Cherries, Carrots, Zucchini, Cilantro, Amen.

Cherries joined strawberries in creating pandemonium at the Market on Sunday, June 7th, which begs the question, where were you?

Hayton Farms is back at the Market with their famous strawberries. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Strawberries were found this week at Alm Hill, Stoney Plains, Tiny's, Collins, Hayton and others, while cherries were offered by Bill's Fruit, ACMA, Ayala, Magana and more.

Oxbows infamous carrots are back. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Carrots are also taking the Market by storm, much to the delight of rabbits, people with bad night vision, and, well, everyone else. Look at these beauties at Oxbow. And Full Circle has them in orange and yellow.

Growing Things radishes. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And when it comes to colorful, tasty roots, how about radishes. All kinds of radishes are filling the Market right now, but they don't much like the heat, so enjoy them now, while you can. Just look at the spectacular Icicle and Easter Egg radishes from Growing Things above.  And how about this radish display from Nash's...

Nash's radishes. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Nature's Last Stand returned to Ballard Farmers Market on June 7th, after a long winter's battle with snow and floods. Garlic scapes, spinach, salad mix, French Breakfast radishes, kale medley and green garlic are just some of the bits of deliciousness found on their tables.

Nature's Last Stand, complete with John's smiling mug, is back at the Market for 2009. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

And for those who don't know what green garlic and garlic scapes are, check out this scene from Anselmo's tables...

Anselmo's green garlic (top) and garlic scapes. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Green garlic, at the top of the photo, is garlic harvested and sold fresh, without having be dry cured, like you find in grocery stores. Sometimes green garlic is sold very young, when it looks like green onions. Garlic scapes, seen at the bottom of this photo, are the tops of hard-neck garlic as it prepares to bloom. It curls around as it grows, getting it the nickname of "rattlesnake tails," with the rattle-looking bud at the end. Get these while their tender, and use them much like any garlic. It is milder, and a bit grassy in flavor, but it is sweeter than mature garlic, and it allows you to have some fun with your garlic seasons.

Full Circle zucchini. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Full Circle Farm won the prize for the first zucchini of the season, though we can be assured that much more with follow. And Children's Garden was the first to have cilantro this week.

Cilantro from Children's Garden. Photo copyright 2009 by Zachary D. Lyons.

Needless to say, though I am going to say it anyway, Sunday, June 7th marked a significant tidal shift in produce at the Market. We are marching headlong into the peak season now. Can I get an amen? But, of course, you missed it, didn't you? What were you thinking?