Sunday, August 2, marks the beginning of the 16th National Farmers Market Week, spearheaded by the USDA. It's a chance to celebrate locally grown and raised produce, meat, eggs and seafood, prepared foods and crafts using farmstead ingredients. But more importantly, it's a chance to thank the incredibly hard-working people who trek to market week after week -- the farmers, the fishers and ranchers; the beekeepers, bread bakers and soap makers; the foragers, flower growers and cheesemongers; the brewers, the orchardists and the soda poppers; the fermentation fiends, the wood carvers and the vintage fabric vixens -- who make farmers markets the vibrant community hubs that they have become. We salute them -- and thank you for continuing to show up and contributing to the local food and arts economy.
As part of the celebration, SFMA is hosting a Farmstand Demo at all three markets this week.
Sunday, 8/2, 1 p.m. at Ballard: Chef Jason Stoneburner of Stoneburner Restaurant, uses the market as his muse and whips up something based on what's fresh;
Wednesday, 8/5, 4 p.m. at Wallingford: Sample a variety of vegetable and seed-centric sweet treats from the dynamic duo that is Power Yummies.
Friday, 8/7, 4 p.m. at Madrona: "Jam-boree": Part One: Tasting from Growing Things Farm in Carnation. Part Two: Caroline from Sweet Caroline's Jams will show how to use jams in everyday cooking.