Bok choy and more for sale at Arlington Farmers Market

Erica Ewell, left, assists Mark Lovejoy in selecting some fresh produce. - SARAH ARNEY The Arlington Times
Erica Ewell, left, assists Mark Lovejoy in selecting some fresh produce.
— image credit: SARAH ARNEY The Arlington Times

ARLINGTON Fresh garlic, young Walla Walla sweet onions, bok choy and sugar snap peas fresh out of the Stillaguamish Valley dirt that's what I bought at the Arlington Farmers Market June 14. It made for a darn good stir fry.

Jerry Turk also stocked up, loading veggies into his lap while riding his wheel chair.

Buckets of an assortment of greens were tempting, and it was the end of the asparagus season, according to market organizer Mark Lovejoy, of Garden Treasures located on SR 530 east of I-5.

"We've got strawberries from Due's Berry Farm and cherries coming from the Smallwood Farm, east of the mountains, and peaches later on," Lovejoy said.

Homegrown meat of many kinds beef, lamb, pork, goats, rabbits, chickens and turkeys can be ordered from Chris Zegstroo who owns Highland Farms in Arlington Heights.

"We butcher rabbits in mid-July, beef and pork in late October, and turkeys just before Thanksgiving," Zegstroo said. He grows a heritage breed of Highland cattle, a hide of which decorates his table at the market.

"I just had to keep the first skin," he said, adding that goats can be butchered any time, but he hasn't learned how to butcher halal style (the Muslim version of kosher).

"I haven't had the demand," he said.

Zegstroo can also be found at the Haller Point Farmers Market on Sundays.

Two young farmers, Sarah and Aaron Hall, both in their teens, are brother and sister who grow things at Fruitful Farm in Oso. They are selling landscape plants and flowers and fresh eggs at the moment, but will have some produce soon, Aaron said.

"Maybe we'll have some strawberries by next weekend," Aaron said.

Sarah sews aprons to sell at the market and, if we get lucky, maybe they'll bring their fiddles sometime to play a few tunes.

Lovejoy reported that business during the car show was about the same as business during Super Saturday on the second market since it opened on Memorial Day weekend. The June 14 market was supplemented by a second-hand sale to raise money for Toys for Kids.

Also for kids, several volunteers will be at the market on a regular basis to entertain young sprouts while the folks are shopping.

A first-year teacher at Haller Middle School, Allison Sayre volunteers in exchange for fresh produce in Lovejoy's Consumer Supported Agriculture program. She offers hoola hoops and bubbles for kids of all ages.

"We're trying to have something different each week," Sayre said, adding she will be there most Saturdays but has alternates to fill in for her.

The market also offers prepared food for lunch by The Family Dog and The Local Scoop.

Along with the Arlington Farmers Market in Legion Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, there is also the Haller Point Market open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays at The Village Store (formerly Country Charm Dairy), at 604 E. Gilman St.

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