Gym to hold blood drive for Issaquah youngster suffering from E. coli

September 24, 2015

NEW — 4:10 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015

Gold’s Gym Issaquah is holding a blood drive Sept. 25 to honor Elizabeth Buder, better known as “Scout,” the 4-year-old Issaquah girl sickened by E. coli poisoning after visiting the Issaquah Farmers Market in August.

The blood drive is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gym, 1025 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Anyone can participate, you do not have to be a member of the gym, said Gold’s Christian Bollinger.

Why did Gold’s decide to get involved?

“It just seemed like a good idea, something respectful to do for the little girl,” he said.

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Off The Press — My autumn bucket list is already filled to the brim

September 22, 2015

Wow, that was quick. The summer is over and the first day of autumn was officially Wednesday, Sept. 23.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

Looking back, for whatever reason, I got so little done this sunny season, especially when it comes to attending Issaquah events. I didn’t make it to a single Tuesday night Concert on the Green. My wife usually succeeds in dragging me to the Farmers Market at least one Saturday a year. Didn’t happen this time. So I’ll blame her for that one.

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Celebrate Apple Fest at Saturday’s Issaquah Farmers Market and vote for market in online poll

September 17, 2015

NEW – 10:55 a.m. Sept. 17, 2015

Celebrate the arrival of fall with an Apple Fest at this Saturday’s farmers market.

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W., visitors can sample a variety of apples and vote for their favorite.

There will also be farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, specialty cooking mixes, handmade arts and crafts and more.

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County investigates E. coli outbreaks linked to Issaquah and Sammamish farmers markets

September 1, 2015

NEW — 12:07 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

While a county health official would not give an exact time frame, county health investigators are following six confirmed cases of human E. coli bacteria infection, including two cases linked to the Issaquah Farmers Market and two linked to the Sammamish Farmers Market.

The link between all the cases is alleged to be a Mexican food truck, Los Chilangos, which visited both the Issaquah and Sammamish farmers markets, said Hilary Karasz, a spokeswoman for Public Health — Seattle and King County.

“We have an active E. coli outbreak… we are investigating,” Karasz said.

Karasz would not discuss the age or gender of the people sickened.

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Issaquah joins national Farmers Market Week —Aug. 2-8

August 1, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 1, 2015

Celebrate Farmers Market Week with a visit to the Issaquah Farmers Market.

Issaquah’s market is joining other government agencies, nonprofit organizations and farmers markets to recognize the 16th annual National Farmers Market Week — Aug. 2-8.

Farmers markets offer fresh, seasonal food grown by small farms in Washington. Those purchases create stronger local food economies and support more than 1,000 unique farms.

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Master gardener’s corner — Tomato weather is here

July 29, 2015

NEW — 10:50 a.m. July 29, 2105

If you have ever been jealous of gardeners in Eastern Washington who grow big Beefsteak tomatoes by the buckets full, this would’ve been a good year to put up a challenge.

Every year, I struggle to get a few Sun Golds and Sweet 100s from pots on my shady deck, while those people east of the mountains are downing giant, sweet, juicy, fresh-picked tomatoes by the dozen. It is not fair.

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Issaquah Farmers Market needs your vote

July 27, 2015

NEW — 5 p.m. July 27, 2015

The Issaquah Farmers Market is in the running to receive national recognition from American Farmland Trust, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to saving farmland for the next generation.

The community is encouraged to visit the market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 26 and then endorse the market by visiting the website

The American Farmland Trust’s seventh-annual Farmers Market Celebration calls on shoppers to help identify the best of America’s farmers markets. The organization asks market visitors to focus their evaluation on four special areas — Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community and Champion for the Environment.

Visitors are also encouraged to post pictures and videos of Issaquah’s Farmers Market to Instagram using American Farmland Trust’s hashtag #OnMyFork and our market hashtag #FreshFromIssy.

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Hobby & Volunteer Expo returns May 30

May 24, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 24, 2015

The 15th annual Hobby & Volunteer Expo returns to the Issaquah Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 30 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Experience interactive activities, meet friendly faces and connect with the community. The event is open to all ages, and is especially good for new community members, recently retired residents and students seeking programs in which to earn community service hours.

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Off The Press — Our website is your visual time machine

May 20, 2015

One of the biggest changes out of many here at The Issaquah Press since your friendly staff photographer signed on 18 years ago has been in how we make and use the images in our newspaper and on our website.

Greg Farrar Press photographer

Greg Farrar
Press photographer

What most may already know but gives me great pleasure to point out as a reminder is how many photo galleries you can browse through with the click of a mouse or the swipe of a finger at and the other newspapers we publish — Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News.

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Setting Up For The Issaquah Farmers Market

May 5, 2015

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