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Breakfast Treats, Fruit Pies, and Buskers— All American Fresh Fruit Pie Contest Saturday July 27th

July 22nd, 2013 at Mon, 22nd, 2013 at 4:36 pm by Larry Baumgart

    Saturday mornings are made for gentle beginnings, for a leisurely start to the day, for treating oneself after a long week.  “What better way to indulge oneself than to visit Maple Valley’s very own Farmers’ Market?” asks Market Manager Victoria Laise Jonas. 

     Visitors to the Market don’t even have to eat breakfast before arriving, as a wide array of breakfast treats is available. EJ’s Custom Catering offers breakfast frittatas, breakfast burritos, soups, salads, pasta dishes, BBQ pork, and mango berry lemonade –all prepared by local Maple Valley chef and caterer Eric Elmer, who utilizes locally grown, organic, natural products to craft freshly-prepared comfort foods both at the Market and in his jobs catering weddings, receptions, business events, family parties, and even home meals.

     Another Market favorite is George’s Bakery, an “old-fashioned scratch bakery” owned by Joseph McKeown and Kathy Stokesberry, who have a storefront in North Bend and who began to sell at farmers’ markets five years ago.  Bakery delights include their best-seller, plate-sized fresh donuts, along with challah bread and sandwich bread, apple cinnamon loaf, sticky buns, and cookies. Stokesberry advises Market shoppers to watch for George’s Bakery’s upcoming seasonal peach pie, which will be made with fresh peaches from Calhoun Family Fruit, a MVFM vendor, who, according to Stokesberry, “grows the best soft fruit ever!” George’s Bakery sponsored the Donut Art for children, a popular event earlier in the season.

     And, word at the Market this year is that Jack is back!  After a year’s absence, Jack Emmons is back at the market with Mitzel’s American Kitchen’s shiny new food truck, straight from their restaurant in Kent.  Emmons said, “Mitzel’s is all about Northwest Fresh, serving up our famous fish and chips, juicy bacon cheeseburgers, fresh strawberry lemonade and delicious strawberry shortcake.” Mitzel’s also offers breakfast fare at the MVFM: biscuit sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, coffee and mocha frappes.  

     New to this year’s Market is Panda Dim Sum, operated by Jovy So, who offers hot Chinese foods prepared on site each day. Customers can taste dim sum, shrimp salad with crispy noodles, BBQ pork, and chicken Hum Bao, and quench their thirst with mango pineapple lemonade or strawberry lemonade. So says of her dim sum offerings: “They’re cute. They’re tasty. They’re Dim Sum.”

     Those with a sweet tooth might want to indulge in cupcakes, cheesecake cupcakes, cake pops, cupcake cones brownies, and sandwich cookies from Judy-Jo Tyler’s The Cupcakery. Tyler offers made from scratch baked goods that she says will make your “taste buds thank you.”

     Also making an appearance at this Saturday’s Market is Rainy Day Sweets, operated by Danielle Santos of Maple Valley. She will be selling cupcakes, cookies, and breads.

     Victoria Laise Jonas said, “All of these vendors are local business owners who have committed to the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market.   Most signed up for the entire 17-week season and have not missed a Saturday.  Come say ‘hi’ to these wonderful folks!”

      While the breakfast treats fill the stomach and set a happy glow upon the day, the Market offers even more. Saturday is Fresh Fruit Pie Bake-Off, a competition open to youth (ages 17 and under), adults (ages 18-49), and seniors (50 and over).  This special event is sponsored by Always Best Care Services Eastside, owned by Patty Davis, a co-founder of the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, and her husband Michael Davis. Those wanting to enter the pie competition must submit one completely homemade pie, including homemade crust, in a disposable tin. The filling must be fresh fruit only–no tarts, crisps, creams, meringues, pumpkins, or custards, etc., will be accepted. Pies, accompanied by the registration form and the recipe on a 4 x 6 card, may be submitted between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., and judging will begin at 11:45 a.m. Participants need not be present at judging time to win the prizes. Prizes range from $25 Market Bucks, (1st place in each division) to $5 in Market Bucks (3rd place in each division). All winners will also receive a ribbon and certificate.  Specific rules are available at

     In addition to Saturday’s food events—more than enough to quell even the most persistent hunger pangs—the Market will be ripe with farmers’ stalls, processed foods, flowers, nuts, pasta, vinegars, honey, plants, jewelry, clothing, hand-created children’s bibs and aprons, and candles. In addition, King County Solid Waste, Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation, and Master Gardeners will make appearances and provide complimentary advice and information.

     Many customers visit each week around 11:00 so that they can enjoy the weekly musical entertainment.  This Saturday’s music is provided by Acoustic Couti, who performs familiar, traditional tunes ranging from acoustic swing, ragtime, blues, and jazz standards, to country blues. The Couti includes Phil Hansen on vocals and guitar, Cody Tedrick on lead guitar, and Lucy Potyokim on bass guitar.  The trio has performed at the Antique Sandwich Company and at Folklife 2013, among other regional performances.

     And, for further entertainment, the Market is adding buskers to its line-up, which, according to Victoria Laise-Jonas, Market Manager, provides an “added dimension to the atmosphere.” She said, “I received a lot of positive comments about having this type of performance outside our main market area.”  The season’s first busker, youth entertainer Peter Seely, who will be a freshman at Tahoma Junior High this fall, will return for his second appearance on Saturday. Seely, a four-year trumpet player, made his premier performance as a busker on July 13, and said that he decided to perform at the Market to gain experience in performing for crowds.  He said, “I was surprised by the number of customers who stopped to tell me to ‘Keep playing!’”  Others interested in busking should visit

     Come for the beautiful fresh foods, local products, and lovingly-handcrafted products; come to support local entrepreneurs; come for the pie contest; come for the music; come to see your neighbors…but don’t miss the seventh Saturday of the fifth season of your local Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, the “Saturday morning place to be” from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Rock Creek Elementary School. More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at  All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.”   NOTE:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.




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