SAVE THE DATE: The Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market’s opening day will be Saturday, June 1 in the north parking lot of the Des Moines Marina (map below), where it will run from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 26.
Coming off its most successful season in history – up 40% over 2011 – the Market will be bringing you lots of new vendors, including farms, meat ranchers, unique produce and much more.
“We really had a fantastic market last year and know this year will be even better,” said Board President Wayne Corey. “One of our goals this year is to have more activities for families. We are excited to announce that we will have a Kids Fishing Derby on three Saturdays this season on the Des Marina Fishing Pier. Look for more information on this blog and our website.”
The word “Waterfront” will be prominent again with lots of boating and fishing activities along with the Boardwalk Bistro where guests will be able to enjoy their favorite market prepared foods. Also returning on July 20 will be the Des Moines Classic Car and Wooden Boat Show. You will be able to enjoy the market’s annual Pancake Feed from 8 – 10 a.m. and shop at the market and cruise thru the cars until 3 p.m.
“The market again will have many of your favorite artisans and crafters and well as some new ones,” said Rikki Marohl, Market Manager. “Also returning will be the market’s own wines, including this year’s new Waterfront White, a fabulous Riesling, with all the proceeds going toward the market’s Endowment Fund.”
Don’t forget to bring your old musical instruments and donate them to the Highline Music4Life program. They will be at the market the first three weekends in June. The program refurbishes the instruments and gives them to Highline Public School students who can’t afford them. The local Rotary Club of Des Moines recently made a $10,000 donation to this wonderful program thru its annual Blues & Blues Festival, to be held this year on Saturday, Aug. 24.
Some other special events will include:
June 1: Opening Day
July 13: Kids Fishing Derby
July 20: Classic Car & Wooden Boat Show + Pancake Feed
August 10: Health & Fitness Day + Kids Fishing Derby
September 7: Kids/Back to School/Safety Day
September 14: Kids Fishing Derby
October 26: 7th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Here’s a video courtesy Wayne Corey showing some of the highlights of this market:
Also new this year will be the participation of the Hyde Shuttle thru Senior Services of King County:
To keep up with all the current happenings at the market, please log onto the website – www.dmfm.org  – and sign up for the e-newsletter that comes out once a week. You can also keep up on the activities by visiting the markets Facebook page.
See you on OPENING DAY where our sister site The Waterland Blog  will be blogging live!
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