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

The Gebert’s classic Triumph was a smash hit with the shoppers and many comments to me were “we should have more like this”, it’s adds another dimension to the market. And, we found a perfect place to store the Farmers Market Wines when on a picnic with the Queen. We wish to thank John and Nancy for displaying their beautiful car and sharing their experiences in restoring it.

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This is what the farmers market is all about, helping people live better lives.   Last Saturday Susan Corey, a volunteer at the information booth, noticed an elderly gentleman sitting down to rest by the booth and asked him if he was here with family. He said no, he comes on the free senior shuttle (which is available to all seniors and persons with disabilities every other week. They pick you up and deliver to homes in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac). She asked him if he knew of the senior free food voucher program sponsored thru a grant from King Conservation District and he said he didn’t. He filled out the application and qualified for the program. She gave him his shopping bag and tokens and he was grinning from ear to ear as he filled his new bag with fresh fruits and vegetables.

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The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park has a booth every Saturday to promote their Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival. The festival this year is on August 29th at the Beach Park. At the booth you can buy your discount tickets in advance ($25, $30 at the door). The proceeds benefit the Highline Music 4 Life program which put instruments in the hands of kids who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

Sunset Markets are every Wednesday from 3-7pm in July and August. There are over 30 vendors and plenty of Food Trucks. Enjoy special guest speakers on different gardening tips at the Tent Talks series. After shopping and eating people can walk into the beach park and enjoy the Des Moines Art Commission’s free summer concerts at 7pm, check their web site for performers appearing.

Qualifying seniors can sign up and receive a $10 voucher every week for fruits and vegetables courtesy of the Farmers Market’s and King Conservation District’s healthy eating initiative. To see if you are eligible, check in at the information booth. This wonderful program will go on all season. You can also sign up at our Wednesday Sunset Markets.

The next Clutter to Cash Sale will be held August 15, 2015. You can sign up at the Information Booth or on our web site. Remember to sign up early as space is limited. You must provide your own table, chairs, canopy, etc.

The Des Moines Area Food Bank kids free summer meals program is every Saturday at the market. Snacks are served from 10-11am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm. There are also free meals at the Sunset Market. Snacks are from 3-4pm and dinner is 4:30 to 6:30pm.

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