The first day of paid parking at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market saw some minor glitches but, overall it went fairly well. Just keep in mind we will validate 2 hours free parking for both Saturday & Wednesday markets. Just show your purchases at the market info booth. If you are a Des Moines resident and have a vehicle registered in Des Moines, you can get a yearly ($30) pass at the Marina office for $15 for the rest of this year. Did you check out our new video at the top, spectacular! It is from Tad Doviak of Green Hippo Drones. If you are interested in creating one for you, email him [email protected]. Everyone loves ice cream and this time of year it is available every Saturday at the market. And what better way to satisfy your test buds than tasting a cone from vendor Sweet Bumpas. Matt Bumpas says all his creations are 100% hand made using only quality local ingredients. They also do office parties, weddings, birthdays and any event that you might have. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!! Be sure to check to see if you qualify for our healthy eating initiative 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 all market days (Sat & Wed). This week check out the award-winning On-the-Grow Garden Truck from the Food Bank. Kids, families and seniors are encouraged to taste what’s growing on the truck and learn how to grow it at home. The program highlights Urban Agriculture which creatively uses small spaces and sustainable methods to equip communities to grow their own fruits, herbs and vegetables. The Rotary Club of Des Moines and Normandy Park has a booth every Saturday to promote the Annual Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival. The festival this year is on August 26th at the Beach Park. At their booth you can buy your discount tickets in advance ($35, $40 at the event). Also get your raffle tickets for $5 for the grand prize, a Mariners luxury box suite at Safeco Field in early September. The package includes 23 tickets, $800 for catered food, 6 VIP parking passes and allows access to the Terrace Club lounges. There is a runner up prize of two season passes to Centerstage Theatre.  Last but not the least; you can enter to win $100 by texting the word Rotary to 555888.  You will receive a text with a link to your entry form.  Fill out the entry form and you are automatically entered to win. Text and data rates may apply. The proceeds benefit the Highline Music 4 Life program which puts instruments in the hands of kids who otherwise might not be able to have them. 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 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 11:30am and lunch from 11:30 to 1pm.  A child does not need to be a Highline Public School student to participate. They will be there every Saturday until school starts. Don’t forget in July & August the Sunset Market free summer dinner program will be serving snacks from 3:45 to 4:30pm and dinner from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660. Seniors don’t forget that 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 to 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. The rides are every other week: July 15,29; August 12,26; September 9,23. Be sure to get your application for the upcoming Clutter to Cash sale for July 22nd. You can sell all that odd ball stuff you have been moving from one side of your garage to the other. The 20 booth spaces are starting to fill up, so we are encouraging people to sign up early. The space fee is $20 and you must provide your own tables, chairs, etc. You can sign up at the information booth or download the application from our web site. The August 19 date is also available. Upcoming Events

To keep up with all the special events, featuring what’s fresh and entertainment at the market, please log onto the web site and this weekly column. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the market’s Facebook page. We have discontinued the e-newsletter. Thanks to our sponsors: The market takes place in the north Des Moines Marina parking lot, at 22307 Dock Ave S.: ]]>