From everything I’ve heard, the Wallingford Farmers Market in Meridian Park burst into full bloom this year: Wallingford turned out in droves both of the last two Wednesdays, with a lines at the produce stands and a park full of families.
But if you didn’t manage to get your produce there, you have another local option every Saturday: City Grown. For the past seven years, they’ve been growing vegetables in their own plot on Eastern Ave N as well as other “land partner” plots throughout Wallingford, Ballard and other neighborhoods, then selling those veggies at their farmstand at 4108 Eastern Ave N and farmers markets. Their harvest also show up on the menus of a handful of restaurants throughout the city, including Wallingford’s Harvest Beat.
So, if you want some hyperlocal lettuce, stop by any Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm and see what they have. This week, you’ll find several salad mixes and lettuces, baby arugula, spinach, and Japanese salad turnips, as well as a host of plant starts (Pink Berkeley Tie-Dye and Black Vernissage tomatoes, sprouting broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, patty pan summer squash and more). If you’re feeling like your thumb isn’t as green as it should be, they even offer garden consultations.
So take a stroll this morning and visit Ellen and Ashley, the farmer / owners. The only way to get more local is to grow it yourself.