Boistfort Valley Farm Returns To Ballard

Valerie Rose of Boistfort Valley Farm holds up some of their beautiful Red Oakleaf and Salad Bowl lettuce. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons. Boistfort Valley Farm is back at Ballard Farmers Market for another season. You know, people ask me all the time where Boistfort Valley Farm is. I try to be as straight-faced as possible when I reply to them, "It's in Boistfort Valley." Eventually, I have to tell them it's near Chehalis, but basically, it is in the valley swamped by water and mud in December 2007, a not-so-natural disaster that played a key role in the unseating of our former Commissioner of Public Lands. Boistfort Valley Farm kinda became the poster farm of that disaster.

Boistfort Valley bok choi and tatsoi. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

But really, Boistfort Valley is best known for growing some of the best produce available anywhere. One area the farm specializes in is Asian greens, like the bok choi and tatsoi above. They also have much sought after Asian broccoli. And eight kinds of lettuce, two of which are displayed by the lovely Valerie, above, as well as red, Easter egg and Shunko radishes, Italian dandelion greens, red chard, strawberries, fresh herbs, kohlrabi, cilantro -- the list seems almost endless.

Kohlrabi, a member of the cabbage family, is a staple of some Eastern European diets. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Be sure to stop by Boistfort Valley Farm's stall, along the sidewalk at the 22nd Avenue end of the Market and welcome them back. And maybe pick up a bag of sugar snap peas, while you're at it.