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Apple growers in Washington state, who dominate American apple production, are starting to plant a new kind of apple. It's the fastest launch of a new variety in history.

In the kitchen at Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, just north of downtown Detroit, Linda Carter and Shawnetta Hudson are in the final stages of making their newest jam creation: cranberry-apple preserves. Carter is meticulously wiping down tables while Hudson seals the lids on jars. Then comes the logo — a beautiful graphic of a black woman with afro hair made of strawberries. The kitchen is small and basic, but for the past year it has served as the hub of a community-based product called Afro Jam.

Stinging Nettles
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Ross Reynolds interviews food writer Sara Dickerman about an early green offering in the farmers market: stinging nettles. They really do sting, but Dickerman explains how to handle them and make a delicious pesto that's distinctively different from basil pesto. You can pick them in the wild or get them at farmers market through May.

Chef Rachel Yang holds an escarole -- 'Bigger than my head!' -- from the Wallinford Farmers Market.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with chef and Seattle restaurant owner Rachel Yang about picking the freshest berries, stone fruit, and vegetables for pickles at the Wallingford Farmers' Market.  

Holly Smith, Holly's son Oliver, and farmer Bill Davidson at the Ballard Farmers' Market.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Jeannie Yandel talks with Cafe Juanita chef Holly Smith about shopping for fresh nectarines at the Ballard Farmers Market. 

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Ross Reynolds speaks with Rachael Coyle of Coyle’s Bakeshop about peaches at the Phinney Ridge Farmers Market and gets a recipe for peach-infused lemonade with basil.

Tomatoes at Queen Anne Farmers Market.
Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds goes to the Queen Anne Farmers Market to talk with cook, author and chef Becky Selengut about what's fresh for your table. Hear a simple recipe for using delicious tomatoes. Selengut's books include Good Fish and Shroom: Mind-Bendingly Good Recipes for Cultivated and Wild Mushrooms.

Chef and mixologist Kathy Casey at the Ballard Farmers Market.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Jeannie Yandel meets chef and mixologist Kathy Casey at the Ballard Farmers Market to shop for fresh peaches and honey to make a sparkling summer beverage: a honey lavender peach fizz (recipe below!).

A sign for the farmers market.
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Ross Reynolds meets food writer Sara Dickerman and her daughter Adele at the Columbia City Farmers Market to find out what’s fresh: some fine juicy plums that Dickerman turns into a plum pizza.

Eggs
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The perfect egg has dark orange yolk and a thick white. And when you crack it open, it acts as its own sauce.

Not, in other words, your typical grocery store egg, with a pale yolk that tastes like nothing.

Shoppers peruse produce at the University District farmers market.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

Ross Reynolds interviews Chef Edouardo Jordan of Salere about picking tomatoes at the University District Farmers Market and making a warm tomato salad.

Jordan says  he likes them "just ready to explode in your hand." Farmers come to his restaurant to sell him produce, but Jordan explains why it's important to come to the market to meet them instead.

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King County Public Health wants to increase the fees it charges vendors who sell some kinds of food at public markets, including fresh cooked food and raw meats. Market organizers say the higher fees could eventually force some smaller markets to close.

The sign at Pike Place Market.
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Ross Reynolds marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Pike Place Market by speaking with international market consultant David O'Neil. O'Neil says the Friends' efforts to save Pike Place Market turned the tide for public markets all over America.

Courtesy of Sheryl Wiser

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition about what's fresh in local farmer's markets this weekend. Wiser tells us about pickles and other specialties at some of the more than 100 farmers markets in Western Washington.

Cascade Harvest Coalition

Farmers markets in the Puget Sound region are abundant with in-season foods this time of year. But all that choice can be a little overwhelming. KUOW's Ross Reynolds talks with Cascade Harvest Coalition's Sheryl Wiser about how to plan your farmers market shopping: think about making a grilled salad.