Wanolitto’s Musings: Just a little over 2 weeks until the Farmers Market opens!
Wanolitto says it is a little more than two weeks until Opening Day – Saturday, June 6 – for the 2015 Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market!
Coming off another very successful season, the Market will be bringing you many special events for its 10th Anniversary Season.
The word “Waterfront” will be prominent again at The Des Moines Marina, where you will be able to enjoy your favorite market vendors and sample many prepared foods. Opening day will also feature our Food Truck-In, with 12 trucks including your favorites and some new ones. Look for them in the horseshoe drive in front of the marina office.
“The market again will have many of your favorite artisans and crafters as well as some surprises,” said Rikki Marohl, market manager.
Also returning will be the market’s own wines, including last year’s favorite Waterfront Red, a fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon, with all the proceeds going toward the market’s Endowment Fund. Look for our wine booth where tasting once again is encouraged.
Don’t forget to bring your old musical instruments to donate them to the Highline Music4Life program. They will be at the market every Saturday in June. The program refurbishes the instruments and gives them to the Highline School students who wouldn’t be able to afford them. The local Rotary Club of Des Moines recently made a $13,000 donation to this wonderful program thru its annual Blues & Blues Festival, it will be held this year on August 29.
Aileen Evans, assistant manager, added “the market was able to obtain two grants this season for a total over $40,000. The grant from King Conservation District is the Healthy Eating with Farm Fresh Foods program that provides low income Senior Citizens age 55 and older to $10 every market day to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers. Just bring your pictured ID to our information booth to receive your tokens to use as cash. The other grant is to educate and feed low income families with healthy foods. It is called the Fresh Bucks Eating Initiative where you can double your EBT dollars up to $10/market day. Qualified participants can sign up at the market information booth.
The market and King Conservation District, along with partner Senior Services, are proud to once again offer the HYDE Shuttle providing local transportation to seniors 55 and older and the disabled of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and this year, Sea-Tac. Download flyer here.
Another special event this season is the chance to turn your Clutter to Cash on June 27th. You know all that odd ball stuff you have been moving from one side of your garage to the other and trip over every time you try to get into your car. There are only 25 booth spaces so we are encouraging people to sign up early. The space fee is $20 and you must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. You can sign up at the information booth or download the application from our web site.
The biggest news for this season is the start of our Sunset Markets, beginning Wednesday July 1 and running every Wednesday thru August 26. It will open from 3 – 7 p.m., with many new vendors and food trucks where people can shop and eat and then walk to the beach park for the free music series.
You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page.
See you on OPENING DAY!