Sunday, June 12th: Congrats To Tahuya Ben, Schmaltz, Strawberries, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cherries, Snow Peas & Other Stuff We Thought Would Never Arrive!

While we are not normally in the habit of telling you here about which vendors will not be at your Ballard Farmers Market on a given Sunday, we thought we'd make an exception this week for Tahuya River Apiaries. See, Ben and his wife had a healthy baby boy join them in this world Friday morning, two weeks ahead of schedule, and as a result, Ben's a little busy today. We'll let you know when he'll be back with more of his amazing, wild-crafted honey, but in the meantime, congratulations, Ben. Enjoy your new son!

May the schmaltz be with you! Schmaltz, or chicken fat, is also known as Jewish butter. It is an ancient form of cooking fat, and when it's from healthy chickens, like the chickens raised by Stokesberry Sustainable Farm, some argue it is actually a healthier form of fat than many others in our diets these days. You may want to argue the point, but I wouldn't if I was you. You'd be taking on generations of Jewish mothers, grandmothers and aunts, and face it, you will never know better than they do!

Okay, once you are done screwing up your eyes to make sure you are seeing this image correctly, you will move onto the next natural question, which is, "Is this a current photo?" Yes, it is. I took it on Thursday at our Interbay Farmers Market. These are, in fact, some of the first strawberries of the year, grown by Billy's over in Tonasket. They are ripe and red and delicious, and we've paid dearly at the hands of the now thankfully departed La Nina, waiting for strawberries to finally arrive this season. Well, here they are. But trust me, they will sell out fast! Get here early!!!

What the...?!? Again, you eyes do not deceive you! That is broccoli. Again, first of the season from Oxbow Farm. Again, get yourself down here wicked early, as they say in Boston, as this stuff will undoubtedly sell out even before the strawberries do!

And more fungus, finally! You know it has been a crazy winter when we have to wait until June for our spring mushrooms to come in, but alas, here they are. Yep, them's porcini mushrooms alright. From Foraged & Found Edibles. I'm thinking grilling them alongside some asparagus and salmon, eh?

Of, stop it, Zach, you're killing us! After weeks of lettuce and kale and more roots than we ever want to think about, are those really cherries? Yes, they are! In fact, they are burlat cherries, the first variety of cherries Lyall Farms brings to market each year from their orchards in Prosser. Woohoo!

Okay, now you think I'm just messing with you. I mean, really, that can't be zucchini! Au contraire! I also captured this zucchini this past Thursday at Interbay Farmers Market. Colinwood Farms grows it in their greenhouses over in Port Townsend. Life is good.

Holy crops of summer, Batman! Are those peas?!? Yes, they are, Boy Wonder. They're snow peas from Alvarez Organic Farms. Kappow! Zap! Kursplat! Sauté!

Good riddance, La Nina. Don't let the new coastal doppler radar station hit you in the bum on the way out!

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.