What?!? You missed the market on April 19th? What were you thinking? There was no holiday, no rain, no wind, no cold... and there was asparagus!
Yes, both Alvarez Organic Farms and Ayala are back for 2009, bringing their first-of-the-season Yakima Valley asparagus with them. And what goes perfectly with asparagus? Wild morel mushrooms, harvested in Washington's forests by Foraged & Found Edibles. Heck, they even had a morel look-alike (though not taste alike) mushroom called verpa on Sunday.
You also missed... wait for it... saffron! "Saffron?" you ask? Yep. Washington-grown saffron from Phocas Farms in Port Angeles. Talk about shrinking your carbon footprint -- most saffron comes from Iran. But Phocas Farms is one of a growing number of small-scale saffron producers on the North Olympic Peninsula, which is also the U.S. capitol of lavender production, growing saffron for us to enjoy with our Taylor mussels or Stokesberry chicken.
You know what else you missed this past Sunday? Lettuce. Not itty-bitty little lettuce leaves as part of a salad mix, but whole heads of lettuce, straight from those wonderful guys with the greenhouses in the Port Townsend Banana Belt, Colinwood Farms.
So I ask you, are you going to brave missing the market this coming Sunday? I think not. Oh, and did I mention the peanuts? You'll find them at Alvarez, too.