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


WanolittoFarmer-2The weather gods were with us again last Saturday – we set up the market for rain… and wouldn’t you know it, the forecasters were off base, again.

This coming Saturday is the culmination of two years of work in our state legislature. If you have been hesitant in purchasing the market’s wine without tasting it, your wait is over. We have received our liquor permit for tastings and will be serving during the market hours from 10 to 2pm. Look for our special location next to the market information booth. Remember, all proceeds from the sale of wine goes to help run the market. And you can write off portions of your purchase on your income tax.  Helping us kick off the tastings will be our favorite wine guru, Ric Jacobson (Corky Cellars). Don’t forget to join Wanolitto’s Wine Club while you are purchasing the market’s wine.

If you have ever been to European countries that border the Mediterranean Sea you probably have tasted their seafood stews.  Each country has their own take on what the ingredients are and how they are prepared. The stews are usually made with whatever the fisherman has left over from his day at sea. This week’s recipe takes a little bit of all of them for a hardy stew that will warm your tummy on the cold winter nights. Download this week’s recipe “Mediterranean Catfish Stew” using our Waterfront White by clicking here (PDF file).

Food Truck Scene
This week’s food trucks are regulars Skinny Phoenix, Jemil’s and Ezell’s Express.

Volunteer Group
North Hill Elementary WatchDOGS will be doing a fundraising event. They will have baked/food goods available for purchase by donation.  These donations will allow the WatchDOGS to pay for WatchDOGS events, such as Pizza Nights, Open Gym Nights and Doughnuts with Dads. North Hill Elementary PTSA will be there along with the North Hill Elementary School WatchDOGS Dads!

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) – Is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security. Today, more than 2,811 active programs in 46 states participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. Program.

Community Groups
Back once again is the kid’s all-time favorite Highline MaST Center with their touchy-feely tanks filled with wild creatures from Puget Sound waters. Also back again are King County Master Recycler Composters who have provided King County residents with waste prevention and recycling information and tips they can use in their everyday lives. Through a variety of outreach venues, these volunteers donate invaluable time encouraging residents to make informed decisions about preventing waste and using resources wisely.

Music
Des Moines resident, Paul Hall and the Saltwater Saints will be back this weekend. This will be their final appearance for the season so come on out and thank them for entertaining us during the summer.

Upcoming event
The 7th annual Chili Cook-Off is on the last day of the market, October 26th. It is not too late to get your application in, click here for the app and cook-off rules.


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