Sunday, October 30th: Local Keta Salmon, Purple Goddess Pears, Rainbows Of Beets & Squash, Beautiful Butters & Wonderful Wines!

Hey, kids! It's fresh Puget Sound keta salmon from Loki Fish. They are catching it right now in the heart of Puget Sound, west of Seattle. Salmon doesn't get much more local than this. But it'll only be around for another couple of weeks, so enjoy it while you can!

Dinosaur kale from Oxbow Farm is the old-school kale, favored in Italy and Southern Europe. It holds up great in soups and stews, adds a nice crunch to salads, sautés beautifully, roasts into a crunching snack, and it looks pretty cool, too.

These are the aptly named purple goddess pears from Jerzy Boyz. These are large, beautiful and delicious, and Jerzy Boyz has plenty of them now. Stop by for a taste, then bring a bag home with you. You can thank me later.

This time of year, you are cooking all sorts of dishes with onions. Nature's Last Stand has gorgeous red and white storage onions for just that purpose right now, and they are perfect, pungent, and ready to add beautiful richness to any dish.

Nash's Organic Produce is known for its great fall and winter crops, like carrots, cabbage, kale and more. And they also grow amazing beets! Above, you can see four varieties of beets: chiogga, cylinder, golden and Detroit beets, from left to right. Enjoy this sweet, tasty rainbow of rootliciousness!

Summer berries make for fall berry wines from Rockridge Orchards. Of course, they've got hard and sweet ciders, vinegars and more now, too. You'll need a bottle or three to help you through the long, dark, wet nights!

Fresh pork is a staple of the meat cases at Sea Breeze Farm, and it is some of the best pork you will ever taste. Their pigs are forest-raised, healthy, strong and happy pigs, raised with love, and even with names! The result is delicious, tender pork like your never tasted from one of those Big Box stores.

Luscious, local farmstead butter is a hard thing to find around here... that is, unless you visit Golden Glen Creamery at your Ballard Farmers Market. They make amazing butter from their jersey cows up in Skagit County. You'll find it both unsalted and lightly salted, as well as in a variety of seasoned butters. And it's pretty much butter season, right? Mmm. Butter.

Collins Family Orchards has plenty of pears, pluots and apples right now, freshly harvest. Like these lovely Fuji apples. Collins grows some of the sweetest, most flavorful fruit you will find anywhere, and we've got them right here at your Ballard Farmers Market!

And how about a rainbow of winter squash from Colinwood Farm? Spectacular, is it not? Delectable, too. But this season has seen a stark reduction in the harvest yields of winter squash amongst our local farms, so don't go dillydallying about getting you some. It is likely to run out earlier than usual this year.

Hey, there is plenty of local deliciousness waiting for you today at your Ballard Farmers Market. Just check What’s Fresh Now! for a more complete accounting of what is in season right now.