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


More comments from shoppers about how friendly our market is and this is true of the vendors themselves. Witnessed last Saturday, a jewelry vendor’s canopy broke while she was putting it up. Her competitor down the aisle overheard and she and her husband offered to help. They went to the market’s storage shed and grabbed one of our extra ones and help her put it up. Now, that is friendly! And, when the soccer girls (volunteer group) were picking up tables and chairs, customers who were finished eating joined in and helped stack their own tables and chairs. And yet another reason to come to our market; two ladies with walkers, who live near the Kent Farmers Market, choose to drive to Des Moines because we have much more parking and the ever convenient shuttle.

Food Truck-InClear the deck and mark your calendar  the Seattle Food Truck-In is once again coming to the market on September 13th! Grab your family and neighbors, strap on a bib and explore the cuisines from 14 food trucks.

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

Sponsor Business and Professional Women is a multi-generational and bipartisan membership organization with local organizations throughout Washington State. They will be giving information out on their on-going mission to promote economic self-sufficiency for all women in the workplace. To accomplish this, they provide personal development programs, workshops, networking, and friendship to help women realize their goals. The local chapter also helps stage the market’s annual chili cook-off at the end of the season.

Also look for first-time market sponsor Renewal by Anderson, where you will be able to see experts point out the advantages of quality replacement windows manufactured of vinyl, aluminum and wood. They are running a special this Saturday; receive $150 off every window and $500 off every new door ordered.

Food Trucks – look for Stella Fiore Pizza,Lumpia World,Nomad Curbside Cuisine, Ezell’s Express and Charlie’s Buns N Stuff

The volunteer group this week is from Melanie’s Dancers Unlimited. They will be holding a bake sale to help fund their activities.

Music this week is market favorite Salt Water Saints. If you enjoy their music don’t forget to make a donation to them.

Sorry kids, I know school starts next week, so this is the last weekend for the Des Moines Area Food Bank free summer lunch program. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office.

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 held 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.

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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