Heads up for those who arrive late to the Queen Anne Farmers Market – the summer hours of 3-7:30pm end tomorrow, Thursday, September 19th.
Per the QAFM, with the days getting shorter (and darker earlier), they’re starting the new fall hours of 3-7pm.
And, as a reminder, the QAFM season runs all the way through Halloween this year, allowing everyone to benefit from the fall growing season. Plus, the market will celebrate one of our neighborhood’s favorite holidays with a Halloween celebration!
It’s still summery, so Rose wines really fit the bill for an afternoon or evening outside or with light summer veggie fare from the Queen Anne Farmers Market. What a better way to indulge and help out our QAFM than to try a new Rose created by Canlis that benefits QAFM?
The new label was created by Canlis specifically to benefit our independent, non-profit market. Canlis’ wine program recently won its seventeenth consecutive Wine Spectator Grand Award, placing it in the top 50 wine lists of the world. Canlis Sommelier, Nelson Daquip, selected this Rose for its tradition as a celebratory summer wine.
According to Maria College, co-founder and Director of QAFM:
“We cannot adequately express our gratitude to the Canlis Family and to Canlis Sommelier, Nelson Daquip, for their continued support and generosity. Every week we celebrate Washington’s agricultural abundance and we are thrilled that we can also showcase our state’s proud tradition as the second largest wine-producing region in the country.”
The new Rose is available for purchase at local wine merchant McCarthy & Shiering, at the corner of McGraw and Queen Anne Ave N. The wine shop is offering it at a reasonable price point of $13.99 per bottle. Stop by today to pick up a bottle and enjoy the last weeks of summer!
The QAFM is today from 3-7:30pm, and it’s a great time to stock up on fruits and veggies before the market takes a break next week. As a general rule, the QAFM is open every Thursday through October 31th, but this year, the 4th of July lands on a Thursday. The QAFM took a poll of vendors and decided to take a break for the holiday.
And, a quick heads up that the July 11th QAFM will also include a tent to collect new and gently used kitchen and household items for the International Rescue Committee, helping refugee families. So, take some time to collect blankets, sheets, shower curtains, towels, and small electronics such as DVD players, radios, and George Foreman grills for the cause. (note: no clothing or large items such as furniture).
So, plan ahead and get shopping today, and clean out your closets, attics, and basements for the July 11th donation event. Then, enjoy the 4th with friends, family, and fireworks!
Today was the Opening Day for the Queen Anne Farmers Market, and it was hopping! Lots of people, sunny weather, music, food trucks, and the usual fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, and other farmers market fare.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Thursdays, 3pm-7:30pm through October 31st. And, contrary to previous reports, it may not be every Thursday… the QAFM is likely taking July 4th off. (which makes sense, so stay tuned)
And, if you missed it, you can take a look at the gallery of photos from today’s events – just click on the image to the right and it’ll take you to today’s photo gallery.
We’ve made it through winter and most of spring, and now there’s a sure sign of summer on the horizon – the Queen Anne Farmers Market opens this Thursday, and will be open every Thursday from 3pm-7:30pm until October 31st.
Our local QAFM is the only independent farmers market in Seattle, and volunteers are on-board to help keep it running! How can you help? Pick up a QAFM yard sign to help advertise the market, they’ll be available at the QAFM kiosk starting this Thursday.
This year’s market features over 50 Washington farms, artisan food producers and street food vendors – including a somewhat new set-up for food trucks that’ll highlight a few different trucks per week, plus more seating.
And, to kick off the season, the opening day includes a cooking demonstration with Seattle City Council President, Sally J. Clark and Councilmember, Richard Conlin, a Radish Run & Relay for kids ages 2-10, and a musical performance by Rich Brisbois and Cindy Arasim. Here’s the opening day schedule:
QAFM Opening Day Schedule – June 6, 2013
4:00pm: Kids ages 2-5 – How far can you run while holding a radish on a spoon?
4:20pm: Kids ages 6-10 – Sign up in groups of three to relay down Produce Row with your radish partner. Sign up in advance via email.
5:00pm: Cooking Demonstration with Sally J. Clark, President, Seattle City Council
6:00pm: Cooking Demonstration with Seattle City Councilmember, Richard Conlin
5pm-7pm: Market Music: Rich Brisbois and Cindy Arasim
And, to help plan your afternoon or evening at QAFM, you can check out this year’s vendor list – there are quite a few familiar names, as well as some exciting newcomers.
Be sure to stop by the QAFM at Queen Anne Ave N and West Crockett St this Thursday and every Thursday through Halloween!
In the new QAFM poster, Joe provides a child’s perspective of the market, with everyone invited to join in – “Everybody’s at the Queen Anne Farmers Market.” And, beginning June 6th, everyone can join in for market fun on Thursdays through October 31st.
