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Business Expo and Harvest-time Produce at Maple Valley Farmers’ Market – Saturday, September 8thSeptember 3rd, 2012 at Mon, 3rd, 2012 at 6:13 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
Why should area residents attend the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market this Saturday? For one, time is running out—the Market has only five Saturdays remaining this season. In addition, it’s prime harvest season for delicious apples and squash and pears and peaches. And, to add yet another reason to come to the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market this Saturday, it’s the third annual Prime Time Business Expo at the Market. The Business Expo, sponsored by the Greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce, provides an opportunity for the community to browse the products and services of local businesses. Local businesses will have demonstrations, displays, promotional materials, and door prizes inside the gym at Rock Creek Elementary from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Admission is free, and a grand door prize will be awarded. Doug Corbin of PSE, Chamber of Commerce President, said, “This Expo is a great opportunity for our residents to explore the wide range of goods and services offered by our members and the greater business community. We have so many home-based businesses and new businesses that you might not have discovered yet. So please, come join us at The Market and while you are there, be sure to pick up one of our new community resource guides listing all our member businesses, our local organizations, churches, parks, and community events.”
In addition to the many businesses located in the gym, the Seattle Humane Society Max Mobile will return for its second appearance this season. The MaxMobile is a bright yellow, 38-foot, custom-built mobile adoption bus that visits local stores, shopping malls, schools, festivals, and farmers’ markets each week filled with dogs, cats, and other critters ready for on-the-spot-adoption! More information can be found at http://www.seattlehumane.org/adopt/visit/maxmobile.
In addition, the Market will host another of its popular chef demos, with Cindy Gregory of Cedar Grill Restaurant, who will shop the Market for fresh, seasonal vegetables, from which she will create a soup she is calling “Cream of Many Vegetables.” Gregory said that she served last year’s soup, the “Farmers’ Market Corn Chowder,” to over 100 shoppers. One vendor came over to Gregory’s booth, reporting that so many customers were coming by, literally licking the last drops out of the sample, that she knew the soup must be delicious and wanted a sample. In addition, a family visited the Cedar Grill Restaurant after the chef demonstration and were greatly disappointed to find that the Farmers’ Market soup wasn’t available that night, as they had enjoyed it so much. Gregory looks forward this year to again creating a popular and nutritious soup.
Music for Saturday’s festivities will be provided by Ted Argo, a talented musician who began taking classical piano lessons at three years old, and who now plays and teaches 24 different musical instruments. Argo writes his own arrangements and adds his own vocals as accompaniment. Samples of his music can be found at http://tedargo.com/, or, better yet, you can hear him from 11:15-12:30 live on Saturday.
Never to be forgotten, of course, is the foundation of the Market—the vendors. In addition to the abundant local, fresh, harvest produce, the stalls are brimming with fresh flowers, cheese, dairy products, organic beef, jam, garlic sauce, bakery products, prepared foods, breakfast and lunch items, beverages, and artisan products. Visitors may want to pay a special visit to a vendor who has been with the Market since its inception three years ago—4-Ever Memories, owned by Christel Logsdon. Her booth sells an array of her hand-crafted quality gifts, including whimsical decorative solar yard lights, crocheted-top kitchen towels, washable microwave potato bags, hot pads and pot holders, shopping totes and fabric baskets, 100% cotton knitted and crocheted dish cloths, embroidered flour sack dish towels, and an assortment of aprons-half aprons and reversible full-sized ones. Parents and grandparents may want to purchase a child’s apron in bright colors to entice little bakers to join the fun at home. Logsdon’s booth will recall memories of one’s grandmother’s kitchen and will elicit a desire to do some old-fashioned baking.
The Market’s bounty is a poignant treasure, for the clock is ticking on this fourth season, with only five remaining Saturdays. Open from 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Rock Creek Elementary, the Market is Maple Valley’s “Saturday morning place to be!” More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.” NOTE: This Article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.