Weekly Round-Up July 29th - 31st: Southern Hospitality!
July 26, 2020
This week's Iconic Market Box is filled with Southern delight and charm
Hey y’all! We are getting into the spirit of Southern hospitality as we count the days until we deliver this week’s amazing Iconic Market Box. For those who have family ties to the South, we hope this box brings a little nostalgia to your taste buds. For those who are not familiar with Southern cuisine, we hope these items bring a sense of joy in the discovery of something new.
Art Stone was 4 years old when he learned how to make biscuits with his grandmother back in his home state of North Carolina. As an adult, he found himself on vacation in Seattle’s Pike Place Market and fell in love with the artisan craft food scene. After that trip he returned home, quit his job as an administrative judge, and perfected his grandmother’s biscuit recipe, which is open for all to try today at Honest Biscuits. Their extra-large size makes them perfect as a sandwich bun, and its soft yet dense layers soak up any sauces, honey, or jam without getting soggy or overly messy. Follow Honest Biscuits on Instagram - @honestbiscuits
Each Iconic Market Box comes with two Original Butterhole Biscuits and two Pike Place Market Biscuits, the latter includes chunks of Beecher’s Flagship cheese baked into it. Both biscuits are delicious on their own, but we recommend adding some honey or jam (or both!) and serve it up with a cup of coffee. Pro tip: Cut in half and put in toaster oven first for 3-4 minutes until slightly golden on the edges. Along with fuzzy slippers and a cozy robe, these are the perfect addition to your Saturday morning breakfast.
Uli’s Famous Sausage
Did you know that Pike Place Market is home to a German master butcher? Uli Lengenberg trained as a butcher in his home country of Germany, and later took his talents global. His first sausage business, Uli’s Euro Deli, started in Taiwan and operated for 15 years. In Taiwan, he learned about the different flavors of the world. Uli made his first visit to America in 1991, which included a visit to the Pike Place Market. The Market reminded him of the markets in Germany and he promptly decided to move to the Puget Sound. Since 2000, Uli’s Famous Sausage has been selling both in wholesale and retail and customers can visit their dine-in location in the Pike Place Market, Uli’s Bierstube. Follow Uli's Famous Sausage on Instagram - @Ulisfamoussausage
This week’s Iconic Market Box includes a package of Uli’s Smoked Cajun Andouille Sausage Links. Grill them up to enjoy on their own, in a bun, or include the links in a seafood boil with Dungeness crab.
Frank’s Quality Produce
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, there is no better place than Frank’s Quality Produce, located at the Corner Market Building of Pike Place Market. Three generations of the Genzale families have had a presence in the Pike Place Market, starting with Frank “Cheech” Genzale in 1928, and now Frank Jr., the current owner and operator of Franks’ Quality Produce. Locals choose this stall not just for the high quality of produce, but because of the people that make this stall so special. It is not a rarity to find team members recommending recipes or describing flavors of veggies unfamiliar to those who pass by or visit. It is that kind of `quality service that keeps locals loyal, and why we love working with this amazing family-owned small business.
Each week, Iconic Market Boxes include a box of produce, curated by Frank Jr. and his team. The produce changes each week based on availability and season, ensuring that our customers get the best produce available – much fresher and better than what you find at the grocery store! Follow Frank's Quality Produce on Instagram - @franksqualityproduce
Feeling inspired by on these amazing ingredients? Try our this Sweet Potato Mash recipe from Southern Living.
Don't know what to do with collard greens? Follow this awesome Southern-style recipe from Southern Living.
Woodring Northwest Specialties
If you have ever walked under the main arcade at Pike Place Market, you likely have also walked by Woodring Northwest Specialties. Operated by Dale Nelson and his family, Woodring’s gets its name from the Woodring Canyon in Cashmere, Washington, where Dale first started his business pressing apple cider from his family’s orchard. Now based in Monroe, Washington, Woodring offers a variety of items such as honey, preserves, pickles and more. Woodring sources its fruit from Pacific Northwest farmers and produces everything they make in small batches, ensuring the highest quality for their customers. Follow Woodring Northwest Specialties on Instagram - @woodringatpikeplace
Woodring’s Kentucky Whiskey Caramel is a rich, thick caramel sauce with a generous pour of aged Kentucky bourbon. Pour it on anything sweet for the ultimate dessert sauce. Stir it into your morning cup of coffee to have Starbucks at home or pour over grilled sweet peaches for a Southern treat.
Named after Dale Nelson’s son, Parker’s Pickles is a brand created by the Nelson family to expand outside of jellies and preserves. They follow their same commitment of working with local farmers directly to ensure the highest qualities of veggies and guarantee that fresh, tangy, and crunchy taste with every bite.
Pickled green beans might not be your everyday pickle choice, but it will be after you try this one in our Iconic Market Box. Enjoyable on their own, they also go great with a Bloody Mary or as an option on a charcuterie board.
This is favorite among folks who have purchased a Market Favorites Box! Kamal Sidhu is a second-generation farmer. His father purchased acreage in the Puyallup Valley in the 1990s. Kamal’s father originally wanted to develop the land for homes, however the previous owners had planted a field of berries on part of the land. His family collected the berries and quickly sold them at the local farmers market, surprised to see such demand for fresh berries. Shortly thereafter, they went to sell their berries at Pike Place Market and the rest is history. “We’re going to be rich!” laughed Kamal as he described his dad’s reaction after the first day at Pike Place Market. Their family still lives on their original plot of land and have since expanded their berry farm and production by planting more trees, buying additional land, and getting the whole family involved.
