and you can pickle them nicely, too. They, unlike the Ailsa Craigs, are long keepers, so you can stock up today and use them deep into the fall.

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

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

These Snow Leopard melons from Tiny’s Organic Produce are not just another pretty face, err, I mean melon. When ripe, they have a sweetness of the cantaloupe style, and they are in the class of melons know as “ice box melons” because they are small and fit in the fridge easily, and they are perfect for one person to devour on their own.

Annie Crane from Seattle Tilth Farm Works. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Annie Crane from Seattle Tilth Farm Works. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Meet Annie Crane. He’s one of the farmers-in-training at Seattle Tilth Farm Works down in Auburn. When you pick up some spudskale or cabbage from Farm Works, you are not only supporting Annie, and the other farmers-in-training down there, but you are actually helping to teach them the business of farming, part of which is selling what you grow.

Concord grapes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Concord grapes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Hey, kids! It’s Concord grapes from our friends at Lyall Farms! Concord grapes make the best juice, and even better grape jelly. They have a deep, bold, natural sweetness to them, and you can even let them ferment with their own natural yeasts (that’s the ashy stuff on the outside of the grapes) into a nice wine.

Kabocha and Red Kuri winter squash from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Kabocha and Red Kuri winter squash from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Woohoo! Winter squash from One Leaf Farm! These lovelies are kabocha (left) and red kuri winter squash. They both have such gorgeous textures and deeply sweet flavors, and when you roast them, you can even eat their skins. Oh, and be sure to toss the seeds in some olive oil, sprinkle them with a little salt, and roast them in a pie tin in the oven for a wonderful little salty, crunchy snack. Yup. Fall does begin tomorrow, alrighty!

Sides of white king salmon from Wilson Fish. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sides of white king salmon from Wilson Fish. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

The salmon fishing season off of the Washington Coast will come to a close this coming week, and that means we won’t be seeing beautiful white and marbled king salmon from the Hoh River and Fraser River fisheries much longer fresh at Wilson Fish. These particular king salmon are unique to these rivers, the result of a natural genetic mutation that affects the way their bodies process the krill in their diets that provide the natural red and pink pigments for which salmon are famous. They tend to be higher in beneficial omega-fatty acids, too, which also makes them more delicious. Avail yourself of the opportunity to enjoy this most royal of local fish while you can!

Nectarplums from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Nectarplums from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Here is yet another installment from the Collins Family Orchards book of funky, hybridized stone fruit. These beauties are nectarplums. Yup, they are a cross betwixt plum and nectarine, and they are amazing! But they have a short-lived season, so enjoy them while you can!

Goathorn chile peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Goathorn chile peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Above is a variety of goathorn chile peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms. They are a medium hot chile with a wonderful, bright flavor. Well, it is full-on pepper season at Alvarez. They grow over 200 varieties, and this is a prolific year for peppers, like for so many other crops. This time of year, the pepper fields are so colorful at Alvarez, they are kind of reminiscent of the tulip fields in Skagit Valley in April. You can get a pretty good idea of their many varieties of peppers by checking out our Facebook photo album of them!

Blueberries from Sidhu Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D, Lyons.

Blueberries from Sidhu Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D, Lyons.

This is the last week for blueberries from Sidhu Farms, and likely from all of our farms, as with the return of the rains and cooler weather, the berries are beginning to turn to mush on the bush. So again, enjoy them while you can, for one last time. Stock up and freeze a bunch to enjoy all winter!

Pickled jalapeños from Purdy Pickle. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Pickled jalapeños from Purdy Pickle. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Purdy Pickle has a fresh supply of these gorgeous pickled jalapeño peppers that they got from Alvarez Organic Farms. These are the perfect compliment to so many thing, or just on their own. Enjoy!

Remember, there is plenty more to tantalize your taste buds today at your Madrona Farmers Market. For a fuller accounting, see What’s Fresh Now!

And please remember to bring your own bags today, and every Friday, 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 Madrona 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.

Friday, September 13th: Sweet Potatoes, Fresh Peanuts, Winter Squash, Colorful Carrots, Local Wine & An Artisan Chocolate Tasting!

September 13, 2013
Cacao pods. Photo courtesy NW Chocolate Festival.

Cacao pods. Photo courtesy NW Chocolate Festival.