Joe’s colorful work is infused with a message of meaningful change:
“I’d like to spread the vision of a future that is sustainable and dynamic, while staying connected to our legacy of ingenuity, invention and diverse community.”
The SFMNP provides checks for eligible seniors to use at farmers markets throughout King County, including our own Queen Anne Farmers Market. It’s a great way for eligible seniors to have healthy options at our local markets.
Photo courtesy of SFMNP
Seniors can apply for the program through Friday, May 31st. There are a limited number of checks available, so King County will select seniors via a random selection from the total number of applications received. All seniors who apply will receive a letter in early July informing them of their status with the program.
Eligible applicants must be 60 years old or older (or 55+ for American Indian/Alaska Native) and low-income (below 185% of Federal Poverty Level). To apply, fill out an application form available online or call the Senior Information & Assistance at 206.448.3110 or 888.4.ELDERS.
And, remember, the Queen Anne Farmers Market starts Thursday, June 6th and runs through October 31st this year – just a month and a half away to kick-off day!
Spring starts this week, but we still have a couple months to go before the growing season kicks off in the Pacific Northwest – but fear not, we have some Queen Anne Farmers Market news to whet your appetite for the upcoming season, and make you long for the days when W Crockett St is closed to cars and filled with vendors and locals alike.
Photo courtesy of QAFM
First up, mark your calendar – the QAFM season runs from June 6th – October 31st this year. That’s right, it’ll be around through Halloween and the Queen Anne Ave Halloween festivities, as the market extends further into the fall produce season. Market hours will be the usual 3:00-7:30pm.
Secondly, the market has a new market manager, Tom Tafelsky. According to a market spokesperson, the whole QAFM team is looking forward to a great season of Tom’s and the board’s leadership; Tom has a commitment to community that will help motivate others to volunteer or donate to our non-profit market, keeping it independent, thriving, and growing. A 3-year Queen Anne resident who’s volunteered with the P-Patch giving program, Tom has a commitment to community building. He’s excited about joining the QAFM team and looks forward to connecting with the Queen Anne community while building on the growth and success of the market in 2013.
Photo courtesy of QAFM
Next up, QAFM vendors and activities – the vendor roster is still being developed, but rest assured, we’ll see both old favorites and new faces among the 50 farms, artisans, and food vendors. The final list won’t be available until May, but news of Renee Erickson’s Narwahl oyster wagon is joining the food truck line-up has been confirmed by the QAFM. (Erickson’s restaurants include The Whale Wins, Walrus and the Carpenter, Boat Street Café). The ever-popular chef’s tent will return, and new this year will be a kid’s market tour to introduce little ones to various types of produce throughout the season.
Photo courtesy of QAFM
And, finally, just this week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 5674, sponsored by Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles – this bill “would allow up to three wineries or microbreweries per day to offer samples at a farmers market.” The bill now goes to the House of Representatives. If it passes, we can all cross fingers that the QAFM may see Washington state wineries and microbreweries in the future – no applications yet, but this bill certainly helps open the door!
That’s it for now, but it’s certainly enough to get us through the next few months of typical Spring weather. June is in our sights!
Two important things to know: 1) It’s the most abundant time of year for our farmers, so make sure to stop by. 2) It’s starting to get dark earlier, so we move to our fall hours this week – 3:00 to 7:00pm.
5:00pm: QAFM volunteers will be out with the annual dot survey for the Market
Your feedback in past seasons led to expanded hours, new types of vendors, a greater selection of farmers and food artisans, and much more.
Tell us what you are thinking. We are listening!
5:30pm: In the Chef tent this week is Sam Crannell from LloydMartin
“The growth in our vendor roster is in response to customer feedback that tells us they really enjoy the market but want even greater diversity and number of vendors. We’ve worked hard to ensure that we maintain the same high quality while providing some new fresh food options. This expansion is also a critical step forward as we work towards the Market’s financial sustainability,” states Maria College, Co-Founder, QAFM.
While QAFM is expanding its vendor base, the site is not expanding. Stewart Chung, AIA, and owner of Buns on Wheels, volunteered his time to make sure the site space was maximized to accommodate all the new vendors. “It’s clear to me as a market vendor that the Queen Anne Farmers Market is a labor of love for its dedicated staff and volunteer team. It feels great to be a part of this effort and I’m glad to contribute my skill set to make a great community resource even better,” he shared.
Mr. Chung also created an an amazing fly-by visualization of what an expanded Market would look like.
This year’s sponsor list has been released as well. They include Metropolitan Market, Rene Stern at Windermere Real Estate, HomeStreet Bank, EveryBlock, Whole Foods Market, The Shop, and Liz Petrillo at Windermere Real Estate.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to our sponsors. Without their support the market would not be possible. We encourage everyone to support the businesses that support our great community,” notes Ms. College.
Last, but not least, Elizabeth Mullaly’s coveted poster design for 2012 has made its debut. Available for purchase at Queen Anne Dispatch, Queen Anne Frame, and charley + may.
