This Sunday , October 18th will be the last day of the 2015 Everett Farmers Market Season. It was a glorious season but it wasn’t without worry. The low rainfall last winter followed by record summer highs had our farmers worried about their livelihood – the same produce and meat that would feed us for the year. It was difficult but it has also been a lesson for us consumers: These farmers NEED our support.
There is no better way for us residents of Everett to show our commitment to local food than to shop at the market every Sunday. We get to speak straight to the producers and ask them exactly what we need to know about the food we eat. Brittle Barn Farms brought us their hand-raised poultry, which you can taste once you take it home and cook it. Skagit Angus Beef brought us free-range beef products that they believed in. Then we had all of our produce vendors, who had a lot to worry about in terms of feeding their plants. They managed to make things work and we got to taste apples, berries, stone fruit, quince, pumpkins, braising greens, root vegetables, tubers, tomatoes – you name it! We certainly are lucky.
Before the weekends, we would like to humbly convince you on behalf of our vendors to come down one last time for the year. Our farmers and craft vendors will be there and they will be happy to see you at the market. It has been a great season so let’s end it in style.
Here’s what we recommend you stock up at this Sunday. Believe us when we say they will last you until we see you again next May.
Raw honey: Phil sells his honey “the way God wants it to be”. It is completely raw and unpasteurized. There are countless studies on the health benefits of raw honey, especially if you have allergies. Phil recommends taking half a teaspoon of raw honey every morning and a lot of his customers vouch for this natural medicine. Become a believer! $13 for 1lb jar; $17 for 2lb jar; $24 for 3lb jar; $13 for creamed honey
Apples: There are countless varieties to choose from. Some go well as a snacking apple, some do great when preserved (apple butter, chutney) and some are just perfect in pie. Whatever you choose your apple based on, you can’t go wrong. There are plenty of samples to choose from but we recommend speaking to the vendors to get the best advice on what’s on offer. Some vendors also have slightly bruised apples that they are willing to sell you for cheaper. Just ask.
- RP Guerrero Farm: Golden Delicious at $1.49/lb; Fuji, Cameo Apple at $2.49/lb; Galaxy, Granny Smith, Gala, Bosc Pear, Asian Pear at $1.99/lb. All organic.
- Skipley Farms: Enterprise, Spitzenberg, Golden Delicious, Liberty, Zesta, Cameo, Zesta!, Ambrosia, Gala, Fuji. Snow and many, many more. Most of the apples sell from $3-4/lb. All organic and free of all sprays, etc.
- Magana Farms: They sell a variety of apples and are currently offering deals per pound of fruit.
Meats: Beef, pork and chicken can all be frozen for the year making it the best buy on the last day of the Everett Farmer’s Market. We can personally vouch for the meat our vendors sell. They care about their animals and you can taste it. Stop at the market and stock up. You won’t regret it.
- Brittle Barn Farms: They have Red Ranger and White broilers, which can be frozen for a whole year if kept in the pack they are sold in. The prices vary per pound and the Red Rangers go fast. If you’re looking for a small Thanksgiving Day bird for next month, Red Ranger is the way to go.
- Skagit Angus Beef: Their steaks go fast so make sure you get your preferred cut as soon as you get there. Jim and Frances Carstens, who own and operate the farm, treat their livestock well. Frances has always raised cattle and her husband has always done crops. Their beef is all grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free and 100% organic. They raise all their own feed and make their own hay to feed their cows. They also raise sheep to keep up with the demand of the market.
Pumpkins and gourds: If you’re looking for decorative pumpkins, the Everett Farmer’s Market has some. If you are looking for pumpkins you can eat, we have those too! Roslyn from Rabbit Fields Farm and Nate from Frog Song Farms have some pie and decorative pumpkins. You can roast the pumpkins, scoop the filling and freeze it for later. If you’re not into that, just place one on your doorstep and get into the spirit of the season.
Prepared food: Olive oils, cheese, jellies, mustards, kettle corn, bread, brownies, pies, dips and more! The market has so much prepared food for your pantry and snacking needs. It would be a shame to waste it so come sample and (maybe) buy them all.
Halloween decorations and Christmas presents: Soaps (Sage on the Mountain, Snohomish Soap Co., Ancient Dragonfly Soap), scented candles (Pegasus Moon), herbal products, wall art, furniture, clothing and more! Some make great stocking stuffers (if you can wait that long) and other just make for great “treat yourself” gifts.
Rain or shine, we do hope to see you at the Everett Farmer’s Market on Sunday from 11am-4pm.
Edlyn G D’Souza is a writer and the more she says that, the truer it becomes. She has her roots in Goa and Mumbai in India, where she worked as a journalist for 5 years. She now lives in Washington where she writes in her blog egeedee.com, draws cat stuff, never tires of seeing Mt Rainier and dreams about changing the world through her stories.