These are cacao pods. Cocoa beans come from them, and those beans are fermented, dried, roasted, pressed and so on until we get chocolate. It is a complicated and meticulous process in order to get it just right, which is one reason why chocolate varies so dramatically in quality and flavor. Some folks are good at it, and others, well, not so much. Of course, there are many different varieties of cacao, many different regions that grow it, and many methods of growing it, all of which also affect quality. There is an extraordinary amount to learn about chocolate beyond the fact that we all love it, and the Northwest Chocolate Festival is an amazing and unique forum for that education with few rivals on earth. The festival will be held this year on September 20-22 at the Washington State Convention Center, but you can get a delicious sneak peak at what they have to offer during an artisan chocolate tasting today at 3:30 p.m. at your Madrona Farmers Market!

Fresh peanuts on the vine from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Fresh peanuts on the vine from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Are you one of those people that can’t wrap your head around whether a peanut is a nut or a legume? Do you love the roasted and salted peanuts from Alvarez Organic Farms, but wish you could get some fresh peanuts to boil or cook with? Or maybe you just want a conversation starter. Well, here it is – fresh peanuts on the bush, available right now, for a very short time, at your Wallingford Farmers Market! Do you see those leaves? Yup, thems are peas alright!

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This may be the endless summer of 2013, but fall crops are already beginning to roll in. These are sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms, and they just started harvesting them this past week. Besides the fact that sweet potatoes are delicious, these beauties are special because no other local farmer is growing them and bringing them to our farmers markets. They store well, in a cool, dark place, so stock up now for later in the fall and winter.

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Just three more weeks left in the 2013 season of your Madrona Farmers Market. If you receive SNAP/EBT benefits (food stamps), take advantage of our Fresh Bucks program now, while it is soooo convenient. We will double the first $10 you use in SNAP benefits once per visit — every visit — to your Madrona Farmers Market. Use this program to help stock your pantry for the cold, dark, wet months! Oh, and if you have WIC or Senior Farmers Market Checks, use them now, too, while you can.

Red kabocha winter squash from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Red kabocha winter squash from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And if you had any doubt as to whether or not we have turned a corner in the seasons, now that Labor Day has passed, this red kabocha winter squash from Stoney Plains Organic Farm should clear things right up for you. Sure, we’ve got more amazing summer weather in the forecast, but the shadows are getting longer, and the days are getting shorter, and we’ve been reminded in this past week that it does still rain around here on occasion. So, why not enjoy this sweet, earthy fall treat a little early, eh?

Chiogga radicchio from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Chioggia radicchio from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

One Leaf Farm has begun to harvest the first of its fall crop of radicchio. This is chioggia radicchio, and it has a wonderful, bitter flavor, and when sautéd, it is easily complimented with smoky, salty bacon, some balsamic vinegar, or some nice anchovies and a little grated pecorino in a salad. You might ask, “isn’t chioggia a beet?” Actually, it is a city in the Italian provence on Venice. And they know a thing or two about deliciousness.

Colorful carrots from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Colorful carrots from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These gorgeous red and yellow carrots are from Growing Things Farm. Sweet and crunchy, and great roasted, sautéed, in salads or just munched on whole, in a season in which all other crops have come in early and abundantly, carrots have been on the sparse side. That makes these beauties that much more worthy of celebration!

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

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

Flavor Supreme pluots from Tiny’s Organic Produce are perhaps the most dramatic looking of all the pluots they grow, with a skin that is a mixture of green and red, and flesh that is the most beautiful bright red. And as a late-season pluot, they are also one of the best tasting!

Reusable wine bottles from Wilridge Winery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Reusable wine bottles from Wilridge Winery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Wilridge Winery joined us two weeks ago at your Madrona Farmers Market with their wines made right here in Madrona. They are the oldest winery in Seattle. But did you know that they have these cool, reusable Magnum Wine Bottles (left, above) today at your Madrona Farmers Market in 3 Wine Varieties? Bring it back next week and exchange it for another… and an $8 credit!

Flower bouquet from XCC Garden. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Flower bouquet from XCC Garden. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Finally, this week, don’t forget to go home with a beautiful bouquet of flowers from XCC Garden. They have lots of stunning late-summer colors to brighten your home, or the day of someone special.

Remember, there is plenty more to tantalize your taste buds today at your Madrona Farmers Market. For a fuller accounting, see What’s Fresh Now!

And please remember to bring your own bags today, and every Friday, 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 Madrona 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.

Friday, September 6th: Wine Tasting, Westside Corn, Fresh Cannellini Beans, Ravishing Raspberries & Chef Clara Moore!

September 6, 2013
Chef Clara Moore of Culinary Mercenary.

Chef Clara Moore of Culinary Mercenary.

Wow, how the time flies. The kiddies are back in school already, and there are just four weeks left in the season here at your Madrona Farmers Market. Chef Clara Moore, of Culinary Mercenary will be doing our cooking demonstration today at 4 p.m. She is a wiz with making simple deliciousness from the bounty of the Market. She’s also a fabo teacher! Let her impart some great ideas to you today!