Sidhu Farms is also regularly active in the local farmers market community circuit, frequently present in farmers markets in both King and Pierce counties. They sell a variety of fresh berries based on the season and preserving the rest, ensuring as little waste as possible. Their blueberry jam is low in sugar and does not use any artificial sweeteners or preservatives. In fact, it is simply fruit – containing 80% more than traditional jams. Follow Sidhu Farms on Instagram - @sidhufarms
Live outside of Washington and craving a taste of the Pacific Northwest? Sidhu Farms’ strawberry jam is in our Market Favorites Boxes, available for nationwide shipping all year round. It is perfect as a gift for birthdays, holidays, and care packages for your loved ones.
Michou World Class Deli
A favorite among the crafts line vendors, artists and pretty much everyone who works in the Pike Place Market, Michou World Class Deli makes another appearance in this week’s iconic Market Box. Michou’s bounty of panini-style sandwiches, soups, dips, desserts, and salads are beloved for their use of great quality ingredients, and lines are common in the morning and during the lunch rush. It is a favorite among tour guides, especially the one writing this blog post! Follow Michou Deli on Instagram - @michoudeli
This week, Michou is providing a Southern snack favorite, pimento cheese. Known as the “pate of the South,” pimento cheese is a cultural staple in southern cuisine. Its salty, creamy taste and texture is perfect to use as a dip or slathered in between white bread as a sandwich. If you grew up in the South, you no doubt have had your fair share of pimento cheese. For those native to the Pacific Northwest, while it may be a new treat to our palate, it is an item to consider keeping in the fridge all summer long.
Sunny Honey Company
Anne Smith has not only worked in the Market for many years, she built a business from the ground up within it. She is an expert in honey, spending many years as a beekeeper, starting with two beehives – one behind her Capitol Hill apartment and the other in her best friend’s backyard in Georgetown. She later spent time in Whatcom County as a pollinator and started her company, Sunny Honey Company in 2010. By 2014, she was invited to be a permanent stall in Pike Place Market, and business has been sweet ever since. Follow Sunny Honey Company on Instagram - @sunnyhoneyco
Sunny Honey’s Sweet Clover Honey is perfect slathered on your Original Butterhole Biscuits, and pretty much anything you can imagine. Clover plants can be found growing wild virtually everywhere, giving off a light and sweet smell that is very present in this jar of honey. It is also very thick, so a little goes a long way!
Started in 1911, MarketSpice is one of the oldest businesses in Pike Place Market and specializes in wholesale teas and spices. Many who visited the shop have tried their best-selling Orange-Cinnamon tea, created by Ruby Rutelonis in the 1960s. Ruby hated tea (she didn’t like the flavor), yet sold tea for a living! So, she decided to change the flavor to her liking, adding the essential oils of orange, cinnamon, and clove to Chinese black tea. The combination created a tea that was aromatic and flavorful. It was so popular that often the tea is referred to synonymously as the name of the business. Guests who visit the storefront underneath the Public Market Center neon sign are immediately met with an aroma of spices. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and open jars to smell their various tea and spice blends. Follow MarketSpice on Instagram - @marketspice
This week, you will find their Peach and Coconut White tea in your Iconic Market Box. Since Summer is (finally) here in the Pacific Northwest, we think this refreshing drink is perfect when iced to enjoy in your backyard or on your apartment patio. The tea is full of antioxidants and low in caffeine, meaning you can enjoy more without any jitters or guilt for indulging in this tasty beverage.
HerbanFarm was founded in 2012 by Ras Peynado and specializes in growing peppers and herbs. Ras has an incredibly special connection to Pike Place Market; his mother worked as a vendor for many years, eventually becoming the Market Master and Farm Program Manager. His Father was a fourth-generation farmer in Jamaica, and after a trip to the island country, Ras decided to follow in his parent’s footsteps. In 2010, he started growing herbs at an urban farm he built from the ground up and has expanded to peppers in both indoor and outdoor environments. He and his small team plant, tend and dry all his herbs using organic farming practices, which are then used to create a variety of herb blends, sauces, infused honeys and more. Follow HerbanFarm on Instagram - @herbanfarmnw
This week’s Iconic Market Box comes with King’s Cajun Blend by HerbanFarm. This blend is carefully prepared with garlic, spices, sesame seed, paprika, onion, bell pepper, citric acid, lemon powder, scotch bonnet pepper, paprika, and salt. Sprinkle this on freshly popped popcorn for a Cajun kick, or on french fries just as they come out of the fryer or oven to elevate them to another level of tastiness.
Middle Fork Roaster
In 2009, a close-knit group of friends and coffee-lovers decided to put their passions first and began roasting coffee in the heart and soul of Seattle’s coffee scene. Since then, they have been regularly active in their community, giving back whenever they can and working with other businesses to help make their own coffee dreams come true. In fact, Middle Fork Roasters are responsible for providing the beans to many businesses around Seattle, including those in Pike Place Market. Follow Middle Fork Roasters on Instagram - @middleforkroasters
We are psyched that Middle Fork created the Savor Seattle Blend - a combination of Brazilian and Sumatran beans, delivering a bold yet buttery body with rich chocolate undertones. This laid-back blend provides an incredibly clean finish that is perfect for easing into your morning routine. Every Iconic Market Box includes a 1 lb. bag of whole bean coffee.
Black cod makes its first ever appearance in next week’s Iconic Market Box, which is perfect timing considering the theme: Asia! We will be including a few difference recipes, including three from our founder Angela Shen, as well as a new array of products that you will not want to miss.