Rain in the morning, sunshine in the afternoon. It was a wet day but the harvest was plentiful at yesterday’s farmer’s market.
That’s it for the season, except for the special special Market on November 20, right before Thanksgiving.
Great weather this weekend brought out the crowds.
Did you know there were no fewer than 3 ice cream vendors at the market? Parfait, Molly Moon’s and Whidbey Island Creamery. Now that’s a farmers market with its priorities right.
A great place to hang out like these folks and listen to the band.
It may seem like every other farmers market has been open for a month or more. That, in fact, may be the truth. But this Sunday we finally get the Mercer Island Farmers Market back for the summer!
And if you’re ready for something completely different, check out Truck Farm Seattle, which will be there on Sunday.
Yes, it is a garden right in the back of a truck. Find out more on thier Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TruckFarmSeattle
The Parfait team just emailed to say that their truck will be making its debut at the Mercer Island Farmers Market opening on June 12.
The truck, of course, is only interesting as a vehicle for delicious ice cream:
What they have to say for themselves:
Parfait is Seattle’s only from-scratch, organic ice cream maker and the pioneer of artisan cream on wheels in the Pacific Northwest. Each batch of Parfait ice cream is made from scratch from recipes created by pastry chef and owner Adria Shimada. Her custard base is 100% organic and contains only 4 ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and eggs. Parfait’s dairy, eggs, and produce are all sourced directly from small local farms within 150 miles of Seattle. Shimada’s intention for Parfait is to make ice cream with the same integrity as a high-end French bakery and to re-envision the ice cream truck as an exciting culinary experience, one that offers beautiful, delicious and wholesome desserts.
Every ingredient has been meticulously chosen, from the locally roasted coffee beans to the berries, mint and stone fruit. Shimada and her team hand roll every one of her signature waffle cones and make all of the candy in-house, like the butter toffee for her popular Butter Toffee Crunch flavor. In addition to established favorites like Mint Stracciatella, Fiore French Roast Coffee and Decadent Chocolate, Parfait offers rotating and seasonal flavors including Meyer Lemon, Toasted Hazelnut, Fresh Nectarine, Cinnamon Stick, Orange Star-Anise, Fresh Blueberry, Ballard Bee Honey, Milk Chocolate Chai, and Earl Gray Tea. Parfait also offers seasonal vegan sorbets including Apricot, Raspberry and Pear.
That sounds not bad at all. Check them out and let us know how it is!
Video from The Seattle Times of the MIHS band practicing for the London New Year’s Day parade.
Tip via Richard Sprague, former blogger now lost in China with his family:
The 2011 market opening is on June 12 at 10 am.
Sandy Condiotty, board member of the MI Farmers Market, says: There are new vendors to feature: A smoothie maker: you pedal the bike that turns the blender Juice Peddller. And the new ice cream truck Parfait will be giving our market her Sunday spot. A little competition for Molly Moons.
Some of the other vendors you can expect this year (full list):
5 hours instead of 4 this year! The details:
Sundays, 10 am – 3 pm
June 12th – October 9th
Plus, special Harvest Market 11/20/11
More info at the MI Farmers Market Facebook Page. Which posts that they had a successful fundraising dinner Sunday night:
Our Celebration Dinner last night was a huge success. We exceeded our goal of raising $6,000 for this year’s market season. Thank you to the nearly 100 Mercer Island Farmers Market supporters who attended the dinner as well as Lilly’s Restaurant at Aljoya House, the Zack Hartmann Trio, our generous vendors, the many donors to the Silent Auction, and our ever-energetic and enthusiastic volunteers.
And don’t worry, Richard isn’t really lost. He’s there for work and perfectly well oriented.
We emailed the Crown S Ranch of Winthrop, a farmers market regular, to get the story for this weekend. You can pre-order turkeys from them using the contact form on their site.
We are bringing pre-ordered Thanksgiving turkeys, lots of holiday hams and other roasts and then the usual full selection of organic pasture fed beef, pork, poultry and organic eggs.
We hope to see you there!
Crown S Ranch
Edee Phillips advises us: Spread the word: The Mercer Island Farmers Market is back for a final day of shopping local for Thanksgiving! Same time (11-3) same spot…
Here’s the announcement:
Go to the website to see all the vendors who are coming.
Rainy day yesterday but there was a payoff for those who made it:
Didn’t make the Farmers’ Market because of the rain? Don’t worry, I did, at the very end when the rain was mostly stopped.
Big news: Skillet, that airstream trailer with gourmet grass-fed burgers and bacon jam (yes, bacon jam!), was there. And will be there most Sundays- check their website to be sure. Capitol Hill, Fremont, SoDo… Mercer Island is clearly the next hip street-food location. Seriously folks, I never thought I’d see it here.
Not that Skillet was the only good thing cooking. Delicious cheese, especially blues, from Willapa Hills Farm out of Doty, Washington.
The friendly ladies gave samples and even held my baby while I took this picture.
There was good granola, courtesy Hooting Owl:
There was jam,
Must have been good, it was all gone by the end of the day.
Take me home, country road.
and, of course, veggies:
And it’s not even that bad in the rain. Welcome back farmers’ market!
Sunday’s the big day! Get your leeks, flowers, and unusual cheeses at the Mercer Island Farmers’ Market, which is opening for the season. From Facebook:
Welcome our special guests, the Ugandan Children’s Choir, performing at 11am sharp!
Featuring live music by Patrick & Friends, back by popular demand! Additionally, there will be food, a kids activity table, and sampling at… the Events Booth (11am – 1pm).
Even if you’re full up on your veggies, the Farmers Market is a great place to walk around, meet neighbors and listen to music.