June 21st: Raspberries, Sea Beans, Green Beans & Squash Blossoms

The first raspberries of the season from Sidhu Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. Wow, it is only the first day of summer, and already we are into raspberry season. Look for them at Sidhu Farms and Alm Hill Gardens. And, of course, there are still plenty of strawberries and cherries throughout the Market. And now, just to mix things up, Tiny's has the first apriums of the year -- one of those newish fruits that is a cross between an apricot and a plum.

Harricot Verts, the first green beans of the season, at Stoney Plains. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lots of wonderful vegetables are flooding the Market now, too, like these Harricot Vert green beans from Stoney Plains. Alm Hill has fava beans, basil, cilantro and purslane. Growing Things has baby summer squash with blossoms. Prana Farm has five kinds of lettuce, kale, collard greens and peas. Local Roots has frisee, pink turnips, pink beauty and shunkyo radishes and seven kinds of lettuce. Summer Run has baby beets, broccoli and carrots. Oxbow has cauliflower. Children's Garden has mint and cilantro. And check out these sea vegetables -- sea beans -- from Forage & Found Edibles.

Wild sea beans from Foraged & Found Edibles. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Don't forget to visit Oyster Bill Whitbeck at Taylor Shellfish today. He is hosting cookbook author Poppy Tooker, who will be signing books and cooking gumbo all day. If you are in the mood for gumbo, Oyster Bill can help you with some shucked oysters for it.

Shucked oysters from Taylor Shellfish make it easy to add fresh, local oysters to any recipe. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

But maybe you are the one who is in charge of entertaining the guests while someone else makes the gumbo. Then you should pick up some cider from Rockridge Orchards or some wine from Sea Breeze, and some cheese from River Valley Ranch.

Bo-Vine, a lovely wine-rubbed cow's milk cheese from River Valley Ranch. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

You could also pick up some fresh goat cheese from River Valley or Port Madison to stuff in some squash blossoms for frying from Alvarez or Growing Things.

Squash blossoms from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And don't forget, it is Father's Day today. Wilson Fish wants you to know that they've got some smoked king salmon, just out of the smoker yesterday, as well as some beautiful fresh red and marbled king, as well as halibut, to make your dad one happy camper this afternoon and evening.

Of course, each week, I only have time and space to highlight just some of the bounty here at Ballard Farmers Market. You can see the complete-ish list of What's Fresh Now! in the right-hand menu, but you really need to dedicate enough time to thoroughly explore the Market, as you never know what will show up unannounced from week-to-week, and who will end up having it. See you at the Market!