To mark the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2011, the Mercer Island Farmers Market will be conducting a moment of silence at noon. We will be asking all vendors and community members to remember those who perished that day as well as all those who have fought and even given their lives since then defending our country.
If they are not on call at noon, the Mercer Island Fire Department will be joining the community at the MI Farmers Market to help us commemorate the occasion and the first responders, in particular, who lost their lives on 9/11.
Furthermore, Officer Rob Jira of the Mercer Island Police Department and several members of the Mercer Island Emergency Preparedness team of community volunteers will be in the market’s community service booth. Please take this time to learn more about what you can do to help be prepared in the event of an emergency. Maybe even take this opportunity to sign up to become a volunteer yourself.
In addition to these solemn and serious activities, the Mercer Island Farmers Market will also have its usual roster of educational and entertaining activities.
From 10:30 to 12:30, Tanya Bednarski and Kari Fisher, who are dedicated volunteers and Mercer Island Farmers Market board members, will be sampling fresh produce from our vendors. While the type of produce hasn’t yet been selected as it will depend on what is freshest on Sunday, previous sampling tables have proven to be very educational by helping our customers learn about the different varieties of fruits and vegetables available from our farmers.
Be sure to stop by the sampling table not only to find out what Tanya and Kari will be sampling (apples? pears?), but also to learn more about it and the kinds of varieties available at the MIFM.
Kurt Dammeier of Bennett’s Pure Food Bistro will be back at the Mercer Island Farmers Market to do another chef demo. His demo last year was one of our most popular events with dedicated fans of his cooking and restaurant showing up en masse.
In honor of Kurt’s chef demo, Maximus Minimus, which is a member of the Sugar Mountain family along with Bennett’s, will be at the Mercer Island Farmers Market at day. Maximus Minimus, for the uninitiated, is an extremely popular food truck that is the shape of a giant pig, which we are sure will prove to be a big hit with shoppers of all ages. Maximus Minimus is famous for their pulled-pork sandwiches friends and slaw. They also have veggie sandwiches as well as mac and cheese featuring what else but Beechers cheese, another member of the Sugar Mountain family.