Chickweed, or satin flower, at Nash's Organic Producer. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.
Chickweed (Stellaria media) is probably taking over your spring garden bed as you read this, but surprising to most people is that the stuff you are throwing in the compost pile is actually a nice, tasty, grassy and nutrient-rich spring treat with many culinary applications. Native to Europe, it has become a prolific invasive weed in North America. It gets its name from the fact that chickens love to eat it, and I have never met a cockatiel that could resist it. It's like candy to them.
While chickweed has some medicinal uses, some advise caution in its ingestion due to its high nitrogen content.
For more information on chickweed, go to Wikipedia.
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Get here early and you may be able to spot some of these little guys around the Ballard Farmers market!
If you plan on enjoying Seafood Fest activities after the market today - pack the cooler and plenty of ice to keep your market finds cold and crisp!
Last Friday, Maza and her friends waited for the market to set up and open, to stock up on fresh berries.
What will you rush down to the market for today?
When you are craving a taco from Taqueria Los Chilangos, no other taco will do. Lucky for you, they are serving them up now #onlyatthewallingfordfarmersmarket. Fill up on tacos - and fill your bags with fresh produce, meat, baked goods, cheese from the market!
Janelle and Annie at Stokesberry Sustainable Farm take a break to beat the heat with @seattle_pops at Ballard on Sunday.
Wallingford - we missed you last week! We can’t wait to hear all about your 4th of July over the best fruits and veggies of the season. Tomorrow, 3-7pm, Meridian Park!
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