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Community Connections Day—Flowers, Police, Compost and More! – Saturday, August 13th

August 8th, 2011 at 7:58 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
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     Those who wish to learn more about businesses and groups in our community will find this Saturday’s Maple Valley Farmers’ Market a perfect one—it’s Community Connections Day!

     Carol’s Maple Valley Floral & Gifts, Inc.  a long-time Maple Valley business, will host a floral design booth to show shoppers how to beautify their homes and hearts.  Shop owner, Robin Erickson,  will shop the Market and make floral arrangements that will be given away to random shoppers.  Additional booths will feature Maple Valley City Council, the Maple Valley Police Department,  Maple Valley Library Guild and the Maple Valley Community Center will share information and answer questions. In addition, Maple Valley In Focus a new local website which showcases stories  that make our town a great community through personal community member narratives will have a booth. This web-site also has available a community calendar which you can update with your events, post a job, or get in on a discussion about Maple Valley development.  And finally, the Jennifer Beach Foundation, a group that provides training, education, advocacy, and teaching tools to strengthen victims of child abuse and domestic violence, will also host an informational booth.

     Two of the Market’s major sponsors, the Voice of the Valley newspaper and Cedar Grove Composting, will have booths, providing information about their business and services.  The MVFM Board is grateful for its sponsors, from the many volunteers to its generous business donors. 

     Visitors will certainly want to stop at the Fountain Court Assisted Living booth, where senior residents will sell their handmade crafts, and then can wander on to the other artists’ booths—including Kim Lewis’ jewelry, beaded bags, rocks and rocks of all kinds; 4-Ever Memories fabric art and outdoor lights;  Pepo Park Soap and balms, all made by hand with natural, plant-based ingredients ; Bohemian Wrapsody’s home accessories;  Ducky’s Design silk screening; Yorkpatty Clothes, and Angela Ramsey’s jewelry. A new vendor, Three Lady Bugs Ceramics and Glass, will round out the artistic creations for sale.

     And, of course, every Market is rooted in its farm products—vegetables, fruits and berries, milk, flowers, lavender and alpaca products, fresh goat cheese, herbs and spices, organic meat, milk—complemented by prepared foods such as a freshly-baked bagel and a ice-cold organic iced tea with mint and lemon–to fuel the shopper as he/she makes the rounds of the 40+ booths.

     To fuel shoppers’ souls and aesthetic sensibilities, Ensemble Ballet Theatre will be performing at 11:00 a.m. Located in Maple Valley, WA, Ensemble Ballet Theatre is a non-profit youth dance company that emphasizes professional style productions, continuing dance education, and a positive atmosphere. Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, the “Saturday morning place to be,” is open 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.  All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.”  Note:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.

 

 

Calling all local pie-bakers! A community-wide Fresh Fruit Pie Baking contest is slated for Saturday August 27th at our local Farmers’ Market.  There will be three age divisions for this contest: Youth (17 & under), Adult (18-49) and Senior (50 & over).   Pie submissions must be FRESH FRUIT pies only; no tarts, crisps, creams, meringues, pumpkins, custards. etc. Pies can be dropped off, at the market beginning at 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (NOTE: no pies will be accepted after 11:45 a.m.), with judging commencing at noon.  Awards, certificates and ribbons will be handed out to the winning participants. The Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is located at Rock Creek Elementary School –  25700 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road SE. For more information or to obtain a Registration Form, please visit www.maplevalleyfarmersmarket.

It’s National Farmers’ Market Day at the MVFM – August 6th!

July 30th, 2011 at 7:03 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
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        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 6, as National Farmers’ Market Day. As our community has experienced over the past three years, our local Farmers’ Market offers 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, support family farms, revitalize local communities, provide important outlets for producers and the opportunity for farmers and consumers to interact.   When you come to our Market this Saturday, please make it a point to introduce yourself 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.

         Always a crowd pleaser, our very own Dan Nichols, of the Maple Valley Historical Society, will bring in his 1951 John Deere Row Crop Tractor to exhibit.  Children of all ages (and adults too) always enjoy this feature of celebrating National Farmers’ Market Day!  This year, Dan’s selected choice of his 1951 vintage tractor has special meaning to our Farmers’ Market Manager, Victoria Laise Jonas, as both the tractor and Victoria will be celebrating their 60th birthday! 

