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.

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

Sun, great food, and great people on Opening Day. MIFM has more in store for you this Sunday June 16th.

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. Another way for kids to help in the garden.

Garden Days continues! Get plant starts and arts for the garden. New this week Nixon Hill container gardens, just set out and enjoy.

Get ready for the 2nd Annual Pie & Desert Baking Contest on June 23rd sponsored by MI Youth 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 out.

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

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More Vendors Coming to the MIFM Harvest Market, Sunday November 18

We have tents! We have warm things to drink! So don’t miss the last Mercer Island Farmers Market of the season, enhanced with Arts & Crafts!

More Things to Eat (In addition to the Vendors listed in previous post)

New for Harvest Market:                 

Returning Friends

Arts & Crafts

  • Joan Jevnikar – Jewelry (MIVAL Table)
  • Lillian Broekhoven- Aprons & Wreaths (MIVAL Table)
  • Marianne Bond – Hats (MIVAL Table)
  • Mary Chalker – Gift Boxes (MIVAL Table)
  • Susanne Foster – Fiber scarves, straw stars, gift bags, calendars (MIVAL Table)
  • Pia Messina – Paintings, dishes & scarves (MIVAL Table)
  • Joan Johnson – Glass Art
  • Leslie West – Studio Adlib- Found stuff creations
  • Wish Poosh Designs– Wood & glass art, indoor & garden

What’s Happening at the Mercer Island Farmer Market, Sunday August 19th – Nectarines & Peaches, Fruit of the Gods!

  • Come and try samples of nectarines and then fix a Summer Dessert!
  • Music with Convergence Zone Bluegrass  Band – Contemporary Bluegrass
  • Children’s Table – Carrot Top Gardens    

Summer Desserts!

One of the many things to love about summer are the easy yet spectacular desserts you can make from simple ingredients.  Last summer I wowed some guests with a dessert of halved peaches, very lightly sprinkled with Grand Marnier and topped with Parfait Artisan Organic Ice Cream’s  fabulous vanilla ice cream. This week I’m trying ‘Roasted Peaches or Nectarines with Goat Cheese and Honey’.   I know both Collins Family Orchard and Martin Family Orchard will have perfectly ripe peaches and nectarines.   I’ll be stopping by Little Brown Farm Goat Cheese  for a recommendation on the cheese and by Island Apiaries for the perfect dessert  honey.

Roasted Peaches or Nectarines with Goat Cheese and Honey

2 large ripe yellow peaches or nectarines, halved                                                                    4 TBSP goat cheese                                                                                                                 2  TBSP honey                                                                                                                         1/3 cup hazelnuts roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 425.  Scoop out pits and roast peaches or nectarines halved side up on a lined baking sheet for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool briefly then scoop one tablespoon of goat cheese in the center of each peach half. Drizzle honey over the peaches and top with roasted hazelnuts.

Let us know if you’ve got a great summer dessert to share.

Build Your Own Holiday Gift Basket at the Mercer Island Farmers Market’s Pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market

Holiday gift baskets for the Mercer Island Farmers Market's pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Holiday gift baskets for the Mercer Island Farmers Market's pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

As part of the Mercer Island Farmers Market’s pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market on Sunday, November 20th, our community will have the opportunity to build their own holiday gift baskets of local produce and artisan food products.

To encourage this, the MIFM will be offering complimentary baskets and wrapping plus a market tote bag. The supplies of baskets are limited. So be sure to come early to the Harvest Market. We open at 10 a.m.

The Harvest Market will feature many familiar farmers and vendors that will have the perfect fruits and other products for gift baskets.

In addition, the MIFM will have several new vendors at the special Harvest Market, including Theo Dorres Aromatics, Renton, WA, which will be offering their artisan tea blends.

Island Apiaries Featured in an Article in Today’s Mercer Island Patch

David Neel, owner of Island Apiaries, Whidbey Island, WA, talking with a customer at the Mercer Island Farmers Market.

David Neel, owner of Island Apiaries, Whidbey Island, WA, talking with a customer at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

There’s a great article in today’s Mercer Island Patch about the Mercer Island Farmers Market’s very own David Neel and Island Apiaries.

In just his first year at the MIFM, David has become one of the most popular farmers at the market with his distinctive yellow-and-black canopy, deep knowledge of bees and beekeeping, and delicious varieties of honey.

