Eatonville Farmer's Market to Celebrate Saturday... 


                                                                                      (Pike Street Market 2006 photo by Bob Walter)

   Demos at Farmer's Market  

        Press release
        by Patricia Kemmer
        Eatonville Farmer's Market Coordinator
        August 9, 2006

       August 12-19 has been declared Farmerís Market Week by Governor Gregoire. The Eatonville Farmerís Market, which is a member of the Washington State Farmerís Market Association, will be celebrating on Saturday, August 19 by giving visitors a peak into the creative side of the market.  
     The Eatonville Farmerís Market will have many local farmers showing how they grow specialized produce and the artisans will demonstrate how they create their unique works of art. Dragons Hollow Herb Farm will do custom potted kitchen herb gardens for you while instructing you on how to keep these herbs fresh all year round. Landis Organics will have a unique growing display of the nutritious and gourmet oyster mushrooms. 
     Darrell Dugan, instructor and member of the NW Woodcarvers Association, will be carving small animals. He will also display his walking staffs and canes that are handcarved from exotic woods. Carol Grinnell will show how she spins her sheepís wool into yarn and display her knitted creations. 
     Christine Imhoff will create the unique art of paper filigree known as quilling. This art form dates back to the fifteenth century and is named for the original use of bird quills to shape the tiny strips of paper. Papa Joe Keliikoa, of Papa Joeís Flies and Jigs will demonstrate how to tie fishing flys and will display his own inventions designed for easier fishing. Group and individual fly fishing instruction is available by contacting him at papajoes1118@aol.com
     Also scheduled to appear is artistically handcrafted dome and flat topped cedar chests by Wood Works. They are made without glue, staples, or nails and even the interior trays are solid cedar. Another woodworker is Gerald Wendell whoís art is in the form of functional and natural freeform stick chairs created from hawthorn and vine maple woods. The seats are also hand-woven. Beyond Jewelry will display original jewelry made from genuine, and sometimes exotic, materials from leather with Kingman turquoise to 14kt gold with pearls. In true heirloom style, the jewelry is made to last generations. Many are made with a stringing material of forty-nine strands of stainless steel which is coated with nylon.
    New vendors are always welcome so any market day can bring an unexpected surprise. Help celebrate Farmerís Market Week at the Eatonville Farmerís Market this August 19, 10-2 at 104 Washington Avenue in Eatonville near Rainier Connect. The farmerís market is also open throughout the summer every Saturday, 10-2.     
    For additional information please contact Patricia Kemmer at 360.879.5535 or
mtn.community@yahoo.com
and see  Eatonville Farmer's Market 2006  

Farmer's Market Facts...

     From The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), Washington State Farmer's Market Association (WSFMA) and Governor Christine Gregoire press release:

   Farmers markets in Washington increased from 60 in 1998 to more than 90 in 2006. Statewide, farmers markets reported $24 million in sales in 2005, up $2 million from the previous year. Most of those dollars go directly to Washington family farmers. "From Anacortes to Vashon and Bridgeport to Spokane, thousands of people are shopping each week in a fun atmosphere to buy fresh in-season produce, flowers and other items," said Melisa Evangelos, president of the WSFMA and manager of the Tacoma Farmers Market. "Farmers markets play a vital role in rural and urban economies throughout the state, and are increasing in popularity every day," Evangelos said.
    For more information on the WSFMA, visit www.wafarmersmarkets.com. For a produce seasonality chart, go the Web site of the WSDA From the Heart of Washington campaign at www.heartofwashington.com and click on "Get it Fresh."



   Demos at Farmer's Market ...  

