Maple Valley Farmers Market
All about the Maple Valley Farmers Market
It’s Food Independence Day at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market this week, celebrating local weekly fresh produce direct from the field and farm. The Market is a perfect Saturday shopping adventure for those who wish to stock their kitchen for the week and holiday ahead, as well as for those who just wish to admire the colors, textures, and smells of just-picked berries, glorious flower bouquets, lettuce, onions, herbs, and the ever-changing produce array, based on what is in season.
To add to the old-fashioned celebration, there will be a Patriotic Hat contest at 10:00 a.m. Market visitors should create a patriotic hat suitable for Independence Day. Winners will be determined by audience applause, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive a winning ribbon and prize in both the adult and children’s division.
It wouldn’t be a Market Saturday without music, and this week will feature Cliff Okomato, playing a wide variety of music, including old and new songs with a wide range of appeal for all.
A very special part of the Market experience is the wisdom and guidance brought by the Master Gardeners, who will be present at Saturday’s Market to answer gardening queries. Their free expertise and resources are a goldmine for local gardeners.
While produce is the Market’s mainstay, an abundance of other booths abound each week. Wine, fresh berries, lavender products, local vinegars, bath products, radiant flower bouquets, locally–made jam, and local beef are all available. Artists are also an integral part of the Market, with photography, jewelry , wood products, , quilted products, and other juried artisan creations available weekly.
Processed food vendors at the Market can satisfy every palate and whim. E.J’s Catering, Mama Rizzo’s Biscotti & More, and George’s Bakery return this season, while Ristretto’s Coffee, Ms. Margie’s Sweet Potato Pies, and The Cupcakery all make their premier appearances this season at the Market. There will be more to do and experience than customers can even sample this week at the MVFM. Maple Valleyites should mark their calendars now for 9:00-1:00 on Saturday at Rock Creek Elementary. It’s the “Saturday morning place to be!” Friend us on Facebook. NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.
The second Saturday of Maple Valley Farmers’ Market’s fourth season offers a continuation of the celebratory spirit enjoyed at last weekend’s Opening Day festivities. Visitors can while away the hours from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., delighting in fresh flower bouquets; freshly-harvested locally-grown produce; garlic spread, cheese, and meat; Maple Valley’s own coffee stand, Ristretto’s; lavender products; artistic creations; prepared foods; and much more. In celebrating our “Green Living Day” theme, those visitors who either walk or ride their bike to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday will be rewarded with free Market bucks!
In addition to the 40+ vendor stalls available for browsing, the Market will be celebrating “Green Living Day,” thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cedar Grove Composting. Cedar Grove Composting is proud to sponsor Green Living Day at the Maple Valley Farmers Market. As an industry-leading environmental solutions company, Cedar Grove harnesses the vitality of organic waste by recycling it into innovative products. In doing so, Cedar Grove helps to “energize cities, businesses and citizens to be a force for good by coming full circle with their organic waste.” Cedar Grove Composting will have a booth at the market, and visitors can stop by and say thanks for the company’s commitment to the environment.
In addition to the fresh “green” produce, some of the especially “green” product vendors include Versatile Designs, a business that fills their garden pots from the bottom up with nutrient-rich compost and perennials that have been raised right here in the Valley. Many bouquets come with shrubs that can be propagated or seeds that can be sowed; custom garden and landscape design are also in their offerings. Another green vendor is Leslie McCann’s My Mama’s Love, which sells certified-organic, all-natural skin remedies for eczema, burns, psoriasis, and acne, as well as bug repellant, lip balms, massage ointments and soothing scalp spray. McCann was recently featured in Seattle Natural Awakenings Magazine and was also in the running for Startup Nation’s 100 Best Home-Based Businesses. Other local businesses participating in this special event are CAF Environmental Solutions, a leading manufacturer of outdoor cleaning products; and Republic Services (formerly Allied Waste).
