This Saturday’s Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is Community Connections Day, sponsored by Waste Management. The MVFM Board is grateful for its sponsors, from the many volunteers to its generous business donors. Additional businesses interested in becoming Market sponsors can find more information at http://www.maplevalleyfarmersmarket.org.
Market visitors are invited to stop by this week’s informational booths hosted by King County Solid Waste Division, Maple Valley City Council, Maple Valley Police Department, Maple Valley Historical Society, Southeast King County Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, PEO, Tahoma School District, Maple Valley Library Guild, Maple Valley Community Center, and Maple Valley/Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce. At the King County Solid Waste Division booth, visitors can learn about upcoming recycling events, the new South King County transfer and recycling site proposal, disposing of household hazardous waste, landfill locations, and more (http://your.kingcounty.gov/solidwaste/index.asp). The City Council booth will be staffed by Deputy Mayor Victoria Jonas and Council member Linda Johnson. Maple Valley Police Department (http://www.maplevalleywa.gov/index.aspx?page=51) can answer questions about safety and law, while Maple Valley Historical Society (http://www.maplevalleyhistorical.com) will have information about its three museums and volunteer opportunities. The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group (http://www.peointernational.org) can help those afflicted with the disease and their caregivers, and Maple Valley’s local PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization) booth will provide information about the organization, whose mission is to provide educational opportunities for women. Also represented at Saturday’s Market will be Tahoma School District (www.tahomasd.us); Maple Valley Library Guild (http://www.kcls.org/maplevalley/friends.cfm), a nonprofit group that supports library programs for children, teens, and adults through sales of gently-used books and media (http://www.kcls.org/maplevalley/friends.cfm); Maple Valley Community Center (http://www.maplevalleycc.org/about), a non-profit organization providing human services and activities; and Maple Valley/Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to the many community information booths, the middle of summer is prime time to visit any of the 21 farmers, apiaries, ranchers, dairy, and egg farmers who bring their freshly grown produce and locally processed items each week to the MVFM. Victoria Laise-Jonas, Market Manager, said, “You can’t overlook the convenience of it all--arriving at one location and being able to partake in such an awe-inspiring display of beautifully grown produce and flowers! Our farmers’ market has grown into a successful ‘community gathering place’ because of our farmers, processors, and producers’ loyalty to the residents who support our ongoing endeavor!”
Last Saturday concluded a weeklong celebration of “King County Farmers Market Week,” and King County Executive Dow Constantine said, “Thanks to decades of work to preserve our precious King County farmlands, we now enjoy a nourishing network of farmers markets that provides access to the freshest foods around.” Farmers’ markets throughout King County are brimming with berries, early-ripening apples, squash, tomatoes, corn, melons, greens, and fresh flowers, and provide strong sales opportunities for more than 250 family farms across Washington, including more than 100 farmers from King County itself. “The Maple Valley Farmers’ Market bursts with pride at our part in this county-wide, state-wide, nation-wide resurgence of support for the local farmer and the local home-grown product. If you haven’t yet visited our Market, you’re missing out on something pretty darn exciting!” said Victoria Laise-Jonas.
Music always sweetens the heart, and this week’s music will be provided at 11:00 by The Summer Januaries, musical duo guitarist/vocalist Sean Michael Robinson and fiddler/vocalist Rachel Erin Sage, who formed in the summer of 2011 as a busking duo, playing traditional American and Irish fiddle tunes at Pike Place Market. According to their website, http://thesummerjanuaries.com/about/, they “began injecting these fiddle tunes into densely harmonized arrangements of their favorite songs, and these inventive arrangements soon defined their sound.” Sage and Robinson continued writing original music, and have been performed at festivals, farmer’s markets, weddings, and street corners in Pacific Northwest and Europe. Carlos Velez, Associate Professor of Composition, Valencia College, remarked on the “the sinuous intertwining of their voices; the full, near-orchestral sound of their instrumental arrangements; and the thoughtful, often whimsical poetry that forms the basis of their lyrics.”
Maple Valley Farmers’ Market, the “Saturday morning place to be,” is open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Rock Creek Elementary School. More information on Maple Valley Farmers’ Market is available at 425-463-6751 or at email@example.com. All MVFM fans are encouraged to “Friend us on FACEBOOK."