Friday, July 1st: Chef Carolin Messier of Harvest Vine, Basil, Cherries, Broccoli, Apriums & Local Meat For Holiday Grilling!

Chef Carolin Messier from The Harvest Vine performing a cooking demonstration at Madrona Farmers Market in 2009. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It’s July, folks. No, really, it is. And that giant fireball surrounded by that funny blue tint above you is the sun and a clear sky. Seriously. I would not kid about something like this. Yes, we are about to get a stellar Independence Day Weekend, people. Start it out right by loading up on all manner of local deliciousness to last you all weekend long at your Madrona Farmers Market. And to help get you started, Chef Carolin Messier from Harvest Vine will perform another of her patented cooking demonstrations at 4 p.m. today, to give you great ideas of things to do with all that local flavor. She loves working with fruit, so with strawberries, cherries and apriums now in the Market, today’s demo will be suh-weet!

Fresh pork products from Sea Breeze Farm. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You’ll want to be grilling things this weekend. So stop by to say hi to the good folks at Sea Breeze Farm for fresh, local pork, chicken, lamb, sausage and more. If you have never treated yourself to local meat direct from the farm, you are missing out on something special. And once you try it, you will find it hard to eat that industrial stuff in the Big Box Store ever again!

Fresh basil from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ah, the brilliantly aromatic smell of fresh basil. It is a true right of summer. And its beautiful flavor brightens up so many dishes. One Leaf Farm has some lovely basil right now. Hmm. Grilled apriums, simple syrup and basil. Perfect dessert for a warm summer night!

Chinook cherries from ACMA Mission Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Seems like it took forever for them to arrive, but they’re here now, and your Madrona Farmers Market is chock full of cherries right now, from Rainiers to Chelans to Tietons to these gorgeous Chinook cherries from ACMA Family Orchards.

Broccoli from Full Circle Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Ah, broccoli, how we love thee. And Full Circle Farm is rocking the broccoli right now, too. Let’s see. I’m thinking I’ll toss some broccoli in olive oil, salt and pepper, then grill it right next to my sausages, then finish it off with a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. Oh, yeah, baby!

Jersey cow milk from Silver Springs Creamery. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Have you tried the Jersey cow milk from Silver Springs Creamery? This milk from pasture-raised cows is rich and yellow and amongst the best milk you will ever taste. And they’ve got goat milk, too. While you’re at it, try some of their award-winning yogurt and cheese.

Apriums from Collins Family Orchards. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And here are the aforementioned apriums from Collins Family Orchards. They’re sweet and juicy, and just waiting for you to devour them, whilst dribbling their juice all down the front of your shirt.

Lolo Rosso lettuce from Oxbow Farm. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You know, you can grill lettuce, too. Grilling it imparts a nice smokiness to it, and a bit of warmth. It’s a nice change of pace. And Oxbow Farm grows a spectacular array of heirloom lettuces, like this Lolo Rosso lettuce. Beautiful, isn’t it?

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

Cucumbers, like these from Alvarez Organic Farms, are another refreshing treat of summer. Nothing like a cool cucumber salad, eh? We’ve waited many months for cucumbers to return. Let’s celebrate our independence from mediocre imported cukes this July 4th weekend with some local ones, eh?

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!

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