Sunday, January 9th: Bagels, Short Ribs, Kombucha, Tulips & Some Righteous Triticale, Dude!

Hey kids! We got bagels!!! Woohoo!!!!! After Christmas, we lost two of our three bakeries, leaving us with just Tall Grass, which, mind you, ain't a bad thing to be left with. But we figured we really need at least two bakeries. Enter: Grateful Bread Bakery from Wedgewood. We enjoyed these guys and their baked goodies all summer at our four seasonal markets, and we're just tickled pink to be able to add them to our great roster of vendors here at your Ballard Farmers Market. Besides bagels, they also make great bread, cookies, croissants, and other goodies. And if we're lucky, they'll have some challah for those French toast emergencies. But what I suggest you do, first and foremost, is pickup some of their bagels, grab some truffled fromage from Mt. Townsend, and some salmon lox from Loki or Cape Cleare, and have yourself a proper Brooklyn-style Sunday brunch. Yeah, baby. That's what I'm talkin' about!

And guess what else? Olsen Farms is having a sale on beef short ribs today -- just $5 per pound! Oh, the slow cooked deliciousness! Okay, I know. Those ain't short ribs in the photo above. Truth be told, I don't have a photo of Olsen's short ribs. Sue me! But hey, that is their beef, and some of their lamb, too. Bottom line: all their meat is wünderbar. So, if you are a slacker today and don't get down here to your Ballard Farmers Market before they sell all of their beef short ribs for $5 per pound, just get something else. You can thank me later.

And here's some great news. Communi-Tea Kombucha finally worked out its little misunderstanding with the Treasury Department, and now they are a -- get this -- licensed brewery, and they're back at your Ballard Farmers Market. Seems the fermentation process for kombucha is a little on the squirrelly side, and the good folks at our federal government spent most of this past summer cracking down on pretty much everyone in America who was making kombucha because during fermentation, the stuff creates alcohol. I am guessing that means they won't be able to offer you samples of the stuff anymore at the Market, and they'll probably card you, but you should get some anyway, because it is very, very good for you, and it is alive!

Look! Green stuff!!! Yes, you will still find some green things at your Market. In fact, the good folks at Full Circle Farm are working great wizardry and hocus pocus over there in Carnation this time of year, what with their greenhouses and hoops. So come get some sorrel. And maybe some miner's lettuce. Cuz green things are as rare as sunshine this time of year... unless we're talking about moss.

Real men eat vegetable quiche from Deborah's Homemade Pies. I mean, dudes, it's friggin' pie, man. Really good pie. With eggs. Lots of eggs! Just remember to get one of her sweet pies for dessert, too. You're welcome, and your manhood is intact.

Tulips in January! Thank you, Alm Hill, for putting a little floral color into our long, cold, gloomy winter. But you're scratching your head, wondering, "how the heck are they getting tulips to bloom in January?" One word: greenhouses. So grab a dozen stems, why don't you, and brighten up your day, or someone else's.

Oh, these sure are beautiful honey crisp apples, aren't they? And tasty, too. I've been working on a bag of these babies from Jerzy Boyz this whole past week, ensuring I will keep the doctor away. Pickup your own bag o'apples today!

And finally, the promised righteous triticale, as well as some wheat berries and a bit of rye all grown by Nash's over on the Olympic Peninsula. I've been eating the triticale rolled in a hand mill and cooked like oatmeal. It has a great nutty flavor to it, and I love how it smells when I am cooking it. It reminds me of Wheatena from when I was a kid. Of course, this stuff isn't all processed like Wheatena -- it's the real deal. I like warming up some jambon in a skillet, and then tossing the two together. Yummers!

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.