Saturday night notes

-Blustery out there now, but the forecast for New Year’s Eve and Day looks great (though cold); the Polar Bear Swim at Alki will be interesting!

-Speaking of wind — ever been on a kayak in choppy seas? Found this video clip shot off Alki Point yesterday, featuring swells resembling the open ocean.

-Back to the matter of New Year’s — we’ve added more businesses’ holiday hours to the WSB Holidays page (and more to come). Perhaps most notably, in case you were wondering, both state liquor stores on California (Morgan and Alaska Junctions) are open till 7 pm New Year’s Eve.

-And yes, the West Seattle Farmers’ Market is still going strong each and every Sunday — after tomorrow, though, it switches to 11 am-2 pm hours for January and February. Here’s this week’s “fresh sheet” provided by citywide Farmers’ Market organizers:


TULIPS: At U-District and West Seattle from Alm Hill Gardens in Everson. Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink and Purple.

Trevani Truffles: Lovingly made by local chocolatier Anne Boyington. Made from 60% Venezuelan bittersweet chocolate. Flavors include coffee, orange, lemon and blackberry. Vegan selections, too.

Wooly Pigs: Pork from Hungarian Mangalitsa and Berkshire breeds of pig. This pork is considered by many to be some of the best in the world! Heath Putnam raises these pigs in Reardan , Washington where they lead a free-range existence, eat forage and hay and are given no hormones or antibiotics. Ham slices, bacon, loin roast, jowl bacon, fresh pork sausage are available.

NEW Greens: Miner’s Lettuce, Minutina (mild, leafy spinach-like flavor, but thicker texture.)

Apples: Braeburn, Fuji, Cameo, Gala Asian Pears Pluots


GREENS: Mixed spicy greens. Plus individual bunches: Spinach, Mustards, Minutina, Mache, Miner’s Lettuce, Mizuna, Collards, Arugula, Bok Choy

Kale: Red Russian Kale, Lacinato Kale, Siberian Salad Kale, Winterbore Kale,

Chard: Swiss, White & Rainbow


Brussels Sprouts


Jerusalem Artichokes

Garlic – Red, White and Blue – mild and hot varieties.


Winter Squash: Delicata, Spaghetti, Kabocha, Butternut, Acorn

Celery Root-Celeriac

Turnips- White and Red, Baby varieties


Radish – Daikon

Dried +Shelling Beans: Black, Cannellini, Cranberry.

Cabbage: White Head and Napa

Carrots: orange, maroon

Onions: Yellow Onions


Romanesco Broccoli

Beets – Chioggia


POTATOES– Yellow Finn, Russet, Yukon Gold, Red and Blue varieties.

HERBS: Sage, Flat Leaf Parsley.

WINES: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet, Syrah and Blends from Sweetbread Cellars on Vashon Island . Brought to Market by Sea Breeze Farm. At UD, WS. Sweet Raspberry wine from Rockridge Farms at U-District and West Seattle .

SOUP STOCKS: Veal, chicken, beef, duck and lamb stocks; rich, gelatinous stocks for your best home recipes – Sea Breeze Farms – at UD and WS

HAZELNUTS: All varieties from Holmquist Hazelnuts Farms in Whatcom County . Raw, roasted, Dry roasted, barbecued, yogurt covered, chocolate covered. Also hazelnut flour, oil and shells for your garden.

FISH: Wild Salmon: Smoked, frozen Sockeye, KING and Coho. Also Lox, Jerky, Salmon sausage and patties, Chum Caviar, Pickled Salmon

WILD MUSHROOMS: Black Truffles, Chanterelles– at UD and WS


Apples, Wild Huckleberries, Peaches, Apricots, Prunes, Asian Pears, Bosc Pears

Tomatoes, Celery Leaf, Hot Chilies, Garlic Powders

Dried Herbs: Basil, Parsley

Dried Mushrooms: Chanterelles, Lobster, Porcini, Truffle Salt

PORK: Organic/Pasture-Raised and finished from Bow ( Samish Bay ) and Sedro Woolley (Skagit River Ranch) and Reardan , WA (Woolly Pigs): All cuts; frozen and smoked. Loin, chops, roasts, ham, bacon, sausages, LARD.

