Archive for October, 2012

Get fresh this week

October 11, 2012  |  Share

10/11 from 3:00 to 7:00pm at QAFM.

This is it! The final week of the 2012 market season and our farmers and food artisans are still bursting with fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, eggs and meat.

Billy’s Garden – Tomato box sales – $30 for a 20 lb. case.

Dharma Ridge Farm – Conehead cabbages, carrots by the bag, and other bulk deals abound. Also, take home a fresh stir-fry mix for an easy weeknight dinner.

Collins Family Orchards – juicy and sweet Bosc pears.

Martin Family Orchard and Tonnemaker Family Orchard – Both have beautiful crops of Asian pears.

Hand-Farmed Organics – Brussels sprouts on the stalk.

One Leaf Farm – Leeks, parsnips, celery root and pick up your Halloween pumpkins.

Local Roots – Palla Rossa radicchio and the recipe that will make you love it.

Calendula Farms – Taking pre-orders for Thanksgiving turkey and yarn colored with natural botanical dyes.

Los Agaves – Introduces ceviche to their menu this week.

Mark & William Canlis: The Canlis Salad

October 11, 2012  |  Share

10/11 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm in the Rene Stern sponsored Chef Tent.

We are so lucky to have one of the country’s best restaurants right in our own neighborhood. Just this past year, Canlis has been recognized with Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” award, a James Beard Foundation nomination, and Wine Spectator Grand Award.

Restaurateurs Brian and Mark Canlis carry forward a 60-year family tradition of excellence. This final market day of the season, you will have a very special opportunity to see the family in action. Mark Canlis and his 6-year old son William will be in the QAFM Chef Tent. Together, they will reveal the secrets to one of their restaurants most requested recipes, the legendary Canlis Salad.  Join in the fun, get inspired, and have a taste of the salad so popular it’s never lost its place on the menu since 1950. We hear William’s Canlis salad rivals his dad’s version!

Thank you to the Canlis family for their ongoing support of QAFM.

Vince Mtz and Friends

October 11, 2012  |  Share

10/11 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the EveryBlock sponsored ‘Feed Lot’ Music Tent.

Vince kicked off the 2012 market season, and lucky for us, he’s going to close it out! This time around the talented folk musician and market neighbor has recruited some friends to join him. Here’s the line up:

Vince Mtz – Vince is an Americana singer and songwriter originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Whether he’s playing as Vince Mtz and the Great Blue Yonder or as part of the Bushwick Book Club, this guitarist and vocalist captivates audiences with his soulful sound.

Jon Whalen Seattle/Vashon Island-based singer and songwriter performs alternative folk and rock, both solo and with the Field Hands.

Dustin James – Songwriter and storyteller (isn’t that the best kind of songwriter). No genre is off limits for Dustin, but hip-hop and R&B push the limits. He just wants to give you an ear(ful)!

Grab a sweater and some street food, then relax on the picnic lawn and celebrate the last market day of the season.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

October 11, 2012  |  Share

QAFM Community comes together for Farm Dinner Benefit.

We want to express our heartfelt appreciation to all the market supporters, farmers and food artisans who came together for our farm dinner fundraiser. It was a wonderful evening of food, wine and cocktails to benefit QAFM. Special thanks to:

The Pantry at Delancey, especially founder Olaiya Land who hosted us, and Brandi Henderson, who helped organize the event. If you get the chance to take a class or join “The Pantry” for a family meal, don’t miss it!

Collins Family Orchards for sharing beautiful Italian plums to make a crisp.

Alvarez Organic Farms for providing the delicious cherry peppers that we stuffed with aged provolone and oregano.

Billy’s Garden for contributing the sweet melons for the Melon Salad with Mint and Black Pepper.

Local Roots for supplying their tender zucchini for the Summer Squash Gratin with Salsa Verde. The vibrant parsley and garlic for this dish came from One Leaf Farm.

Tonnemaker Family Orchard for donating their picked-that-day Roma tomatoes for the Slow Roasted Tomato Tarte.

