Sunday, December 6th: Great Gifts, Great Bread, Great Produce, Great New Neighbors

Have a special someone who loves the bounty of your Ballard Farmers Market? Get them a gift you know they will cherish -- a spectacular, handcrafted cutting board by Bruce Launer. Oh, and he makes toys, too.

We are lucky in Ballard to have one of Seattle's best artisan bakeries -- Tall Grass Bakery. And better yet, they come to us at the Ballard Farmers Market every Sunday. To say that the two varieties of bread above are among my favorites would do Tall Grass a disservice, as I love all their breads. The compagnon, on the left, reminds me of the bread my grandmother always used to serve us with butter when I was a child in Upstate New York, and the oat and honey is chewy and delicious, and it keeps for days. But I recommend that you systematically try every bread Tall Grass bakes, because really, they're all good.

Someone recently asked me if anyone at the Market has purple kohlrabi. Yep. Boistford Valley Farm has it. Unfortunately, their truck broke down the week before Thanksgiving, but they are back now. Put that old family recipe to work on it!

Zena McCoy, of Semilla Designs, makes gorgeous jewelry out of seeds she collects from all over the world. These brilliant colors and shapes come from nature, and since they're seeds, they are a renewable resource. How's about that for green jewelry?

Marilyn's Nut Butters is back at your Ballard Farmers Market. Marilyn, who hails from all the way up on, um, Queen Anne Hill, makes a lovely variety of nut butters that will dress up that slice of oat and honey bread from Tall Grass just fine, and it makes a great stuffing stuffer!

Welcome Fresh Flours, our newest neighbor on Ballard Avenue. Fresh Flours is a bakery and coffee shop. Try out one of their cookies or croissants. You'll find them right next to Bastille at 5313 Ballard Avenue NW.

It is c-c-c-old! It's colder than a well digger's belt buckle. It's so cold... okay, enough of that. But here in the Pacific Northwet, we all count on soft, toasty fleece to keep our important bits from freezing and unceremoniously falling off. So it's Pieter Muller Designs to our rescue. No need to go to the (it hurts just to say it) mall or REI to pickup some fleece garment made in China or something. Pieter Muller makes his fleece garments by hand right here. The only one sweating in his shop is himself! And ask him about which of his products are made from recycled, um, other products.

Alan Scott wasn't sure if Lyall Farms supply of sweet potatoes is going to last all the way until the end of the holidays, so stock up now, while you can. After all, these are the first sweet potatoes we have ever had at Ballard Farmers Market, like ever! Why eat sweet potatoes from way down south when you can eat local ones?

Okay, there is, as always, plenty of other good stuff this week at your Ballard Farmers Market. For a fuller accounting of what you'll find today, click on "What's Fresh Now!" in the upper right-hand corner. However, do keep an open mind today, as our current cold weather may have temporarily knocked out some of the crops on the list.