BEEF: Organic pasture raised and finished beef from Skagit River Ranch (Angus), Samish Bay , and Seabreeze Farms. Steaks, Roasts, Hamburger, Summer Sausage, Andouille Sausage, Jerky, London Broil, soup bones, dog bones…

CHICKEN and DUCK: Free-run locally raised chickens and ducks. Fresh and frozen fryers, stewing hens and roasters. Chicken liver (pate) and chicken stock.

VEAL: Veal Ribs, Loin Chops, Top Round, Shanks. Sea Breeze Farm (UD, WS)

LAMB: Fresh cuts, ground fresh – Sea Breeze Farm (UD, WS)

GOAT MEAT: From Sea Breeze Farm on Vashon Island and Toboten Creek Boer Goat Farm in Yelm. At West Seattle and U-District.

PATE’: Pate de Foie (chicken, pork and calf liver with red wine, cream and garlic. Also chicken livers simmered in butter and cognac).

EGGS: Lovingly collected every morning from organically fed, run-around-the-barnyard local chickens and ducks.


Samish Bay: FRESH CHEESES: Queso Fresco, Farmer Cheese (spreadable – uncooked), Feta
Mozzarella. Yogurt. Also Organic Gouda (from Jersey cows): Flavored Goudas : Cumin,
Nettle, Mont Blanchard, Montasio (U-District, West Seattle )

Mt. Townsend Creamery (Port Townsend): Cow’s milk cheeses. Brie, Tomme and Camembert.

Sea Breeze Farm ( Vashon Island ): Aged cow’s milk (7 mos) Goat’s (aged 3mos), fresh whey Ricotta, Crème Fraiche, Buttermilk, Milk and Heavy Cream. (U-District, West Seattle )

FRESH PASTA: Fresh egg, red bell pepper, basil, squid ink, carrot, sun dried tomato and spinach pasta made with semolina flour. Also fresh raviolis with olive & artichoke, mushroom, pumpkin, spinach/roasted garlic, goat cheese and 4-cheese fillings. At all markets from La Pasta.

HONEY: Blackberry & Wildflower; Raw, unheated &unfiltered. Raw Honeycomb

PASTRIES: Pies, pretzels, tarts, brulee, gateau, cookies, scones, cinnamon rolls, brownies, cookies, muffins, loaf cakes, biscotti, granolas. FLYING APRON VEGAN baked goods; cakes, scones, muffins, cookies, tarts at U-District and West Seattle. PIES BY JENNY: Sweet and Savory Pies and Tarts made from Farmers Market farmers’ ingredients.

ARTISAN BREADS: Rye, Whole Wheat and Sourdough Breads from Pacific Coast Bakery. Italian and French style rustic loaves from Tall Grass Bakery.

CIDERS – Apple, Apple Raspberry, Apple Apricot, Spiced Apple, Cherry-Apple, Ginger Lemonade from Rockridge Farms and Woodring Foods.

HARD CIDERS – Apple, Honey (Mead), Apple, Berry from Rockridge Orchards

JAMS, JELLIES, SAUCES, SPREADS AND PRESERVES: White Chocolate Marzipan, Bittersweet chocolate, Chocolate Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate sauces from Woodring Foods. Lavender, Rose Petal, Raspberry, Peach Chipotle, Marionberry, Black Raspberry, Golden Raspberry, Black Currant, Tayberry, Lingonberry, Blueberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Apricot, Apple, Pumpkin jams and spreads from Woodring Foods. Ginger Chutney from Woodring Foods. Peach, Apricot, Blackberry and Blueberry jams from Growing Things.

4 Replies to "Saturday night notes"

  • Jan December 29, 2007 (8:08 pm)

    wow….I turned green just watching that video….looks like a lot of work just to get extremely wet and extremely cold – lol….

  • Olivia December 30, 2007 (5:28 pm)

    Does anyone know the hours that AllStar will be open on 12/31 and 1/1?

  • Jan December 30, 2007 (6:46 pm)

    Olivia….their calendar says that they will have Holiday Hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day…8am to 3pm

  • Olivia December 31, 2007 (6:43 pm)

    Thanks, Jan! I was able to make it in time today and they are open until 5 tomorrow

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