Non-profit groups hold a special place at each week’s Market. Victoria Laise-Jonas, President of MVFM, said, “Maple Valley enjoys a strong sense of community engagement. Part of our success as a Farmers’ Market is offering a platform for our local non-profit organizations to set up a market stall space for educational/informational or fund-raising activities.” Local non-profits interested in having a stall space are encouraged to contact Laise Jonas directly. To continue with the “Green Living Day” theme, representatives from Master Gardeners, South County Cats, the Tahoma High Green Team, Green Team Glacier Park Elementary School, and Sasha Shaw of King County Noxious Weed Control Program will be on site to answer questions.
And, it wouldn’t be the Farmers’ Market without live musical entertainment. This week’s entertainer is Maple Valley’s own beloved Jim Hanna, a local singer/songwriter who plays acoustic folk, rock, country, and original tunes.
The Market is located on the grounds of Rock Creek Elementary School, 25700 Maple Valley Black Diamond Road Southeast More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751, or at email@example.com. Victoria Laise Jonas, President of MVFM, urges MVFM fans to “Friend us on FACEBOOK,” and to remember that Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is the “Saturday Morning Place to Be!” NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.
Finally, It’s Opening Day for the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market 2012 ! Saturday, June 16th 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Rock Creek Elementary SchoolJune 10th, 2012 at 8:02 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
A dreary winter marked by a vicious ice storm that cracked and leveled decades-old trees, a spring with sparse sunbreaks, and a June that has thus far been marked by monsoon rains—without a doubt, the citizens of Maple Valley are more than ready for the summer promises, the fresh-from-the-ground produce, the hot Ristretto’s coffee, the unique artisan creations, the brilliant flowers, and the freshly-made rhubarb cobbler offered at our own local Farmers’ Market.
Market doors will open at 9:00 a.m., with Opening Day ceremonies beginning at 10:00 am. with the elegant strains of the Maple Valley Youth Symphony, Girl Scout Troop #42325, led by Kristin Burdge, will conduct the 10:00 a.m. Flag Ceremony, followed by opening remarks by Mayor Bill Allison and the traditional ribbon cutting celebrating the beginning of the Market’s fourth season. The 2012 Farmers’ Market bag, designed by Tahoma High students Bethany Skerritt and Dani Skeldon, will be unveiled and available for purchase, and hourly drawings for give-a-way prizes donated by Johnson’s Home and Garden will be held throughout the day.
With 19 scheduled farmers/ranchers, four processed food stalls, six prepared food vendors, and thirteen artisans. Karen Haines of Illustriddler will paint the faces of eager chubby-cheeked children , and nonprofit groups Lake Wilderness Arboretum, Master Gardeners, and Bears Soccer Boosters will each host a stall. While fans of the Market will eagerly welcome returning vendors, many new vendors will also grace the grounds of Rock Creek Elementary.
Sweet Briar Farm of Auburn will feature an array of vegetables including herbs, three types of peas, kale and tatsoi, sweet peas and snap dragons, cauliflower, beets, and green onions; honey; and reusable handmade washable produce bags. Another new farmer joining MVFM is Auburn’s Cartwright Farm, selling eggs, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, and beans. Also new for Season Four is RIP Guerrero Farm of Quincy, bringing organic apricots and cherries for Opening Day.
For those who can’t start their day without a cup of java, Ristretto’s of Maple Valley will provide lattes and coffee drinks to make the shopping experience even more enjoyable. Sweet tooth fans will find more than enough to tempt them with this year’s new addition of Ms. Margie’s Sweet Potato Pie—pies ranging in size from 3” to 5” to 9” and made from a “good ole Southern family recipe.” And, if that’s not enough, MVFM finally catches the cupcake fever sweeping the U.S. with its very own cupcake stand, The Cupcakery. Featuring baked-from-scratch goodies from right down the road in Black Diamond, this new business will woo shoppers with their cupcakes, cupcake pops, ice cream cone cupcakes, sandwich cookies and cookie pops, double dipped chocolate brownies, and shortbread. And, if spicy food appeals more than caffeine and sugar, the Market will certainly satisfy, with the new Four Sisters Gourmet Sauce booth, selling Vietnamese hot chili sauce, spring roll dipping sauce, fresh spring rolls, and frozen egg rolls.
