Hey kids! It is our fifth gorgeous weekend in a row, and the only thing I can think of that could make it any better would be the return of Oxbow Farm to your Ballard Farmers Market! Yessir. Luke, Adam and the gang are coming out of hibernation today, and bringing with them lotsa plants and veggies to add more local deliciousness to your spring. So be sure to stop by and say 'hi' real loud to them, in case they still have headaches from Cinco de Mayo festivities and howling at the Super Moon yesterday!
It is the first Sunday in May, and that means local albacore tuna from Fishing Vessel St. Jude. As they only visit us the first week of each month, be sure to stock up on the finest tuna you'll find anywhere -- canned, frozen, smoked, jerkied, loxed, and more. And because they catch their albacore in its adolescence, as it swims from its spawning grounds in the cold waters of the North Pacific to warmer tropical waters, this fish is high in beneficial omega-fatty acids and low in heavy metals. Whatever you do, though, if you get it in cans, don't pour that liquid down the drain! That is the natural juices of the tuna, and it is packed with flavor. (They don't add water.)
Bluebird Grain Farms returns to your Ballard Farmers Market today for the first time since before Christmas! They, too, are going on a once-monthly rotation for their market visits this year. So again, take this opportunity to stock up on whole grain emmer and rye, cracked cereals, flours and mixes today!
Don't forget to take advantage of the few weeks of One Leaf Farm's attendance at your Ballard Farmers Market we get to enjoy this spring while we await the arrival of other returning farms, after which you will have to go all the way to our Madrona Farmers Market on Fridays to find them. Last week, they got cleaned out early of magnificent radishes, leeks, baby lettuces, and much more, so do visit them early!
D'Anjou pears from Martin Family Orchards are juicy and sweet, but they aren't going to be around much longer... maybe another week or two. They just pulled the last ones out of their winter storage, and once they're gone, they're gone until late fall. Sure, cherry season is on it's way, but not until June. Get your pear on now, while you still can!
Another short-timer crop is sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. Indeed, this is likely the last week for them. Grab one last taste of fall sweetness. Roast 'em up and have yourself a seasonally-confused meal with asparagus and maybe some halibut from Wilson Fish. Hmm. That sounds pretty good, don't it?
At the Juice Peddler, if you want one of their smoothies made with great local ingredients, you will have to work for it. That's because Bellingham's Juice Peddler powers their blenders using bicycles. Hey, your doctor has been pestering you to eat right and exercise more, right? Well, at the Juice Peddler, you can kill two birds with one stone!
Let us finish today with lettuce -- red romaine lettuce, in fact. Colinwood Farms grows this early spring beauty in its greenhouses over in Port Townsend, and it is just waiting for you to salad it, sandwich it, wrap it or grill it. Yes, it is lettuce season again. And amen for that!
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.