         The farmers’ stands will be in abundant array this Saturday, as they are on every Market Saturday.  Xee Yahn Garden, Outlook Produce, Hayton Farms, Mai Garden, Ze Chang Gardens, Calhoun Family Fruit Farm, Cha Farm, Thistlewood Farms, Lavender Valley Farm, Cha and Shao Farm, Shong Chao’s Farm, Lara Farm, and Ramon Ayala Farms will have booths again this Saturday, selling fresh vegetables, including beets, squash, lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, and chili peppers; fresh fruits, including berries, plums; alpaca products; fresh flower bouquets; herb pots; and lavender plants.  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 thirteen farmers’ booths, visitors can certainly fulfill their entire week’s produce list before moving on to the 30 stalls displaying processed foods, meats, cheese, milk, art, and sugar-laden, hand-baked delights.

         Third year MVFM sponsor, Dr. Caviness, owner of Wilderness Animal Hospital in Maple Valley, will be joining us on Saturday with an informational/educational booth set-up. Dr. Caviness is a Washington State graduate and has practiced veterinary medicine, in Western Washington for the past twenty-three years (23 years).  Dr. Caviness is especially interested in preventative care, dentistry and internal medicine.  Her  mission is to provide quality medical care for your pets by their compassionate staff.  Wilderness Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary facility, offering preventative  medicine, disease treatment, dentistry, surgery and digital radiology. 

        At 11:00, the band Cheap Therapy will provide its sweet therapy for tired feet and weary souls with their acoustic songs from the 1960s to today, including some original tunes. With over 30 years’ experience between them, they can create a memorable musical experience for Market visitors.

        Our local non-profit organizations joining in this Saturday festivities include Valley Girls & Guys, Maple Valley/Enumclaw Master Gardeners, Maple Valley Food Bank & Emergency Services and Serenity Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation.  

        While it’s National Farmers’ Market Day, it’s also a great day for customers, so don’t miss this eighth Saturday of the third season of your local Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, 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.  All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.”  NOTE: This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.

     As a token of appreciation to the all of our loyal customers, the  Market is celebrating Customer Appreciation Day with great deals this Saturday.  Those who spend $30 or more at the Market on Saturday will receive a FREE 2011 Market bag. 

     Also, the MVFM Board  wishes to reward  those customers who shop at our local Maple Valley businesses.  All MVFM customers who bring in sales receipts from local businesses will receive a raffle ticket (one per receipt, no limit), which will be entered into a drawing at the end of the Market day for two give-a-way baskets filled with Maple Valley Farmers’ Market goodies from our fabulous vendors!  The “Vendor Coupon” for the 2011 FREE Market bag and raffle tickets will be at the Information Booth and/or at both main entrances into the Market. Hope to see you on Saturday and don’t forget to bring your receipts!     

     We are thankful to the following vendors who donated  items to fill up our raffle baskets:  Hayton Farms, Calhoun Family Fruit Farm, Xee Yanh Garden, Lind Custom Meats, Mai Haua Gardens, Shao & Cha Farm, Ze Change Garden, Raymon Ayala Farms, Thistlewood Farm, Chelane’s Jams, George’s Bakery, Outlook Produce, Silver Springs Creamery, Chong Chao’s Farm, Uncle Dennis Foods, Mama Rizzo’s Biscotti & More, Mixed Blessings, Theo Dorres Aromatic Teas, EJ’s Catering, Mitzel’s American Kitchen,  Daily Bagel, Illusions Wine, Reigning Kettle Korn, Lavender Valley Farms, Tefft’s Cellars, Angela Ramsey, Ducky’s Design, 4-Ever Memories, Bob Schillereff Photography, Stone Quilters and the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market.

