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

October 2nd Mercer Island Farmers Market Event Highlights

The Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The Mercer Island Farmers Market had the perfect autumn weather for its October 2nd market: 60s and sunny. Our community turned out for our local farmers and for several fun and educational activities: a Power Hour with free coffee; a chef demonstration by chefs from Stopsky’s Delicatessen; the master gardeners; pressing apples at the children’s table; music; and tree distribution by the City.

Power Hour

Helen Martin (left) and Julie Sarkasian, MI Farmers Market board member and treasurer, during the Power Hour at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Helen Martin (left) and Julie Sarkasian, MI Farmers Market board member and treasurer, during the Power Hour at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

We started off the MIFM with free coffee thanks to one of our Power Hours.  These Power Hours are a reward—and a caffeine boost—for the early birds who show up for the first hour of the farmers market.

The October 2nd Power Hour was sponsored by Helen Martin, who many know through her extensive volunteering for various organizations including the Rotary and the Mercer Island Arts Council.

Thank you Helen for sponsoring the event and supporting the Mercer Island Farmers Market.

Chef Demonstration: Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Olive Tapenade by Stopsky’s Delicatessen

Stopsky’s Delicatessen returned to the Mercer Island Farmers Market to do their second chef demo of the 2011 market season. Back in June, executive chef Shane Robinson came to the market to prepare salmon. This time chefs Austin and Michael came to the market to prepare Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Olive Tapenade, which is Stopsky’s take on Israeli salad, a mixture of chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and parsley.

Austin, sous chef at Stopsky's Delicatessen, demonstrating how to use a mandoline to slice shallots during a chef demo at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Austin, sous chef at Stopsky's Delicatessen, demonstrating how to use a mandoline to slice shallots during a chef demo at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Austin did a wonderful job not only explaining and showing how to make the dish, but also discussing basic kitchen techniques and terms. He taught our community about:

  • the importance of keeping your working area and cutting board clean and organized;
  • the pitting of olives using the flat of a chef’s knife;
  • the meaning and value of mis en place—a French culinary term to describe preparing and organizing all of the ingredients for a recipe before beginning to cook; and
  • maybe most importantly, safely using a mandoline, a slicing tool.
The finished Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad and Olive Tapenade by Austin, sous chef at Stopsky's Delicatessen, at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The finished Heirloom Tomato and Cucumber Salad and Olive Tapenade by Austin, sous chef at Stopsky's Delicatessen, at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Thank you to everyone at Stopsky’s Delicatessen, especially Shane, Kelly, Austin, and Michael, for coming to the MI Farmers Market for the chef demonstration. We hope that you had a great time and that you will come back for a few chef demos next market season.

Children’s Table: Apple Press

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)

Judy Witmer did it again; she came up with another fun, educational activity for our community’s children. This past Sunday she brought an apple press to the MIFM in order to show how apple cider is made.

Our community’s kids had a great time turning the wheel and pressing the apples as well as tasting the fresh apple cider by Rockridge Orchards, whose booth is just across from the Children’s Table.

Thank you to Judy for doing what seems impossible: week after week coming up with something educational and exciting for our children to do. Thank you as well as Rockridge Orchards for helping make the activity so special.

Master Gardeners

The Master Gardeners answering questions at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The Master Gardeners answering questions at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The Master Gardeners were back at the MI Farmers Market for another Sunday of answering our community’s questions about gardening and lawn care. This is a great time to head over to their booth to ask about the best practices for the fall and winter.

We really appreciate the volunteers at the Master Gardeners coming each Sunday to help teach our community.

Music

Jazz Connection playing at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Jazz Connection playing at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The musical entertainment for the MIFM’s farmers, volunteers, and community was by Jazz Connection.

What really impressed us was how versatile the group was, almost like the Swiss Army knife of sextets. They seemed like a dozen groups in one: sometimes a set was just a duo with a vocalist and a guitar; other sets they were a jazz trio; yet other sets a sextet… At a certain point we just stopped keeping track of the different combinations and just enjoyed the group’s music.

A big “thank you” to the members of Jazz Connection for coming down to the MI Farmers Market on Sunday.

