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!
Today is the day to stock up on beef, pork, lamb, sausages 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.
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!
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!
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!
Last call for juicy melons from Lyall Farms. They still have a variety of melons from which to choose, including cantaloupes, watermelons, and some honeydew varieties. Don’t let the summer slip away without one last melon!
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.