Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
Last Saturday’s 4th of July weekend saw the second biggest crowd of the season at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market – over 5,000 shoppers enjoyed pleasant weather, lively music and best of all, fruits of the season are showing up for the first time as well as sweet corn on the cob!
Since opening day I am surprised at the number of people I talk with that are new to town in last few months. That is a sign that our community is growing and people are realizing what a gem we have here on the sound.
You’re in for a treat this coming Saturday. Rhyme Time – Rosebud Children’s Theatre will be performing. Words are so much fun to say and sing – especially when they sound alike! Want to sound like Dr. Seuss? Come see what all the fuss is about in this new mini-musical by Holly Rose. Performed by youngsters ages 4-7.
The Wednesday night Sunset Markets are under way. They are every Wednesday in July and August from 4 to 8pm. There will be food trucks, farms and lots of goodies. Then you can stroll over to the Beach Park for the free music in the park series brought to you by the Des Moines Art Commission.
New Vendors – Soda Jerk on Sat and Seattle Bakery (dog food truck) on Wed.
Music – 5 Buck Band
Food Trucks – Charlie’s Buns N Stuff, Jemil’s, Kabob & Kabob, Mini the Dough-Nut, Nibbles, Sweet Bumpas
Community Groups – This Saturday the Friends of the Des Moines Library will have a booth, and will have books for sale. Bargain prices: $1.00 for hardbacks, $.50 for paperbacks. Also for sale are book bags. All proceeds go to supporting children and teen programs at the Des Moines and Woodmont Libraries.
Attention seniors (55 and older), when you shop at the market, check in at the information both to see if you qualify for our Healthy Eating Initiative. Once you sign up you can receive a $10 voucher to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from our local farmers for every market day (Sat & Wed) throughout the season.
The other healthy eating initiative is for low income families called Fresh Bucks. Come to the market, swipe your EBT card and it will double your dollars (up to $10) per person. Both of these programs are good for Saturday and Wednesday markets.
Don’t forget The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them from noon to 1pm in the grassy area next to the marina office. And if you can’t wait until noon, they will serve free snacks from 10 to 10:30am. A child does not need to be a Highline Public School student to participate. They will be here every Saturday until school starts. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660.
There is still space for our Clutter 2 Cash sale this coming July 23rd. Click to download an application.
Seniors don’t forget the market and the King Conservation District, with partner Sound Generations, are offering the HYDE Shuttle providing local door to door transportation to and from the market for seniors 55 and older and people with disabilities of all ages living in Des Moines, Normandy Park, Burien and Sea-Tac. Call 206-727-6262 to schedule a ride.
- July 13 – Sunset Market/Concerts in the Park
- July 22-24 – Waterland Festival Activities.
- July 23 – Clutter to Cash Sale at the market
- August 6 – Health & Fitness Day
- August 20 – Pancake Breakfast
Pitch It In to do your part.
To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the website 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.