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


Where was the breeze off the water when you needed it at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market last Saturday – it was 90+ degrees on the pavement?

Quit complaining the misses says – fall is fast approaching.  Keep in mind we will validate 2 hours free parking for both Sat & Wed 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.

And speaking of the Wednesday’s Sunset Market, it seems that it has run its course. Attendance and sales this year so far are only 50% of last year’s numbers. Some of our vendors are canceling because of the low sales. After this week’s Sunset Market the board will be making a decision on its future.

Oh Fudge? vendor has been in business for over 15 years.  They are located in Bonney Lake at the foot of Mount Rainier. Their fudge is made with pure cane sugar, sweet cream, fresh creamy butter, and pure vanilla extract. Nothing fake, and no preservatives. Only pure ingredients that you can actually taste, making the fudge smooth and creamy,  never grainy. It is made the old fashioned way in small batches and hand stirred.  The texture is decadent,  the taste is rich,  and simply melts in your mouth. They can also ship fudge directly to you.

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).

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.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, contact the Food Bank 206-878-2660.

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.

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 29; August 12,26; September 9,23.

Be sure to get your application for the upcoming and last Clutter to Cash sale for August 19th.  You can sell all that odd ball stuff you have been moving from one side of your garage to the other. The 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.

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5 Responses to “Wanolitto’s Musings for this Saturday’s Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market”
  1. Michelle says:

    “And speaking of the Wednesday’s Sunset Market, it seems that it has run its course. Attendance and sales this year so far are only 50% of last year’s numbers.”

    Of course… it’s all because of the stupid paid parking policy!!!

  2. Paul says:

    “And speaking of the Wednesday’s Sunset Market, it seems that it has run its course. Attendance and sales this year so far are only 50% of last year’s numbers. Some of our vendors are canceling because of the low sales.”

    Gee, what do you think has changed since last year…???? I dunno….do you think it is because people don’t want to pay for parking???…..Wednesday market now…..Saturday Market will be next…..the city has shot themselves in the foot on this one….

  3. Carri says:

    Just an observation but I hardly think $1 an hour parking is killing the farmer’s market. The $7-11 an hour parking in Seattle doesn’t stop me from going there or the thousands of other visitors that go there yearly.

    • Michelle says:

      since paid parking has started ive seen a drastic decrease in attendence for the saturdya market. ive seen a ton of people pull up and then drive away once they realize they have to pay. doesnt matter if it’s $10, $1 or $0.10, there’s a huge group of people who simply wont pay to park and its hurting the businesses involved with the market.

    • Local Notion says:

      It might also be that the HUGE wave of game players is not back this year, because that trend ran it’s course (I’m thinking they have some discretionary dollars to spend on a cold fresh squeezed blackberry lemonade or a son-cone but do they buy farm fresh vegetables??). Kind of fun to see them grouped around the octopus sculpture in front of the Thai restaurant, normal not a big draw. I’m not sure anyone was looking at the art. Be sure to stop and get a hot dog and visit the arcade while you’re in town!
      A lot of us long-timers were raised to always look for free parking – circling the block a hundred times if necessary, it’s our birthright to park for free! 🙂 – and never, ever to park in a lot named after a gemstone.
      i recently discovered the north lot does not take cash, while checking out the free concert. By the time I figured out that parking lot was mostly reserved it was too late to back up and not go through the gate, there were cars behind me. Also, that lot filled up quick and some of it was reserved for the food trucks. It’s just not that big. Make sure that it’s accessible for people to be dropped off/disabled parking is a consideration.

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