A grand total of eight new artisans will also join the Market on Opening Day. These include: On the Up and Up, with children’s outdoor furniture; Beads on a String, with jewelry, purses, table runners, pot holders, cards, and dolls; Life in Stages, with up-cycled, repurposed and/or restored items and furniture; Blue Heart Creations, with towels, reusable sandwich bags, and fun gifts for dogs and babies; Cathy Brockmueller, with handmade earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and lanyards; Aimee Locke, with little girl dresses, kids’ aprons, and sewn clothes; Nutrition, Naturally, with an educational game, glass heart pendants, whale tails, and healing stones; and Aya! Designs, with greeting cards, checkbook covers, and bookmarks.
With something for every shopper and with all items made or grown locally, Maple Valley Farmers’ Market from 9:00-1:00 at Rock Creek Elementary is definitely the Saturday morning place to be! More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Victoria Laise-Jonas, President of the MVFM, urges MVFM fans to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.” NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.
While the weather certainly doesn’t seem like spring yet, Maple Valley Farmers’ Market season is only 81 days from opening for its fourth season. In preparation for the June 16 Opening Day, the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is currently looking for individuals interested in being part of the 2012 Maple Valley Farmers’ Market. There are plenty of opportunities for residents to help this volunteer-run Market flourish—the Board of Directors loves to help match potential volunteers’ talents with the needs of the Market.
Vendor applications are now available, and residents should consider joining the Market vendors this year. Are you an artist? A seamstress? A weaver? Does everyone beg you for your canned green beans or your secret-recipe vegetable dip mix? Do you have local garden space you’ve been dying to plant with herbs or heirloom vegetables or sunny-bright flowers? Join the Market, and become one of 40+ vendors each week visited by an average of 1350 visitors during the four-hour market day.
You might also want to consider being a busker at this year’s Market. Buskers—a new word for many in our community—are street performers who may be actors, singers, musicians, jugglers, mimes, human statues, magicians, acrobatics, tumblers, cyclists, puppeteers, or other types of performers. Victoria Laise-Jonas, Market Manager, said, “We are absolutely thrilled this year to invite local buskers to share their talents and entertain our shoppers. While we cannot pay them for their services, they will be allowed to demonstrate their special talents and take tips from grateful fans. We are looking forward to opening up this opportunity to all ages, all talents and skill levels. Those interested should check the website for details.”
No time to volunteer? Nothing to sell at the Market? No talent to perform? Still want to be a part of the Market? There are 2012 sponsorship opportunities available. The Market couldn’t function without its sponsorships, ranging from $50-$2,500. A list of 2012 sponsors is available on the website. Information on all of these opportunities is available at www.maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org. Friend us on “Facebook!” NOTE: This post was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.
The sunlight is visiting more frequently, the daylight is less reluctant to depart, a handful of the flowering cherry blossoms farther north are starting to bloom, and a few of our more-ambitious neighbors are planting their peas and lettuce. All of these indicators of spring mean that it won’t be long before the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market season kicks off for its fourth season! While Opening Day is still about 90 days away on the calendar, the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Board of Directors is currently looking for individuals interested in being part of the planning for Maple Valley’s own local farmers’ market. There are plenty of opportunities for residents to help this volunteer-run Market flourish—the Board of Directors loves to help would be-volunteers’ talents with the needs of the Market.
Vendor applications are now available, and residents should consider joining the Market vendors this year. Do you have a craft? Do you make a homemade specialty product? Do you have local garden space you’ve been dying to plant? Join the Market, and become one of 40+ vendors each week visited by an average of 1350 visitors during the four-hour market day.
Not a volunteer? No time to become a vendor? Still want to be a part of the Market? There are 2012 sponsorship opportunities available. The Market couldn’t function without its sponsors, and the sponsorships range from $50-$2,500. A list of 2011 sponsors is available on the website.