        Press release
        by Patricia Kemmer
        Eatonville Farmer's Market Coordinator
        August 9, 2006

       August 12-19 has been declared Farmerís Market Week by Governor Gregoire. The Eatonville Farmerís Market, which is a member of the Washington State Farmerís Market Association, will be celebrating on Saturday, August 19 by giving visitors a peak into the creative side of the market.  
     The Eatonville Farmerís Market will have many local farmers showing how they grow specialized produce and the artisans will demonstrate how they create their unique works of art. Dragons Hollow Herb Farm will do custom potted kitchen herb gardens for you while instructing you on how to keep these herbs fresh all year round. Landis Organics will have a unique growing display of the nutritious and gourmet oyster mushrooms. 
     Darrell Dugan, instructor and member of the NW Woodcarvers Association, will be carving small animals. He will also display his walking staffs and canes that are handcarved from exotic woods. Carol Grinnell will show how she spins her sheepís wool into yarn and display her knitted creations. 
     Christine Imhoff will create the unique art of paper filigree known as quilling. This art form dates back to the fifteenth century and is named for the original use of bird quills to shape the tiny strips of paper. Papa Joe Keliikoa, of Papa Joeís Flies and Jigs will demonstrate how to tie fishing flys and will display his own inventions designed for easier fishing. Group and individual fly fishing instruction is available by contacting him at papajoes1118@aol.com
     Also scheduled to appear is artistically handcrafted dome and flat topped cedar chests by Wood Works. They are made without glue, staples, or nails and even the interior trays are solid cedar. Another woodworker is Gerald Wendell whoís art is in the form of functional and natural freeform stick chairs created from hawthorn and vine maple woods. The seats are also hand-woven. Beyond Jewelry will display original jewelry made from genuine, and sometimes exotic, materials from leather with Kingman turquoise to 14kt gold with pearls. In true heirloom style, the jewelry is made to last generations. Many are made with a stringing material of forty-nine strands of stainless steel which is coated with nylon.
    New vendors are always welcome so any market day can bring an unexpected surprise. Help celebrate Farmerís Market Week at the Eatonville Farmerís Market this August 19, 10-2 at 104 Washington Avenue in Eatonville near Rainier Connect. The farmerís market is also open throughout the summer every Saturday, 10-2.     
    For additional information please contact Patricia Kemmer at 360.879.5535 or
mtn.community@yahoo.com
and see  Eatonville Farmer's Market 2006  

Farmer's Market Facts...

     From The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), Washington State Farmer's Market Association (WSFMA) and Governor Christine Gregoire press release:

   Farmers markets in Washington increased from 60 in 1998 to more than 90 in 2006. Statewide, farmers markets reported $24 million in sales in 2005, up $2 million from the previous year. Most of those dollars go directly to Washington family farmers. "From Anacortes to Vashon and Bridgeport to Spokane, thousands of people are shopping each week in a fun atmosphere to buy fresh in-season produce, flowers and other items," said Melisa Evangelos, president of the WSFMA and manager of the Tacoma Farmers Market. "Farmers markets play a vital role in rural and urban economies throughout the state, and are increasing in popularity every day," Evangelos said.
    For more information on the WSFMA, visit www.wafarmersmarkets.com. For a produce seasonality chart, go the Web site of the WSDA From the Heart of Washington campaign at www.heartofwashington.com and click on "Get it Fresh."



Future of Farmer's Market

     Editorial:               August 9, 2006
     Subject:                 Farmerís Market Week in Eatonville
     From:                     Patti Kemmer, Coordinator
                                     Eatonville Farmerís Market
                                     Contact: 360.879.5535
                                     Mtn.Community@yahoo.com 

