Did you miss the Ballard Farmers Market this past Sunday, May 24th? If you did, wow, did you miss a lot. Like this camera crew from Philadelphia that is producing a video series for high schools and colleges on green careers for the U.S. Department of Education. They initially came to speak with Oyster Bill Whitbeck of Taylor Shellfish about the relationship between shellfish farming and clean water, and they ended up learning a lot more about how farmers markets and a strong local food system is full of all sorts of green jobs, like blogging about this market, for instance.
Speaking of green careers, Chef Tamara Murphy certainly has one. Owner of Brasa and The Elliott Bay Café, she is committed to sourcing ingredients from local food producers like many of our Market vendors.
Apparently Phocas Farms' Jim Robinson was so inspired by this thoughtful use of U.S. Department of Education funds by the Obama administration that he saluted the Obamanation in succulents. But did he know there was royalty in the Market this past Sunday, too?
The Market received a rare treat in the form of a visit from Oxbow's Sarah Cassidy with her and Luke's little one, Pearl. And we even had a visit from one very classy dog, Leeloo Dannaker, wearing fine Elizabethan attire.
Winner of this week's monster head of lettuce sweepstakes is Oxbow Farm with, um, okay, they are not huge at all. But Luke says, it's not the size of the lettuce, but how much of it you use. Guess he figures if you get a couple of fresh little heads each week, you will be better off than one huge one every couple of weeks, as it'll be fresher and tastier that way.
And for best display of the week, I have to go with this incredible stack of green Walla Walla sweet onions from Magana.
May 24th was quieter at the Market than in recent weeks, not due to less people, but less buskers, as so many of them were drawn away by the annual Northwest Folklife Festival. Of course, that meant we all got an extra good dose of Market favorites, MoZo, with their top-tapping tunes and their wildly infectious smiles.
I understand you may have the excuse that you were at Folklife yourself, or camping or sailing, but I'm not buying it. How could you miss all this? And did I mention the fresh salmon and halibut at Wilson Fish that was sold out by 11:30 a.m., and the saffron ice cream at Empire that was sold out by 11 a.m.! Yup, you missed them, too. And the goat's milk, and the pickled asparagus, and then... old sold out, and you missed it. So you better show up next time, and early, or you may end up like this!