The gorgeous days just keep coming and the farmer’s fruits and vegetables are in full bloom…we purchased a baby watermelon, yum! And, did you get any of the first arrivals of the red plums? Life is good when you live in Des Moines. This week is National Farmers Market Week. Where communities all over the country are urged to visit and patronize their local small farmers and artisans. For many of the vendors, the markets are the only outlet for selling their products. Stop by and say hello and tell them how much you appreciate them being at our market. Click here to see how our market benefits our community. Last week both poster art on canvas were sold. More are ordered. This week the artwork featured at the wine booth is the actual 2014 poster framed by Madrid Frame. Remember all proceeds go to support of the market. [caption id="attachment_52236" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Poster-Framed-2104 Overall size is 17”W X 23”H[/caption] This Saturday we are hosting our annual Health & Fitness Day. Be sure to stop by and check out the local groups that will be conducting demonstrations and sharing information. Here are some of the participants, SeaMar Community Health Centers, Mt. Rainier Pool, Health Point, Wraps, LA Fitness, Sukha and Marine View Massage. Food Trucks – look for your favorites: Six Coins Japanese Mobile,Stella Fiore Pizza,Bing of FireandCharlie’s Buns N Stuff. The market board would like to thank the following long time sponsors for their continued support of the maket. Visit market sponsor Wesley Home’s booth to learn about their not-for-profit retirement communities and in-home care services. They offer a full range of retirement living options and care services for seniors and their families. Also check out sponsorSeattle Southside visitor services for area information, maps, restaurant recommendations and free post cards and visitor guides. The Visitor Center staff will be on hand to let you know about the exciting upcoming events in our region. Have guests traveling from out of town and need ideas on how to entertain them? They can help! Market sponsorBECU, a not-for-profit credit union, will be giving out information whether you are looking for a savings plan, financing, or business services. They offer a complete range of accounts with better rates and fewer fees than you’ll find at traditional big banks. Also a sponsor and participating in the Health & Fitness Day is Marine View Massage.   They believe that each massage is an individualized experience. Their clients are their purpose, and they will offer their very best to ensure that you feel valued and appreciated in their office. Here are the community groups for this week: Mt Rainier Pool will be talking about the importance of kids learning to swim and about how water-based exercise is a great way for adults and seniors to remain active. They will also promoting their first-ever Pumpkin Plunge set for Sunday, Oct. 26. Instead of kids having to trek to the pumpkin patch, they can come visit them where they will be tossing pumpkins into the pool (yes, they float) for the kids to retrieve. There will be pumpkin decorating stations, Halloween treats and entertainment, too. Admission will be $5 per person and they MUST preregister (so they can make sure each child gets a pumpkin). Access and Outreach will be giving out information on how to apply for assistance for the most vulnerable in King County. Music this week is the Fabulous Mojo King Blues Bandfrom 10-noon and Blues crooner PK Dwyer from noon to 2pm. If you think you have the best chili in town and want to challenge perennial champion, Dave Markwell. You can sign up your team for the last market day (October 25th) of the season, the 8th Annual Chili Cook-Off. You can pick up an application at the market information booth or check our web site and download an application. The Des Moines Area Food Bank “Picnic in the Park” continues their free summer lunch program for all school age kids. Look for them in the grassy area next to the marina office. They will be there every Saturday until school starts. Upcoming events: September 13th is Kids Back to School/Safety Day and the Truck-In at the market. You can check out this web calendar for all the local events, such the Outdoor Family Movie Night. 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 market’s Facebook page.]]>