I think Lindsay Brown from Platypus Breads made about the least terrifying dinosaur I've ever encountered. She's just too adorable to be terrifying. What was terrifying this past Halloween Sunday was the tsunami of trick or treaters that descended upon Ballard Avenue as your Ballard Farmers Market came to a close last week at 3 p.m. Big farm trucks and lots of kids with peripheral vision impaired by masks makes for a high stress environment for your Market staff. We want to thank everyone for your patience with us last week, and for clearly obeying commands from our traffic control crew. You helped make the single most stressful load-out in Ballard Farmers Market history at least a safe load-out. And maybe in another 8-10 years, when Halloween falls on a Sunday again, the Ballard Chamber of Commerce will communicate with us ahead of time to work out a better plan.
You know what else is terrifying? These gluten-free bacon-cheddar scones from Platypus Breads. Terrifyingly good, that is! I inhaled one when I got home from the Market last week. Lindsay proves once again that savory gluten-free baked goods don't have to taste like sawdust. I mean, finally, someone put bacon and cheese in something gluten-free!
Arrrr. Okay, maybe I wouldn't buy a used car from someone as disarmingly charming as Samuele Lucchese from Pasteria Lucchese, but pastas, sauces, desserts? Abso-friggin-lutely! The latest addition to their line of artisan handmade pastas is Rabbit Plin. Oh, yeah. And have you checked out their dessert selection lately? Enjoy their seasonal Pumpkin Rice Pudding, as well as new additions, Saffron Rice Pudding and Semi Freddo, both to die for. And they've brought back their Hot Chili Chocolate Mousse in time for the holidays.
Speaking of dessert, have you gotten your pie on at Deborah's Homemade Pies lately? These are the best pies you're gonna find around here. Seriously. Their crust is flaky and delicious -- a crust most fine pastry chefs dream of making. With the holidays here, save yourself some work and get your pie from Deborah. Of course, she'll be switching those top decorations from black cats, ghosts and witches to turkeys and pilgrims in the coming weeks.
What Jon Rowley of Taylor Shellfish won't do to promote oysters. Here he is dressed as one! And as if that weren't enough, he commissioned a poem about oysters from our own poet laureate, Meredith Clark, of the Poem Store. Oh, by the way... if you need fresh shellfish for your holiday feasts -- or fresh poetry, for that matter -- I'm sure both Taylor and Meredith will accommodate you.
Alvarez Organic Farms has dried Indian corn, or maize, ready for grinding to make into tortillas or cornbread. But you should get it today, as this may be their last week at your Ballard Farmers Market. They're just plain running out of produce! So stock up on your dried beans from them now, too.
Hey, even the dogs got into the Halloween spirit last week. Check out Jack, dressed as a Bat Dog. There were plenty of cool dogs in great costumes last Sunday, but you've got to admit, this guy is pretty absurdly cute. Now, if you only knew what was going on over my shoulder to get him to pose so well for this photo -- along with me shooting four frames a second to capture it!
Four Seasons Gourmet returned to your Ballard Farmers Market last week, complete with brand new labels for their raspberry vinegar and blueberry extract. I think they look pretty sharp, don't you?
Greens are rocking right now. This crappy weather we've been having is like heaven for them. Just look at this beautiful red kale from Colinwood Farms. Hey, it's November. It's time for some serious greens eating. Think of them as a vehicle for garlic!
Mmm. Sausage. From Sea Breeze Farm. Nuff said.
Check it out. Dante Rivera -- the Dante of Dante's Inferno Dogs -- has got a new cart, and this one is for pretzels! What's kinda funny is that his pretzels are sorta hot dog shaped, but they still eat plenty good. I did some serious quality control on, um, well, okay, about seven of them at Dante's 10th anniversary party last weekend. These pretzels are made for Dante by Heavenly Pastry in West Seattle. Heavenly Pastry used to sell at Ballard Farmers Market in years past, before the success of their pretzels caused them to outgrow us. I have only myself to blame. Once, I described their pretzels at the best soft pretzels this side of Philadelphia in a Market press release, and the media picked it up. Well, lucky for me, and the rest of us, they're back, via Dante's.
The Puget Sound keta salmon season won't last much longer, so take advantage of fresh, local keta salmon from mere miles away brought to you by Loki Fish, while it lasts. And now, you can get it filleted or in whole fish.
There is much more waiting for you at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Just check the What’s Fresh Now! listings in the upper right-hand corner of this page for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now!