Sunday, December 5th: Your Destination For The Best Local Food & Handcrafted Gifts For The Holiday Season!

Oh, yeah, it's December folks. Thanksgiving and the Apple Cup are behind us; we're in the middle of Chanukah; and Wordpress has turned the snow on. Woohoo! And your Ballard Farmers Market is your destination for the finest foods and the most unique gifts produced locally by folks that may even be your neighbors. So while you celebrate with family and friends during this holiday season, make the occasion extra special with all local goodies. Investing in quality goods produced locally -- goods that have soul -- you end of giving a gift that will keep on giving, because your gift will be one-of-a-kind, your dinner will taste of the lands that surround us, and the money you spend will continue to circulate throughout our local community, helping to create sustainable, living-wage jobs.

Let's start out with the decking of your halls, eh? These handmade wreathes from Alm Hill are beautiful and fragrant and made with love.

You could barely make out the little buds on these Christmas cacti from Red Barn Farm when I took this photo before Thanksgiving, but they will be bursting with gorgeous blooms in time for Christmas.

Ascents Candles makes their candles from natural palm oils and scents them with a wonderful variety of essential oils. The result is beautiful candles that burn much longer than most, while bathing your home in soothing aromas instead of filling it with toxic fumes. Looking for something clean-burning for your dinner table that won't interfere with the flavors of your food? They have a great selection of unscented candles, too.

Speaking of that holiday table, how about making your very own fresh cranberry sauce with some of these fresh wild cranberries from Foraged & Found Edibles? I mean, you shop at Ballard Farmers Market. You can't tell me you still eat cranberry sauces out of a can!

This very special, and very limited, Sweetwater Fireweed Honey from Tahuya River Apiaries will sweeten that cup of tea, or perhaps something with a little more kick, and it is great drizzled over, well, everything. Plus, these lovely little jars make great stocking stuffers. But get it will you can. The supply is limited.

I look at these handmade truffles from Hot Cakes, and I cannot help but thing of the film, Amadeus, and all the various opulent royal parties with decadent Viennese confections. Why not treat yourself and your guests like royalty this holiday season and lay out a nice plate of these beauties?

Opulence? Add a side of smoked sockeye salmon from Loki Fish to that table. Nuff said, really.

Here's a treat just for you... and maybe the kids, too. Nah, eat it yourself! Caramel apples from Jonboy Caramels. They beg the obvious question: why didn't they start doing this months ago?!?

Parts is parts. What film is that from? Well, in any case, while these lambs' kidneys, hearts, livers and tongues from Sea Breeze Farm may not exactly fit into everyone's holiday meal plan, you can make all manner of deliciousness with them. And they serve to remind us that there is still plenty of just plain good food to be had at your Ballard Farmers Market, regardless of any holiday feasts. Besides meat, seafood and poultry, we've still got lots of fruits and veggies, milk and cheese, breads, pies and pastries, spices, sauces and rubs, and so much more.

Michael Marron is an artist. A Ballard artist. He works with silver, and he makes the most spectacular earrings, rings, pendants and other jewelry from it, as well as some gorgeous sculptures, like this little dancing woman. You won't find this in a mall! Stop by Mike's booth and be blown away by his work. Get your gift on at your Ballard Farmers Market.

Have you ever seen such beautiful clipboards? These are handcrafted by Bruce Launer. And while I am guessing you were not thinking of which special someone in your life could use a nice clipboard, I am guessing you know a person or six that could use a spectacular cutting board. I mean, let's face it. I could have shown you Bruce's magnificent cutting boards -- I do have the photos -- but I wanted to make a point. If Bruce can take the lowly clipboard and elevate it to a fine art form, imagine what he does with his other fine woodworking?!

I hope you are already picturing your little one, or someone else's, wandering around with one of these adorable caps from This, Hat, and the Other on their noggins. Jessilee Marander hand knits this cute little hats that come in all manner of inspired and fun designs, from bees to strawberries. Honestly, they kinda make me wish my head was smaller.

Christine Groutier makes all sorts of styles and colors of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry. Indeed, she is nothing short of prolific. And that means you are certain to find a unique little something from her that is just perfect for someone you love, even if that someone is yourself!

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. But please note that due to our recent cold weather, some crops may not be available as anticipated.