Probably though what attracts most people to his booth initially is the plexiglass-enclosed beehive that he brings each week with him. This hive gives our community a chance to observe bees up close as well as providing David a chance to teach us all about bees and their behavior. As he says in the article:

“Getting bees out where people can see them is…a valuable tool in educating people about bees and destroying the myths that people have about them…For example, honeybees will leave most people alone; people who have been stung are almost always stung by wasps (yellow jackets), because honeybees know that if they sting you, they’ll die, whereas wasps can sting you over and over.”

If you haven’t had a chance to talk with David or to see the beehive, be sure to stop by this Sunday, talk with him, and check out the bees. Also remember that each Sunday at the start of the market, David posts a question; the first person to correctly answer it wins a free eight-ounce jar of honey. So there is another incentive to get to the MIFM—and Island Apiaries booth—early.

September 11th Mercer Island Farmers Market Event Highlights: Chef Demo by Kurt Daimmeier

Kurt Daimmeier demonstrating the proper technique for cutting corn kernels from the cob at a chef demo at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on September 11, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Kurt Daimmeier demonstrating the proper technique for cutting corn kernels from the cob at a chef demo at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on September 11, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

This past Sunday, Kurt Daimmeier, chef, owner of Bennett’s Pure Food Bistro, and Mercer Islander, came to the Mercer Island Farmers Market to do a chef demo. Last year, his chef demo was one of our most popular. This year was no different with such a large crowd gathering that there was standing room only.

Kurt chose a recipe that features sweet corn and peppers, which are both now showing up in abundance at the MI Farmers Market.

On Sunday, Crown S Ranch, Winthrop, WA featured boxes and boxes of freshly harvested organic sweet corn.

And Billy’s Organic Garden, Tonasket, WA, Hedlin Family Farms, La Conner, WA, and Tonnemaker Family Orchards, Royal City, WA all featured an enormous variety of fresh peppers ranging from mild bell peppers to hot jalapeño peppers.

In addition to sweet corn and peppers, the dish, Aztec Trinity Salad (the recipe is below at the end of the post), features two other key ingredients: yams and black beans. Another ingredient in the salad’s dressing, honey, can be purchased at the Mercer Island Farmers Market from Island Apiaries, Freeland, WA.

Kurt Daimmeier discussing how to roast peppers and remove their skins at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on September 11, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Kurt Daimmeier discussing how to roast peppers and remove their skins at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on September 11, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Kurt is a natural teacher and so the crowd learned a wide range of things from him, from basic cooking techniques—the importance of chopping vegetables into similar-sized pieces to ensure even roasting and how to roast a pepper and remove the skin easily—to more complicated cooking questions—the substituting of ingredients and what kinds of oils to use in different dishes—to basic botany—the differences between the varieties of peppers: bell, poblano, jalapeño, Fresno…

The chef demo was a big success with our community excited to try a new recipe armed with new knowledge and cooking techniques.

An appreciative audience gathers to try samples of Kurt Daimmeier's Aztec Trinity Salad at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on September 11, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

An appreciative audience gathers to try samples of Kurt Daimmeier's Aztec Trinity Salad at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on September 11, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

We want to give Kurt our thanks for coming out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon (perhaps the last one this year) to do the chef demo. We hope that Kurt enjoyed himself as much as we all did and will come back to the MI Farmers Market next season for another one.

Kurt Daimmeier displaying the finished Aztec Trinity salad at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on September 11, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Kurt Daimmeier displaying the finished Aztec Trinity salad at the Mercer Island Farmers Market on September 11, 2011. (Photo by Joel Wachs)

Aztec Trinity

  • 1 ½ lbs. approx. of yams, peeled, cut in 3/4″ dice
  • 1 T of lime juice
  • 1 T of neutral-flavored cooking oil
  • 1 T of chili powder
  • 1 t of cumin
  • 2 t of Kosher salt

Combine the lime juice, canola oil, chili powder, cumin, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Mix well to coat the yams. Spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer and roast at 400°F with the fan on high. Check after 12 minutes. Rotate the pans and continue to cook for a couple more minutes, until the yams are easily pierced with a knife. Do not overcook. Cool in the refrigerator.

  • 1 green bell pepper (2 poblano if you desire more heat), roasted, skinned, seeded, cut in ¾” dice
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ears of fresh corn, cut kernels from cob

Dressing

  • ¼ cup of lime juice
  • 1/3 cup of canola oil
  • 1 t of Kosher salt
  • 1 T of honey
  • 1 Fresno peppers (red jalapeño, can be omitted), sliced 1/8″ strips
  • 1 T of chopped cilantro

Add salt and black pepper to taste after mixing salad

Salad assembly: combine roasted yams, dressing, peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro, and salt. Mix well. Taste for seasoning.

Source: Kurt Dammeier