Music at the Market – A Weekly Treat

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One of my favorite features of our market is the music – it brings a vibrancy to Sunday afternoons at Mercerdale Park no matter what the weather is.  The terrific variety and talent of the musicians playing at our market each Sunday occurs thanks to John Morris, a Mercer Island resident who has coordinated music for the market since it’s inception in 2008.  John and his wife Karen have their own Cajen/Zydeco band called Swamp Soul that plays around Seattle.

John Morris and Karen Kasen of Swamp Soul

John Morris and Karen Kasen of Swamp Soul

During our 18 week season, John schedules a different group to play each Sunday from 11 am to 2pm introducing shoppers to a fantastic mix of musical sounds and styles. The Mercer Island Community Fund has sponsored our music program for the past several years.  Thank you MICF and John for bringing music to the market every Sunday!

Joining us to celebrate our 6th anniversary is a musical duo with strong roots in the farmers market movement.  The Summer Januaries, guitarist/vocalist Sean Michael Robinson and fiddler/vocalist Rachel Erin Sage started busking at Pike’s Place Market several years ago playing traditional American and Irish fiddle tunes.  I think you will find their sound and synergy to be fresh and oh so yummy this sunny Sunday afternoon.  

Summer Januaries - Rachel Sage and Sean Robinson

Summer Januaries – Rachel Sage and Sean Robinson

The Summer Januaries are celebrating the National Farmers Market Week by playing at a different market every day this week and next.  We are thrilled they will join us at our market on Sunday from 11 am to 2pm.  Their plunge in the pond in their  video looks pretty darn appealing, especially with this week’s warm weather. 

Come by on Sunday to hear the Summer Januaries, sample some Marionberry pie from High 5 Pie and pick up a 2013 market tote. And don’t forget your peaches, berries, salmon, cheeses, melons, corn, tomatoes, peppers, pasta, wine, honey, hummus and more . . .

Caspar Babypants Sunday July 21, 10:30, Mercer Island Farmers Market

Caspar Babypants http://babypantsmusic.com/home.cfm
will entertain this Sunday July 21, 10:30 AM at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. Healthy snacks for children will be featured at the Tasting Table and there are great options for lunch.

After Caspar the music continues with the Folichon Cajun Band. Folichon is French for “Fun” so get ready for some Cajun music from this Seattle band playing tunes from Southwest Louisiana.

Fresh food everywhere you look, great music and more. Bring your family on Sunday for a great time.

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MIFM Closed Sunday July 14 and Returning July 21 with Caspar Babypants

Mercer Island Farmers Market is closed this Sunday July 14th for the Mercer Island Summer Celebration but opens on July 21 with Caspar Babypants scheduled at 10:30. caspar babypants Caspar puts on a show that is irresistible to kids. Bring your kids, grand kids, neighbor kids and enjoy! Get started with ‘the stump hotel’.

Great Party on Opening Day and We’ll Do It Again on Sunday June 16 10-3

Sun, great food, great music and great people; on Opening Day Mercer Island Farmers Market was THE place to be.  Don’t miss out, join us this Sunday June 16th. 20130613-220614.jpg

At the Music tent Hot Cider String Band . Expect dancing, singing and fiddle power.

At the Children’s table, hunt for slugs and snails and set a slug trap. Kids will be helping in the garden.

Garden Days continue!  Get plant starts and arts for the garden. 20130612-120141.jpgNew this week Nixon Hill Container Gardens, just set out and enjoy. And, learn about the Seattle Chinese Garden.

Vendor & Farmer News – Buns on Wheels organic hamburger truck and Island Apiaries honey return. Strawberries & cherries will be in abundance.

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Pie & Desert Baking Contest on June 23rd sponsored by MI MIYFS bakeoff no dateYouth and Family Services. If you bake how about entering the contest?  http://www.mercergov.org/files/PieContestRulesEntryForm.pdf If you are more the ‘eater’ type you could be a judge for the people’s favorites. This was a real hit last year so don’t miss it.

Here Comes the Sun!

Prediction,  you will have fun in the sun at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on Sunday June 9th, 10 – 3.  We’ve arranged for temperatures in the 70s! sun only

  • Music!  Garrett & Westcott will kick off the music season on Opening Day.  Their music incorporates Latin rhythms, blues, gospel, jazz,  and much more.  They create a musical blend that excites & touches audiences.
  • The Children’s Table returns! Our great friend Judy Witmer from the Children’s Learning Lab is back with plant and nature related activities for children.  For Opening Day, kids can plant seeds to make a pocket garden.
  • “Garden Days at the Market”;  we’ll help you get started or embellish your garden with plant starts and garden art.  Details to follow tomorrow.

Sunday June 9th, 10 – 3, Opening Day and Garden Days at the Market

We are ready to kick-off the new season with you! 10 New Vendors! 35 Returning Vendors!  For details, please see  Farmers & Vendors.  Plant a sunflower at the Children’s Table & MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAenjoy the tunes of Garrett and Westcott.   To celebrate the growing season we’ll have plant starts from Cascadian Edibles Eat Your Yard, planted herb pots & more. Come celebrate our community, our great farmers and vendors and good eating.

