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It’s Red, White, and Blues Day at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market– Saturday July 6th

July 2nd, 2013 at Tue, 2nd, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Larry Baumgart


In a post-Independence Day extravaganza, the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market will celebrate Red, White and Blues Day on Saturday, July 6, from 9:00-2:00. Festivities include a Watermelon Eating Contest at 10:30 a.m. and a Patriotic Hat Day Contest–those who wear a patriotic hat will earn a Market Buck to spend at one of the varied vendors.

To further the patriotic theme, the Veterans of Foreign War will participate in a short program at 10:00 a.m., and Friends of Troops from Shepherd of the Valley Church will also host a booth.  The group was founded in 2003 by Mrs. T.A. (Louise) Brown, who wanted to help military personnel in Iraq.  Starting with the names of five military police, she sent prayers, care packages, and postcards, and held annual “Welcome Home, Hero” celebrations for military personnel who served in war zones.  Current projects include collecting t-shirts and elastic-banded gym shorts for wounded troops, as well as sending boxes to Afghanistan filled with high-protein snacks and personal care items.  More information can be obtained at Saturday’s Market or by emailing

As always, 40+ vendors will offer freshly-picked, health-inducing fruits and vegetables; custom meat; milk; just-made baked goods, including freshly baked sweet potato pie, sandwiches, soups; fresh nuts; honey; pasta; dazzling, inexpensive flower bouquets with local, in-season flowers to brighten any home; juried and unique jewelry; wood products; lavender products; locally-bottled wine; garlic spread, and plants.  In addition, homemade jams, spices and vinegars will again tempt the palate and bring vivid reminders of the Market all year long.

With a further nod to the week’s theme of Red, White, and Blues Day, the day’s music is bluegrass and more, provided by the five-member band Convergence Zone beginning at 11:00 a.m.  The band has performed at numerous openings, concerts, and  in Stanwood at the Lights of Christmas festival.

For the second year, Maple Valley Farmers’ Market features JudyJo Tyler’s The Cupcakery, featuring made-from-scratch-in-Maple Valley cupcakes, cheesecake cupcakes, cake pops, cupcake cones, sandwich cookies, other cookies, and candies. Cupcakes come in multiple flavors, including her new wine-flavored cupcakes and cheesecake cupcakes, and varied sizes, and can also be ordered online or by phone, and then delivered free of charge to The Spot Coffee and Wine in the Maple Valley Town Center. Tyler is a member of the Maple Valley Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce and uses the kitchen at Black Diamond Masonic Lodge. She has sold her goodies previously at the Auburn Farmers’ Market, the Kent Farmers’ Market, Maple Valley Days, the Auburn Fourth of July Celebration, school bazaars, and Cutter’s Coffee Shop. Local residents can see Tyler driving her Chevy Equinox around town, decorated happily with cupcake graphics, and can order some of her goodies at her website,

Whether it’s the freshest produce, fruit, and flowers around town; fresh watermelon; the unique products made by local entrepreneurs; the music; the delicious food items; the artwork; or the chance to catch up with neighbors and friends, Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, held from 9:00-2:00 this Saturday at Rock Creek Elementary, is definitely the “Saturday morning place to be!” For more information about the Farmers’ Market, visit our web-site or e-mail us at:  Friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.   Note:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.




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