Victoria Laise Jonas, co-founder and Market Manager, is one of the Market’s most ardent fans. She said, “Our ‘Saturday Morning Place to Be’ Maple Valley Farmers’ Market continues to grow and change, but it remains unique in that it is able to offer a gathering place for local farmers and artisans to provide quality products to our customers. Not only can one shop, but you can actually visit with each vendor face to face. Where else can you see the person who grew your food, or made your apron, or bottled your jam, or grew your flowers, or crafted your earrings? Help us continue to keep the Market vibrant and fresh by joining us as a volunteer, vendor, or sponsor.”
Information on all of these opportunities is available at www.maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org. Friend us on “Facebook!” NOTE: Article written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas
Third Time’s a Charm for Maple Valley Farmers’ Market – Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Sunsets for SeasonOctober 15th, 2011 at 11:19 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
On Saturday, October 1, accompanied by a steady mist of rain and a brilliant array of harvest-time fruits and vegetables, the third season of the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market came to an end. With 80 total vendors and approximately 21,000 visitors during the sixteen-week season, Board President Victoria Laise-Jonas could scarcely contain her enthusiasm. She said, “This season was by far the best yet. With a record number of vendors at the market this year, the attendance was significantly up, and our overall sales for the market were up. It was a great third year and it was due to our vendors, customers, volunteers, local non-profit organizations, our local sponsors, and the City of Maple Valley and the Tahoma School District, major co-sponsors of our very own Market.”
Several new farmers and producers made appearances this year, including Hayton Farms–freshly-picked, succulent berries; Cha Farms–fresh flowers, bouquets, and vegetables; Lind Custom Meats—custom smoked jerky, summer sausage, pepperoni, and smoked cheese; Grapevine Farm Alpacas—gloves, socks, hats, scarves, sweaters, and yarn; Ramon Ayala Farm–fresh fruit and produce; Bees in the Burbs—local honey and honey products; Covington Creek Nursery–trees and shrubs, herbs and vegetables, flowering annuals, perennials and unusual “hard to find” plants; and a Taste of Eden–oils and vinegars. New vendors of prepared foods included Mitzel’s–breakfast and lunch items; Theo Dorres Aromatics—hand-blended, flavor-infused artisan teas; G & T Enterprises—shaved ice; and Island Bites—Filipino and Hawaiian food items. New artists this year included Berwyn Smith Alluvion—wood products and planter boxes; Lissy Lou Designs–jewelry, note cards, wood bowls, wooden pens; The Quilter Heron—quilts, table runners, placemats, potholders; Uniquely Yours—feather design jewelry and hair accessories; Palouse Lautrec Woodworking Studio—garden art, wood working, and home accessories; Bohemian Rhapsody—sewn home accessories; Ducky’s Designs—silk-screened t-shirts; Artistry in Wood by Ed–wood bowls, platters and home accessories; and many youth entrepreneurs selling their hand-crafted products for the first time. And, of course, every Market Saturday was enhanced by the live performance of a local musician, many new this year, as well as a wide array of non-profit groups.
While the addition of a new portable classroom at the Rock Creek Elementary and the corresponding loss of vendor space could have thrown a damper on the Market, the Board just rearranged the vendor tents and kept the Market vibrant and bustling. Third-year vendor Lori Gommi of Mama Rizzo’s Biscotti, said, “All the vendors were wonderful and by the time the Market was over, we all felt like family. I miss them already! Each year the Market gets better. I have quite a few regulars and therefore look forward to seeing all of them again next year. There were three babies born during the Market, so it’s increasing whether we want it to or not. Word is getting out about our Market and more and more and more people are coming to it!”
Elizabeth Hooton of Maple Valley’s Lavender Valley Farm noted, “I have been at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market since day one and each year it gets better. Being a part of the local farmers’ market has not only helped my business grow, but I also love getting to interact with the other vendors and locals who come out to support it. They have become my second family and I am already looking forward to next year!”
