Wanolitto’s (final) Musings for the 2015 Des Moines Farmers Market

Another successful season came to a close with the unfortunate cancelation of our annual Chili-Cook-Off on the last day. I think everyone will agree, safety is foremost on our list.

On Friday with the wind gusting to 50 knots we looked at alternative sites to hold the cook-off but, nothing was available that would meet fire codes. All teams were reimbursed their entry fee and any related costs.

At the next board meeting the market will decide how we can help the volunteer organizations that relied on this event for a fundraiser.

The Market Foundation raffle fundraiser for the framed photo “Reflections” from Carmen Scott’s collection was won by market supporter, local business owner, Dan Johnson. He promises to have it displayed at his Print Place shop. All the proceeds from the raffle went to the market’s foundation. Thanks to all who purchased tickets.

Dan Relection Photo 2015

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 7.02.02 AMOur Healthy Eating Initiative program for qualifying seniors had a very successful first season issuing over $9,000 in $10 vouchers. The program was brought to you by partners, the Des Moines Farmers Market and King Conservation District. The vouchers were good for fruits, vegetables and processed food products (bakery items, etc). All parties agreed to bring this very popular program back next season.

It looks like next season, the market and the Fresh Bucks program will be able to issue vouchers to low income families that qualify. Look for more information in the spring of 2016.

The Farmers Market Board would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors, vendors, patrons and the ever present Marina staff for helping to make this 10th Anniversary season the most successful ever. Board President, Wayne Corey said “the market has become such an integral part of our community and the board will make sure it will continue into the future.” We hope everyone enjoys the holidays and check for this column starting again in the spring.

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One Response to “Wanolitto’s (final) Musings for the 2015 Des Moines Farmers Market”
  1. Diane Schairer says:

    The Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite things, locally! Rather than going June through Oct, what if it went May through Sept? Starting in June seems so late… and it’s not unusual for it to be cold, stormy & nasty in october

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