As the 2009 season of the Madrona Farmers Market wanes, why not start out this week with the image of one beautiful piece of meat — in this case, a pork shoulder blade steak cut from the Boston butt from Sea Breeze Farm. Sea Breeze doesn’t cut this steak that often, which is a shame, ‘cuz I do love it so. Just look at all the delicious marbling in this steak. Boy, howdy! I grilled this particular steak over charcoal, and it was fabulous. Apparently the name Boston butt goes back to colonial times, when it was packed into barrels, a.k.a., “butts”, in Boston. Now we know.
Hey, Chef Kristi Brown-Wokoma of That Brown Grill Catering with be performing one of her always fun and informative cooking demonstrations at the Market today at 4 p.m. Come get some great ideas for preparing the bounty of your Madrona Farmers Market.
The waning market season means that now is a great time to use up any remaining Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks. If you or someone you know received Senior or WIC FMNP checks this year, use them before the Market goes on its winter hiatus. Just because the checks say they are good until the end of October does not mean that the Market will still be here for you to spend them into October. The last day of the Madrona Farmers Market for 2009 is Friday, September 25th. Use your checks now, while it is still easy to come your Madrona Farmers Market. Oh, and the Market accepts Food Stamps, too. Inquire at the Market Information table.
You know how I just love to tease our orchardists about all the wacky hybrid stone fruits they keep bringing the Market this year. I have been begging for a nectareach all summer. Well, I guess I should be careful what I wish for. Collins Family Orchards has now raised the bar much higher with their introduction of nectarplums. Yep, you read right. These are a cross between nectarines and plums, and they are huge and very deeply sweet, like nothing you have ever tasted.
Sweet corn just keeps coming, one succession after another from Eastern Washington, and now in abundance from Western Washington as well. Just look at these beautiful, and gigantic, ears of corn from Sidhu Farms. These monsters are as sweet and delicious as they are large.
San Marzano tomatoes, like these from Oxbow Farm, are a plum variety of tomato native to the area around Naples, Italy. They are considered to be the best saucing tomato on earth, and true Neapolitan pizza can only use sauce from these prized tomatoes.
This may be the last week to get fresh fish from Wilson Fish. The Washington coastal fishing season is winding down, and while it usually closes officially on September 15th, there is no guarantee that either the fish will still be biting until then or that the State will even allow fishing until then, to say nothing of the rough seas created by our now off-shore flow of winds. Wilson will still have plenty of smoked fish, and some fresh-frozen, but if you want fresh, today is the day to grab it.
Fresh berries, like these from Hayton Berry Farms, are waning as well, and some, especially raspberries, may be finished even before the end of September. So get them while you can. Make jam, crumbles, even freeze them for winter enjoyment.
With the return of some rain and cooler temperatures, radishes are back with a vengeance. Just look at these beautiful French breakfast radishes from Full Circle Farm. They are crunchy, spicy and delicious — perfect tossed in a salad or on their own, with maybe a little truffle salt and butter. Yum!
Of course, there is much, much more available at your Madrona Farmers Market today. Just click on “What’s Fresh Now!” in the upper right-hand corner for a full accounting.
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