Several of our farmers and vendors have let us know about what products and specials they will have at tomorrow’s market.
Collins Family Orchard, Selah, WA
Brian Collins called yesterday with the news that they will be bringing more of their beautiful apriums, which were a big hit at last week’s market. In addition, they will have two varieties of cherries: Titan and Rainier.
Titan Cherries from Collins Family Orchard, Saleh, WA. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Crown S Ranch, Winthrop, WA
Crown S Ranch is bringing lots of exquisite T-bone steaks perfect for 4th of July grilling. In honor of Independence Day, they’re discounting these 20% at the MI Farmers Market. Did you know that the T-bone steak is both the New York strip and tenderloin steak separated by a “T” shaped bone? Crown S Ranch will also have their great grilling links of Bratwurst and Spicy Chorizo pork sausage made for them by CasCioppo’s Brothers Italian Meat Market in Seattle.
Jennifer Argraves of Crown S Ranch, Winthop, WA talking with customers at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on Opening Day 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Farmers Market Preserves, Seattle, WA
Farmers Market Preserves owner Rome Doherty was inspired last week by the first appearance this season of cherries. He loved the big red Chelans and Titans and turned them into a delicious jam subtly flavored with almond. There isn’t much of this special jam because it is so laborious as Rome pits all of the cherries by hand. Rome reports that “when this jam is gone, it’s gone” for the season. So head out to the market early tomorrow if you would like some.
Farmers Market Preserves’ magic word this week is a bit “tongue-in-check.” Rome writes, “In honor of the Mercer Island ‘clean up’ crew, the magic word is ‘corvid.’” So head over to the Farmers Market Preserve booth, say the magic word to Rome, and get a dollar off your first jar of jam.
Farmers Market Preserve, Seattle, WA booth at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Got Soup?, Seattle, WA
Got Soup? owner Jerry Baxter writes, “So I got a new soup for you this week. It is called ‘Mediterranean Fish Soup’—simplicity at its best. Rockfish from Wilsons, tomatoes from Kittitas Valley Greenhouse, and vegetables from several local farms. Maybe pour this over some steaming capellini, and you have dinner.”
In addition to the new Mediterranean Fish soup, Jerry will have:
- Heirloom tomato gazpacho
- Wild mushroom
- Coconut curry with chicken and brown rice
Got Soup?, Seattle WA booth at the Ballard Farmers Market in May 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Hand-Farmed Organics, Fall City, WA
HFO co-owner, Ryan Lichttenegger, tells us that after delays due to weather, they will finally have carrots this Sunday. Ryan and partner Casey are bringing more of their broccoli, which made its first appearance at the MI Farmers Market last week. Plus they will have more of their popular—and beautiful—radishes, turnips, kale, greens, and head lettuce.
Turnips from Hand-Farmed Organics, Fall City, WA at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Island Apiaries, Whidbey Island, WA
Island Apiaries owner David Neel writes that this week’s question to win a free 8-ounce jar of honey is “What is the origin of the phrase ‘bury the hatchet’?” Just a few rules: there is only one prize, which is awarded to the first person to answer the question correctly in person at the Island Apiaries booth at the MI Farmers Market. So be sure to get to the market early to be the first one to answer the question.
David Neel, owner of Island Apiaries, Whidbey Island, WA, talking with a customer at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Martin Family Orchard, Orondo, WA
Tomorrow, Martin Family Orchard will be joining us for the first time this season. They have been a stalwart of the MI Farmers Market since our opening day in 2008. But due to the poor growing season this year, they haven’t had produce to bring to our market. The weather has finally begun to cooperate and they are bringing cherries. So welcome them back for another season and buy some of their wonderful fruit.
Martin Family Orchard, Orondo, WA booth at the U-District Farmers Market in May 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Snohomish Bakery, Snohomish, WA
In honor of Independence Day, Snohomish Bakery will be bringing festive blueberry pies. Owner Andy Papadatos told us that almost all of the ingredients in the pie are from Washington State. The blueberries, in fact, came from a farm less than five miles away from the bakery.
Blueberry pie from Snohomish Bakery, Snohomish, WA. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Special Holiday Quiz on Barbaque
In honor of all of the grilling out that we know our customers plan to do this holiday weekend, we thought that we’d end this blog post with this quiz on barbeque from Oxford University Press. Enjoy.