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It’s the Final Harvest—Last Saturday of the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market – October 6, 2012

October 3rd, 2012 at Wed, 3rd, 2012 at 5:09 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
It hardly seems possible that the fourth season of the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market will draw to its close Saturday at 1:00. Final Saturday or not, there will be no quiet exit for the Market—rather, the day will be packed full of celebration events. Breast Cancer Awareness will be the theme of the week, a fitting tribute since Maple Valley’s own incredibly successful local team, Valley Girls and Guys, is ranked as the #1 team in the nation.

Kim and Jack Emmons of 4-Corners John L. Scott, along with their team of friends and colleagues, will kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.Their support of breast cancer will continue all month, as they sell hotdogs each Saturday and Sunday at Safeway 4-Corners, with proceeds directed to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Kim, who is on the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Board of Directors, has coordinated all four of the MVFM’s Breast Cancer Awareness Days. Victoria Laise-Jonas, Market Manager, said, “We are thankful for all of her efforts and commitment to eradicate breast cancer within our lifetime. Kim has been a long time supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness.”

Another group represented at Saturday’s Market will be MultiCare, who is a founding sponsor of our Farmers’ Market. In addition, many Maple Valleyites are familiar with Kristi Blair, a local Maple Valley resident. Blair started a foundation called “Wings of Karen” in honor of her mom, Karen Denmark, who battled breast cancer for three years before finally succumbing to the disease in 2008. Representing Valley Girls and Guys and the 3-Day will be Karen and Michael Crowe. Karen’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer almost seven years ago, just six weeks before her wedding. Also in attendance will be Sherry Kuzan, RN, who serves as the Breast Health Specialist and Manager of the University of Washington/Valley Medical Clinic Breast Center. In addition to all of the informational booths to feed the brain, Saturday’s Market will feed visitors’ soul with its weekly musical entertainment. This week’s singer is Louisa Benitez, who performs some Brazilian songs in Portuguese.

If that’s not enough to draw visitors to this final Saturday, the cookie-decorating opportunity is certain to appeal. George’s Bakery, a North Bend favorite, and a highly-ranked destination has been a star of MVFM for these last two seasons. Children and adults alike “ooh” and “aah” over the bigger-than-life, dream-come-true baked goods at this booth. On this final Saturday, Joe McKeown , owner of George’s Bakery, will sponsor a gingerbread cookie decorating event, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and lasting until all of the gingerbread cookies disappear. Victoria Laise-Jonas, Market President, urges everyone with a sense of artistry and a child-like adoration of frosting to attend this fun event. Laise-Jonas said, “Joe and his partner Kathy have been so supportive of our Farmers’ Market, and we are so lucky to have them vend at our market. I believe everyone with a sweet tooth would agree! Independent bakers are becoming fewer and fewer, and I am thankful that they have chosen to be part of our Farmers’ Market family.”

Of course, the core of the Market, even in its final hours, is the vendors. Smart shoppers will find the perfect fall treasures among the huge mounds of orange pumpkins, freshly-picked white and yellow corn, apples, squashes, onions, eggplant, peppers, brilliant flower bouquets, and other freshly-harvested harbingers of fall. It’s also visitors’ last weekend until next June to stock up on the array of balsamic vinegars, local honey, meats from Lind’s Meat, biscotti and bakery bread for the freezer, and fresh goat cheese, as well as all of the artistic creations (Christmas shopping, anyone?). Remember that none of these items will be available again until June 2013! All of the processed food vendors will be at the Market on Saturday, as well, offering biscotti, hot soups, wraps, cookies, sandwiches, cupcakes, and more—both breakfast and lunch goodies are plentiful.

It’s the end of a highly successful MVFM season and a day not to be missed. Stop by and savor the experience, on this final Maple Valley Farmers’ Market. It’s 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 info@maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org.   Note:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas

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