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It’s Kids’ Day at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market! Saturday, July 13th

July 7th, 2013 at Sun, 7th, 2013 at 7:56 pm by Larry Baumgart

     While every day at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is “kids’ day,” this Saturday, July 13, is the tsunami of all Saturday Markets, at least in the eyes of the younger set. Games and prizes, face-painting, Donut Art sponsored by George’s Bakery, free tattoos and giveaways at the Kinder Swimmer Booth, and a visit to the renowned Mrs. Utter Butter and the new bee box will make this Saturday’s Market Day the highlight of the season for children of all ages.  And a returning favorite activity for the younger set is our annual Scavenger Hunt!  No Maple Valley child should miss this special day.

     Kids are always drawn toward food, so they should check out George’s Bakery’s plate-sized donuts, certain to open children’s eyes as wide as the donuts themselves; Chelane’s shimmery fresh cane sugar fruit jam; the produce vendors’ succulent fresh fruit; The Cupcakery’s enticing cupcakes; and the nuts from Straus Bavarian Nuts and Pike Place Nuts, in addition to the remaining of the 23 total farmers/processors’ booths. Brilliant bouquets of flowers, milk, samples of flavored balsamic vinegar, freshly-made pasta, brilliantly-colored produce, and plants will entrance both the younger and older sets.  EJ’s Custom Catering, with its pulled pork, breakfast burritos, frittatas, assorted artisan salads and soups, and mango berry coolers may start children begging for some change, and the other prepared-food booths will also set stomachs rumbling. An array of art will also be available on Saturday, with jewelry, soap, children/adult aprons and clothing, art glass, and much more. 

     To enhance the focus on the younger set, Kinder Swimmer Light of Life Preschool, Kinder Swimmer, and will have non-profit booths this week, and they will be joined by the Master Gardeners, Multi Care, Shadow Bog, and the Maple Valley City Council.

     And, if parents or grandparents want to expose the younger generation to live music, they can wander over at 11:00 a.m. to listen to a Seattle pop grunge band from Maple Valley. Mascots for the Rat City Rollergirls, Dace and Arielle Anderson run a 501(c)3 nonprofit music school, Dace’s Rock ‘n’ More Music Academy. According to their website,, their band, Sealth, which is based out of Seattle, “blends a potentially dangerous cocktail made of equal parts hometown grunge and classic rock with a heavy dose of hairspray.” The band combines musical influences ranging from Poison to Pearl Jam and Yes to Neil Young and takes pride in juxtaposing choreographed dance moves with wailed “angst shrieks,” and then exploding into an “epic blues-inspired guitar solo.” They are “a potent mixture of grunge with a heavy dose of hairspray,” and Market visitors can see them at 11:00 on Saturday. In addition, Dace Anderson is the exclusive Entertainment Sponsor for this year’s market season.

     Those visiting the Market unaccompanied by minors may be interested in Covington Quilt Guild’s Outdoor Quilt Show, who will share their love of quilting with a large booth of HUG quilts (charity quilts), a magnificent raffle quilt, a number of prize-winning quilts, and a sample of small quilts that will be available at their annual show on August 2, 3, and 4.  In addition, Market Manager Victoria Laise Jonas will hang some of her quilts around the Market place.

     And, both children and adults will want to visit one of the new farms joining the Market this year–Mason Jar Farm from Enumclaw, selling fresh, local, free-range eggs; veggie starts; plants; and locally grown produce, veggies, and berries. Owner-operator Jenni Minnis, an Enumclaw native, is a first-year farmer’s market entrepreneur and is also selling at the Orting Farmers’ Market. Her 9.5 acre farm boasts two acres of produce, as well as a greenhouse, and her sustainable farming operation carefully adheres to the principles of organic farming.

     Minnis’ passion is the people at the Market, and she especially enjoys those repeat customers who return to buy the following week. She also loves the Market student interns and volunteers who “have saved me so many times and literally make it so much easier.” She enjoys the fact that Maple Valley’s Market is very well-organized and that its “location is really good. It’s not always just local people, but includes many who are returning from Mt. Rainier or other destinations.”  Minnis’ passion is getting kids reconnected with food, teaching them about canning and where food comes from. She loves to host groups at her farm and welcomes visitors. She lets kids experience farm chores; do blindfold taste tests on mustard greens, kale, and lettuce; and lets them see where their food originates.  Those interested in visiting her operating farm can email Minnis at and can get more information on her website, or on her Facebook page.

     Victoria Laise Jonas, Market Manager, said, “Jenni is a delightful addition in offering up highly sought fresh eggs, veggie starts, plants and produce.  She mixes up her market stall, creatively designing unique home decorations that I can’t resist!  I am confident that Jenni will have a very successful market season and I encourage all of our customers to stop by her market stall and say, ‘Hi, and welcome her to Maple Valley!’”

     The MVFM Board wishes to remind all that Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is “the Saturday morning place to be!” this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Rock Creek Elementary School on Maple Valley Highway.  More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at  Victoria Laise Jonas, President of the MVFM, urges MVFM fans to “Friend us on FACEBOOK” and follow us on Twitter@MVFM2013   NOTE:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.







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