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It’s the 5th Annual National Farmers’ Market Day at the MVFM! Saturday, August 10th

August 8th, 2013 at Thu, 8th, 2013 at 2:46 pm by Larry Baumgart

      To qualify for membership benefits in the Washington State Farmers’ Market Association (WSFMA), Maple Valley Farmers’ Market must submit a yearly vendor roster showing at least five vendors who are classified as “farmers.”  These farmers must raise the produce, plants, or animals that they sell on land they own or lease/rent in Washington or in counties bordering Washington. The farmers also may process produce grown on their property into a value-added product, such as jam, cider, or salsa. To further insure that farmers are the main thrust of the Maple Valley’s Farmers’ Market, the WSFMA requires that the total combined gross annual sales of processors and/or resellers not exceed the total gross annual Market sales of the farmers.

      With such a strong emphasis on the farmer—the essential backbone of all farmers’ markets–and to further promote awareness of farmers’ markets and of the contributions farmers make to daily life in America, it makes sense that MV Farmers’ Market will celebrate Saturday, August 10, as National Farmers’ Market Day. As our community has experienced for the four previous seasons and the first half of Season Five, local farmers’ market offer affordable and healthful products sold directly from the farm in their freshest possible state, increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for children and families, which can help promote child health and reduce childhood obesity.  In addition, farmers’ markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems, supporting family farms, revitalizing local communities, providing important outlets for producers, and providing the opportunity for farmers and consumers to interact.   When visitors come to their local market this Saturday, they should make it a point to introduce themselves to our farmers and thank them for the role they play in sustaining farmland in America and for bringing fresh local produce to our community.           

       The farmers’ stands will be in abundant array this Saturday, as they are on every Market Saturday. Farmers this week include Jose Bautista, Xee Yang Gardens, Hayton Farms, Seeyee Ch Mai Houa Gardens, Julio Silva Outlook Produce Farms, Lor Vegetable and Flower, Bees in the Burbs, Debbie Frank’s Gone to Seed, Children’s Garden, Cha and Shaw Farm, Sweet Briar Farm, Calhoun Family Fruit, Lavender Valley Farm, Ayala Farms, Lopez Farms, Thistlewood Farms, and the Mason Jar. They will be selling fresh vegetables, including beets, garlic, squash, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, and chili peppers; fresh fruits, including berries, peaches, apricots, and plums; fresh flower bouquets; herb pots; locally-made wine; honey; and USDA-approved, grass-fed beef that is farm-grown and free of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides.  Visitors can chat with the farmers to learn how and where the item is grown, and how recently it was harvested (sometimes that same morning!), while they admire the hard work and great love that farming entails.  With seventeen farmers’ booths, visitors can certainly fulfill their entire week’s produce shopping list before moving on to the 19 stalls displaying processed foods, meats, wine, milk, arts and crafts, and sugar-haven, hand-baked delights.

     In addition to all of the food and farmer choices this Saturday, local non-profit organizations include Master Gardeners and Cedar River Church of Christ, and busker/trumpet player and junior high student Peter Seely will be back for another week of sidewalk entertainment.

     At 11:00, the band Train Wreck from Covington will performs a variety of rock and roll, country, and pop favorites. Tony Garcia is the designated front man, who plays bass and shares the main vocal work with Brad Naybert, the main guitar player and vocalist. Mark Arnold, percussionist, provides rhythm and drive for the band on his South American Cajon, while Gordy Birse plays guitar and mandolin, and sings harmony. Train Wreck’s music is a mix of country, folk, rock, gospel and bluegrass. Visitors to the MVFM won’t want to miss these versatile and talented musicians.

     While it’s National Farmers’ Market Day, it’s also a great day for customers, so arrive bright and early this ninth 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  info@maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org.  All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK or follow up on Twitter.”   Note:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.

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