Vendors, Music & Activities for September 2

It’s Labor Day Weekend, which is a great time to squeeze in a summer’s-end barbecue and enjoy the bounty of Washington-grown produce.

So stop in at the market on this cool Friday afternoon and pick up some food for grilling, such as zucchini (yep, it’s delicious when brushed with oil and grilled) or sausages made from locally raised Berkshire pork. There are also peak-season tomatoes, potatoes and early harvest apples for salads or desserts.

For even more locally farmed variety, Catholic Charities Food for All Farm is joining us for the rest of the season starting today.

Emerson-Garfield’s own Bryant McKinley (aka Mr. Spokaloo) will be our musical entertainment. Bryant plays classic hits and makes a single keyboard sound like a five-piece band.

The KERNEL booth is scheduled to be hula hooping into back-to-school season today. They’ll be teaching kids how to hula hoop or letting them show off their skills if they’re already experts. It’s totally free to participate, and kids who complete the activity will get $2 in KERNEL Cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies from our vendors!

The Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council will also be handing out a limited number of dump passes worth $20 each. They’re available to Emerson-Garfield residents and can be used to offset the cost of heavy loads when you’re cleaning out your garage, attic or yard. Come to the market info booth with valid ID to claim yours.

Here are all the vendors who are currently scheduled to join us today:

Produce

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

Prepared

  • Black Fire Kettle Corn: Fresh-made delectable kettle corn.
  • Seely Teriyaki: BBQ teriyaki chicken, stir-fried noodles and rice.

Non-food

  • Soap Simply: Handcrafted olive oil soap.
  • Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies: Face, bath and body products handmade with natural and organic ingredients.
  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.

Feel free to RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Vendors, Music & Activities for August 26

We’re just a few days away from September, which means that we’re smack dab in the middle of peak harvest season here in Washington State.

Tomato varieties—heirloom, cherry, plum, you name it—in a rainbow of colors are available from many of our vendors, including Song Sparrow, Farm Yard and Berry Basics. Tasty, hearty squashes such as patty pan are available from vendors like Woodard Farms. And if cooking squash is a new experience for you, they gladly provide free recipes and preparation advice. That’s one of the many advantages of a farmers market over a supermarket.

Tomatoes aren’t the only rainbow at today’s market. The free KERNEL activity is called “Eat a Rainbow.” Kids will learn how a colorful plate is often a sign of good nutrition – and then they’ll get $2 in KERNEL cash for spending on fresh fruit and veg to put their new knowledge to the test!

Neighborhood musicians and Spokane Public Radio favorites Jones & Jones are returning to perform this week. Seely Teriyaki is also scheduled to be back with delicious Asian comfort food to eat at the market or take home.

Here are all the vendors who are currently scheduled to join us today:

Produce

  • Song Sparrow Farms: Fresh, locally grown produce, including melons. Also does a CSA.
  • The Farm Yard: Neighborhood-grown fruits and vegetables. Some craft items.
  • Woodard Family Farms: A variety of locally grown produce.
  • R.P. Guerrero: Organic tree fruit and more from the Wenatchee area.
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko: A wide variety of co-op produce from across Washington State.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site produce.
  • Berry Basics: A wide variety of local produce with an emphasis on berries.
  • The Father’s Table: Neighborhood-grown produce.
  • Where the Wild Things Grow: Wild-harvested fruit.
  • Other vendors also sell homegrown produce alongside their primary goods.

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

Prepared

  • Black Fire Kettle Corn: Fresh-made delectable kettle corn.
  • Seely Teriyaki: BBQ teriyaki chicken, stir-fried noodles and rice.

Non-food

  • Eco-wise: Perennials and landscaping plants.
  • Soap Simply: Handcrafted olive oil soap.
  • Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies: Face, bath and body products handmade with natural and organic ingredients.
  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.

Feel free to RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Vendors & Activities for August 19

What’s in store for today’s market? Lots! The Spokane County Master Gardener Program is returning – this time with an informational display on beneficial insects and pollinators. If your home garden isn’t producing like it should, it might be because you aren’t attracting the right bugs! Along with dispensing wisdom on how you can cultivate a green thumb of your own, the master gardeners are planning to hand out some kid-friendly materials on beneficial insects and pollinators.

The Spokane Regional Health District is also scheduled to hold a WIC (FMNP) distribution at today’s market. WIC clients, please come down to the market and sign up for these vouchers that give you cash value toward fresh fruit and veg!

