Special Guest Sno Valley Mushrooms, Mercer Island Farmers Market July 21

Sno Valley Mushrooms is making a special guest vendor appearance at the Mercer Island Farmers Market, Sunday July 21. Come find out about farm-fresh gourmet cultivated mushrooms. Sno Valley will be bringing Shiitake, Lions Mane, and Blue Oyster mushrooms and “Grow-at-Home” counter-top mushroom kits. Their state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility allows them to cultivate hundreds of pounds a week of lignivorous (wood-loving) edible and medicinal fungi.

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Their mushrooms are grown using only red alder wood, organic bran, organic rye berries, and water–and inoculated with only the choicest strains of pure mushroom cultures from their own in-house spawn laboratory. Try growing your own or try a unique culinary experience with truly fresh mushrooms.

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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.

Join Us Sunday November 18th for the HARVEST MARKET! NEW -> HAND CRAFTED, LOCALLY PRODUCED, SELECTED ARTS & CRAFTS

Join us Sunday, 10-3, for the last Mercer Island Farmers Market of the year.  Warm up with cocoa and cider in the hospitality tent.  Many of your favorite vendors are coming this Sunday to help you with your Thanksgiving Dinner and autumn meals.

  • Collins Family Orchard: apples, pears & plums
  • Crown S Ranch: Beef, Lamb, Pork & Poultry (sorry no turkeys left)
  • Little Brown Farm : Assorted artisan goat cheeses
  • Olsen Farms: 15+ variety of potatoes, featuring smoked  ham and rack of lamb for those special holiday meals in addition to their other meats
  • Middlefork Coffee Roasters will be offering: Free coffee samples, All 7 of the regular blends, decaf, and a  NEW HOLIDAY BLEND and Travel Mugs. Pre-order 5# bulk bags of coffee  for the holiday season, $50 each. To order call  206.375.1368,Orders will need to be in by Thursday for pick up on Sunday.
  • Pinckney Cookies & Jonboy Caramels bringing their amazing sweet treats.
  •  Theo Dorres Teas offering a special HOLIDAY BLEND in addition to her unusual hand mixed teas and tisanes.
  • Tonnemaker Family Orchard CIDER!, apples, pears and squash and FROZEN: sweet cherries, peaches, nectarines  dried peppers & tomatoes
  • Not a complete list, more vendors coming

GIFT CERTIFICATES – Stop by the Information Booth to purchase gift certificates for next year’s Mercer Island Farmers Market.  Sold in $10 denominations & good for purchases from any vendor.

ARTS & CRAFTS  – We can’t have berries now… so how about some holiday fun?

  • Artists from MIVAL will be bringing an assortment of beautiful items for gift giving (or keeping!).
  • Artist Leslie West with a love for recycled wares and great style brings containers, bags and other surprises.
  • Artist Joni Johnson is bringing an assortment of her wonderful glass art.
  • There will be more beautifully made objects to discover such such as outdoor garden art & wooden bowls.

LUNCH OF COURSE!

  • Veraci Pizza is shaking it up with a NEW CREATION IN HONOR OF VERACI FANS ON MI! The “Mercer Islander”: Grilled Yukon Gold Potatoes, Panchetta, Parmesan-Chive Ricotta on a Roasted Garlic Base with Three Cheese Blend
  • Other favorites returning are Buns On Wheels, Got Soup & Patty Pan Grill

NEW -> A Gluten Free Prepared Food Vendor I Love My GFF – with mouthwatering quinoa bowls. Check out the Fiesta Bowl! Quinoa layered pepitas, cilantro, fresh squeezed lime, cumin, black beans, spice rubbed free-range chicken, fresh cut red bell peppers and green onions, topped with avocado, topped with sharp cheddar cheese and toasted pepita.

Almost Very Last Market of 2012 Sunday October 14! Very Last is Sunday November 18th – Harvest Market

October 14 is Vendor & Volunteer Appreciation Day– We extend our deepest appreciation and thanks to the great businesses and individuals who’ve supported the Pumpkin heads - MIFM in October 2010. (Photo by Julie Sarkissian)market this season.  Without you, there is no market!

  • Breakfast for Vendors, sponsored by the MIFM Board of Directors
  • Volunteers will be treated to shopping discounts by most of our vendors.  Volunteers, report to the Information Booth to get started.

At the Children’s Table: Decorating Pumpkin Heads a favorite of the kids (and some adults).

  • Special thanks to JUDY WITMER who has voluntarily organized and run the Children’s Table for 5 Years!

On the Music Stage: Strange Nails Alternative / Soul / Funk

The Harvest Market returns on Sunday November 18th.  You’ll find many things you need for Thanksgiving dinner including cranberries. NEW  this year the vendor mix will include local artists & artisans who create the very highest quality arts and crafts.

New food truck: Fusion On The Run

Because Big Food will not be at the Mercer Island Farmers Market today, we found a guest replacement food truck. Please welcome Fusion on the Run (Menu), Island inspired food.  

Check out their tropical combinations, including marinated boneless short ribs, Kalua pork, and seasonal veggies with surfer sauce. The taco I keep thinking about is the Coco Adobo Chicken Taco, with chicken braised in coconut milk and vinegar, with hints of ginger and pepper.   Try them all and tell us your favorite!

 

Get Your Peppers at Alvarez!

News Release for 8/19/12 Market:

The list for Alvarez Farms is as follows; corn, tomato, eggplant, potato, zucchini, beets, onion, garlic, cucumber, and of course we can’t forget what identifies us PEPPERS!

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)