69 Degrees & Spoonman

Ballardites crowded the Market by the thousands to welcome, finally, spring. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. Sunday, April 5, 2009 was the warmest day in 188 days, according to the National Weather Service, and Ballardites wasted no time getting out and enjoying it. And besides the fabulous sunshine and the always fantastic market vendors, they were treated to many of Seattle's best street performers, as Pike Place Market was overrun by a barbecue competition that day, and its buskers all headed north to Ballard.

Artis The Spoonman & Jim Page led an all-star cast of buskers filling every nook and cranny of Ballard Avenue. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Besides Ballard Farmers Market regulars like MoZo, Raw Corn and Dandelion Junk Queens, such performers as Jim Page with Artis The Spoonman and Reggie Miles, who plays a handsaw, made the pilgrimage up from Pike Place.

Reggie Miles playing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" on a handsaw. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Richard and Jane Bye visited the market from Onalaska, Alaska, where their blessed weekly box of fresh produce from our own Full Circle Farm is a matter of survival for them.

The Byes of Onalaska, Alaska visit with Peter at Full Circle Farm's stall. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And Whidbey Island Ice Cream Company sold out of ice cream bars.

Whidbey Island Ice Cream sells yet another ice cream bar to cool a warm day. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

As spring finally gets cranking here in the Pacific Northwet, don't miss a single week at the Market. Be it fiddlehead ferns, delicious salad mixes, a bouquet of flowers for mom or some plants for the garden, new things are appearing every week this time of year.

You even missed this loaf of Buckwheat Seed Bread at Flying Apron this week. Bet you won't make that mistake again. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.