Midweek Update, Thursday, November 13th: San Juan Island Sea Salt & Pinckney Cookie Cafe Return! Crabapples! Dried Beans & Dried Chiles!

San Juan Island Sea Salt at Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons. You use salt every day... probably multiple times a day. Wouldn't it be nice to get that salt right here at your Ballard Farmers Market, too? Well, now you can! San Juan Island Sea Salt Company returns this Sunday with their wonderful pond evaporated sea salt made on San Juan Island with the waters of our own beloved Salish Sea. Why not season your food with a taste of home, eh? And this will not be the last time you'll here me say this in the next several weeks: it makes a great gift!

Wickson crabapples from Booth Canyon Orchard Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Don't let this image fool you. These are tiny Wickson crabapples, not full-sized apples. It was developed by Albert Etter in Humboldt County, California by crossing two other crabapple varieties. Grown by Booth Canyon Orchard, they have a strong flavor suited well to making ciders. This Sunday is likely your last opportunity to get some of them this season.

Hurrerite (left), tiger, black & pinto beans, and hard red wheat, from Kirsop Farm Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Kirsop Farm from Tumwater joined our vendor ranks two weeks ago. Kirsop is a certified organic farm that grows a great diversity of crops, much like Nash's Organic Produce and Alm Hill Gardens. In addition to Kirsop's gorgeous veggies, which currently include magnificent romanesco and Pink Beauty radishes, they also grow lots of legumes and grains. Right now, you can get four different kinds of dried beans: hurrerite, tiger, black & pinto, and well as hard red wheat. All are great for hearty fall soups, stews, salads and more!

Dried chipotle peppers from Alvarez Organic Farms Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

While our friends at Alvarez Organic Farms bring the last of this year's fresh peppers to your Ballard Farmers Market this coming Sunday, they will also have many varieties of dried chile peppers, including these chipotle peppers. Their dried peppers will keep for months, if you don't use them first, and they are great added to all kinds of recipes. Try some of the chipotles mashed with some Lyall sweet potatoes, some garlic and a little maple syrup. Nummers!

Double chocolate chip cookies from Pinckney Cookie Cafe Ballard Farmers Market. Copyright Zachary D. Lyons.

Michael Pinckney returns with his Pinckney Cookie Cafe this Sunday at your Ballard Farmers Market. Michael makes his cookies using local flour from Shepherd's Grain, and, as he likes to put it, the number one ingredient in his cookies (except the oatmeal raisin, of course) is chocolate. As I like to put it, they're like Cougar Mountain cookies, only really good!