Laise Jonas notes that the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Board of Directors played a critical role in the success of this market’s season. She is appreciative of their commitment to sustaining a local Farmers’ Market and said that their hard work is paying off. She added, “In addition, there are some amazing volunteers, actually behind-the-scenes-superstars, whose talents and dedication have made the Market what it is today!”
Plans are already underway for the fourth season of the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, the “Saturday Morning Place to Be,” which will commence on Saturday, June 16, 2012. Anyone interested in joining in the planning phase for next year’s Market should contact Victoria Laise Jonas, @email@example.com or (425) 463-6751, or friend us on FACEBOOK. NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.
It hardly seems possible that the third 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, led the state and nation in fundraising for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk, raising more than $320,000 by the second day of the walk. To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Day, everyone who wears pink to the market will get a surprise at the Information Booth. In addition, local 3-Day representatives will be at the Market, as will Multicare. And, Kim and Jack Emmons of 4-Corners John L. Scott will have a breast cancer awareness information education booth set up, along with free giveaways (Note: the Emmonses will also be fundraising at Safeway every weekend in October. Come support the cause and get a free hotdog!).
Joining in the non-profit booths will be Sandy Bruce of Covington Quilt Guild; Stephanie Thomas with King County Master Recycler Composter Program; Clare Nance and the Green Team from Tahoma High; Maple Valley City Council; and the Maple Valley/Enumclaw Master Gardeners. Fortunate MVFM visitors can get their questions answered while they are filling their Market bags with the freshest of produce for the week ahead.
A highlight of each week’s Market is its musical entertainment. This week’s foot-tapping music will be provided at 11:00 by Josh’s Junction of Olympia, WA, featuring acoustic resophonic and acoustic guitar, along with a variety of other acoustic instruments. The group plays a mix of folk, country, blues, bluegrass and old-timey music, and enjoys performing at community events.
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 on Trip Advisor, City Search, and Yelp, 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 and Kathy McKeown , owners 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. A special vendor this week will be Piercy Farms of Moses Lake, who are bringing huge mounds of orange pumpkins, freshly-picked white and yellow corn, and other bountiful fall vegetables. They will join the other farmers selling apples, squashes, onions, eggplant, peppers, 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 for your freezer, fresh goat cheese, and organic granola, as well as all of the artistic creations (Christmas shopping, anyone?). Remember that none of these items will be available again until June 2012! All of the processed food vendors will be at the Market on Saturday, as well, offering hot soups, hamburgers, cookies, sandwiches, bagels, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.” NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.
Why should area residents attend the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market this Saturday? For one, time is running out—the Market has only three Saturdays remaining this season. In addition, it’s prime harvest season for delicious apples and squash and pears and peaches. And, to add yet another reason to come to the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market this Saturday, it’s the second annual Prime Time Business Expo at the Market.
The Business Expo, presented by the Greater Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by the Lake Wilderness branch of KeyBank, provides an opportunity for the community to browse the products and services of local businesses. Local businesses will have demonstrations, displays, promotional materials, and door prizes inside the gym at Rock Creek Elementary from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Admission is free, and door prizes will be awarded. Kevin Patterson, Chamber of Commerce President, said, “This is a great opportunity for the community to discover or become reacquainted with many of our local businesses in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. It’s free, there are some great door prizes, and it’s a wonderful way to complete your visit to the Farmers’ Market. The local businesses who have signed up so far include: Wilderness Animal Hospital, Millwork Outlet, Yummy Tummy, Carol’s Maple Valley Floral, Covington Copy it, Mail it, Fairwood CPA Services, BECU, Just for Them Gift Baskets, Aflac, Bella Fleur of Maple Valley, Junior Junction Day School, Edwards Jones, Vine Maple Place, The Loft Salon & Spa, The Water Distillery, The Blind Lady, Law Offices of David Moe, Party, Etc. John L. Scott, Holiday Inn, Cascades Chiropractic, Woody’s Floor Coverings, Tahoma Athletic Club, Custom Fit Nutrition, Thrive Community Fitness, Rejuve with Massage, Decor & You, Premier Designs Jewelry, Maple Valley Signs, MD Cote’ Medical Laser & Spa, SCSG & ERD Collections, Amway Global, MV Community Center, and Command Computers.
