Opening day for the Queen Anne Farmers Market is June 2nd

QAFM 2016It’s almost time! The Queen Anne Farmers Market returns for another great season in less than 2 weeks. Market season kicks off on Thursday, June 2nd and runs every Thursday, rain or shine, through October 13th.

This year’s QAFM poster marks the return of Joe Wirtheim. He’s the artist behind the 2014 and 2015 posters, so this year’s festive community gathering table image is a hat trick, and sure to be a hot item for collectors.

The poster will be available at the QAFM Info Tent and at Queen Anne Frame.

Here’s the scoop on the new poster per QAFM:

“2016’s poster focuses on our community gathering together at the table, sharing food and enjoying the market. Since QAFM is such a dynamic place to be every Thursday, Joe included our wonderful chickens to portray the fun that we have at market. We would love for you to “gather” with us this season at QAFM, and we are so thankful to Joe for again creating such a fabulous poster for us.”

We’re lucky to have such a fantastic local farmer’s market, so be sure to mark your calendars for opening day on June 2nd, here’s a photo from last year to tie you over until then:

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QAFM seeks volunteers for market season

QAFM logoOur recent weather sure seems to scream “summer!” and it’s not that far away… at least for the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market. Market season kicks off on Thursday, June 2nd, and runs every Thursday until the end of the season in October.

As you may or may not know, the QAFM is volunteer-driven. That means that volunteers are critical to keeping our local market going strong throughout the season. That brings us to this week – QAFM is looking for volunteers to help out on market days, and if you’re interested in helping make the market run smoothly, plan on attending a QAFM Volunteer event this Wednesday.

Join QAFM Market Director Brittany Ryan at Bounty Kitchen (7 Boston St) on Wednesday, May 11th from 6pm-7pm to learn more about volunteer opportunities at the market. It’s a great way to get involved with one of Queen Anne’s most popular events, and all you need to do is RSVP via email.

There are several different volunteer opportunities, from setting up the market to staffing the Information Tent or Event Tent to breaking down the market tents at the end of the day. Get ready for market season, it’s less than a month away! Check out this photo from last year’s market to whet your appetite for fresh, local produce from QAFM!

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Last Queen Anne Farmers Market of the season is today

QAFM 2015 PosterAll good things must come to an end… at least for the season in the case of the Queen Anne Farmers Market. The independent, non-profit market is a central feature of our Queen Anne summers, something we can all look forward to each week. But, today will be the last market until next year’s season, so plan on stocking up on the last of the fresh fruits and veggies, grab dinner from one of the food truck vendors, buy a QAFM t-shirt, and say farewell for the season.

The QAFM’s last hurrah of the season includes the usual vendors, plus if you have a pup, be sure to stop by The Seattle Barkery. They’re giving out free Peanut Butter & Banana Bone treats to 4-legged market visitors. Plus, Seattle Barkery has human treats too, so you won’t feel left out.

The Queen Anne Helpline coat drive will be at the market too, so bring along any gently-used or new coats for donation. The weather is slowly turning this year, and as it gets colder, the Queen Anne Helpline’s clothing bank can certainly use warm coats for its clients.

Make plans to stop by the Queen Anne Farmers Market today for one last market run until June!

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week at the Queen Anne Farmers Market today

National Farmers Market WeekIt’s National Farmers Market Week, a perfect time to swing by the Queen Anne Farmers Market. Here are some stats that QAFM shared about Farmers Markets:

  • Farmers Markets protect farmland from development: 1 in 4 farmers at markets farm on protected land
  • Growers selling local create 13 farm jobs per $1 million in revenue, while those not selling local only create 3 jobs
  • 1.5 million low-income families got fresh local produce at Farmers Markets through WIC FMNP in 2013
  • People eat more fruits and veggies when they shop at a Farmers Market instead of a grocery store
  • 3 in 4 farmers selling at Farmers Markets use practices consistent with organic standards

Today’s rotating vendors and activities include:

Wineries: Lopez Island Vineyard & Winery and Stomani Cellars & Winery
Food Trucks: Fish Basket, Roll OK Please, and Grilled Cheese Experience
Artisans: Jonboy Caramels, NW Gourmet Harvest, Chimacum Valley Dairy, and Luv Macarons

Community Tent: Learn about the work of the Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart this week at the Community Tent.