     Weekly attendance at the Farmers’ Market is consistently higher this year, with many folks choosing to make the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market part of their “staycation” and their weekly entertainment and shopping. Larry Baumgart, a faithful Farmers’ Market shopper, said, “My spouse, Johann, and I try to be at the market every week.  We enjoy talking with the vendors and meeting up with friends who happen to be there at the same time.  It’s a great place to have a Saturday morning cup of coffee with a biscotti or breakfast burrito, while picking up locally-grown organic produce.  A farmers’ market creates a stronger sense of community and inspires community sustainability, something that we’re becoming more and more acutely aware of in this adverse economy. If only we had facilities to have a farmers’ market year round regardless of weather! 

    The  vendors at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market are grateful for customers such as the Baumgarts, as, without such a strong customer base, the vendors would have little reason to haul their products to Rock Creek Elementary early each Saturday morning, set up their bright displays, and stand for four hours under their bright-green awnings. 

     While the third season is well underway, new vendors still continue to appear. Sofie’s Blueberry Farm out of Puyallup will sell freshly-picked blueberries through early September, and Tefft Cellars Winery, a family-owned vineyard and winery in Outlook, Washington, with tasting rooms in Outlook and Woodinville, will sell some of its 4000 cases of estate Syrah, Nebbiolo, Cabernet, Viognier, Marsanne, Snagiovese, and Chenin Blanc. 

     Many customers visit each week around 11:00 so that they can enjoy the weekly musical entertainment.  This week’s group, Train Wreck, is a cover band comprised of four friends. 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.   In addition, South County Cat’s will have a booth set-up with informational materials about spay/neutering pet options within the community. 

     Come for Customer Appreciation Week, come for the beautiful fresh foods and lovingly-handcrafted products, come to support local entrepreneurs, come for the music, come to see your neighbors…but don’t miss the seventh Saturday of the third season of your local Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, 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.  All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.”   NOTE:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.

It’s Health and Wellness Day at Maple Valley Farmers’ Market – Saturday July 23rd

July 20th, 2011 at 7:34 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
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     This special event is sponsored by Always Best Care Senior Services Eastside which serves east and parts of south King County. It was started in August 2010 and is locally owned and operated by Patty and Michael Davis of Renton.   Always Best Care Eastside is a senior assistance company providing two crucial services to the senior community. The first is in-home non-medical care.  Davis noted “many seniors prefer to stay in their homes and with the help of our care providers we can keep them in their homes. Our caregivers provide help from companionship and meal preparation to assistance in the bathroom and showers. But some seniors either cannot or do not want to remain in their home and our second service helps seniors and their families find a retirement community suitable for their needs. Many families do not know what options are available to them. By offering these two services we can help them make the right choice”.  Always Best Care was founded in 1996 and operates over 150 locations nationwide.

      This special day will feature a chef demonstration by our beloved and locally-renowned Soup Lady,  Ginger Passarelli of Mama Passarelli’s Dinner House in Black Diamond.  “Mama” as she is affectionately known as will arrive early to the market with her shopping list in-hand and will make the rounds to visit our farmers and other vendors to pick up her local and fresh ingredients to whip up some delectable dishes.  Make sure to stop by her booth to learn some of “Mama’s”  cooking secrets and to sample her fabulously prepared dishes. 

     In addition,  Thrive Community Fitness and  Kriss Chiropractic will host booths, while a local group will provide information about Parkinson’s Disease. Puget Sound Energy “Rock the Bulb” volunteers will have a booth to promote energy-efficiency, where they’re giving out FREE CFL light bulbs! And, lastly, there will be random give-a-ways throughout the market day promoting our Health and Wellness Day.

     No Saturday at the Market is complete without music, and this Saturday will feature the Burwell Brothers, Stephen and Seth, local bluegrass musicians who have won multiple picking contests in the Northwest.  Their performance will begin at 11:00 a.m.

     Twenty-two farmers and processors will participate in this week’s Market.  New to the Market this year is Hayton Farms of Mt. Vernon, which sells organic berries. Owner Angelica Hayton is the fifth generation to live and work on her Fir Island farm established in 1876.  The farm recently transitioned to all Certified Organic berries, and Hayton is “proud of the end product [that was] well worth the extra work.”  Hayton also commented on the fact that the great variety of berries she grows allows for an array of berries from June through October.

