Farmers Market Finds: Best of the Summer Season

Yesterday I visited the Ballard Farmers Market to collect fresh groceries after returning from a weeklong visit to Texas. Last week was also National Farmers Market Week (Aug. 3-9) and the Farmers Market Coalition created this clever infographic showing the ways farmers market contribute to a healthy, local food economy. In my view August is the most exciting month to witness the diversity of summer produce from Washington state. With my lengthy shopping list in hand, here is what I ended up buying:

Cassius and Roxy stand with this week's farmers market finds.

Cassius and Roxy stand with this week’s farmers market finds.

Growing Things Farm (Carnation, WA)

  • Scallions
  • Squash Blossoms
  • Green Beans

Alvarez Organic Farm (Mabton, WA)

  • Peppers (padron, poblano chile and sweet yellow)
  • Sweet Corn
  • Watermelon
  • Eggplant

Gaia’s Harmony Farm (Snohomish, WA)

  • Raspberries

Collins Family Orchard (Selah, WA)

  • Peaches

Skagit River Ranch (Sedro-Woolley, WA)

  • Uncured Bacon

Stokesberry Farm (Olympia, WA)

  • Chicken Eggs

Marcel at Collins Family Orchard said this year’s peach harvest is the best it’s been in a long time, so I bought 12 pounds with no plan in mind. These are truly spectacular peaches. Some will be enjoyed out of hand, some will go into a fruit tart or pie, and the rest will be sliced and frozen. I’m glad I have another week of vacation to put them up!

This morning I made squash blossom and onion frittata and bacon for breakfast. This is similar to the quiche recipe I posted in 2010. This week’s meals will primarily be vegetarian in order to enjoy this seasonal harvest at it’s best. I’m really looking forward to sitting outside with a big, cold slice of watermelon.

It’s pretty hot in Seattle this week, so my homegrown tomatoes are finally bearing fruit. They’re sweet like candy.

Homegrown tomatoes picked yesterday

Homegrown tomatoes picked yesterday

 

I’m thankful to live near such an abundant food growing region. My life’s work is to help preserve farming close to home so that future generations can enjoy it. Wherever you live, go out and search for good food like this at your local farmers market. Support your local farms and enjoy.

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