Sunday, December 27th: It's Almost 2010! Can You Believe It?!? (I just wanted to be the first person to ask you that question.)

Yep. New Year's Eve approacheth. It's time to party our brains out because we are getting new calendars. Woohoo!!! Holidays vary from country to country, religion to religion. We Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in November, and our neighbors to the north in Canada celebrate it in October. We celebrate Independence Day, and Canada celebrates Canada Day. (They'll start calling it Independence Day around the same time they take the Queen off their stamps and money, I'm guessing.) And who can keep track of all the December holidaze, like Chanukah, Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Festivus and Boxing Day. It's all quite dizzying. But at least we can all agree to join together in raucous celebration of new calendars. It is calendars that will, in the end, bring peace and unity to Planet Earth. So get ready to par-tay like it's 2010, people. We'll help you with some party food ideas, like the pickled sockeye salmon from Loki Fish, above.

But don't stop at just the pickled stuff. Grab some smoked king salmon from Wilson Fish, too.

And you'll need sausages. Lots of sausages. Fortunately, Olsen Farms has lots of sausages, like the German (left), Italian and Andouille sausages above.

Some Jalapeno Buttery cheese from Estrella Family Creamery will certainly be a hit at your party.

And Seastack cheese from Mt. Townsend Creamery will open the door to just about anyone else's party in town.

All of our cheese makers at Ballard Farmers Market offer a variety of cheeses. Just look at this delicious selection from Samish Bay Cheese.

By now, with the thought of all this party planning for Thursday night, and the kitchen fatigue you are already feeling from this past week, you may just want to let someone else do the work. For that, we welcome 'Zaw. 'Zaw makes up pizzas fresh at the Market, using local ingredients, for you to take home and bake. Try one out tonight, then maybe have them set you up for your New Year's Eve party later this week, as they are located just a block away from the Market on Leary Way. (And ask them why the Queen is still on Canadian stamps and money while you're there.)

Remember, your Ballard Farmers Market is chock full of all sorts of goodness for your party, and just plain for your kitchen. For a fuller accounting of what you'll find at the Market today, go to "What's Fresh Now!" in the upper right-hand corner.