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.

‘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:

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