With the first midweek update of November, we give a tip of the hat to all things food artisan, value-added, or processed. What's the difference? Nothing, really, except that when one says, "farmer value-added," it means the farmer has processed their own ingredients into the artisan product. And food artisans are simply folks who take raw ingredients and craft (or process) them into something new. This time of year is great for such food, because we tend to enjoy them more now, because they extend the seasons of the ingredients they feature, and because many of those ingredients are done for the year already. And everything in this post features ingredients grown right here in Washington -- something we require of our food artisans -- and most include ingredients produced by farmers right here at your Ballard Farmers Market! Like Purdy Organics and their shiny new labels to match their new organic certification. They source their pickle ingredients from local farms, including our own Alvarez Organic Farms.
Firefly Kitchens got their start just a few short years ago selling at your Ballard Farmers Market and our midweek markets. They immediately began winning awards for their naturally fermented kimchis and krauts, not just locally, but across the country. This is food that will cure what ails you, and taste great doing it! It is living food. Personally, I heart the caraway kraut on a nice bratwurst from Skagit River Ranch.
Finnriver Farm & Cidery may be best known for its hard ciders, but it also make these awesome fruit cordials, a deliciously sweet finish to any meal, and great for all those special occasions in your future. They are made with berries grown right on the farm, as well as tree fruit from their neighbors' farms. Stop by for a sample this weekend!
Do you buy your garbanzo beans in a can still? Do you think they don't grow around here? Cuz they do. Lots of them! And Alvarez Organic Farms has them -- this year's harvest, dried, shelled, and ready for you to soak and make the best hummus ever, or to add to salads, soups and more. Cut out the middle man. Don't worry about what those cans are lined with. Get closer to the source of all of your food. And enjoy even more localiciousness!
Nash"s Organic Produce may be most famous for its carrots, beets and greens, but they also grow lots of grains, too. One of those grains is corn -- milling corn. If you use corn meal at all, you absolutely must try Nash's freshly-milled corn meal. You can actually taste the corn, in all its delicious sweetness! I use it for pan-frying oysters from Hama Hama Oysters or true cod from Wilson Fish myself. Nummers!
Finally, how's about some Gruyere cheese bread from Snohomish Bakery? Snohomish makes this bread using Shepherd's Grain flour, produced right here in Washington by a bunch of farmers over in the Palouse. This stuff is seriously addictive, so consider yourself warned! And we'll see you at your Ballard Farmers Market this Sunday!