     Prepared food is another favorite part of the Market, and E. J.’s Custom Catering is back this year with its always-popular booth.  Specialties include BBQ pulled pork sandwiches/slides; chicken coconut curry soup, known to sell out on cool days; breakfast burritos and frittatas; mango berry coolers; and other rotating seasonal items. Most menu items are prepared with produce from MVFM, making a visit to EJ’s an even more rewarding taste treat.

     If both stomach and cupboard are full, visitors will want to meander over to the artists’ booths.  An ever-popular booth is Bob Shillereff’s Photograph.  Shillereff, a Maple Valley resident, specializes in wildlife and nature photos.

     With something for all, and the certainty of improved health and wellness, Maple Valley residents should gather up their friends and family, and make the short trek to the sixth Saturday of this third season of “the Saturday morning place to be,” from 9:00-1:00 at Rock Creek Elementary. More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at  info@maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org.   MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.”    Note:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.

            While some parents may argue that every day is “kids’ day,” this Saturday, July 16, is definitely a day geared toward kids. A scavenger hunt, karate demonstrations, face-painting, Donut Art sponsored by George’s Bakery, a coloring station, and pictures with Mrs. Utter Butter will make this Saturday’s Market Day even more entertaining for the younger generation. 

             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; Hayton Farm’s fresh organic berries; and the smoked cheese and pepperoni sticks from Lind’s Custom Meats, in addition to the remaining 15 farmers/processors’ booths. Bright bouquets of flowers, alpaca and lavender products, goat cheese, brilliantly-colored produce, plants, and gluten-free products will entrance both the younger and older sets.  The Daily Bagel, with its traditional handmade and freshly baked bagels, bagel sandwiches, cookies, and soft drinks may start children begging for some change, and the other prepared-food booths will also set stomachs rumbling. Art will abound again on Saturday, with jewelry, wood products, photographs, soap/balms, garden stones, silk screening, reusable products, and handmade clothing all available. 

            To enhance the focus on the younger set, MOM’s Club of Maple Valley will have a informational and activities booth,  along with Bounce it Up, a Black Diamond business.  St. George’s Episcopal Church will also have a non-profit booth this week.

           If parents or grandparents want to expose the younger generation to music from their youth, they can wander over at 11:00 a.m. to listen to musician Gary Benson, who will play music parents both recognize and love, including James Taylor; the Beatles; and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young.  Benson, who performs at coffee shops and farmers’ markets, and whose music can be previewed at http://www.myspace.com/garybensonmusic, said, “I play the songs I grew up with plus some from recent times – come, listen, and enjoy!”

           The MVFM Board wishes to thank volunteer Board Member Dottie  Garza, for organizing this Saturday’s events, and wishes to remind all that Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is “the Saturday morning place to be!” this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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  info@maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org.   MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK.”   NOTE:  This article was written by Brooke Dillon and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.

It’s Outdoor Quilt Day at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market – July 9th

July 7th, 2011 at 9:40 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
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Both quilts and local-grown produce have more in common than meets the eye—they are planned long before they are planted, they are lovingly “seeded” and “watered,” and every step of their progress is overseen with hovering, hopeful dedication.  Finally, both are “harvested” and celebrated for their beauty, their uniqueness, and the joy they offer in our busy, rushed, overly-technological world.  These similarities explain why this Saturday, July 9, is Outdoor Quilt Day at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market.  The Market is pleased to welcome Covington Quilt Guild, who will share their love of quilting with a large booth of hug quilts (charity quilts), a magnificent raffle quilt and a number of prized quilts.  In addition, Market Manager Victoria Laise Jonas will hang some of her quilts around the market place.

As always, 40+ vendors will offer freshly-picked, health-inducing fruits and vegetables; custom meat; milk; newly-lain eggs; just-made baked goods, sandwiches,  soups, waffles, bagels, and hot aromatic tea; dazzling, inexpensive flower bouquets to brighten any home; juried, unique artwork, jewelry, furniture, photos, handbags, and more; bath products, lavender products, locally-bottled wine, and plants.  In addition, homemade jams, spices and warm kettle corn tempt the palate. In addition we will be showcasing two youth entrepreneurs, Kelin Doner and Lost in the Thicket Artisan Group will pay a return visit to the Market. 

