Archive for September, 2012

‘Get fresh’ this week

September 22, 2012  |  Share

9/27 from 3:00 to 7:00pm at QAFM

Two important things to know: 1) It’s the most abundant time of year for our farmers, so make sure to stop by.  2) It’s starting to get dark earlier, so we move to our fall hours this week – 3:00 to 7:00pm.

  • Maximus/Minimus – their last market day of the season, so don’t miss out!
  • Berries – now you see ‘em, then you don’t! Our berry farmers, including Hatyon Farms, Skagit Sun, Sidhu farms and Youngquist Farms, are still going strong. Blueberries in September! Amazing golden raspberries! Late season strawberries! When the weather changes, however, the harvest will “up and disappear”. Make sure to pick up some pints before it’s all over.  Heather at Skagit Sun says you don’t want to miss their blueberries this week.
  • Hilda at Tiga Dara heard your requests for vegetarian dishes and is now offering Indonesian-style crispy fried tofu with a chili, green mango and sweet soy sauce.
  • Juice Box is making us all healthier this season with their delicious, mostly organic, freshly pressed juices, each of which packs two pounds of veggies into one serving! Try the RPP: red pepper-pineapple-key lime-coconut water.
  • Honest Biscuits has been getting a lot of requests for their Old School Biscuit, featuring peanut butter and strawberry jam (the latter sourced from Rome at Farmers Market Preserves).  They’ll have more this week!

Sam Crannell from Lloyd Martin

September 22, 2012  |  Share

9/27 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Rene Stern sponsored Chef Tent.

We’ve been rooting for Sam since his restaurant, Lloyd Martin, opened almost one year ago in the Gilbert Building on Queen Anne Avenue. The buzz started almost immediately from foodie insiders and the word quickly spread about his innovative take on seasonal cooking. Almost all reviewers marvel that such big flavors are coming from such a small kitchen, but we knew from our first taste that Sam was putting Lloyd Martin on the map. Come watch Sam share his secrets on how you can get big flavors out of your home kitchen with fresh market produce.

Hank & Cathie return

September 22, 2012  |  Share

9/27 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the EveryBlock sponsored ‘Feed Lot’ Music Tent.

They’re back for their final appearance in the 2012 season! Hank Bradley and Cathie Whiteside are two of Seattle’s finest folk musicians. Together as Hank & Cathie, these traditional folk masters specialize in Greek music, old-time fiddle, contra dance music, Irish fiddle and more.

As fun as Twister and more important

September 22, 2012  |  Share

9/27 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Information Tent.

How can QAFM better serve you? What do you like about your market? How can the market be improved?

On September 27, volunteers will be on hand conducting our annual quick, easy, and oh-so-important dot survey seeking answers to those questions and more from you.

Your feedback in past seasons led to expanded hours, new types of vendors, a greater selection of farmers and food artisans, and much more.

Tell us what you are thinking. We are listening!

Get fresh at QAFM

September 19, 2012  |  Share

Forecast is for sunshine and 80 degrees, so don’t miss out!

  • Local Roots – pie pumpkins (stock up because these are the best!) and golden beets (earthy-sweet, delicious just roasted, and no mess like red beets).
  • Hand-Farmed Organics – watermelons galore and sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes), which are like a sweet crunchy potato or water chestnut which can be used cooked or raw.
  • One Leaf Farms – lemon cucumbers (eat ‘em like an apple!) and the first winter squash.
  • Alvarez Organic Farms – fresh picked sweet corn and okra (a favorite of Abigail’s over at Rachel’s Ginger Beer).
  • Mountain Lodge Farm – Summit soft-ripened cheese coated with an ash and a fine bloomy rind. Limited quantities.
  • Honest Biscuits – The Old School Biscuit with peanut butter and strawberry jam sourced from Rome at Farmers Market Preserves.

Kaspar Donier of Kaspar’s & Elise Hale-Case from QA Food Bank

September 16, 2012  |  Share

9/20 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Rene Stern sponsored Chef Tent.