One of this week’s Market non-profit booths will be hosted by the Tahoma Drama Booster Club. Initiated in late 2008 by two parents who wanted to build support and help to grow the local drama program, the Boosters provide concessions and flower sales at local youth school productions, coordinate volunteer support, assist with drama production promotion, and apply for grants and financial support for the booming elementary through high school program.
Another special event on Saturday is the visit by the Maple Valley/Enumclaw Master Gardeners, who arrive armed with multiple resources and a great deal of training to answer even the trickiest of gardening questions. Emily’s Sunshine Room, a business owned by a youth entrepreneur, will also join the Market this Saturday.
And, to add a lively spirit to the week, Gary Benson returns to the musical arena with a solo set of original and cover material and the Pi-R Square Dance Club will entertain all with their square-dancing routines.
Never to be forgotten, of course, is the foundation of the Market—the vendors. In addition to the abundant local, fresh, harvest produce, the stalls are brimming with fresh flowers, cheese, dairy products, organic beef, jam, marinated vegetables, hot sauce, bakery products, prepared foods, breakfast and lunch items, beverages, and artisan products. Visitors may want to pay a special visit to a vendor who has been with the Market since its inception three years ago—4-Ever Memories, owned by Christel Logsdon. Her booth sells an array of her creative hand-made products, including whimsical decorative solar yard lights, crocheted-top kitchen towels, washable microwave potato bags, hot pads and pot holders, shopping totes and fabric baskets, 100% cotton knitted and crocheted dish cloths, embroidered flour sack dish towels, and an assortment of aprons-half aprons and reversible full-sized ones. Logsdon’s booth will recall memories of one’s grandmother’s kitchen and will elicit a desire to do some old-fashioned baking.
The Market’s bounty is a poignant treasure, for the clock is ticking on this third season, with only three remaining Saturdays. Open from 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Rock Creek Elementary, the Market is Maple Valley’s “Saturday morning place to be!” More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at email@example.com. All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.” NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.
The weather was chilly for so much of the summer that Saturday’s second annual Chili Cook-off at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is a timely event. Ross Olive, of State Farm Insurance and Financial Service, at Chateau Business Park in Maple Valley, will again sponsor the Chili Cook-Off. Olive believes that it is important that local businesses support these types of events, as they are the cornerstone of our community.
As a sponsor, Olive has arranged for prizes, including $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place, $50 for 3rd place and new this year, $50 for “People’s Choice”. The chili cook-off also serves as a fundraiser for the Farmers’ Market and Olive is proud to partake in this annual fundraiser for the Market. For a $5.00 donation, the public will be able to sample all of the competing chili recipes, while helping to fund the operational costs of running a non-profit 501c3 Farmers’ Market. Sampling starts at 10:00 a.m., and interested tasters should plan to arrive early, as last year’s chili sold out way earlier than expected. Victoria Laise-Jonas commented that she expects this year’s event to be as popular as last year’s, an “event that the community embraced to help sustain our local farmers’ market!” Specific information about the chili cook-off, and how to enter, is available at MVFM’s web-site at www.maplevalleyfarmersmarket, under the “Events” tab.
As always, nonprofit booths have a standing reservation at the Market, and this weekend Clare Nance, Tahoma High Science teacher and the school’s “queen” of recycling, will join her Green Team environmental club in a booth with loads of green information. In addition, Stephanie Thomas of King County Master Recycler Composter Program will be at the Market to solve those tricky composting dilemmas. The Maple Valley City Council will have an information booth set-up and our very own Tahoma Cheer Boosters will have a booth to raise money for their cheering activities.
