Apres Vin: Local Cooking Oil from Local Grapeseeds.

Just a sampling of the many flavors of grapeseed oils made by Prosser's Apres Vin. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. Welcome an exciting, new vendor this week to Ballard Farmers Market — Apres Vin. The name is French for “after wine,” and it fits what these folks do perfectly. Apres Vin makes grapeseed oil and flour from byproducts of the Washington wine industry in Prosser, in the Yakima Valley. You see, when wineries make wine, they crush a lot of grapes, and these grapes all have seeds. Well, as it turns out, these seeds make very high-grade cooking oils and flours. In fact, grapeseed oil is prized for its lusciousness, its high smoke point and its nutritional value, including beneficial fats and antioxidants. Grapeseed Flour also has these nutritional benefits, and it is gluten-free.

Grapeseed flour is as diverse as the wine grapes from which it comes. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Apres Vin’s grapeseed oils and flours retain the distinct flavors of the wine grape varietals from which they come, and their oils come in a wide range of flavors. These are truly artisan products that will provide Market customers with two more items for their kitchens that they will no longer have to get at the grocery or specialty store. No need for exotic oils imported from faraway places. You can get it, made in Washington, right at your friendly neighborhood farmers market. Look for Apres Vin to be set up with Sound Bites Spreads, Sauces and Crackers, which, by the way, uses Apres Vin products in all of its own products.

Apres Vin owners, Eric & Lori, left, with Sound Bites owners Stephen & Rich at Ballard Farmers Market. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.