Sunday, February 27th: Bluebird Grain, Suh-weet Sweet Potatoes, Moby Bread, Righteous Salad Mix & Some Tasty Chickweed!

It'll be fairly short and sweet this week, folks, as honestly, I am a bit wiped from prepping for the 2011 Farmer-Fisher-Chef Connection tomorrow. (If you are a chef, you need to check this event out, BTW!) Bluebird Grain Farms makes its monthly visit to your Ballard Farmers Market today with whole grain emmer/farro, cereals, flours, mixes and all things graintastic.

Lyall Farms still has plenty of sweet potatoes, but they won't last forever, and you won't find local sweet potatoes anywhere else in Seattle. Stock up on this super food, and sweeten up your dinner tonight. Tell Lizzie I sent you!

Oh, happy day! Colinwood Farms from Port Townsend is finally turning out their incredible salad mix from their greenhouses. (And hopefully, the recent cold weather didn't set it back too much.) This is one of my favorite salad mixes anytime, what with all the beautiful, tender mustards, arugulas and other leafy deliciousness. But right now, it is just about the only salad mix! Amen it's here!

Lotsa lovely apples still to be had at Tiny's Organic Produce, like these gala apples, for instance. Keep that doctor away with these babies!

Ahoy, matey! It's Moby Bread!! I love the cool looking loaves the bakers at Grateful Bread create each week for us, from this whale to lobsters and crabs to alligators and more. And really, if you must eat whale, wouldn't you feel better about yourself if that whale was made of bread?

Do you ever find yourself marveling at all of the spectabulousness in the refer cases at Sea Breeze Farm, wishing they would just come to your house and cook it for you? Well, George and the gang have met you halfway. Now, they are preparing dishes in their restaurant and bringing them to Ballard Farmers Market, and you can take them home to enjoy later. I enjoyed that Farm-Cured Sauerkraut with Pork Belly & Potatoes (right, above) last week. They used their pork in it, and the rest of the ingredients came from other Market farmers, except the bay leaves. I harvested those puppies for them! (Thanks, Jenny.)

And I end this week with another sign that this winter cannot last forever -- chickweed from Stoney Plains. Hey, not only can you eat this stuff, but it actually tastes good. It kinda has a grassy flavor to it. Try it alongside some albacore from St. Jude. You can thank me later.

There is much more waiting for you at your Ballard Farmers Market today. Just check theΒ 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.