     This week is Farmerís Market Week. As the new coordinator for the Eatonville Farmerís Market I thought this may be a good time to let everyone know what is happening at their own farmerís market.
     First, this market is a bit different than most other farmerís markets as it is in a mountain area. Fortunately, most of these small farms are quite specialized. It is this uniqueness that has the potential to bring new business into Eatonville. Unfortunately, due to the late appearance of new management, most of these farmers were not prepared to sell at our market. The extreme weather also led to a limited showing of produce this year. However, we are encouraged as many new farmers will be committing to the 2007 farmerís market.
    Second, the managementís new approach includes interest in the local "Mountain Community" artisans who reflect the unique and rare talents of this area and therefore, deserve recognition and support. We have found encouragement from many of these new artisans who are committing at least a portion of their next yearís schedule to the farmerís market. The current artisans and farmers have also shown extreme dedication by showing up on market day in 100 degree weather. You are my heroes!
   Third, there is a strong possibility that the Eatonville Farmerís Market will be reborn next year as the Mountain Community Farmerís Market. The new market will again be a volunteer non-profit organization that will depend on a renewing foundation of sponsorships to continue to grow. The search for a more permanent location that will give the market this needed support has already begun. Since there are qualified farmers and artisans throughout the mountain region and because the market will itself eventually be the destination draw, the location of this new market will depend mostly on the available support and participation of the chosen community. This is a rare ďwin-winĒ situation where everyone participating will benefit. That includes the community and businesses near the farmerís market.
     The next step will start after this yearís season closes. Management will then start the process of determining the specific needs for the new Mountain Community Farmerís Market and giving direction to the various local and outlying groups that have shown an interest. The intention to draw visitors to the new 2007 Mountain Community Farmerís Market on a regular basis, whether it is out-of-state tourists or the local population, is a huge undertaking and not to be considered lightly. It will take time to develop and the expenditure of time, money, and volunteers will probably be more than most people could ever imagine, but then what wonderfully successful endeavor has not had to struggle to survive in the beginning. It only makes the rewards that much sweeter.
     There is an endless number of enjoyable ways you or your group may support this endeavor. If you wish to participate contact me and together we can find what would suit you best.

     Patti Kemmer
     360.879.5535
     Mtn.Community@yahoo.com 



Music at Farmerís Market...
Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

        News Release 
       by Patti Kemmer
       June 15, 2006

      The farmerís market officially opened June 10.  A goodtime was had by all! Everyone enjoyed the vendorís amazing artistic creations from delicately crocheted and quilted items to handmade specialty soaps and jewelry.  It is still a little early in the season for most produce and herbs, but there was some available and it was all naturally grown.  There were dozens and dozens of plants and flowers. The market was even selling bales of hay! And yes, the bunnies did show up and they were even cuter than we could have imagined!  
     You will always find something new at the Eatonville Farmerís Market.  The produce changes with the season and the market is adding new quality vendors every week.  The current vendors are regularly bringing in new creations, so you will find a new experience each time you visit the market. And donít forget to buy your Cow Seeds. They are only $1 and half of the proceeds are donated to the Eatonville Farmerís Market.

Music, Music, Music...

    The opening day event, which was Robin Griffin demonstrating traditional wool spinning, had visitors fascinated with how easy the technique appeared to be (hah).  Her hand-dyed yarn was beautiful and the handmade soap wrapped in wool ďfeltingĒ sold like crazy. There was also an unplanned event. We had an unexpected visit from John Sparrow who entertained us with his beautiful music and several had amusing lyrics.  
     
It was great to hear a professional play and sing his own songs in the open air of the market. He has a CD of his music that will be available on the days he plays for us. John has also offered to help organize the marketís musicians. If you are interested in entertaining the market crowd on Saturdays, please call John Sparrow at 360.832.2672. And a big thank you to Rainier Connect for not only donating our market site, but also furnishing the electricity necessary to host a greater variety of musicians. It will allow the use of a speaker system so everyone can hear the music as they stroll the market.  

Backyard Bounty Booth...

      Remember the Backyard Bounty booth?  It is the free booth being organized by and for backyard gardeners.  Donít let your leftover produce and flowers go to waste. Call Phillys Antiquera after 5 p.m. at 360.832.3481 to find out how you can participate in this worthy project. If you wish to donate funds for the purchase of their tent, tables, chairs, etc. please call Patti Kemmer at 360.8795535.
     The market is currently looking for someone to coordinate the free Community Affairs booth. Eventually there will be a different community service in the booth every Saturday. The events would be overseen by the booth manager, but each community group would manage their own event. We are also looking for donations to purchase the tent, tables, chairs, etc. for this booth. If you know of an appropriate group that may be interested please use the contact information below.
     The Eatonville Farmerís Market has opened with much enthusiasm from not only local, but also outside communities. It appears the Eatonville Farmerís Market may have the opportunity to grow into a visitor destination.  With everyoneís help it may happen as early as this year!  This is a non-profit and hundred percent volunteer organization. It will take the efforts of many people to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity.  If you would like to be part of this exciting farmerís market growth, and help make the market into one of the highlights of Eatonville, attend one of the weekly meetings or use the contact information below.  

