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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Music at the Market – A Weekly Treat

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One of my favorite features of our market is the music – it brings a vibrancy to Sunday afternoons at Mercerdale Park no matter what the weather is.  The terrific variety and talent of the musicians playing at our market each Sunday occurs thanks to John Morris, a Mercer Island resident who has coordinated music for the market since it’s inception in 2008.  John and his wife Karen have their own Cajen/Zydeco band called Swamp Soul that plays around Seattle.

John Morris and Karen Kasen of Swamp Soul

John Morris and Karen Kasen of Swamp Soul

During our 18 week season, John schedules a different group to play each Sunday from 11 am to 2pm introducing shoppers to a fantastic mix of musical sounds and styles. The Mercer Island Community Fund has sponsored our music program for the past several years.  Thank you MICF and John for bringing music to the market every Sunday!

Joining us to celebrate our 6th anniversary is a musical duo with strong roots in the farmers market movement.  The Summer Januaries, guitarist/vocalist Sean Michael Robinson and fiddler/vocalist Rachel Erin Sage started busking at Pike’s Place Market several years ago playing traditional American and Irish fiddle tunes.  I think you will find their sound and synergy to be fresh and oh so yummy this sunny Sunday afternoon.  

Summer Januaries - Rachel Sage and Sean Robinson

Summer Januaries – Rachel Sage and Sean Robinson

The Summer Januaries are celebrating the National Farmers Market Week by playing at a different market every day this week and next.  We are thrilled they will join us at our market on Sunday from 11 am to 2pm.  Their plunge in the pond in their  video looks pretty darn appealing, especially with this week’s warm weather. 

Come by on Sunday to hear the Summer Januaries, sample some Marionberry pie from High 5 Pie and pick up a 2013 market tote. And don’t forget your peaches, berries, salmon, cheeses, melons, corn, tomatoes, peppers, pasta, wine, honey, hummus and more . . .

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.

Caspar Babypants Sunday July 21, 10:30, Mercer Island Farmers Market

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will entertain this Sunday July 21, 10:30 AM at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. Healthy snacks for children will be featured at the Tasting Table and there are great options for lunch.

After Caspar the music continues with the Folichon Cajun Band. Folichon is French for “Fun” so get ready for some Cajun music from this Seattle band playing tunes from Southwest Louisiana.

Fresh food everywhere you look, great music and more. Bring your family on Sunday for a great time.

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MIFM Closed Sunday July 14 and Returning July 21 with Caspar Babypants

Mercer Island Farmers Market is closed this Sunday July 14th for the Mercer Island Summer Celebration but opens on July 21 with Caspar Babypants scheduled at 10:30. caspar babypants Caspar puts on a show that is irresistible to kids. Bring your kids, grand kids, neighbor kids and enjoy! Get started with ‘the stump hotel’.

Great Party on Opening Day and We’ll Do It Again on Sunday June 16 10-3

Sun, great food, great music and great people; on Opening Day Mercer Island Farmers Market was THE place to be.  Don’t miss out, join us this Sunday June 16th. 20130613-220614.jpg

At the Music tent Hot Cider String Band . Expect dancing, singing and fiddle power.

At the Children’s table, hunt for slugs and snails and set a slug trap. Kids will be helping in the garden.

Garden Days continue!  Get plant starts and arts for the garden. 20130612-120141.jpgNew this week Nixon Hill Container Gardens, just set out and enjoy. And, learn about the Seattle Chinese Garden.

Vendor & Farmer News – Buns on Wheels organic hamburger truck and Island Apiaries honey return. Strawberries & cherries will be in abundance.

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Pie & Desert Baking Contest on June 23rd sponsored by MI MIYFS bakeoff no dateYouth and Family Services. If you bake how about entering the contest?  http://www.mercergov.org/files/PieContestRulesEntryForm.pdf If you are more the ‘eater’ type you could be a judge for the people’s favorites. This was a real hit last year so don’t miss it.