Sunday, February 12th: To Quote U2, "In The Name Of Love...", Because Hallmark Says So!

Yes, it is our annual obligation to encourage you to forego Hallmark's demands that you go to your local mall to pick up stuff made by the millions in China that is supposed to represent how much you care for someone you love, and instead to get said symbols of your undying love and affection from local producers right here at your Ballard Farmers Market, because when it comes to guilt, guilt begins right here at home! So let's start you out with a beautiful bouquet of fresh tulips from Alm Hill Gardens. They were cut yesterday, so they are super fresh, and they will keep for many days to warm the heart of that someone special. And hey, when they realize you got them today at your Ballard Farmers Market, they will not only know you cared enough to get them the best, and that you care enough to support local farmers, but it will also let them know that you remembered to get them a full two days before Valentine's Day!

Along with tulips, you will need some candles to help set the mood. For that, visit our own Ascents Candles for some of these beautiful, scentless candles that are also blissfully non-toxic. That means the stunning meal with which you are about to dazzle your darling will not be disturbed by the smoke from that romantic candlelight. Yup, we think of everything here at your Ballard Farmers Market!

Sweetbread Cellars is the label for the fabulous wines made by Sea Breeze Farm. And right now, they have some beautiful vintages for your sipping pleasure, including their 2006 Syrah, and their 2009 Vashoneuf, their red table wine blend. Forget the Three Buck Chuck, and show your sweetie you are so cool that you get your wine direct from the winemaker!

Why not surprise your little lamb chop with some actual lamb chops from Olsen Farms? They've got lamb loin chops on sale today just for you. And they've got New York steaks on sale, too! Hey, anybody can make reservations and take their honey out for a fancy meal. But you are going to hit a home run this year by cooking that fancy meal yourself, right?!?

And to keep your in-house, romantic dinner humming along, looking mighty sophisticated, whilst still keeping it easy on you in the kitchen, why not grab a bag of tasty salad mix from Colinwood Farms? They are harvesting it out of their greenhouses this time of year, and it is what your body is craving right now... well, besides the undying gratitude of your dining companion.

For this one, I recommend that you just don't tell them that you bought this pie from Deborah's Homemade Pies. Make pretend you slaved all day making it yourself. Leave some extra dirty bowls about the kitchen and a bit of stray flour here and there. The fact that you didn't actually make from scratch the best flippin' pie your little cupcake has ever tasted will just be our little secret.

Let's finish off the night with, um, well, more wine! And hey, why not buy that special someone part of a vineyard? Okay, well, not really. But today is your last chance to get in on Lopez Island Vineyards "Siegerrebe Futures." They are taking preorders for case quantities of their Puget Sound Siegerrebe at $20/bottle, prepaid. This wine will be $25 when released in late March! Also, last call on their 2010 Riesling at $10/bottle - that's $4 off! Hey, you'll be serving up fine wine while saving some cash. That shows you can be thoughtful and romantic, while being responsible all at the same time. That makes you a keeper!

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.