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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Issaquah Farmers Market is accepting vendor signups

February 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 5, 2015

Potential vendors interested in participating in the Issaquah Farmers Market for the first time are invited to attend the 2015 New Vendor Jury Days.

The sessions are from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 and March 7 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

RSVP by emailing or calling 837-3311. A limited number of jury appointments are available.

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The last Issaquah Farmers Market of the season is Saturday

October 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 10, 2014

Don’t miss out on the last farmers market of the season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

In addition to farm-fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, attractions include fresh-cut flowers, freshly-baked goods and handmade arts and crafts.

Stay for the free music by The Tarantellas singing acoustic Italian favorites from noon to 1:30 p.m., and a glass pumpkin patch exhibit by Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio.

The market is on, rain or shine.

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World War II veterans deserve honor, respect

June 10, 2014

A special thanks to those who turned out for the D-Day ceremony at Veterans’ Memorial Field on June 6.

People were thrilled to see three P-51 Mustangs soar over the field twice, coming lower the second time to give people a closer look at the intricately painted planes.

There were more than 50 veterans in attendance, many from World War II. Several of them had tears in their eyes as they watched the planes.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

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