All about the Maple Valley Farmers Market
Promoting More Herbs, Less Salt Day at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market – Saturday, September 15thSeptember 12th, 2012 at Wed, 12th, 2012 at 8:52 pm by Larry Baumgart
The Maple Valley Farmers’ Market offers many delights–live music, artistic creations, delicious prepared foods, a chance to mingle with friends and neighbors, and a chance to slow down one’s busy life and wander from stall to stall, admiring each vendor’s presentation and passion. But the core of the Market is the opportunity to purchase freshly-picked, locally-grown, health-enhancing foods offered right in the heart of Maple Valley.
And, so, this Saturday at the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Visitors can admire the brilliant colors and flavors of fall produce—tomatillos, an array of bright peppers, succulent honeydew, brilliant tomatoes, juicy peaches, makings for the most delicious salad imaginable, crunchy apples, and much more—all local, fresh, healthy, and much of it organic. Not feeling like chopping? Try a fresh loaf of bread from George’s Bakery in North Bend; sample flavor-enhancing oils and vinegars, sauces, or preservative-free jam; buy gluten-free gourmet items, fresh goat cheese and smoked cheese, beef sausage and jerky, or locally-made wine; or treat your mouth to just-picked berries or a bite of sweet potato pie. Visitors can leave the Market laden with bags of produce certain to add bright color and great taste to kitchens that are too often littered instead with fast-food trash, and can help their families gain a renewed appreciation for the meaning of the word “fresh.”
Lake Wilderness Arboretum will have a booth at the Market this week, as well, offering residents a great chance to learn more about this beautiful treasure right in our own community. And, Sugar and Spice Alpacas will bring their alpaca family to Saturday’s Market—always a delight for visitors young and old, and adults may want to learn about the classes offered by owner Marisa Dobiash. Victoria Laise-Jonas, Market Manager, said, “I personally took a class from Marisa and made a wool scarf. I loved learning how to work with the wet wool technique and made a beautiful pink, beige, green and tan scarf. Marisa was a very patient instructor who shared a wealth of information on working with raw alpaca wool.”
Music is an essential part of every Market Saturday, and this week will feature a Seattle pop grunge band from Maple Valley. At 11:00, the band Sealth, playing together since 2006, will provide its sweet therapy for tired feet and weary souls. Sealth is comprised of teachers from the Rock ‘n’ More Music Academy: Dace Anderson on guitar, vocals; Arielle Young on guitar, piano, vocals, and Mitchell Fund on vocals. They’ve enjoyed fame in the Seattle area: playing the national anthem for about 4000 people at Key Arena in Seattle before a Rat City Rollergirls bout in June; releasing an album on iTunes called “Vaguely Familiar” in 2009; and producing a film that they played at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival in 2010. The group often plays community festivals including Maple Valley Days, Covington Days, Cornucopia Days, and Kent 4th of July Splash, and fundraisers, including Rock ‘n’ More, Gilda’s Club, Valley Girls and Guys. Interestingly enough, the musicians also work jobs outside of music: Arielle is a graphic designer who has had art shows in Maple Valley, Issaquah, Bellevue, and Redmond; Dace has had columns run in newspapers in Maple Valley, Kent, Black Diamond, Kent, and Tukwila; and both Arielle and Dace are mascots for the Rat City Rollergirls roller derby. Mitch works as a quartz miner. Visitors to the MVFM won’t want to miss these versatile and talented musicians, and will also want to thank Dace Anderson for supporting the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market this season as an Entertainment Sponsor.
The joy of Saturday’s Market will be a bit bittersweet, as only three more Saturdays remain before the season ends on October 6. Stop by and savor the experience, as the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is 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.