Vendors, Music & Activities for September 30

Well, this is it. The last market of our fourth season. We’re sad to say goodbye to all of our growers, bakers, farmers and crafters until next June, but we can at least send them off in style.

In what’s now become a tradition, we’ll have an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press for apples, pears and other seasonal tree fruit. Come down and give it a whirl! If you want to press a large batch for yourself, you can even bring or buy your own apples. And don’t forget to bring a container too.

The last KERNEL activity of the season is going to be “Wheel of KERNEL.” This is a fun spinning wheel just like you’d find on a kid’s board game. The wheel has 9 categories and a free spin. Each category will cover one of the great games and lessons from the KERNEL activities this season, like Buzz About Bees or hula hooping. It’s totally free and, as always, every participant will get $2 in KERNEL Cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies once they’ve completed the activity.

BECU will be back one last time, too, with their giveaway booth to promote their new Spokane branches. Give them a friendly welcome and chances are you’ll leave with some nice BECU swag!

And for music, we’re welcoming back Jones & Jones, who’ve performed (by popular request) almost monthly at the market throughout the season. We think their upbeat folk tunes will be the perfect soundtrack to say farewell to another great season and greet autumn.

Here’s everyone who’s scheduled to be closing the season with us today:

Produce

  • The Father’s Table: Neighborhood-grown 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.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site produce.
  • Other vendors also sell homegrown produce alongside their primary goods.

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

Prepared

Non-food

  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.

Vendors, Music & Activities for September 23

It’s the penultimate week of this year’s market season. Early morning frosts have started to affect some of our growers’ crops, so be sure to keep an eye out for items like local heirloom tomatoes and zucchini. They might not be available for much longer.

However, some ends are also beginnings, and a few growers like Song Sparrow Farms already have big, plump pumpkins and acorn squash available.

Today’s free KERNEL activity was supposed to be Fun with Fungi, but it’s been changed to a really cool demonstration of transpiration, which is how plants absorb water and let it evaporate from their leaves. Kids will get to see transpiration in action and then do a coloring page. As always, every participant will get $2 in KERNEL Cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies once they’re done.

This week we’re saying goodbye to Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies and Made with Love Bakery. Stop by, stock up for autumn, and find out where you can get in touch with them during the winter months.

BECU will be back with their giveaway booth to promote their new Spokane branches. Drop in at their booth for smiles and goodies and remember to give them a shout out with the #BECULife hashtag on social media.

For music, we’ve got a new band called Armed and Dangerous. Although they’ve been working on original music of their own, today they’ll be doing covers of classic rock.

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

Produce

  • The Father’s Table: Neighborhood-grown 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.
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko: A wide variety of co-op produce from across Washington State.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site 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.
  • D’s Roasted Nuts: German-style roasted nuts with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Simply Sweets: Baklava, soft brittles, truffles, mints and seasonal products.

Non-food

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

You can RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

Vendors, Music & Activities for September 16

Back by popular demand, we’ve got a free cooking demo this week with Andrew Larson, now head chef at Browne’s Tavern. It will take place between 4-6pm.

Andrew is going to be preparing squash bacon fritters and crunchy zucchini canapés using ingredients sourced right from the market. He’ll show you how to shop for the right ingredients and then take you through the recipes step by step. Feel free to bring family and friends along to this fun cooking demonstration and make a group outing of it. We’ll be posting those recipes to our Facebook page during the demo.

While you’re watching the cooking demo, your kids can take part in the free KERNEL activity. Using a leaf, crayon and paper, kids will be making colorful leaf rubbings just in time for autumn. As always, every participant will get $2 in KERNEL Cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies once they’re done.

Catholic Charities Food for All and Caritas Outreach Ministries will also be doing a Fresh Bucks Spokane tour. All Fresh Bucks-eligible clients will be able to get a personalized tour of the market and have any questions answered.

Plus BECU will be back with their giveaway booth to promote their new Spokane branches. Stop by for lots of free smiles and goodies, then give them a shout out with the #BECULife hashtag to welcome them to the city.

And, finally, Carter Junction will be our musical entertainment this week. Clinton and Sarah unite Clinton’s deep baritone with Sarah’s angelic yet earthy tones to create some beautiful folk and western.

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

Produce

  • Catholic Charities Food for All: Local, community-farmed 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.
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko: A wide variety of co-op produce from across Washington State.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site 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.
  • D’s Roasted Nuts: German-style roasted nuts with cinnamon and sugar.

Non-food

  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.
  • Lynette Sjol: Handmade quilts and baskets.

You can RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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 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!