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Hats Off to the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Vendors! Wear Your Favorite Hat to the Market Place! Saturday, September 1stAugust 29th, 2012 at Wed, 29th, 2012 at 8:32 pm by Larry Baumgart
Labor Day Saturday at Maple Valley Farmers’ Market will celebrate the labor of the approximately 40 weekly vendors who make our own local farmers’ market a reality. Victoria Laise-Jonas, Market Manager, said, “When the MVFM was just a dream five years ago, I never imagined that we could get this many high-quality, consistent farmers, producers, artisans, and entertainers to come to our small market in Maple Valley. Their willingness to participate in our local Market is such a blessing, and each business adds its own special niche. The diversity and number of our vendors has impressively increased, along with attendance and vendor sales. Over 50% of our market stalls are now reserved for our farmers, ranchers, and apiaries. Thanks to all of our vendors!” As a token of our appreciation to all of our Farmers’ Market vendors, everyone who attends the Market this Saturday is encouraged to wear a hat to show their appreciation, as the theme for the day is “Vendor Appreciation – Hats off to our Vendors!”
While some of the vendors shift from week to week, the MVFM Board wanted to recognize those vendors who will be present on Vendor Day. They are: Ayala Farms, Lind Meats, Ze Change Farms, Cher Vang Farms, Outlook Produce, Hayton Farms, Yee Yang Gardens, Calhoun Fruit Farm, Sweet Briar Farm, Cartwright Farm, Jose Bautista Farm, Bees in the Burbs, Illusions Wine, Smith Brothers Farms, Lavender Valley Farms, Thistlewood Farm, Mai Houa Farm, R/P Guerrero Farm, Shao Cha Gardens, Gradwohl’s Farms, Children’s Garden, Chelane’s, Mixed Blessings, A Taste of Eden, Ristretto’s, Ms. Margie’s Sweet Potato Pies, George’s Bakery, Mamma Rizzo’s Biscotti, EJ’s Custom Catering, The Cupcakery, On the Up and Up, Blue Heart Creations, Valley Woodturners, Angela Ramsey Jewelry, Emily’s Sunshine Room, and aYa! Designs.
As an extra treat on Vendor Appreciation Day, the Market will host its second Chef Demo of the season, featuring Scooter’s Custom Catering. A very popular local catering business, Scooter’s Catering is dedicated to providing quality, creative, professional services. Scooter’s Custom Catering is very excited to be invited to demonstrate how we incorporate seasonal foods grown in our community area in all our menu presentations. The Maple Valley Farmers Market is a very important part of our community offering each Saturday great selections of fresh local ingredients. The Most popular request from our clients is our Northwest menu option using fresh local ingredients. Our company is committed to our involvement in our Maple Valley/Black Diamond community and the Farmers Market is a treasure. Shoppers are encouraged to join in the fun, as Scooter shops for locally grown ingredients to use in his recipes with free delectable samplings of his prepared dishes for those lucky enough to be at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday.
And, every Market Saturday needs some music, so musician Doug Browning will play a variety of Americana music and hits from all ages beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Wear your hat, thank the vendors, and come enjoy the beautiful fresh foods and lovingly-handcrafted products, the local entrepreneurs, the music, and the chance to see your neighbors and friends. Don’t miss this twelfth Saturday of the fourth season of your local Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, the “Saturday morning place to be” from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Rock Creek Elementary School. More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.