As the excitement of Seafair envelopes the Puget Sound, we celebrate yet another fine weekend of sunshine and fabulous produce at our Saturday Market.
This week I would like to take a moment to recognize one of our small farms, who has been with us for a few years, bringing their love and enthusiasm for farming to our market each week through the summer. Caruso Farm is owned by Vince and Anna Caruso, and located not far from Edmonds in Snohomish. Each week, they harvest fresh veggies and more to pick up at the market and enjoy at home. This week they will be featuring sweet new potatoes, (fingerling, red, purple and Yukon), baby Asian eggplant, and pickling cukes. What else? Well that depends on what they pick Saturday morning, so stop by and check out their delicious display and, if you have a hankering for trying an eggplant, ask for a recipe hint or two.
We are so fortunate at Edmonds Summer Market to have such a diverse selection of small farmers, like Caruso, joining us each week. Across the street from Caruso, on Bell, you will find Summer Run Farm with some amazing broccoli, cauliflower, and more! A bit further down the street, you cannot miss Gypsy Rows, with their fun selection of lettuces, kale, cukes, and more. Then continue on, and you will find Alvarez Organics, bringing corn, peppers, potatoes, peanuts and more from their farm in Mabton. Now on to 5th Avenue, and you will find Bautista with a full selection of vegetables from his farm in Sunnyside, and then further down 5th Avenue, across from the Historical Museum, is Frog Song Farm. Frog Song, like so many of our other farmers, harvests early in the morning of market. Making sure that the produce you purchase each week is as fresh as possible, with the best flavor you can imagine.
We are nearing the end of raspberry season these days, but we should see the return of strawberries soon with late season strawberries just starting now. Adding to the flavors are plenty of blueberries and blackberries. All picked ripe for the market!
Looking for the perfect peaches for pies and jams, the first free-stones are arriving now. Ask the farmer before you buy to be sure. As a jam maker, I realized quickly the joys of working with free-stones as these peaches easily come off the pit, making pie making and canning so much more fun!
So, come on down tomorrow, and pick up all you need to host your Seafair celebration — from burgers, ribs, chops or fresh salmon to veggies and potatoes to grill up! And of course finally, some cantaloupe, berries or peaches for a pie or two!
Too warm to cook a pie? Then stop by Deborah’s Pie’s on Bell Street and pick up a delicious one to take home! Or stop by Social Ice Cream (also on Bell Street) for some locally made, fresh scooped ice cream either in a cone, or in a pint to enjoy at home with some fresh fruit!
So many options — see you at the market!
— By Christina Martin, market manager