Immediate Need for Volunteers on
 Market Day...

     Today we are requesting help with an immediate need for volunteers on market day. If anyone would like to volunteer even a few hours a month it would be greatly appreciated.  There is a variety of duties so we are sure you can find something you would enjoy doing.  On Saturday mornings a few strong bodies would be a big help in placing road signs and tent setups. At the close of the market day we need a crew to teardown and store the signs and tents. Also, everyone is welcome to help the farmers and vendors with their setup and displays. Many of them are alone and an extra pair of hands and a word of encouragement goes a long way in helping them enjoy their market day.  
     Letís help our Mountain Community farmers and creative artists share their talents not only locally, but also with the ďdrive-byĒ tourists. Many of our vendors have never sold their creative or homegrown items before and often limited incomes do not allow for even a simple shelter or table. If you wish to sponsor a farmer or vendor please call Patti Kemmer at 360.879.5535. The market is currently in need of (three) one piece (easy up, accordion style) canopy tents, folding tables, folding chairs, baskets and other display materials.  

Weekly Meetings...

     Tall Timbers Restaurant is an Eatonville Farmerís Market sponsor that provides space for the weekly meetings. The meetings will be held every Thursday, 6-8 p.m. at their restaurant located at 121 Mashell Avenue North in Eatonville. Full restaurant service will be available.  Reservations are not necessary.
   To find out how you can sell, host an event, provide entertainment, help at the farmerís market, or become a sponsor please call Patricia Kemmer, at 360-879-5535 or email at mtn.community@yahoo.com.  Information is also available at the marketís major sponsor, Mountain Community Co-op, 105 Carter Street in Eatonville and at www.groups.yahoo.com/group/MountainCommunity . And check back here often for updates and market events!
   The Eatonville Farmerís Market is open every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout the summer until September 2.  It is located near Rainier Group, 104 Washington Ave in Eatonville.



Farmer's Market 2006 Debut


                                                                                               (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     June 11, 2006: Robin Griffin owner of Mountain Morning Farm spins wool as she visits with Susie Robinson proprietor of Mountain Take Out in Eatonville. Robin's wide array of colorful wool and yarns come from her herd of sheep.
      The Farmer's Market will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. until September 2. It is held in the Rainier Group parking lot on Washington Avenue.  

Some of Robin's Beautiful and Cozy Wares


                                                                                           (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     The colorful, inviting hats baby booties and other items are made by Robin using her own wool. She also makes natural "felted" soaps which are covered by shrunken wool strands. The felted soap is a mild exfoliant. Robin sells eggs, geese and lambs. Contact Robin by email - shepherdess56@msn.com or by phone - 253.847.7264.
    


                                                                                            (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     June 11, 2006: These lovely, colorful bouquets found at the market are from Kaleidoscope Gardens.

 

Adorable Bunnies for Sale


                                                                                                     (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     Truly Easter Bunnies these little cuties, Angoras, were born at Easter making them two months old.

 

Original Jewelry also at Farmer's Market


                                           (photo by Dixie A. Walter)

     This outstanding necklace is just one of many unique and eye catching pieces of jewelry made by Patricia Kemmer. The colors are much more outstanding in real life than in the photo. She is coordinating the Farmer's Market. If you would like to participate or want more information please contact Patricia at mtn.community@yahoo.com or 360.879.5535.