Great Party on Opening Day and We’ll Do it Again Sunday June 16, 10-3

Sun, great food, and great people on Opening Day. MIFM has more in store for you this Sunday June 16th.

At the Music tent Hot Cider String Band . Expect dancing, singing and fiddle power.

At the Children’s table, hunt for slugs and snails and set a slug trap. Another way for kids to help in the garden.

Garden Days continues! Get plant starts and arts for the garden. New this week Nixon Hill container gardens, just set out and enjoy.

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Pie & Desert Baking Contest on June 23rd sponsored by MI Youth and Family Services. If you bake how about entering the contest? http://www.mercergov.org/files/PieContestRulesEntryForm.pdf If you are more the ‘eater’ type you could be a judge for the people’s favorites. This was a real hit last year so don’t miss out.

Vendor News – Buns on Wheels organic hamburger truck and Island Apiaries honey return. Strawberries & cherries in abundance.

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Come See Us At Leap for Green – Saturday April 13, 10 -2, Mercer Island Comunity Center

Come by and see us to find out about our 2013 season, starting June 9th, and some of our wonderful new and returning vendors.  Win an edible prize!  You can also buy your tickets to our upcoming fundraiser, For the Love Food Benefit , or click here now to buy TICKETS .

Leap for Green April 13, 2013

Leap for Green is an Earth Day Celebration for Kids of All Ages, sponsored by the City of Mercer Island and Island Vision. Some of what’s happening:

  • Touch A Garbage Truck- clean truck that kids can climb on.
  • Food: BUNS, STOPSKY’S, EMERALD CITY SMOOTHIES, Tully’s Coffee
  • Yaamba Marimba music
  • Recess Monkeys at 11:00pm http://www.recessmonkeytown.com/
  • Bunnies & chickens
  • Children’s table planting project with our own Judy W.
  • Displays from city, non-profit and business organizations highlighting sustainability and more interactive children’s activities.
  • Luther Burbank walks led by Fran Call of Sole mates at 11am and 1pm
  • 3 Electric Vehicles and a  Solar Powered Trailer

What’s up at the MIFM September 23rd? Chef Demo, Podorythmie, Spiders & Pizza!

  • 11:30 Chef Demo with Chef Tracy Green and the Newport High School              Culinary Arts Program Students:   Meet the next generation of chefs and watch as they prepare a creative,  seasonal dish for you to enjoy.
  • On the MusicStage: Podorythmie – French Canadian music with step dance: Watch joyous dancing and listen to infectious rhythms and French song.
  • At the Children’s Table: Amazing Spiders in Your Yard
  • Ciao Pizza Lovers!  Homemade Pizza After Work?

    The idea of making a pizza by scratch is a bit tiresome especially after a long day at the office.  Grand Central Bakery has you covered with ‘U Bake Pizza Dough’.  For the cost of a double tall nonfat latte you can purchase  pizza dough ready to thaw, top and bake.

    Grand Central offers regular and whole wheat (imbued with flax seeds!) shells shaped to a rectangle “ala Serious Pie”.   Top with olive oil, mozzarella, basil and maybe some of the fantastic peppers and tomatoes in season right now and any other favorite toppings.  To have more fun, grill the pizza outdoors using a metal vegetable pan with holes (or foil).  The high heat produces a wonderful crisp crust. For tips & recipes check out U-Bake Pizza .

     

Market Bags, Cider Press and Bluegrass!

This week at the market we have another shopping bag giveaway.  Please click on Tote Bag Coupon to print out the attached coupon and bring it with you.  As you shop the market, ask each vendor you purchase from to validate your coupon, then stop by the information table for your free red market bag.

Children’s Table:  It is time to bring out the apple cider press. Judy Witmer will, once again, teach kids how to operate this important piece of our Washington State heritage.

Judy Witmer, Mercer Island pre-school teacher and MIFM volunteer, helping a young boy press apples at the children's table at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Judy Witmer, Mercer Island pre-school teacher and MIFM volunteer, helping a young boy press apples at the children’s table at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)
Music: Down the Road – traditional bluegrass http://www.downtheroadband.com/

As our summer winds down and the evenings cool off, Mercer Island Farmers Market wishes our Jewish friends L’Shana Tova’, a very happy new year. We have what you need for your holiday recipes: apples and honey, smoked salmon, chicken for roasting, beautiful beets and greens, and even gluten free challah bread. The L.A. Times has a dozen beautiful recipes, including this one for Cilantro-Tomato soup with Syrian meatballs:

Recipe: Kibbeh bi’kizabrath (cilantro-tomato soup with Syrian meatballs) – latimes.com

Finally, if you have purchased a $5 coupon book (thank you!) please be sure to use your coupons.  Our neighborhood sponsors would love to see you!