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


We are becoming an international market! While working in the wine tasting booth this past Saturday, I talked to people from Great Britain, New Zealand, Germany and Japan. They of course didn’t travel all the way here to just shop with us, but were visiting friends and relatives in the area and wanted to take back with them some local wines for dinner that evening. All commented how they really liked our market, especially the friendly people.

This Saturday from Noon to 8 p.m. is one of the main fundraisers for the Rotary Club of Des Moines. It is their 5th annual Blues and Blues Fest at the Des Moines Beach Park. This event is the prime fundraiser for the Music4Life program, expanding music to youth in our local schools. Enjoy a day filled with local blues together with a variety of fine brews from local breweries. You can still get discount tickers ($25) by clicking here.

I know that it is hard to realize but, fall is in the air and it is time to order your market logo wear hoody. Stop by the market info booth and check out all the styles and colors. They are delivered to you the next market day.

WanolittosWineClubcardIf you haven’t signed up for Wanolitto’s Wine Club, fear not, there is plenty of room in the barrel for more. It is free to join and all you have to do is carry our punch card with you when you shop for the markets wine. For every 17 bottles you purchase, you get one FREE. This Saturday buy four bottles and you’ll get 20% off, plus a free wine tote and cork screw.

Food Trucks – look for Stella Fiore Pizza,Lumpia World,Jemil’s Big Easy Cajonand Bing of Fire.

Look for sponsor booth Salon Michelle, they are full service hair and nail salon that is devoted to you and helping you look and feel your very best. Whether you are looking for a trendy haircut, a beautiful new hair color, a gorgeous bridal updo, or deep conditioning for hair damaged by chlorine or sun, their talented team of stylists are devoted to ensuring that you have the most satisfying salon experience possible.

Here are the community groups for this week: check out the kid’s all-time favorite Highline MaST center with their touchy-feely tanks filled with wild creatures from Puget Sound waters. Friends of the Des Moines Library will have a booth, and will have books for sale. Bargain prices: $1.00 for hardbacks, $.50 for paperbacks. Also for sale are book bags. All proceeds go to supporting children and teen programs at the Des Moines and Woodmont Libraries. Also the Library 2Go Bus with a wide range of library services will be here. Hungry for homemade baked goods, check out the booth with the Highline Premier Soccer Club Girls Team.

Music this week is the band with a funny name “Flannel Asparagus.” If you enjoy their music don’t forget to make a donation to them.

If you think you have the best chili in town, you can sign your team up for the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off.  It is on the last day of the season (Oct 25th). You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office. They will be there every Saturday until school starts.

Upcoming events: September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day and the SeattleFoodTruck.com Truck-In at the market.

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and sign up for our e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.


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