Along with Covington Quilt Guild, Emily Weisenburger & Girl Scout Troop #42431 will host an informational/educational booth on the benefits that bats bring to our community.  Music is an essential part of every Market Saturday, and this week will feature 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. Their band, Sealth,  blends a potentially dangerous cocktail made of equal parts hometown grunge and classic rock with a heavy dose of hairspray.  In addition Dace Anderson is the exclusive Entertainment Sponsor for this year’s market season.

Whether it’s the freshest produce, fruit and flowers around town; quilts; 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 9:00-1:00 this Saturday 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  info@maplevalleyfarmersmarket.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.

           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 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 10:10 a.m.  Market visitors are encouraged to 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 prize in both the adult and children’s division.

         In addition, an old-fashioned watermelon eating contest will take place at 12:00 p.m.  Participants can register for the contest right up to the time it begins, and then can gulp and inhale their way through their piece of watermelon into a prize-winning category. The speediest eater will walk away with a 1st place winning ribbon, a Market Bag and $5 Market Bucks, the second-place winner will also receive a ribbon and  $5 in Market Bucks, and the third-speediest will receive a fruit pie and a winning ribbon.

          It wouldn’t be a Market Saturday without music, and this week’s group, Acoustic Coutie, defies narrow categorization. They describe themselves as: “The Beatles follow Fats Waller chasing Gershwin on the way to Woodstock.  The Couti draw from a vast pallet of musical styles and influences spanning more than a century of popular music.”  While they offer few clues as to what they’ll mix into their next bottle of musical moonshine, they guarantee it will be strong, smooth, intoxicating, and likely lead to a partying atmosphere for the July 4 weekend.

          A very special part of the Market experience is the wisdom brought by the Enumclaw Master Gardeners, who will be present to answer gardening queries.  Their 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, alpaca products, spices, lavender products, freshly-made cheese, bath products, fresh eggs, locally–made jam, and local beef products are all available.  New this year is Theo Dorres Aromatics, a hand-blended, flavor-infused artisan tea processed and packaged in Renton.  From Passionate tea to Lemon Flower Berry, Theo Dorres Aromatics offers ten different caffeine and caffeine-free teas.  Their stall will be present three of the Saturdays in July, including July 2, 16, and 23.

         Artists are also an integral part of the Market, with photography, jewelry , wood products, outdoor lights, 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, The Daily Bagel, Mama Rizzo’s Biscotti & More, and George’s Bakery return for this third season, while Mitzel’s American Kitchen makes its first appearance. Owned since October by Maple Valley residents Jack and Kim Emmons. Market offerings  include fresh strawberry bites, raspberry and cheezy bacon scones, and quiche lorraine, while their lunch offerings feature strawberry lemonade and strawberry shortcake, along with Farmers’ Market burgers and dogs. 

         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 School.  More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at  info@maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org.  Victoria Laise-Jonas, President of the 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.

Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Celebrates “Green Living Day” Saturday June 25th

June 22nd, 2011 at 9:05 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
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            The opening celebration day of the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market’s third season is now but a memory, but local residents can treat themselves this weekend to returning and brand-new treats at the “Saturday Morning Place to Be!” at Rock Creek Elementary on Maple Valley Highway. Visitors can while away the hours from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m., delighting in fresh flower bouquets; just-picked locally-grown produce (the freshest strawberries and cherries you have ever tasted!); local milk, cheese, and meat products; Maple Valley’s own wine; lavender and alpaca products; artistic creations; and prepared foods. 

            The market will be celebrating “Green Living Day” thanks to the generous sponsorship of our local Cedar Grove Composting. Cedar Grove Composting is part of a family owned, 400 employee business with roots in the waste management business going back to 1938.  As the Pacific Northwest’s leading organic recycling company, Cedar Grove transforms grass, leaves, yard trimmings, food waste and wood waste into the finest nutrient-rich compost.   From a humble beginning, Cedar Grove has developed a full line of healthy soils with a loyal following and has grown to become the largest single dedicated yard waste composting facility in the United States! Cedar Grove Composting will have a booth at the market, come by their booth and say “thanks” for their commitment to the environment.