We’ll share all the recipes later this week on our website. A final thank you to the bartenders at Essex craft cocktail bar for creating the QAFM Cocktail using Mischief Distillery gin. What’s in it? Fill a shaker with ice, 1 oz. Mischief gin, 1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur, 1 tsp. lemon juice, and a dash of Angostura bitters. Shake, strain and serve, or stop by Essex and ask them to craft one for you!


Get Fresh this week

October 2, 2012  |  Share

10/4 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Rene Stern sponsored Chef Tent.

Two weeks left in the season, so don’t miss out:

Alm Hill Gardens has the most beautiful cranberry beans. A neighbor gave us this hot tip that’s an Italian tradition: 1) take beans out of the pod 2) Simmer in water for 20 to 30 minutes. 3) Drain, and then drizzle with a great olive oil and sea salt. 5. Dig into a delicious, seasonal treat!

Where can you go to find a great salad in this town?  We have the answer – QAFM! Desirae at Seattle Salads goes way beyond simple lettuce with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, herbs and more. Each one of her flavorful salad combination is topped with one of her own deliciously creative homemade dressings. We’re very proud to say Desirae got her start at our market, and it’s exciting to see how her business has grown, first by adding home delivery and now with the early October opening of her very own shop in Madison Valley/Madison.

Tamryn at Billy’s Gardens says their crop of Indigo heirloom tomatoes is higher in antioxidants than blueberries (and a lot bigger)!

The giant Italian plums at Collins Family Orchards are perfect for drying into prunes, and you don’t need a fancy dehydrator to do it. Apparently some Seattleites are using a car to dry fruit? What a great way to harness the delicious rays of our glorious fall sun.

Alvarez Organic Farms has fresh, raw peanuts and their dried beans were slow to come but are here now. Varieties this week include Pintos, Mayacoba, Red, Black, and Garbanzo.

We’ve been waiting all season and it’s finally here! Mountain Lodge Farm has aged cheeses. Sunrise is a three-month raw aged hard goat cheese rubbed with elderberry. Wonderland is a four to six month aged-raw goat cheese that farm owner Sherwin says is delicious grated on pasta or eggs.

Pasta Lucchese welcomes fall with parsnip ravioli and chestnut fettuccine. Stop by and get dinner on the table in record time.

The Perfect Taste’s Jon Rowley

October 2, 2012  |  Share

10/4 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Rene Stern- sponsored Chef Tent.

Before there were foodies and locavores, there was Jon Rowley. His career has been a fascinating life-long exploration and quest to improve the flavor, quality and understanding of fish, shellfish, fruits and vegetables. The Seattle Times said of John: “You’d never suspect, looking at Jon Rowley as he lumbers slowly across the tidal flat, that this man, born and raised in a tiny coastal community of the Pacific Northwest, had changed the way America eats.”

Currently, John consults with some of Seattle’s best restaurants and markets, serves as a contributing editor to Saveur magazine, and organizes restaurant oyster programs and promotions across the country. This Thursday, he takes time to visit QAFM to cook and share his bountiful food knowledge with us. Find out more about John, including his passion for the tomato in his latest post “The Tomato Sandwich… a Celebration of Real Tomatoes and Late Summer” at his blog.

Tickle Monster with DJ A-Kidd & Sunday Speedtrap

October 2, 2012  |  Share

10/4 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the EveryBlock sponsored ‘Feed Lot’ and ‘Produce Row’ music tents.

You may know Queen Anne neighbor Chris Brisbois from The Buckets or his last appearance at QAFM as part of the Squidmonk’s. This week, Chris performs with friends Cindy and Tony as Tickle Monster, a rockin’ trio named by Rich’s daughter.. Tickle Monster will be joined by the 11-year-old turntable sensation, DJ-A-KIDD, so don’t miss out on a fun afternoon of hip tunes for rock fans of all ages.

Chris Eric, under his band Sunday Speedtrap, is back for his final QAFM appearance of the season. He’ll be singing his heartfelt lyrics as he plays from his vast alt, country, folk, and rock repertoire. 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 fall sun (that’s the forecast!), and singing along with Chris as you shop down produce row on Crockett Street.

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