Wanolitto’s Market Musings for Saturday’s Des Moines Farmers Market


Even with the clouds hanging around all day last Saturday, a lot of people came to shop, and shop they did, especially at our newest vendor, Wilson Fish. Did you happen to taste that wonderful smoked king salmon, YUM!

This week is National Farmers Market Week. Where communities all over the country are urged to visit and patronize their local small farmers and artisans. For a lot of the vendors, the markets are the only outlet for selling their products. Stop by and say hello and tell them how much you appreciate them being at our market.

We just got the final figures from the gigantic July 20th Pancake Feed, Classic Car & Wooden Boat Show and our market. The Knights Car Club said their net proceeds will go towards supporting 25 or more families over the holidays from Midway Elementary School. The market Foundation and the South Highline National Little League Baseball League shared in the proceeds from the Pancake Feed. From the overall day, the Des Moines Waterfront Market made a donation to the city’s Waterland Festivities Fund for next year.

Ok, this week I’m going to take a break from Cooking with Wine. This recipe “Farmers Market Pasta” is perfect summer fun meal and has lots of ingredients from our market vendors, such as 18th Ave Pasta and Alvarez Organic Farms, to name a couple. You can download this week’s recipe by clicking here (PDF file).

This Saturday we are hosting our annual Health & Fitness Day. Be sure to stop by and check out the local groups that will be conducting demonstrations and sharing information. Here are some of the participants, Mt. Rainier Pool, The Des Moines Senior Center, RN Disaster Preparedness, Health Point, Denise Tung Sharify, Educator Consultant, Tacoma Smelter Plume Project Public Health – Seattle & King County, Burien Family Chiropractic, Paws 2 Guide, guide dog training and Pier View Massage.

The Kids Fishing Derby is back for its second session. Below are the rules. Please be prompt for sign-in. The derby runs from 10 to noon. Fishing is on the pier.

  1. Check in is at the Market information booth at 10am
  2. Ages: 14 years old and under
  3. 8 years and under must be accompanied by an adult
  4. 20 positions per day available on a first come basis
  5. All gear is provided. Each person gets a “fishing package”
  6. Free lunch (noon—1pm) provided by the Des Moines Area Food Bank.
  7. Trophies will be given in various categories

If you can’t make this week, there is one more derby on September 14th.

Food Truck Scene
Stella Fiore Pizza, and Skinny Phoenix  are here this week. To see when the prepared food vendors are at the market, log onto market vendors.

Sponsor Corner
Seattle Southside will be manning their booth to tell people about all the great things that are happening in and around the Des Moines, Sea-Tac, Kent and Tukwila communities.

Wesley Homes is a faith based organization providing retirement communities and a network of services for older adults. Their mission: With love and joy, we are called to meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of those we serve. We affirm the worth of all those we serve and those who provide service.

Music
New to the market this year and its only performance this season, is Snorky, a local band that plays gigs in the South Puget Sound region. The members consist of Connie Orlando (keyboards) Joe Roth (guitars) Jimm Boudreau (bass) and Roberto Paez (drums) and the lead singer (the good looking one).

Community Groups
Woodmont Friends of the Library will be manning their booth selling used books that support their reading programs. If you have any used books, bring um on down for a donation.

Upcoming events
This coming September 14th   is going to be another Blockbuster of a day at the market. It is our annual Kids Back to School/Safety Day. Also it will be another Kids Fishing Derby. And, for all you food lovers, it is our first annual Food Truck-In with over 10 trucks offering a wide variety of entrees. Look for more information as this day draws near, as things are still in flux. Look for lots of stuff for kids to see and participate in.

Our annual Chili Cook-Off this year is on the last day of the market, October 26th. If you think you have the “right stuff” to complete against the 20 teams that will be mixing it up, click here for the application and cook-off rules.


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