Today’s free KERNEL kids’ activity is “Write Your Own Food Story.” Our KERNEL volunteers will help your kids write an illustrate a fun, food-related story – no matter whether it’s based on real life or drawn from their imagination. As with all KERNEL activities, every child will get $2 in KERNEL cash for spending on our vendors’ fresh fruit and veggies.

The winners of our cookbook raffle for Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day were drawn last week. The following winners who weren’t present at the time of the drawing are asked to pick up their copy at today’s market:

  • Tim MaCurdy
  • Lois Stites
  • Cindy Masterson
  • Diane Brown
  • Shelley Clark

Our musical entertainment (and our backup musical entertainment) ran into some scheduling issues this week, so our band canopy might sit empty. If you’re a singer/songwriter, feel free to come down and perform jam-session style! It’d be a shame to have no background music on such a lovely market day.

Jesus Guerrero has been out in his orchards since early this morning picking certified organic peaches to bring to market. That’s him in the photo above with a truck full of huge, ripe mid-season peaches that will be waiting for you.

Here are the vendors who are currently scheduled to join us today:

Produce

  • Song Sparrow Farms: Fresh, locally grown produce, including melons. Also does a CSA.
  • The Farm Yard: Neighborhood-grown fruits and vegetables. Some craft items.
  • Woodard Family Farms: A variety of locally grown produce.
  • R.P. Guerrero: Organic tree fruit and more from the Wenatchee area.
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko: A wide variety of co-op produce from across Washington State.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site produce.
  • Berry Basics: A wide variety of local produce with an emphasis on berries.
  • The Father’s Table: Neighborhood-grown produce.
  • Where the Wild Things Grow: Wild-harvested fruit.
  • Other vendors also sell homegrown produce alongside their primary goods.

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

  • Sandi’s Bakery: Fresh-baked pastries, cookies, scones, muffins, breads and cupcakes.
  • The Scone Ranger: Scones that are so good, so moist, so habit-forming.
  • Morning Sun Bakery: Cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies, quiche, savory pies.
  • Made with Love: Startup bakery with made-from-scratch fruit pies, artisan bread and more.

Prepared

  • Simply Sweets: Baklava, soft brittles, truffles, mints and seasonal products.
  • D’s Roasted Nuts: German-style roasted nuts with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.
  • Black Fire Kettle Corn: Fresh-made delectable kettle corn.

Non-food

  • Eco-wise: Perennials and landscaping plants.
  • Heeling Hands Massage Therapy: Licensed chair massage and whole-body wellness.
  • Soap Simply: Handcrafted olive oil soap.
  • Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies: Face, bath and body products handmade with natural and organic ingredients.
  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.

Feel free to RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Vendors, Music & Activities for August 12

It’s National Farmers Market Week!

We’ll be celebrating in our usual fashion with a free cooking demo that’s open to everyone. This year’s guest chef is Andrew Larson of Twigs Bistro in downtown Spokane. Andrew’s going to be preparing two tasty recipes—blueberry cucumber salad and corn soup— using fresh market ingredients. Thanks to the Washington State Farmers Market Association, we’ll be handing out free accompanying recipe cards so you can easily prepare these dishes at home.

Spokane Public Library is joining us again this week for storytime and a free family-oriented craft activity. They’ll be reading Farmers’ Market Day by Shanda Trent, On the Farm, At the Market by G. Brian Karas, and Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Frances Cony. These storytime and singalong events are great for young children – so parents, please come down with the family in tow for some great fun and games. Bring their friends and make a playdate out of it!

And that’s not all we have for kids this week. The free KERNEL activity will be market bingo. Kids will get a bingo sheet that they’ll complete with our vendors’ help. As always, KERNEL participants will get $2 in KERNEL cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies once they’ve completed the activity.

Oh, and we haven’t forgotten that adults like free stuff too. At 6pm we’ll be holding a drawing for several copies of Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, Leanne Brown’s award-winning, full-color cookbook that is brimming with affordable, easy-to-prepare and delicious recipes. Just be sure you’ve entered your name and contact info in the jar at the market booth before the drawing.

Plus you can get some priceless (and free) advice from the Spokane County Master Gardener Program volunteers, who will have a booth at today’s market. Got pests in your garden? Veggies not producing like they should? Wondering how to even start a backyard garden? The master gardeners can help. Pick their brains and take advantage of their extensive knowledge on all things green. They’ll also have a display on pulses—that is, peas, legumes, lentils—in honor of the International Year of Pulses.

