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
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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!

Chef Demo Today at 11:00

Please join Chef Brock Johnson, from Tom Douglas Restaurants’ Dahlia Lounge, at 11:00 today, as he demonstrates how to prepare seasonal specialties at the Mercer Island Farmers Market.  Expand your cooking repertoire, watch a master at work, or simply taste some excellently prepared fresh food.  Whatever your motivation, come down and check it out.

While you are here, stop and say hello to  our own Diane Larson, from Mercer Island Florist, as she demonstrates how to arrange fresh spring blossoms into original and creative displays. She really is quite magically talented.  You have to see it to believe it!

Countdown to Opening Day: 3 days!

This Sunday, June 10 is opening day of the Mercer Island Farmers Market

In addition to our 24 returning vendors, and 22 new vendors (see our complete list of vendors here), we will also have a few guest vendors, coming just a few times this year.  I don’t know exactly what everyone is bringing, but here’s what Michael from Cascadian Edibles says:

“In terms of plants we will have tomatoes, basils, some squash and cucumbers, lettuces, broccoli, etc culinary and medicinal herbs, blueberry and raspberry plants, currants, gooseberries, jostaberries (maybe), plus a bunch of edible native plants.”

Sounds good to me!  The market opens at 10:00 a.m., between Mercerdale Park and the Rite-Aid parking lot on SE 32nd street.