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


After the tremendous opening day activities, last Saturday was somewhat back to normal. I say somewhat because even though the shopper counts were down, it was still the third largest vendor sales day over last year.

Starting this Saturday the Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank at 206-878-2660. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office starting at noon. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.

The market’s board of directors would like to thank all the many sponsors who make it possible to bring this wonderful addition to our community possible. Look for them throughout the season.

Visit market sponsor Wesley Home’s booth to learn about their not-for-profit retirement communities and in-home care services. They offer a full range of retirement living options and care services for seniors and their families.

Market sponsor, Law Offices of Gehrke, Baker, Doull & Kelly donated their booth space this week to Friend to Friend America which recruits and matches volunteers to visit (one-to-one) with elderly and disabled persons who live in nursing homes, assisted living and retirement homes. The volunteer friends make a commitment to visit at least twice a month at their convenience, for a minimum of one year. Anyone may volunteer.

The community groups this week are King County Noxious Weeds and Blue Thunder Soccer Team doing outreach to the public with their programs information.

Music this week is by Blues crooner PK Dwyer from Noon to 2pm. Look for him at the Boardwalk Bistro and remember to make a donation, as all the market’s musicians perform for free.

Now that winter and spring are behind us, it is time to bring your set of dull knives to be sharpened by the markets long time vendor Bill Magee and his Cutlery on Wheels trailer. Look for the black trailer at the entrance to the market.

The market is proud to announce that The South Highline National Little League Dodgers has just won the District 7 Tournament of Champions. The Dodgers help as volunteers at the market on occasion and the market helped to sponsor them this season. The Dodgers, in a squeaker, beat the Ted Sox 8 to7 to be champs.

Dodgers LL Team

Don’t forget the Senior Services Hyde Shuttle is available again this Saturday and every other Saturday thru the end of October. It provides door to door transportation to the market for seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien from 11am-2pm. To make your reservation call 206-727-6262, at least three days before the Saturday Market

Looks like a beautiful sunny day at the market, don’t forget your sunscreen.

The Des Moines Farmers Market is one of the few in the state that still allows pets. To keep this tradition alive, pet owners please be courteous and keep your animals on a short lease for the public’s safety. Thank You.


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