Singer-songwriters Megan Harper & Mikayla Mandere are our musicians this week. It’s their first time playing at our market, so we’re excited to see what’s in store.

Here are all the vendors who are currently scheduled to join us today:

Produce

  • Song Sparrow Farms: Fresh, locally grown produce, including melons. Also does a CSA.
  • The Farm Yard: Neighborhood-grown fruits and vegetables. Some craft items.
  • Woodard Family Farms: A variety of locally grown produce.
  • R.P. Guerrero: Organic tree fruit and more from the Quincy area.
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko: A wide variety of co-op produce from across Washington State.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site produce.
  • The Father’s Table: Neighborhood-grown produce.
  • Berry Basics: A wide variety of local produce with an emphasis on berries.
  • Where the Wild Things Grow: Wild-harvested fruit.
  • Other vendors also sell homegrown produce alongside their primary goods.

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

Prepared

  • Simply Sweets: Baklava, soft brittles, truffles, mints and seasonal products.
  • D’s Roasted Nuts: German-style roasted nuts with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar.

Non-food

  • Eco-wise: Perennials and landscaping plants.
  • Heeling Hands Massage Therapy: Licensed chair massage and whole-body wellness.
  • Soap Simply: Handcrafted olive oil soap.
  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.
  • Urban Settlements: Spokane-based real-estate opportunities and guidance.

Feel free to RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Vendors, Music & Activities for August 5

Plenty of firsts at today’s beautifully sunny market!

Spokane handyman Kevin Oxley is going to be there with a booth for his non-profit organization, which carries out free handyman projects for disabled veterans. We’d love to encourage any disabled vets to come down during market hours and have a chat with Kevin to see how he can be of help. More info on Kevin and his organization can be found on his website; KHQ also did a brief story on him back in May.

Joining us for the first time under the band canopy are the Blue Water Strangers. This local six-piece plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and dobro to conjure up some great old-fashioned toe-tapping Americana music. Check out this playlist on YouTube for a sample.

We’ve also got a brand new meat vendor starting today: WalkingT Beef. Their all-natural, grass-fed and (non-GMO) grain-finished beef has earned them a loyal following across the Spokane area. You can buy select cuts of beef at the market—don’t worry, they can help you choose the right one—or you can place advance orders to reserve bulk locker beef. Be sure to ask them about it.

KERNEL has a fun new kids activity too. It’s called “Bugging Out.” Kids will learn some cool and interesting facts about garden insects, then get to make their own googly-eyed ladybug out of craft paper with the help of our volunteers. Like all KERNEL activities, it’s totally free, and every child will get $2 in KERNEL cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies once they’ve completed it. And word is that Berry Basics will have some delicious fresh-picked blueberries and strawberries today.

Returning this week is West Central Community Center WIC. They’ll be handing out FMNP vouchers to area WIC clients. These supplemental vouchers have a cash value toward fresh fruit and produce from select vendors. If you’re a WIC client and haven’t already claimed your market vouchers, please come down and sign up to receive them!

Unfortunately, it looks like the Master Gardeners have had to cancel their plant activity today due to staffing. But they are still scheduled to be with us next week for our National Farmers Market Week celebration.

Here are all the vendors who are currently scheduled to join us today:

Produce

  • Song Sparrow Farms: Fresh, locally grown produce, including melons. Also does a CSA.
  • The Farm Yard: Neighborhood-grown fruits and vegetables. Some craft items.
  • Woodard Family Farms: A variety of locally grown produce.
  • R.P. Guerrero: Organic tree fruit and more from the Wenatchee area.
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko: A wide variety of co-op produce from across Washington State.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site produce.
  • The Father’s Table: Neighborhood-grown produce.
  • Berry Basics: A wide variety of local produce with an emphasis on berries.
  • Where the Wild Things Grow: Wild-harvested fruit.
  • Other vendors also sell homegrown produce alongside their primary goods.

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

Prepared

  • Seely Teriyaki: BBQ teriyaki chicken, stir-fried noodles and rice.
  • Black Fire Kettle Corn: Fresh-made delectable kettle corn.

Non-food

  • Eco-wise: Perennials and landscaping plants.
  • Heeling Hands Massage Therapy: Licensed chair massage and whole-body wellness.
  • Soap Simply: Handcrafted olive oil soap.
  • Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies: Face, bath and body products handmade with natural and organic ingredients.
  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.

Feel free to RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!