Eat, Lifestyle

Bad Weather Delays Crops; Farmers Market Still Has Loads of Fresh Produce

Weather is serious business for farmers, and this year’s unseasonably cold, wet spring and dwindling “summer” has pushed back the harvest season for some crops, sometimes up to several weeks.

According to Seattle’s Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA), “Support of local farms is even more crucial in tough years!”

The NFMA – the organization that runs the Columbia City Farmers Market (CCFM) – encourages shoppers to be patient and get creative with their eating habits.

“Each season has its unique flavors,” says its web site. “Eating seasonally helps us connect to the landscape we live in [and] helps our bodies adjust to seasonal changes.”

That said, here’s just some of what to expect on the CCFM tables this week:

  • Apples – Pink Pearl, Holstein, Macintosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Shamrock, Akane, Ginger Golds, Shamrock, Tydeman, Sunrise, Zestar, Breaky, Gravenstein, Early Gold
  • Pears – Purple Goddess, Red Clapp, Bartlett, Ubleen Summer Pear
  • Asian Pears – Ichiban, Asian Pearl, Shinseiki, Kosui
  • Apricots – Tilton, Royal
  • Berries – Mulberries, Blackberries, Wild Elderberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Golden Raspberries, Strawberries, Currants
  • Cherries – Black Republicans, Lambert
  • Melons – Bittermelon, Crenshaw, Charantais, Santa Clause, Honeydew (whites, yellow, and orange flesh), Watermelon (red flesh, yellow flesh, yellow/orange swirl flesh), Cantaloupe – Galia, Fast Break, French Breakfast
  • Grapes – Green Table Grapes
  • Nectarines – Western Sweet, Independent, Red Gold, Snow Queen (white fleshed), Arctic Star
  • Peaches – Sun crest, Blushing Star, Golden princess, Red Globe, August Blaze, Garnet Babcock, Dixie Red, Raritan Rose, Rosa Hale, Elberta, JH Hale, Donut, Spring Crest, Spring Snow
  • Plums – Duarte, Friar, El Presidente, Sun, Satsuma
  • Beans – Haricot Verts, Cranberry, Purple, Scarlett Runner, Romano, Green, Concesa, Yellow Wax, Dragon’s Tongue. Fresh Garbanzo beans on the vine
  • Dried Shell Beans – Cranberry, Black, Cannellini, Fava
  • Beets – Golden, Chioggia, Red
  • Carrots – Yellow, orange and maroon – sweet and tender
  • Cabbage – Napa, Red, Savoy, Green and Purple heads
  • Cauliflower – Purple, White, Golden, Green
  • Celery – gorgeous green stalks, celeriac (celery root)
  • Chard – Green and Rainbow
  • Corn – yellow and bi-color
  • Cucumbers – Lemon, Armenian, Japanese, Slicing, Pickling
  • Eggplant – White, Lilac, Purple; Globe and Japanese
  • Greens – Escarole, Treviso Radicchio, Amaranth (Chinese Spinach), Frisé, Arugula, Bok Choy, Beet, Chickweed, Collards, Chrysanthemum, Claytonia, Dandelion, Endive, Lovage, Mizuna, Mustard, Purslane, Rapini, Spinach, Tatsoi
  • Herbs – Spearmint, Summer Savory, Epazote, Baby Dill, Basil (lemon and regular), Sage, Sorrel, Thyme, Catnip, Mint, Tarragon, Rosemary, Chives, Cilantro, Parsley

For more information on what to expect on the market tables this week, visit the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance website.

The Columbia City Farmers Market is open every Wednesday through October 19, 3-7 pm, on Edmunds Street just off of Rainer Avenue South. WIC and EBT are accepted – please inquire at the market information booth with questions. Photo/KOMO (RVP news partner)