Organic estate wines from Wilridge Winery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Organic estate wines from Wilridge Winery. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

We were thrilled last Friday to introduce our newest vendor, Wilridge Winery, from just up the hill from your Madrona Farmers Market. Seattle’s original winery, it was founded in 1988 by husband and wife duo, Paul Beveridge and Lysle Wilhelmi. Wilridge Winery is the oldest continuously operated winery in Seattle. And now, you can sample their wine before you buy, right here at the Market!

Westside sweet corn from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Westside sweet corn from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Look, kids. It’s Westside sweet corn from Stoney Plains Organic Farms. Since it doesn’t get as hot over on this side of the Cascade Mountains, Westside corn takes longer to mature. But what it lacks in speed it makes up for in flavor and sweetness. But it will go fast, so get here early!

Late season raspberries from Gaia's Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Late season raspberries from Gaia’s Harmony Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It may be September, but it is still berry season. These organic raspberries are from Gaia’s Harmony Farm. 2013 has been one of the best berry-growing seasons in history, with better quality, sweeter berries and huge harvests. There is still plenty of time to get your berry on this season!

Broccoli from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Broccoli from Kirsop Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Yippee! It’s a new harvest of broccoli from Kirsop Farm! Is this not some of the most beautiful broccoli you have ever seen? Delicious, too. Try grilling it. What? Yes, broccoli grills quite nicely! I also love tossing it with some fusilli, crushed garlic and chile flakes, also. Or roast it in the oven. Mmm. Broccoli.

Dinosaur Egg pluots from Tiny's Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Dinosaur Egg pluots from Tiny’s Organic Produce. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Dinosaur Egg pluots have a cool name and are gorgeous, and they taste great, too! Plus, they travel well, so they are a good addition to lunch boxes. Grab a few from Tiny’s Organic Produce for the kiddies (and yourself) today!

Heirloom Kenyon sweet corn from Seattle Tilth Farm Works. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Heirloom Kenyan sweet corn from Seattle Tilth Farm Works. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

This is heirloom sweet corn from Kenya, grown by African immigrant farmers in training at Seattle Tilth Farm Works on their land down in Auburn. Gorgeous, isn’t it? We had this at your Madrona Farmers Market last week, and hopefully, it will be back this week. This stuff is a little less tender than the modern, hybridized sweet corn we are used to around here, so you need to cook it a bit longer — up to 20 minutes — but the payoff is in its uniqueness and its heritage. This corn migrated all the way to Kenya from the Americas hundreds of years ago, and now, it is coming home again!

Organic Jerseys blueberries from Whitehorse Meadows Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Organic Jerseys blueberries from Whitehorse Meadows Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Jerseys blueberries are the latest variety of blueberries to come into season at Whitehorse Meadows Blueberry Farm. They are kind of the classic blueberry, sweet and a little tart. Toss them in your oatmeal. Make muffins. Add them to pancakes. Relish in their antioxidant qualities!

Fresh cannellini shelling beans from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Fresh cannellini shelling beans from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cannellini beans are one of the great shelling beans. They are prized in Italy and France, and dried, they are the classic white bean. They have a lovely flavor and texture for use in soups, stews and salads, and when they are fresh, like these from One Leaf Farm, I love shucking them and building a lovely succotash around them. They are a great substitute for traditional lima beans. And as corn is the other most common component in succotash, I might just have to give that Kenyan corn a try with these beans — the Deep South meets Europe meets Africa!

Thai eggplant from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Thai eggplant from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

These magnificent little creatures are Thai eggplant from Alvarez Organic Farms, and they are just one of about 18 varieties that they grow, 13 of which are gracing their tables right now. If you love eggplant like I love eggplant, check out Alvarez today. And to get your juices flowing , just take a gander at our Facebook photo album of their eggplant.

Cookies from Pinckney Cookie Cafe. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cookies from Pinckney Cookie Cafe. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Mmm. Cookies. Four different kinds of cookies, in fact, from Pinckney Cookie Cafe. These fresh, chewy delights are actually made with local flour from the Washington wheat farmers of the Shepherd’s Grain Cooperative. And if you are actually avoiding wheat in your diet, never fear! Pinckney’s got your covered with gluten-free versions of all of their cookies, too!

Remember, there is plenty more to tantalize your taste buds today at your Madrona Farmers Market. For a fuller accounting, see What’s Fresh Now!

And please remember to bring your own bags today, and every Friday, 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 Madrona 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.


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