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


Last Saturday the heavy rain storm came right on time – 2 p.m. closing! Then it was a scramble to get everything taken down without getting soaked. Only one more market left until the Chili Cook-Off on the 25th.  

The wine (pure Cab & Riesling) sale is still going on and you can purchase a bottle of wine and reach in the pot and draw out an instant door prize. Prizes include logo wear, a framed market poster, coffee mugs, water bottles and more. All proceeds go to the Market Foundation. Think Christmas gifts!

Recently the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market was awarded a grant from the King Conservation District to help feed low income seniors in our area. The past couple of years the market recognized the number of seniors in need of help in obtaining healthy fresh foods. The partnership between the two was a natural as KCD’s goal is to help sustain local farmers and producers and the market is the perfect place for them to sell their products.

The program’s kick-off is this Saturday, October 18th at 11am at the market. Each qualifying senior will be given a $10 voucher each week to use at the market. Also included in the grant is free door to door pickup service provided by the Hyde Shuttle from Senior Services of King County.

“Calling all coats” The Des Moines Police Foundation, South King Fire & Rescue and the Rotary Club of Des Moines are joining forces to collect coats for needy elementary and middle students in our area. If you have a coat to donate when you come to the market look for the collection can at the market’s info booth.

Another “comfort drive” sponsored by the Des Moines Police Foundation, South King Fire & Rescue Aid Fund, Rotary Club of Des Moines and Walmart is overnight comfort kits that can be used when a child is displaced from a home and taken into law enforcement custody. You can help by picking up a comfort bag at the market info booth and purchasing the items on the list. Once the items are in the bag, it can be returned to the market or any Police or Fire station in Des Moines. They will be kept for use on the night of placement to help ease the transition with a new foster family.

Food Trucks: Stella Fiore Pizza, Athena’s

Music: Five Buck Band and PK Dwyer and remember to make a donation, as all the market’s musicians perform for free.

The market board of directors would like to thank all the sponsors that help make the market a destination in Des Moines. Without their generous contributions it would be difficult to bring the community such a quality endeavor. When looking for services to use, please check in with these fine firms for help.

This week stop in and say hello to a longtime community favorite Judson Park Senior Living. They are celebrating over 50 years of service to retired seniors in our community. Since 1963, Judson Park has earned a reputation for quality, stability and leadership in the Seattle area. They are always looking at the future of retirement living, so they can anticipate and address the changing expectations of those they serve.

The community volunteer group this week is Southwest LaCrosse who will be recruiting new kids.

There is still one position open for the Chili Cook-Off on the 25th. If you would like to enter, please call Wayne at 206-824-1066 to reserve this space. This year, same as last, the tasters will pick all the winners; First, Second, Third and Best Team Theme will receive prizes.

Upcoming events: On October 31st check out the annual Trick or Treat Path and the Halloween Carnival for kids. The Legacy Foundation’s Bayside Brunch is on November 2nd at Anthony’s Restaurant. The 2nd Annual Squid-A-Rama is on November 8th.

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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