The Market is held every Thursday, 3:00 to 7:30 from June 7 to October 11.
Applications are now available for the popular Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, providing low-income seniors with $40 in voucher checks that can be exchanged for fresh produce at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs throughout King County, including our own Queen Anne Farmers’ Market.
Applicants must be King County residents age 60 or older (age 55 or older if American Indian/Alaska Native) and low-income—below 185 percent of Federal Poverty Level (FPL). In real terms, that means someone who meets the age requirement must have an annual income at or below $20,665 (or $1,723 monthly) if he or she lives alone; or $27,991 ($2,333 monthly) if he or she lives with one other person. For larger households, the FPL formula adds $611 per month per person.
“Seattle and suburban cities are fortunate to have a wealth of small farmers markets that provide fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey,” said Jesse Eller, director of Seattle Human Services Department’s Aging and Disability Services division, the agency that oversees the program in King County. “It’s a great investment in senior nutrition as well as our agricultural economy.”
Applications are available online or by calling the organizations listed below.
· African American Elders Program: 206-328-6840
· Asian Counseling & Referral Service: 206-695-7510
· Chinese Information & Service Center: 206-624-5633 ext 4178
· Latino Information & Assistance: 206-764-4700
· Neighborhood House: 206-461-4522
· Russian Information & Assistance (Irina at JFS): 425-643-2221
· Seattle Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens: 206-684-0500
· Senior Information & Assistance 206-448-3110 or 1-888-4ELDERS
Because funds are limited, a random selection process is used to select recipients. Completed applications must be submitted by mail and postmarked by June 4, 2012. All applicants will receive a letter by early July informing them of their status.
The Queen Anne Farmers’ Market opens June 7, 2012. The following week of June 14, the Market will match SNAP/EBT/WIC/SFMNP redemptions up to $15. per person (capped at $400/day). Any customer redeeming food stamps can have their redemption value doubled up to $15. “We are fortunate to be able to do this because of the support of donations made by our sponsors and our ‘Friends of the Market’ donations,” says Maggie Cuevas of the QAFM.
Even with the sparse rain drops falling sporadically around town today, it seems spring has finally arrived, and with that comes, at long last, the opening of the Queen Anne Farmers Market season, which will kick off just one week from today, on Thursday June 2 until Thursday, October 6.
The market, which has always been under the wing of Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth (QANRG), is under new management this year after a disagreement arose between the QANRG and the market’s former director Julie Whitehorn, who has managed the market for the past two years. After many months of uncertainty, Whitehorn and the QANRG were unable to resolve the dispute and opted instead to go their separate ways rather than see the market suffer. Read Whitehorn’s resignation letter here (.pdf), and the QANRG’s press release introducing the market’s new staff team here (.pdf).
Still despite the changing of the guard, QANRG says the market will maintain many of the same staff members, volunteers and vendors from prior seasons, keeping consistent with the community that has grown around the market over the last four years.
“This year’s market builds on a successful 2010 season that saw customer attendance increase by 94 percent and the growth of a dynamic vendor roster of 64 farmers and prepared food vendors. In its fifth year as the fiscal sponsor, QANRG remains steadfastly committed to creating a sustainable market that can continue to serve the community for years to come,” QANRG President Scott Smith said in a statement released last month.
The market’s new manager, Jamie Collado, brings with her more than nine years of experience working in the local food scene managing restaurant operations, and has a particular interest in health and nutrition. While completing her preceptorship with Seattle Nutrition Action Consortium, Seattle and King County Public Health, she taught healthy eating classes for local teens, putting her undergraduate and graduate education in nutrition and exercise to work.
In addition to adding some new faces, this year’s market will also report to the QAFM Steering Committee, a group made up of former market staff, volunteers, and community members who will be charged with the task of overseeing market operations, community outreach and planning for the market’s long-term sustainability. (Read more about the steering committee in the QANRG press release linked above).
The new market also has a brand new website to match, but ther than that, very little will be changing at the market itself. Held at its usual spot on West Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W, the market will be extending its hours by a half-hour, going from 3 to 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. every Thursday through October 6. And each week the market will still be packed with great local vendors, live music, cooking demos, book signings, and more fun events. Check out the list of vendors scheduled to appear at the market this year here.
Want to get involved in the QAFM? Information on how to become a market sponsor by making a tex-deductible donation can be found here.
The QAFM is also still looking for volunteers for the upcoming season for everything from staffing the information table, to donating professional services such as web design or photography. If you’ve got a skill you’d like to share with the market, or would simply like to donate your time, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Decker at 206-854-0143 or YouMakeQAFMGreat@qafma.net.
We’ll give you the sneak peek at what’s on the agenda for the market’s grand opening next week, but in the meantime don’t forget to ‘like’ the market on its new Facebook page, and follow it on its new Twitter account.