Farmer's Market
Opens Saturday, June 10...

      by Patricia Kemmer
      June 2, 2006

     Welcome to the Eatonville Farmer's Market Yahoo Group...Mountain Community. Join Mountain Community Group Now http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mountaincommunity/join

     This is an invitation to get to know your farmer's market better through this free information group. This website provides information, application forms, photos, calendars, and even polls if you wish to place your vote on a pending issue. We also welcome and encourage your active participation. Your comments and suggestions are always taken into consideration when we make a market decision.
     We have the potential to go beyond a local community asset. Our goal is to grow and benefit all those involved no matter which side of the counter you are on. By reaching out to everyone even beyond the greater mountain community everyone will benefit. That includes the farmers, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, visitors, and local community. We have an opportunity to grow into a future tourist destination as well as serving the local needs.
     Thank you for taking the time to consider participating in the farmer's market. We look forward to having you join us for fun filled summer days at the 2006 Eatonville Farmer's Market. The
next general meeting Thursday, June 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eatonville Library, 205 Center Street West, Eatonville, Washington.

     The 2006 Eatonville and 2007 Mountain Community Farmer's Market is open every Saturday - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - June 10 - September 2. It is located at 104 Washington Avenue, Eatonville, Washington.

     For more information contact Patricia Kemmer, Coordinator, 2006 Eatonville Farmer's Market
mtn.community@yahoo.com 360.879.5535, Mountain Community Co-op. P.O. Box 1631, 105 Carter Street, Eatonville, Washington 98328.



Dragons Hollow at  
Farmer's Market!

      Press Release
      July 2, 2006


     Visions of medieval castles, knights, and flying fiery dragons will settle into your mind when you visit Dragons Hollow at this year's Eatonville Farmer's Market.  Among other things, you will find specialty herbs for cooking, healing, and even burning! I guess that means if you are a terrible cook like me and you burn your dinner it won't be a complete waste. And just wait until you see her cute mini-veggies.
     Lori Resico, the owner, has lived in the local area for nearly ten years. Not too long ago she purchased property near Morton. She brought with her the valuable knowledge of unique vegetables that can be eaten by people like herself who have extremely sensitive stomachs. Not only does she know what people like herself can eat, she also knows how to grow them naturally. Now she shares that expertise by offering these naturally grown herbs and specialty vegetables only at the Eatonville Farmer's Market.
     The name Dragons Hollow came about because the lay of the land she purchased brought images  of mythical dragons in their secret ancient forest hideaways. Tie that in with the sometimes mystical
attributes of the herbs and unique vegetables that she grows there and you will understand how appropriate that name is. The first herbs to be harvested are lemongrass, sage, Santo cilantro, Sweet Dani basil, lemon basil, chives, garlic chives, and thyme. Additional varieties of herbs will be available throughout the summer.
    Resico has also pushed beyond growing just any low-acidic vegetables. She has gone gourmet! And all of her offerings are very mild and not spicy at all.  Besides the sweet Italian frying peppers and lemon cucumbers she grows miniature vegetables. The first harvest will be mini-bell peppers in yellow, red, and chocolate (that's the color not the taste!).  They are so cute. They are only one and a half to two inches in size! Perfect for stuffed appetizers. She will also have tiny sweet yellow pear tomatoes called Teardrops. Beautiful in a salad.
    Although she does garden naturally, like most gardeners who step gently upon the earth, she will not take the time and expense to get her produce certified organic. Let's just say that since she only
uses untreated seeds, organic soil and fertilizer, and waters them with only the purest glacier water, you can't get much better than that.
    Dragons Hollow produce is not sold anywhere except at the Eatonville Farmer's Market every Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout the summer  near Rainier Group, 104 Washington Avenue in Eatonville, June 10 Ė September 2.
   This summer farmers can sell their produce for as little as $5 a day! Other vendors are also offered  a special rate through September 2.  To find out how you can also sell (or help) at the farmer's market call Patricia Kemmer, at 360.879.5535, email at mtn.community@yahoo.com . Attend the next general meeting and let your voice be heard Thursday, June 8 - 6 to 8 p.m. at the newly remodeled Eatonville Library, 205 Center Street West.
     Information, vendor applications, and more are available at the Mountain Community Co-op, 105 Carter Street in Eatonville and online at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mountaincommunity/join 

                                                                                                                     

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