For Our Friends – Oktoberfest, Sunday October 13, 6-8:30, MI Beach Club

The MIFM Board is hosting this evening to say “thank you” to our wonderful community of volunteers, supporters and friends. There will be food, fun and a chance to sample beer and wine from local vendors. We will also be kicking off our Fall campaign to become a “Friend of the Market”. We rely on the generous support of local businesses and individual donors to keep this important neighborhood resource thriving and growing. Make a Donation Button By becoming a Friend of the Market, you will help us ensure another great season of food, farms and friends. We hope to see you there! Let us know you plan to attend clicking here:  RSVP Oktoberfrest

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Mercer Island Farmers Market “For the Love of Food” Benefit, May 19, 2013

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Join us for the “For the Love of Food” Benefit on Sunday May 19th, 2013, 6-9  at Aljoya Mercer Island.  Enjoy little plates, desserts, wine and beer while mingling with friends and enjoying live music. Where possible, ingredients will be gathered from MIFM farmers and vendors.  Support MIFM by bidding at the silent auction.

Help us continue to offer the highest quality farmers market with educational and community building events. Tickets are $50.00 each; click on the green Tickets, below, to purchase your tickets. Thanks!

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If you can’t join us, consider a donation, thanks!

To market, to market . . .

Two days until MIFM opens! (That’s short for Mercer Island Farmers Market, btw)

I have so many things to tell you about! We’ve got fruits and veggies, wine and cheese, coffee and tea, burgers and ice cream, cookies and caramels and cereal and salmon, just to name a few.

While I am eager to catch up with my friends at Patty Pan Grill (I just can’t get enough of that adobo sauce!) and restock my freezer with meats from Crown S Ranch, and say hi to Jerry at Got Soup?,  I am looking forward to meeting some of the new vendors, like Purdy Pickle.   I’ll definitely be bringing my appetite, too, because there are some tasty looking options in prepared food, including:

Big Food (flatbread sandwiches), Buns Gourmet Natural Burgers, Dantes Inferno (hot) Dogs, Middle Fork Roasters, and Theo Dorres Tea (almost new)

New prepared food: Abu-Eden (hummus), Cookie Box, Daddy’s Muesli, Jonboy Caramels, Piccola Wines, and Purdy Pickle.

In case you missed the Celebration Dinner, and you are a salmon lover, be sure to check out Jeb’s Wild Salmon.  I don’t know if it was Chef Nathan Zielske’s (from Lily’s at Aljoya) preparation, or Jeb’s talent at catching really tasty salmon, but this stuff is GOOD.

Some other vendors I’ll be visiting include Manini’s gluten free bakery, True Her Garden flowers, and if the sun comes out, you know I’ll be stopping by Molly Moons for some ice cream.

See you at the market!

Market Dinner Delicious Success

A Banquet to Behold:  Mercer Island Farmers Market Celebrates Successful Fundraising Dinner as It Readies for Fifth Season

It was a fundraiser. A celebration of the coming season.  A thank you to the volunteers and contributors who make the market possible.  And after dessert, when the last dinner guests had paid for their auction items and said their goodbyes, Julie Sarkissian could only smile, sit back and marvel at the success of the evening event.  Julie is the newly-elected Chair of the Mercer Island Farmers Market Board of Directors.  “Tonight I can sleep.  We all worked so hard to make this happen.  You worry about selling tickets, getting donations for the auction, making sure the chef and restaurant have everything they need from us.  And everything worked out wonderfully well.  The dinner and auction were a great success.”

One hundred supporters and guests attended the Market’s third Annual Celebration Dinner and Silent Auction at Lilly’s Restaurant at Aljoya Sunday, May 20.  Chef Nathan Zielske prepared a sumptuous feast, showcasing products donated from the Market vendors, Aljoya and the creative talents of his Lilly’s kitchen. Flower and herb-crusted salmon on green tea soba noodle salad; chicken breast baked with pistachio breadcrumb and Frangelico sauce, kale Caesar salad…yumm!

The silent auction before dinner drew spirited bidding, particularly for a number of showcase items.  The celebrity item had to have been the week’s stay in an Oahu condo overlooking the ocean.  Other showcase items, lovingly donated by local residents and merchants, included a homemade quilt, dinners at Roanoke Inn, John Howie Steaks and Dahlia Lounge, catering by Stopsky’s, tickets for the Mariners and Seattle Philharmonic, product potpourri from All The Best and Trader Joe’s, services from Uyeta Landscaping, to name a few.

“So much bidding enthusiasm”, pronounced Carol Branom, Market Board Treasurer. “So many appealing items were donated.  We exceeded our fundraising goal!  This is a great start for the season!”

Dinner guests included: State Representative Marcie Maxwell, a dedicate Market patron; King County Council Vice Chair Jane Hague, and Mercer Island Mayor Bruce Bassett, whose wife Nannette is a Farmers Market Board Member.

This was the first public event of the Mercer Island Farmers Market for Patty Spahr, the new Market Manager.  “I am very excited to be working with these people”, she said, referring to the Board.  “So much energy and enthusiasm.  Now we turn our attention full time to Opening Day of the Market itself.  We have been planning and preparing for seven months.  Now our energy levels kick into high gear.”

Twenty-three vendors are returning from last year’s market and are being joined by 20 new vendors.

“We think our patrons will be very pleased with our product mix and with the quality of our vendors”, says Kari Fisher, Vice Chair of the Market Board.  “We survey our patrons and track what works or doesn’t work.  We attend ‘Marketing the Market’ seminars.  We want this to be our best season yet.”

The fifth season of the Mercer Island Farmers Market begins Sunday, June 10.  Market hours are 10am–3pm.  The Market is located near Mercerdale Park on 77th Avenue South and SE 32nd Street.  It will be there every Sunday through October 14, with the exceptions of July 15 and August 5.  For more information, go to the Mercer Island Farmers Market web site:  http://www.mifarmersmarket.org.

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What do you think?  You like? Check out our very own Mercer Island Farmers Market logo on the masthead – love that groovy sun!

We have been working hard all winter to put together another fabulous market season for you, so please, check back often to see what’s new. To kick off our fifth season (hard to believe it’s been five years!)  the third annual Celebration Dinner will be held Sunday, May 20.

Please join us for this special evening, a fundraiser, generously hosted by our friends at Aljoya.  Come support and meet the farmers and small business owners who deliver local, organic, fresh produce and prepared foods every week to the Mercer Island Farmers Market. Learn about the 2012 lineup of vendors, educational events and musical entertainment as Chef Nathan Zielski tantalizes your palate with a scrumptious dinner provided by Lilly’s Restaurant at Aljoya.  Tickets are $50, available at Eventbrite.

To purchase tickets, please click on this link: 3rd Annual MIFM Celebration Dinner

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Mercer Island Farmers Market 2011 Celebration Dinner

The Mercer Island Farmers Market is holding its 2011 Celebration Dinner on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at Lilly’s Restaurant at Aljoya House, 2430 76th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.

In addition to the delicious food, there will be a silent auction beginning at 5:30 p.m, a no-host bar featuring local beers and wines, and music by Mercer Island High School students.

Tickets for the dinner are $45 a piece. All proceeds from the event will help support the Farmers Market.

Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets today.  To purchase tickets, please go to Brown Paper Tickets.

Thank you to Lilly’s and Aljoya for their sponsorship of this event.