Hey kids! It’s week two of your Madrona Farmers Market for the 2013 season, and if you missed week one last Friday, you missed a completely made0ver market! Seriously. Roughly half of the vendors are new to the market. And they are bringing their A game. So much so that even we market managers were kinda blown away to see it. New farms with gorgeous produce and displays. New processors with superb products made with local ingredients. Even our faithful taco stand, Los Chilangos, has stepped it up using beef and pork from our own Olsen Farms, cheese from new farm Twin Oaks Creamery, and fish from Wilson Fish. Come visit this week and fall in love with your Madrona Farmers Market all over again.
This beautiful spinach is brought to you by Kirsop Farm out of Tumwater. New to your Madrona Farmers Market, they are by no means new to farming, having started their certified organic farm back in 1996. But this is the first time they are selling at a farmers market in King County. They are veterans of the Olympia Farmers Market, where they have developed some of the most magnificent produce displays found anywhere in Washington. Stop by and check them out today, and with one glance, you will know I am not exaggerating. They currently have full heads of lettuce – red leaf, green leaf and romaine — as well as colorful radishes, whole red wheat, bok choy and more, with more crops coming every week!
Of course, you’ll find some old favorites, too, like One Leaf Farm from Carnation. You’ve come to know and love them over the last two seasons for their spectacular produce, like these Pink Beauty radishes. They also have great salad mix and baby arugula now, as well as baby lettuces, pac choi and more!
I know, I know. I promised you fresh Washington coastal king salmon from Wilson Fish last week. What I didn’t know at the time was that their boat had broken down, and they were unable to catch and deliver that fish in time for opening day. But they will be here this week! Woohoo!!! Oh, hey, we’ll also be joined by a new shellfish farm called Padilla Bay that, starting this week, will be bringing live oysters and clams to your Madrona Farmers Market. Yeah, baby!
Alvarez Organic Farms is back this season with lots of goodness from the Yakima Valley. Like these green shallots. This time of year, as they thin their fields, these sweet spring jewels offer an entirely different side of shallots, much like green onions and green garlic do, both of which Alvarez also has right now. Of course, they also still have plenty of asparagus currently, too, plus peanuts and dried beans and chiles.
It has been a few years since Holmquist Hazelnut Orchards has been able to join us at your Madrona Farmers Market, but they are back this season! Located in Lynden, way up in Whatcom County, they grow big, beautiful and uniquely delicious hazelnuts that they offer raw, roasted and seasoned in a variety of flavors. You can also get hazelnut oil and hazelnut butter from them. Stop by for a sample and find what flavor you like best!
Steel Wheel Farm from Fall City is also new to us this season at your Madrona Farmers Market. Like One Leaf Farm — their neighbors just down the road — they are in their third year farming in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley. They, too, arrived on opening day last week with a bang, setting up an incredible display that could rival that of any farm anywhere. Besides these Japanese wax turnips, they currently have baby lettuces, salad mix, purple mizuna, red mustard, arugula, purple kohlrabi, napa cabbage and much, much more!
One of our new processors is Uncle Eyal’s Taste of the Middle East. Using many local ingredients, Uncle Eyal’s makes wonderful hummus, falafel, tahini dressing, garlic mint sauce and baba ghanoush. Well spiced and full of big flavor, you’ll want to load up on some great bread from Tall Grass Bakery and dip and slather to your heart’s content!
Marge Granola makes — you guessed it – granola. They offer it in three varieties: original, hazelnut cacao nib and apricot pistachio. This is good stuff, just waiting to be doused with some Twin Oaks Creamery cow or goat milk, or just eaten straight out of the bag as a snack. Stop by for a taste, and find the flavor you like best!
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.
And 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!