Thanksgiving is next Thursday, good people of Ballard, and to that end, your Ballard Farmers Market will feature an Eat Local For Thanksgiving cooking demonstration this coming Sunday at 11 a.m. with Chef Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, which include Ballard Ave's own Staple & Fancy and Chippy's. Chef Ethan will share with us some of his favorite ideas for cooking with local ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast. After all, how better to give thanks for the bounty that feeds you year-round called Ballard Farmers Market than to make your Thanksgiving feast be entirely from the many local farmers, fishers, ranchers and food artisans who bring their localiciousness to you every week?
Few things say, "Happy Thanksgiving," quite like sweet potatoes, especially when they are local sweet potatoes from Lyall Farms. And they will have plenty of them this week at your Ballard Farmers Market. I actually like to roast them with parsnips. Just cut up the sweet potatoes and parsnips into equal sized pieces and toss them with olive or camelina oil in a glass baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Then place the dish in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until the contents are fork tender. Pull the dish out about midway to give the contents a good tossing.
One crop that does scream, "Happy Thanksgiving," even louder than sweet potatoes is fresh cranberries. Bloom Creek Cranberry Farm will have those for you this Sunday at your Ballard Farmers Market, so that you can make fresh cranberry sauces, relishes and breads to impress your family and friends come next Thursday! They also have fresh cranberry mustards available in a couple of different flavors, which will come in pretty handy after Thanksgiving, when you start eating all those leftover turkey sandwiches.