Bolles Berries, Local Roots, Daikon Radishes & Potlatch Pilaf

Did you miss the Market on Sunday, June 14th? If you did, you missed the introduction of our newest farm vendor, and the return of three others. Local Roots, from Carnation, grows some of the most unique, and most beautiful, produce found anywhere. Just take a look at this gorgeous chard they had this week.

Rainbow Chard from Local Roots. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bolles Organic Berry Farm returned to the Market for the 2009 berry season on the 14th with their succulent strawberries. They'll have raspberries and blueberries in July, and maybe someday in the future, they'll have some of the first cultivated truffles, but they tell me that is still in the development stage. Stay tuned.

Bolles Organic Farm's berries are back at the Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Bluebird Grain Farms, from Twisp, is known for their magnificent, hearty and delicious heirloom grains and grain products. Now, they have introduced a new product, Potlatch Pilaf, that combines their great emmer/farro with wild rice from Oregon.

Bluebird Grain Farms' Potlatch Pilaf. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Jessies Berries is another farm that returned to Ballard this week, with their strawberries that are so fragrant, you can smell them from space. I know. I have a direct line to the International Space Station. Really. Would I like to you?

Lyall Farms, which has orchards in Mattawa, Desert Aire and Prosser, also returned to Ballard on June 14th with Tieton and Rainier cherries.

Rainier cherries from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I know I missed a week of my running series of huge heads of lettuce last week. I was thinking about it, and I decided that maybe sexy heads of lettuce is a better slant to take. In that case, this Colinwood Farm lettuce display has got to be the pin-up photo for the month of June in the sexy lettuce displays calendar.

Okay. Look at the lettuce, not the sexy farmer! Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Most of the planet thinks every week is a good week for goat meat. Did you know that goat meat is the most commonly consumed animal protein on earth? It seems only we Americans have yet to develop an appreciation for it, but personally, I love the stuff. Well, any week is also a good week for goat meat at Quilceda Farms at Ballard Farmers Market. Just look at all these lovely cuts of goatiliciousness.

Quilceda Farm's goat meat display at the Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Speaking of farms that grow all sorts of unique and uncommon crops (okay, that was at the top of this post, but work with me), Stoney Plains Organic Farm from Tenino brought their first daikon radishes of the season to the Market on the 14th. Are they spectacular?

Daikon radishes from Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

So, I ask you... how can you possibly justify to yourself missing yet another week of the Ballard Farmers Market? Really, how can you?