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FamilyWorks is at the Wallingford Farmer’s Market!

It’s official– the Wallingford Farmer’s Market is in full swing. You can pick up everything you need for a complete, delicious meal (along with caramels and ice cream for dessert!). Snap peas, edible flowers, cherries, green garlic, crisp apples, pasta, pastries, Patty Pan quesadillas, oh my! The farmers are friendly, the shoppers are happy, the children are playful–there’s no reason to not come visit the market! All of your non-food desires can be satisfied, too: Cascade Bicycles will answer all your cycling questions and give you great maps, the shops inside of the Wallingford Center offer 10% off deals if you show them your produce, and of course, you can chat with the lovely people from FamilyWorks!

You won’t miss our pretty purple tent. Stop by and pick up a calendar, or ask us how to get involved. When you support the farmers, you support the food bank. Yesterday, 67 pounds of produce was collected from farmers to donate to the FamilyWorks Food Bank! Thanks!

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Cukes, Zukes, and Fava Beans

What do you think of when you think of food banks? Potatoes, rice, maybe boxed cereal and beans? Perhaps some spoiled milk? If so, consider touring the FamilyWorks food bank. You may be surprised to see all kinds of fresh produce, year-round, gourmet breads, organic pastas and beans from PCC, fresh eggs and milk, meat, ice cream, and many of the things you might normally buy in a grocery store. How does a food bank acquire all these foods? We have a network of community partners – grocery stores, P-Patches, and other donors. During the summer months, one large source of donations is the Wallingford Farmers’ Market.

On Wednesday afternoons, the parking lot at the Wallingford Center is converted to a festival of local and fresh foods, pastas, cheeses, hummus, ice cream bars, and even tamales (half-price if you’re unemployed!). You will also find a community resource booth, at which FamilyWorks will hand out goodies (maybe chocolates, pencils, or stickers) and ask you to complete a survey about community needs. Sometimes you may see the John Stanford International school raising money for its new playground, Seattle City Light distributing free sustainable light bulbs, or the Wallingford Art Walk.

Just as the market is drawing to a close at 7 PM, you’ll see vendors filling crate after crate, donating their wares to people they may never meet. Just yesterday, vendors of all sizes donated fresh-baked bread, raspberries by the flat, bunches of sweet onions, unidentifiable (to me anyway!) purple roots, carrots, lettuce of all types, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, peaches, nectarines, apricots, cherries (both red and Rainier!), corn on the cob, cauliflower, and fava beans galore! To be exact, there were 332 pounds of food! Today, the food bank is distributing these colorful, healthful, and above all tasty items to our clients. Thus, when you enter the FamilyWorks Food Bank, you’ll see a lot more than you may have imagined would be at the food bank.

What does one do with fava beans, you may ask? I was none too sure either, so I asked the farmer who donated two crates worth of them. He told me to shell them, then either boil or blanche the beans. Then the bean-casing comes off quite easily, and you just eat them or put them in salads or with pasta. It seemed like a lot of work to me, so I asked about the casing – turns out you can eat it if you don’t mind extreme bitterness.

What’s your favorite farmers’ market recipe, fava beans or otherwise? Please share by leaving a comment here or on our Facebook page. And thank you once more to all the donors who make our food bank so inviting and healthful!

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Volunteer Update

FamilyWorks is now accepting volunteers for many positions, from food bank line workers to food bank stockers to a Farmers’ Market Greeter (shifts on Wednesdays 3-7). We are also looking for volunteer acoustic musicians to play in our hallway during food bank hours. Are you interested in volunteering with FamilyWorks? If so, please contact Kate via email. Thank you!

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