Live Music: Join indie outlaws Whitherward for an evening of modern Americana, classic folk, and 90’s rock (ceremoniously dubbed “power folk”). This acoustic duo is coming all the way from Denver, Colorado, to play the picnic lawn.

Plan a trip to the QAFM today between 3pm and 7:30pm, grab dinner at a food truck, learn about the Food Bank, listen to some power folk music, and take home fresh fruits, veggies, flowers, and more!

Queen Anne Farmers Market is today: food, fun, and books!

QAFM 2015 PosterIt’s Thursday, and in the summer, that means market day. The Queen Anne Farmers Market kicks off at 3pm today and runs until 7:30pm

In addition to the usual vendors, here’s the rundown of the rotating vendors you can find at QAFM today:

Wineries: Wilridge WineryPrecept Wine
Food Trucks: Kiss My Grits, Fish Basket, Grilled Cheese Experience
Artisans: Met Market, Luv Macarons, Bellflower Chocolate Co.

This week, the QAFM has donated booth space to the Seattle Public Library’s Queen Anne branch. The Queen Anne Library will set up shop at the Community Tent to feature summer reading materials for all ages. They’ll also host a fun science craft for children: make your own thaumatrope!

Get out and enjoy the market today!

Canlis’ Queen Anne Farmers Market Rose is back

Canlis 2015 wineSummer weather practically demands Rose, and Canlis is delivering again – and for some lucky Queen Anne residents, delivery could be done via Mark Canlis himself. The 2015 QAFM Rose is available for pre-orders, with all proceeds benefitting our very own Queen Anne Farmers Market!

For a select few Queen Anne residents who pre-order a case or more of the Canlis Kerloo Cellars Grenache Rose, Mark Canlis will deliver the order in person… perhaps in a little red wagon with kids in tow!

This is the third year that Canlis has supported QAFM. According to Maria College, QAFM Director and Board President: “We are extremely blessed to have such generous neighbors that really care and invest in the success of our non-profit, community farmers market. Our heartfelt thanks to Mark Canlis and the rest of the Canlis family for their ongoing support.”

We had the opportunity to ask some questions of Mark, before he heads out on a few special Queen Anne deliveries:

Why produce a wine that benefits the QAFM?
“My Grandfather lived here in the 50’s. This has been our neighborhood for three generations. We live here, work here, trick or treat here, go to school here, sled the counterbalance, drink our coffee, mail things from the dispatch and have eaten thousands of sausages from AJ’s. So when a farmer’s market opened up down the street, you can imagine we were hungry to support it.”

How did Canlis decide on the flavor profile of the Rose?
“We just love good rose. I don’t care if it’s rose hips and orange blossoms or peach skins and fraise du bois. Rose is rose: chillable, quaffable in big gulps, able to handle summer, late nights, early afternoons, smokey bbq’s, sprinklers, ice cubes, full moons, picknicks, whatever. Kerloo makes beautiful wine. We went down there as a staff, tasted through a bunch of barrels, and blended up a wine we all thought would pair with the season, with our big, lazy, scorchin’ summer lives. As it happens, this one is awfully good. But that’s a function of the winemaker and the soil more than us.”

Tell us more about the local Queen Anne wine deliveries via little red wagon
“There’s only 34 cases left. So we’ll deliver them all if need be. (But yes, Queen Anne only please. And only for full-case orders…which in our home, is just shy of three weeks worth 🙂 This is our town, our community, our market, our wine. The kids and I are up for getting out and meeting the neighbors. Still, it’s a pretty big hill, so that red wagon may end up looking like my red pick up truck. But the spirit is just the same.”

You can order your case (or more) by contacting Canlis at 206-283-3313 or via email. You can also stop by the QAFM, McCarthy & Schiering, or Met Market (Uptown) for your QAFM Rose fix. The wine sells for $19 per bottle, with all proceeds benefitting our nonprofit farmers market.

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