How Does Your Garden Grow?

We’re celebrating the growing season on Sundays in June.  For a limited time we will have vendors who will help you start, maintain or enhance your garden:

  • Cascadian Edibles or Eat Your Yard will be offering vegetable & herb starts, raised in a eatyardbackyard acre or two in Seattle.
  • Everblooming Glass Flowers will bring glass flowers to sparkle in your garden..
  • Greenbranch Studios offers garden ceramics, birdbaths and etc. to add charm to your garden. greenbranch
  • Spahrzart will offer outdoor metal designs to class up your garden.
  • Durcanne Nixon, joining us on June 16 and 23 only, will offer charming container gardens, ready to perk up your front porch or deck.
  • Master Gardeners! Come ready with pictures, plant samples and questions to help your garden flourish.  Gordon Polson of the King County Master Gardeners answering a gardening question from a Mercer Islander at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 12, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)Masters Gardeners come for the entire market season.
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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.

What’s On Your Shopping List for Sunday June 9th?

Start planning some great meals you can put together with the fresh, seasonal, local,Last of the asparagus from Collins Family Orchard for 2011.

organic, sustainably and lovingly raised or produced products from the Mercer Island Farmers Market.   Available to you in less than a week on Sunday June 9th 10 AM – 3 PM.

* Breakfast:  coffee, tea, bagels, breads, jams,  amazing sweet rolls and muesli
* Any meal: eggs, salmon, cheeses of many kinds, breads & baguettes, houmus,  pickles, salsa & chips and apple ciders (ask at Tonnemaker’s )
* Dinner: asparagus, salad greens, tomatoes, green onions, broccoli, pasta, assorted cuts of beef, pork, lamb and poultry

AND Strawberries are coming! strawberriesskagit

Your Sunday is About to Get A Lot Tastier!

Mercer Island Farmers Market Opening Day is less than a week away. There will be some great new vendors to shop  with – here’s a tasty sample of a few of our faves. See Farmers & Vendors for a complete list.

  • Dog Mountain Farms is bringing chicken and duck eggs & poultry. MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Located in Carnation they raise animals humanly on pasture without antibiotics or hormones.
  • High 5 Pie is a local bake shop from Capitol Hill that uses Grandma Molly’s favorite all-butter pie crust recipe to create both classic sweet and savory fillings. Just imagine a slice of High Five pie with a cup of MIddle Fork Roasters coffee!hi5pie
  •  Willie Greens is a family-owned organic farm that has grown to 55 acres and produces fifty to sixty varieties of vegetables and berries.Willie Greens They are committed to providing only the freshest, organic and seasonally grown produce available.
  • Willapa Hills Cheese located in SW Washington,  returns with a wonderful assortment of artisanal cow and sheep cheeses, fresh, aged and blue. willapacheese

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.

The MI Farmers Market’s 5th Season Opens with New Vendors and Big Crowds

Customers at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 10, 2012. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Customers at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 10, 2012. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

After months of anticipation, the Mercer Island Farmers Market re-opened for its fifth season with dozens of favorite returning vendors, over a dozen new vendors, large crowds, and beautiful blue skies.

Islanders of all ages turned out in force to support Washington State farmers and artisan food producers. One of our state representatives, Marcie Maxwell (D-41st), arrived bright and early for the market’s opening. Our mayor, Bruce Bassett, was there. So was city councilmember, Jane Meyer Brahm, and executive director of the MI Chamber of Commerce, Terry Moreman. So many of our community were there that one patron was overheard to say, “I could come here all day and say ‘hello’ to people.”

Nick from Collin Family Orchards putting out freshly picked cherries at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 10, 2012. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Nick from Collins Family Orchards putting out freshly picked cherries at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 10, 2012. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The MI Farmers Market welcomed back returning favorite vendors, such as Collins Family Orchards, Selah, WA (with freshly picked cherries), Crown S Ranch, Winthrop, WA (with their much sought-after meat and eggs), Got Soup? Seattle, WA (with Jerry’s made-from-fresh-local-ingredient soups), Island Apiaries, Freeland, WA (who, as always, brought one of their kid-magnet hives), Kittitas Valley Greenhouse, Ellensburg, WA (with their dozens of varieties of heirloom tomatoes), Patty Pan Grill, Seattle, WA (with their healthy and tasty tamales and quesadillas), and Snohomish Bakery, Snohomish, WA (with their artisanal pastries and over one dozen different breads).

Some long-time vendors arrived with new products. Tonnemaker Farms, Royal City, WA, brought apple cider, dried peppers, and fruit leathers. Others arrived with a new name. Farmers Market Preserves, Seattle, WA is now Camp Robber Jams. (Be sure to stop by their booth to ask Rome about the name change.)

Eddie Alvarez of Alvarez Organic Farms helping a customer at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 10, 2012. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Eddie Alvarez of Alvarez Organic Farms helping a customer at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 10, 2012. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The market also welcomed new vendors, such as Alvarez Organic Farms, Mabton, WA (overflowing tables of organic vegetables, plus roasted peanuts), Grand Central Bakery, Seattle, WA (delicious fresh baked breads and sweets plus take-and-bake doughs), and Jeb’s Wild Salmon (Bristol-Bay-Alaska-caught salmon).

In addition, several of these new vendors have added products offered for the first time at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. Middlefork Coffee Roasters, Seattle, WA, is offering locally roasted, fair-trade coffee. Olsen Farms, Colville, WA, is bringing new cuts of meat, including lamb, as well as their organic potatoes. And Piccola Cellars Winery, Woodinville, WA, is offering wine made from Washington-grown grapes in easy to carry, environmentally friendly totes.

Kira Doley of Olsen Farms talking with customers at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 10, 2012. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Kira Doley of Olsen Farms talking with customers at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on June 10, 2012. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

The MI Farmers Market would like to offer a big thank you to our farmer/vendors, our community, and our many volunteers. We couldn’t have started this season so successfully without you.

The Mercer Island Farmers Market is open from 10 am to 3 pm every Sunday from now until October 14, 2012. (The MIFM will be closed on Sunday, July 15th for Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration and August 5th for SeaFair.) We hope to see you at the market!

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!