Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
At the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market it looks like we will always have to put up with cloudy, cool and windy mornings until the sun comes out. But, that did not stop the determined shoppers from getting their goodies!
And – did you see the fresh organic eggs at new vendor Top Market Trading & Farm? We tried them this weekend in a frittata, pure wow!
We need your help. The market is trying to be waste free and at the same time save money. As a non-profit entity, we need to save anywhere we can. One way to do this is making sure everyone uses the trash/recycled receptacles correctly. We are not charged for disposing of compostable or recyclable materials, so the less garbage we have the more money we save. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
This Saturday is our annual Health & Fitness Day where you can meet some local practitioners who promote healthy and safe fitness programs. This year’s participants include SeaMar Community Health Centers, Lynn Mikel ND-Naturopathic Medicine, Matt Griffin from YMCA, Des Moines Nutrition, Mt Rainier Pool & Lymphedema Challenger
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 27th at the Beach Park. At the booth you can buy your discount tickets in advance ($30, $35 at the door). You can also enter a raffle for two Alaska Airline round trip tickets, cooking classes at Eat Local and season pass ($1,000) to Centerstage in Federal Way. 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.
Food Truck Profile:
Charlie’s Buns N’ Stuff is Seattle’s boldest kitchen on wheels; dishing out all-American eats with a tasty twist! They create burgers with local, high quality, organic ingredients that pack a flavorful punch! They are generously portioned burgers handcrafted from local, 100% pasture-raised beef. The tender, flavorful beef is free of growth hormones, antibiotics, and animal by-products.
Market sponsors – BECU and Seattle Southside
Music – Boomerang
Food Trucks – Charlies Buns N Stuff, A Fire Inside, Jemil’s, Kabob & Kabob, Kiss My Grits, Sweet Bumpas
Booth space for The Clutter 2 Cash sale on August 13th is sold out but, come and shop for great bargains.
Attention qualifying seniors (55 and older), have you picked up your free shopping bag when you shop at the market? Check in with the information both to see if you qualify for our Healthy Eating Initiative sponsored by KCD and the market. 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. This program is good for Saturday and Wednesday markets.
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
Seniors, 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.
- Every Wednesday thru August – Sunset Market/Concerts in the Park
- August 6 – Health & Fitness Day
- August 7 – Shakespeare in the Park
- August 12 – Outdoor Family Movie Night – Sponge Bob Out of Water
- August 13 – Clutter to Cash Sale at the market
- August 19 – Outdoor Family Movie Night – Zootopia
- August 20 – Pancake Breakfast at the market
- August 27 – Poverty Bay Blues & Brews
Waste Zero is again our slogan for this season. 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 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.