Speaking of Salad Mix

Many farms at Ballard Farmers Market offer salad mix, but no two mixes are the same. It is in salad mix that our diverse collection of farmers perhaps best get to express their creative sides and their personalities in greens. Alm Hill Gardens has one of the earliest mixes of the year, and they even add flowers to it. In May, they added tulip petals. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Salad mixes can be mild or spicy, made entirely of various lettuces or with no lettuces at all. They are a fun and delicious way to get an incredible variety of flavors, textures, colors and nutrients while simultaneously getting a quick and easy salad that is elegant and beautiful. Sure, they cost a little more, but most at the Market are harvested by hand when the leaves are young and tender, requiring great care on the part of the farmers. The prices are more than fair, given the labor intensive nature of salad mixes, and besides, you have to do less work.

Michaele Blakely's special blend of greens make Growing Thing's spicy salad mix unique. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Many farms at Ballard Farmers Market now offer salad mixes. They include Alm Hill, Anselmo, Colinwood, Full Circle, Growing Things, Nash's, and Stoney Plains. If you haven't enjoyed a salad mix from the market before, what you get at the big box grocery store does not compare, so you should give it a try. And if you have been loyal to one salad mix, why not try a few others, just to mix it up. There ain't a stinker in the bunch. Then, pick up some radishes, carrots, baby turnips, green onions and a little cheese, and you are ready to build the easiest and most delicious salad you have ever tasted.

Colinwood Farms' salad mix is big and bold with spicy mustards and bitter mizunas. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.