Sunday, September 8th: Wine Tastings, Cannellini Beans, Kimchi, Grapes, Fresh Peanuts & More!

Red and berry wines from Lopez Island Vineyards & Winery. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons. We're tasting wine this week at your Ballard Farmers Market. See, while we are able to let our vendors sample their wines and ciders to you now, we can only allow three of them at one time. So, last week, it was the cideries. This week, it is the wineries. Lopez Island Vineyards & Winery has a rare, certified organic vineyard from which they produce their Puget Sound Appellation estate wines, like their Siegerrebe and Madeleine Angevine. Their award-winning wines also include a beautiful big, red Malbec, too. Stop by and taste it before you buy it!

Cabernet Franc from Kitzke Cellars. Photo courtesy Kitzke Cellars.

Kitzke Cellars is located where the Yakima River empties into the Columbia River in Richland. They are known for their big red wines, as well as a lovely rosé. They are still relatively new to us here at your Ballard Farmers Market, so stop by for a taste of their wines today and find one you like!

Thompson seedless grapes from Magana Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

While we are on a grape theme, I should let you know that Magana Farms has table grapes now, too. They have these Thompson seedless grapes as well as red table grapes. They are great fresh, juiced, and they make awesome raisins!

Fresh cannellini beans from One Leaf Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Cannellini beans are one of the great shelling beans. They are prized in Italy and France, and dried, they are the classic white bean. They have a lovely flavor and texture for use in soups, stews and salads, and when they are fresh, like these from One Leaf Farm, I love shucking them and building a lovely succotash around them. They are a great substitute for traditional lima beans. And as sweet corn is the other most common component in succotash, lucky us, they've got that now, too!

Banana cantaloupe from Lyall Farms. Photo copyright 2012 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Lyall Farms grows lots of melons, like this unusual banana cantaloupe. It is weird looking, sure, but it is super sweet and juicy, and it'll confuse the heck out of your backyard barbecue guests! Of course, Lyall still has plenty of watermelons, too, though they tend to sell out early. Consider yourself warned, sleepy heads!

Fresh peanuts from Alvarez Organic Farms. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Are you one of those people that can't wrap your head around whether a peanut is a nut or a legume? Do you love the roasted and salted peanuts from Alvarez Organic Farms, but wish you could get some fresh peanuts to boil or cook with? Or maybe you just want a conversation starter. Well, here it is -- fresh peanuts on the bush, available right now, for a very short time, at your Ballard Farmers Market! Do you see those leaves? Yup, thems are peas alright!

The lineup from Firefly Kitchens. Photo copyright 2011 by Zachary D. Lyons.

It has been several weeks since we've had a visit from our friends at Firefly Kitchens. Today, we get a quick visit from them, so if you have been missing their amazing, naturally fermented kimchisauerkraut and salsa, stock up today, as it may be a few more weeks before we can squeeze them back in again!

Red kabocha winter squash from Stoney Plains Organic Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

If you had any doubt as to whether or not we have turned a corner in the seasons, now that Labor Day has passed, this red kabocha winter squash from Stoney Plains Organic Farm should clear things right up for you. Sure, we've got more amazing summer weather in the forecast, but the shadows are getting longer, and the days are getting shorter, and we've been reminded in this past week that it does still rain around here on occasion. So, why not enjoy this sweet, earthy fall treat a little early, eh?

Carrot from Growing Things Farm. Photo copyright 2013 by Zachary D. Lyons.

I finish this week's installment of the news of the localiciousness with these gorgeous red and yellow carrots from Growing Things Farm. Sweet and crunchy, and great roasted, sautéed, in salads or just munched on whole, in a season in which all other crops have come in early and abundantly, carrots have been on the sparse side. That makes these beauties that much more worthy of celebration!

There is plenty more 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.

Please remember bring your own bags every Sunday, as Seattle’s single-use plastic bag ban is now in effect. Also, please take note of our new green composting and blue recycling waste receptacles throughout your Ballard Farmers Market, and please make an effort to use them correctly. Each container has what’s okay to put in it pictured right on the lid. Please do not put the wrong materials in, because that drives up the cost of recycling and composting, and it can result in the entire container being sent instead to a landfill. Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.