The last time Chef Kaspar Donier of Kaspars Special Events and Catering visited the QAFM Chef Tent, he shared a granola recipe that had us doing a double-take. Why had we never thought of granola as savory instead of sweet? Such a great idea!

This week, Kaspar is partnering with Elise Hale-Case, Executive Director of the QA Food Bank, to create low-cost, staple-focused dishes that are simply delicious. Stretch your dollars and imagination as you learn to cook up tasty and nutritious meals that will nourish your family and friends.

EBT Double Dollar Day

September 16, 2012  |  Share

9/20 from 3:00 to 7:30pm in the Information Tent.

This Thursday, QAFM will match the amount that customers use from their EBT card, dollar for dollar, up to $15. To take advantage of this offer, simply stop by the Information Tent and request up to $15 on your EBT card and receive up to additional $15. $15 is worth $30 at QAFM!

Your EBT and bonus match will be paid in QAFM $1 Tokens. These tokens are only valid at QAFM and can be used on any market day in 2012. Use them to purchase nearly everything at the market, including breads, fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, honey, dairy products, as well as food-producing seeds and plants. Click here for more information about the USDA’s guidelines regarding approved foods.EBT

PK Dwyer headlines in the ‘Feed Lot”

September 16, 2012  |  Share

9/20 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in the EveryBlock sponsored music tent.

PK Dwyer has a long musical history in the Seattle area, including the distinction of being the very first busker at the Pike Place Market back in the 1970’s. Spread your blanket on the grass, grab some street food, bask in the last summer sun, and enjoy an evening of folk and blues with this legendary musician. We are so grateful that PK can lend his talents to QAFM for another great evening of local music.

‘Get Fresh’ this week

September 10, 2012  |  Share

9/13 from 3:00 to 7:30pm at QAFM

Don’t miss these highlights from our farmers this Thursday:

Josh Henderson, Skillet Street Food

September 10, 2012  |  Share

9/13 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Rene Stern sponsored chef tent

In 2007, Josh Henderson hitched his vintage Airstream to a dream of pioneering street food in Seattle. Little did he know the kind of impact his innovative model would have on the city and the national street food movement.

Today Josh runs a thriving food empire that includes a catering business, a line of food products (can you say bacon jam!), Skillet Diner in Capitol Hill, and the newly opened Skillet Counter in the Armory at Seattle Center. Given how busy he is, it’s especially admirable that he donates so much of his time to various fundraisers around town and to events like our free cooking class. Join Josh this week for his cooking demo which will feature his seasonal take on American-inspired food.

Last Chance for free Barefoot Contessa Tickets

September 10, 2012  |  Share

9/13 drawing at QAFM from 6:00 to 6:30pm in the EveryBlock sponsored ‘Feed Lot’ music tent.

Stop by the EveryBlock Tent in the Feed Lot to enter the drawing for two orchestra seats (value $104) to Ina Gartner, aka the Barefoot Contessa, in conversation with Greg Atkinson on September 16. No purchase necessary. The drawing will be held at 6pm at and you need not be present to win. A huge thanks to Benaroya Hall for their support of QAFM!

P.S.  Last call for QAFM volunteers! We’re having a separate drawing for two more tickets just for you, so stop by the information tent to enter. Thank you also to Benaroya Hall for allowing QAFM to recognize our amazing volunteer team.

Hank & Cathie + Sunday Speedtrap

September 10, 2012  |  Share

9/13 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the EveryBlock sponsored ‘Feed Lot’ and ‘Produce Row’ music tents.

Hank Bradley and Cathie Whitesides are two of Seattle’s finest folk musicians. Together as Hank & Cathie, these traditional folk masters specialize in Greek music, old-time fiddle, contra dance music, Irish fiddle and more.

Chris Eric, under his band Sunday Speedtrap, is back by popular demand to play his heartfelt lyrics & Alt country folk/rock. Chris’s biggest influences include the Kingston Trio, Jewel, Todd Snider, The Beatles and Buddy Holly. With that kind of variety, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be smiling, enjoying the sunshine, and singing or humming along with Chris as you shop down Crockett Street!

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