            To help celebrate “Green Living Day”, we will be offering $2.00 Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Bucks to individuals who bicycle or $1.00 Market Buck who walk to our Market on Saturday. There will be FREE MINOR BIKE ADJUSTMENTS by Dana Parnello (Maple Valley City Councilmember) and Pat Weiler (Inaugural City of Maple Valley Parks Commissioner).  Parnello and Weiler are dedicated to public service, active in our Maple Valley community, avid cyclists, ardent cycling advocates and professionally trained bicycle mechanics.  To help everyone start the cycling season off right, Parnello and Weiler will be offering free minor bicycle, from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. while you shop and enjoy the festival atmosphere.  And best of all, it is a free community service!  

          Non-profit groups hold a special place at each week’s Market.  Victoria Laise-Jonas, President of MVFM, said that “Maple Valley enjoys a strong sense of community engagement and 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. Present this Saturday are: King County Noxious Weed Program, King County Master Recycler Composter Program and South County Cats.

         And, it wouldn’t be the Farmers’ Market without live musical entertainment. This week’s entertainer is Maple Valley’s own Ron Porzio, an acoustic/folk rock singer and songwriter. An opener in the mid 1970s for acts such as Jesse Colin Young of the Youngbloods, Melissa Manchester, and Jonathan Edwards (“Sunshine, Go Away Today”). Porzio plays for the troops at the USO SEATAC Center in Seattle on a regular basis.  Both his tour schedule and his songs are available on his website (http://porziotunes.com/).

         More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at  info@maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org.  Laise-Jonas 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 Dillion and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.

It’s Opening Week for the Third Season of Maple Valley Farmers’ Market

June 15th, 2011 at 10:16 pm by Victoria Laise Jonas
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With only days to go, the third season of Maple Valley Farmers’ Market kicks off this Saturday, June 18, at 9:00 a.m. at Rock Creek Elementary School, accompanied by the sweet sounds of Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra. Victoria Laise-Jonas, President of the MVFM Board, said that “  We are very pleased to present the third season of the Farmers’ Market to our community.  We have received a tremendous response from local vendors, especially those returning vendors who wanted to continue their presence at our “It’s the Saturday Morning Place to Be!” community gathering spot.  I am looking forward to our Opening Ceremony which begins at 10:00 a.m. and new this year, we will have hourly gift drawings donated by Johnson’s Home and Garden Do-It Center and Party Etc./Dollar Etc.”

Fifty-three vendors will participate in one or more weekend Markets this year, thirteen of whom are new to MVFM.  Returning favorites include 25 farmers/processors, 22 of whom will have a booth every Saturday.  While there are too many to list, the farmers include Xee Yanh Garden and Outlook Produce Farms, both carrying an array of fresh, local vegetables, and Mai Garden, with fresh flowers, bouquets, and produce.  New to the Market this year is Hayton Farms with strawberries and organic raspberries. Food processor James McCaslin of McSweet’s returns with his popular pickled gourmet specialties, including olives, garlic, beets, and dilly beans, and Silver Springs Creamery of Buckley will again feature cow and goat cheeses, cow and goat milk, fromage and chevre. Meats, wine, alpaca and lavender products, along with freshly-made kettle corn, will also be offered for sale. 

For those who can’t wait to get home and prepare their food, six food vendors will offer fresh delicious treats on opening weekend, including the returning E.J’s Catering, Mama Rizzo’s Biscotti & More, George’s Bakery of North Bend, the Daily Bagel and, new to the Market this year, Mitzel’s American Kitchen and Theo Dorres Aromatic Tea. 

To feed the soul, returning artists will again share their creative talents, featuring wood art, jewelry, rocks planters, fabric art, photography, soaps and bath products.  New this year are Berwyn Smith Alluvion, with furniture; Dan & Marge Scott with planters and wood arts; Lizzy Lou Designs, selling jewelry; and The Quilter Heron, with quilted works of art.

Opening Day will feature the King County Master Recycler Composter Program, along with Maple Valley/Enumclaw Master Gardeners.

More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at (425) 463-6751 or at  info@maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org.  Victoria Laise-Jonas, President of the 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 Dillion and posted by Victoria Laise Jonas.

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