City of Mercer Island Native Tree Distribution Program

City of Mercer Island employees distributing native trees to Mercer Islanders at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

City of Mercer Island employees distributing native trees to Mercer Islanders at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on October 2, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Thanks to a grant from the King Conversation District, the City of Mercer Island has been distributing native tree varieties to Mercer Island residents at the MI Farmers Market. These trees are available to any Mercer Island resident for $5.00 per tree. The types of trees that have been available are Vine mapleWestern red cedar (two-gallon size), and Mountain hemlock.

This coming Sunday, October 9th will be the final day of this program. So this Sunday, be sure to head down to the MIFM to pick up some native trees for your yard.

October 2nd Mercer Island Farmers Market Event News

This afternoon, a few of us were thrilled to hear on University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass‘s weather segment on KPLU that the weather on Sunday is supposed to be the nicest for the next week: partly sunny and in the 60s. As the volunteers at the Mercer Island Farmers Market have put together a full set of fun and educational activities for our community, this is great news for them and their farmers. So come down to the MI Farmers Market this Sunday to enjoy the weather and the farmers market.

Power Hour

"Early Bird" shopper picking up some free coffee during the Mercer Island Farmers Market's Power Hour.

An "early bird" shopper picking up some free coffee during the Mercer Island Farmers Market's Power Hour on July 17, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

For the first hour of the MIFM from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., we will have another Power Hour, when volunteers will be serving free coffee to our farmers, volunteers, and community. We hope that this morning jolt of caffeine will help “power” everyone through the five hours that the market is open.

The Power Hour is sponsored by Mercer Islander Helen Martin. Many in our community know Helen from her extensive volunteer activities ranging from the Mercer Island Rotary to serving on the Mercer Island Arts Council. Thank you, Helen, for your support of the Mercer Island Farmers Market and for sponsoring the Power Hour.

Music

This Sunday, Jazz Connection will be performing at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. All of us—the farmers, the volunteers, and the community members—look forward to hearing this sextet perform jazz standards, blues, and original compositions.

Chef Demonstration

Chef Shane Robinson of Stopsky's Delicatessen explaining in more detail a cooking technique to a Mercer Islander after a chef demo at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 19, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Chef Shane Robinson of Stopsky's Delicatessen explaining in more detail a cooking technique to a Mercer Islander after a chef demo at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 19, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

At noon, Shane Robinson, executive chef at Stopsky’s Delicatessen, and his team are planning to return to the MI Farmers Market for the second time this market season to do a chef demo.

They are planning to make their heirloom tomato salad with cucumbers and olive tapenade. Be sure to join us to learn how to make this dish.

The folks from Stopsky’s will also be bringing some of this fresh salad from their kitchen just up the street for our community to sample.

We also understand that they are now open for dinner Monday through Saturday.

Children’s Table

This Sunday, Judy Witmer is planning to bring an apple press for the Kid’s Table. This will be a great way for our community’s children to learn about how apple cider is made.

Rockridge Orchards' apple cider at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on July 3, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Rockridge Orchards' apple cider at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on July 3, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

After using the apple press at the Children’s Table, plan to walk over to the Rockridge Orchards’ booth where Shawn and Leslie will be sampling cider as well as able to answer your questions about their giant apple press for making their products.

Robin Leventhal of Stopsky’s Delicatessen on Father’s Day at the Mercer Island Farmers Market

Have you read the profile in The Seattle Times of Robin Leventhal and Mercer Island’s soon-to-open Stopsky’s Delicatessen?

Stopksy’s in the name of love! Snake River Wagyu pastrami? Seattle’s Ebb+Flow gin-cured lox? Chicken-liver mousse stuffed in a pickled egg? Be still my beating heart attack! I caught up with Leventhal as she prepared to open for business at 3016 78th Ave. S.E., where she’s been given creative license to make Mercer Island a deli-food destination.

The Mercer Island Farmers Market is very pleased that Robin will be one of the local chefs featured at the Mercer Island Farmers Market this coming market season. She is planning something special for her demo at the market on Father’s Day.

Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.