Wanolitto’s Musings: 7,000+ at Farmers Market opening; continues Saturday

Our 10th Anniversary Opening Day was another fabulous event for the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market – sun and more sun greeted over 7,000 visitors enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables, the Food Truck-In, and did you see everyone dancing to the music by the band Uncle Ernie?

Board president Wayne Corey announced that the Farmers Market and the Legacy Foundation have commissioned local glass artist, George C. Scott, to create a sculpture in memory of Carmen Scott, who passed away late last year. Carmen was very involved in the market from its inception and enjoyed being at her note card booth every Saturday talking with everyone. When completed, the sculpture will be installed next year at the South Compass Rose on the marina boardwalk.

As there were some empty booth spaces market manager, Rikki Marohl, stated “as the season progresses you will see more farmers at the market when fresh farm fruits and vegetables are harvested, usually starting around the 3rd week in June. You can also expect to see different prepared food vendors rotating throughout the season with a wide variety of cuisine.”

Music: The Salt Water Saints with some new members replacing old ones.

Food Trucks: Fish Basket, Fusion on the Run, Mini the Dough-Nut, Nibbles, Peasant Food Manifesto, Full Tilt Ice Cream and Jemil’s.

Community Groups: Mt Rainer High School Wrestling and Robotics.

Sponsors: Renewal by Anderson and Gutter Helmet.

Seniors don’t forget that the market and the King Conservation District, along with partner Senior Services, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to the market to seniors 55 and older and the disabled of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and this year Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 for information and days of service.

As there are only a few spaces left, don’t forget to get your application for the Clutter to Cash sale on June 27th. 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.

LandfillThere were a few comments last week about not having enough trash cans scattered around the market grounds. This year, the market along with partner Recology/CleanScapes have been trying to attain “waste zero.” All of our prepared food vendors will have only recyclable or compostable containers and utensils. To this end there are only two trash stations set up. Each station will have garbage, recycle and compost receptacles. This really works, last year we filled up a dumpster every Saturday with garbage. Last Saturday we only filled a quarter of the same dumpster. Thanks to all our customers who with a little effort, sort their garbage.

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 markets Facebook page. Looks like another sunny weekend.

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