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

They say that timing is everything, and did we ever hit the weather just right last Saturday with the sun shining on us before it turned sour. If you are into canning, now is the time to get your peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots!

The big Clutter to Cash Sale is this Saturday (Aug. 15). All the booth spaces are fully booked so put on your bargaining hat and look for lots of great bargains. The sale takes place in the Horseshoe area in front of the Marina Office.

18thavepastaVendor Profile: Longtime market vendor 18th Ave Pasta just keeps getting better. Their pasta is made using only the freshest ingredients. They use vegetable purees, not powders, which they believe gives their pasta an extraordinary flavor. Most Saturdays, owner Jack Armstrong is at the booth explaining their unique processes in their hand crafted pastas. They are in several farmers markets in King County every week. Jack’s inspiration came when he spent a few months in Amsterdam where he was introduced to a unique noodle bar. The restaurant married simple noodle dishes with an artful ambience. Their pastas are featured in some of my free Cooking with Wine Recipes at the Farmers Market Wine booth.

Food Trucks: Charlie’s Buns N Stuff, Mini the Dough Nut, Nibbles and Peasant Food Manifesto

Music: Flannel Asparagus

Sponsors: Visit Wesley Home’s booth to learn about their not-for-profit retirement communities and in-home care services. They offer a full range of retirement living options and care services for seniors and their families.

Market sponsor BECU is a not-for-profit credit union committed to making your financial well-being a priority. Check out their information booth whether you are looking for a savings plan, financing, or business services, they offer a complete range of accounts with better rates and fewer fees than you’ll find at traditional big banks.

The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park will have 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. The proceeds benefit the Highline Music 4 Life program which put instruments in the hands of kids who otherwise couldn’t 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. Also, don’t forget HYDE Shuttle is providing local door to door transportation to the market to seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and this year Sea-Tac. For a ride call 206-727-6262.

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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