Sunday, March 28th: A Holiday Ham, A Market Family Addition, Rhubarb (so much for the rhythm of this title) & A Small Amount Of (wait for it) Asparagus!

Don't forget to pickup a lovely ham for Passover, err, I mean Easter, coming up this week. This beauty is from Skagit River Ranch. Honestly, their hams are among the best I've ever had. Seriously. Also seriously, Olsen Farms has plenty of briskets still for Passover, which starts sundown tomorrow. And for Easter, they have lamb saddle roasts and rack of lamb today for $18/pound and standing rib roasts for $14/pound.

By the way, Skagit River Ranch will be featured during a special dinner at Ray's Boathouse on Thursday, April 1st as part of Ray's farmers market and sustainability dinner series. Make your reservations now!

Ballard Farmers Market added a new member to its family on March 10, 2010 at 9:54 a.m., when Julianna Batho of Ascents Candles gave birth at home to daughter Laurel, who joined us at a healthy 8.5 pounds. Julianna may be back selling her candles as early as today, so do stop by and congratulate her, and say hi to baby Laurel.

It was just two years ago that Seattle Chefs Collaborative held a "Seasonal Ingredients" Meet & Greet on March 31st, for which there were mostly just roots and some braising greens available for the menu. Wow, is this year different! Yes, that is fresh mint you see above, and yes, this is a recent photo. Children's Garden already has mint for you at Ballard Farmers Market, so why not muddle a julep or three for, um, well, spring. Yeah, that sounds like a good enough excuse.

And rhubarb. Yes, it is also now in season. Doesn't a little rhubarb crisp sound pretty good right about now? Stop by Stoney Plains to pick some up today, but do it early, lest it sell out. And remember, you can get the flour for your crisp from Nash's, and the butter and whipping cream from Golden Glen Creamery.

Pacific Coast Bakery took a little break from your Ballard Farmers Market during the dead of winter this year to upgrade its bakery. They're back now with an expanded line, including this Wheat-Free Oat Bread. Yes, this stuff is made with oat flour, so if you are avoiding wheat, and missing bread, pick up a loaf of this stuff today.

These sunflower sprouts from Alm Hill Gardens have a deliciously nutty sunflower seed flavor (okay, maybe that should be "seedy" instead of "nutty", but who wants to eat some seedy, right?), and they are one of the most nutrient dense foods around. Oh, and rumor has it that Alm Hill may have a little of the year's first asparagus today, but get there early if you want some.

"Line caught & handled with care" is what it says on the labels for Cape Cleare Fishery's cans of albacore tuna. And besides the fact that their tuna is delicious, the labels on their cans are beautiful works of art.

And talk about the happy days of spring, how about this shot. Chives, green garlic and red mustard greens from Colinwood Farms. Oh, happy days indeed!

Here is a true delicacy -- smoked salmon wings from Wilson Fish. These are the fins that are trimmed from the fish when it is being filleted, and because the fins are near the fattest part of the belly, they are incredible rich with fish oils. In other words, these suckers are like buddah.

And remember, your Ballard Farmers Market is chock full of all sorts of goodness for  your kitchen, from meat, seafood, poultry, cheese, to all sorts of fruits and veggies, baked goods, sauces, confections, fresh-cut flowers and fresh milled flours, plants for the garden, wild mushrooms, and on and on. 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.