Musical entertainment will keep the chili’s heat blasting, as Tori Whitten, now in her third year of public performing, shares some of her country and pop music repertoire. Whitten, who has been singing since the age of three, is fourteen years old and travelled to Nashville last summer to record four original songs. More information and samples of her music can be found at ToriWhitten.com.
With so many events taking place, it would be possible to overlook the core of the Market—the farmers with their brilliant array of fresh, local, fall produce; the prepared foods whose tasty aromas drift lazily through the fall air; the artistic creations that lure visitors’ gazes and pocketbooks; the gorgeous armloads of flowers that adorn the flower stalls; and the varied array of unusual and locally-made items including jam, cheese, meat, dairy products, bread, lavender products, hot sauce, and too many more to mention. Visitors should also check out the newest artisan, designer Karen Jacobs of Uniquely Yours Feather Design. Jacobs creates feather earrings, feather necklaces and feather hair clip, adding a new artistic dimension to the Market.
Only three more Saturdays remain to enjoy the wonders of Maple Valley’s own Farmers’ Market, so there is no time to waste. The “Saturday morning place to be” is winding down for the season, but there is still ample time to savor its riches, as the Market continues through October 1 at Rock Creek Elementary School from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. each Saturday. More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.” NOTE: Article written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.
Baseball, soccer, football, lacrosse, volleyball–the community of Maple Valley is bursting with sports teams for every age and interest. Given the health benefits of both exercise and healthy eating, the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market will celebrate local youth sports participation by presenting a surprise treat to those youth who wear their sports uniform to the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 3. Uniform-wearing youth should go to the Information Booth to pick up their gift.
To support the healthy eating component of the Market, visitors will want to visit their favorite of the farmers’ booths, offering fresh, ripe late-summer harvest bounty; bright flower arrangements; cheeses; eggs; milk; organic meat; and more; but they may especially want to check out the newest vendors. A Taste of Eden offers northwest premier specialty olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars and blends.
In addition, the prepared food booths are always popular, and the newest booth will make you think that you’ve just washed up on the Hawaiian Islands or in the Phillippines. Island Bites is owned by Maple Valley’s own Marites Descargar, who grew up cooking Philipino foods and then married a Hawaiian, adding even more island recipes to her culinary repertoire. A first-time entrepreneur, Descargar offers meat/veggie and banana lumpia, an item similar to spring rolls and popular in Indonesia and the Philippines. Additionally, she offers ensaymada, a sweet bread served with whipped butter and sugar; marinated chicken skewers; a plate lunch including rice, macaroni salad, and Kalua pork, which has been slow-cooked for 10 hours with Hawaiian rock salt and liquid smoke ; and pansit, a Philipino noodle dish with shredded pork or chicken , that is served with one lumpia. Her foods will make you smell a tropical breeze!
In the non-food category, Michelle Young of Black Diamond will join the Market vendors with her U Rockit! Hair Trends booth. Young’s feather hair extensions and hair tinsel extensions will add a glamorous note to even the most chlorine-laden or summer-dry hair.
Non-profit groups participating in the Saturday Market include Maple Valley/Enumclaw Master Gardeners, who will help to solve visitors’ plant and garden puzzles; Cedar Grove Composting, one of the Market’s corporate sponsors, who will provide advice and answer questions such as, “Can I put my Starbucks cup in my compost?”; and St. George Episcopal Church, with information about their programs and church services.
Market day would be incomplete without music, and this week’s group is Down the Road, a trio of bluegrass and American Roots music veterans from the Snoqualmie Valley area that includes husband/wife duo Cathi and Gary Davidson on guitars and vocals, and John Tubbs on mandolin and vocals. According to their website, “the trio blends signature duet and trio harmony singing, a little yodeling, and clean, tasteful guitar-mandolin interplay to add a fresh, honest, straight-ahead voice to the world of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music.
With only four weeks remaining in the Market season after this Saturday, Maple Valleyites should make certain that their Labor Day Saturday includes a trip to the MVFM. The Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is the “Saturday morning place to be” from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Saturday through October 1 at Rock Creek Elementary School. For more information, please visit www.maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org. NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.