October 4, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 4, 2013
The city of Issaquah is celebrating the arrival of fall with extended hours at the farmers market.
On the remaining market Saturdays — Oct. 5 and 12 — the market will be open an extra hour, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The market is at the historic Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
The market features farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, specialty cooking mixes, handmade arts and crafts and more.
Come to the final market day of the season Oct. 12 for Apple Fest 2013 and a taste of fall. Sample a variety of apples and vote for the best from the market vendors.
September 24, 2013
My plants talk to me, and I always answer — sometimes in no uncertain terms. I was telling them the other day, “You guys have it made. You haven’t a clue what plants are dealing with in other parts of the country.”
This summer and last winter have been really conducive to plant growth here. We had a warmer than usual winter, extra heat this summer with higher than normal humidity, and a longer than normal growing season. With a little extra water from the hose, it’s a jungle out there. Hot summer days started the first of June rather than July 5 this year, and as of this writing, the weather is continuing to delight.
January 29, 2013
Forest Fairy Bakery, a staple at the Issaquah Farmers Market, has opened a brick-and-mortar location downtown.
The bakery, 485 Front St. N., D-1, specializes in artisan breads, cookies, cakes and organic granola.
The business dates back to 2004 and is committed to offering trans-fat and preservative-free products.
Learn more about Forest Fairy Bakery, and order items online, at www.forestfairybakery.com.
July 29, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2012
The popularity of farmers markets continues to increase across the Evergreen State.
Shoppers made almost 1.8 million trips — including many repeat visits — to experience Washington’s 160 farmers markets.
Gov. Chris Gregoire joined the state Department of Agriculture and the Washington State Farmers Market Association to celebrate Farmers Market Week from Aug. 5-11.
“Washington’s farmers produce some of the best agricultural products around the world,” Gregoire said in a statement. “From our world-famous apples to our varied field greens, the goods produced in our state are second to none. And those who live here have easy access to these quality foods.”
July 24, 2012
Before the Salmon Days Festival turned into a Pacific Northwest icon, organizers turned to a bona fide Pacific Northwest icon in 1970 to lead a parade at the celebration.
The clown J.P. Patches, a mainstay of after-school TV for generations of Seattle-area children, and sidekick Gertrude marched in the initial Salmon Days parade before a 15,000-member crowd.
Chris Wedes, a.k.a. Julius Pierpont Patches, died July 22 after a long battle against multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.
Dressed in a tattered hat and patchwork coat, J.P. Patches resided in a landfill, cavorted alongside the mop-headed Gertrude — played by ex-Marine Bob Newman in lipstick and a Raggedy Ann wig — and introduced TV audiences to a colorful cast of characters as a host on KIRO.
July 23, 2012
NEW — 11:30 a.m. July 23, 2012
Before the Salmon Days Festival turned into a Pacific Northwest icon, organizers turned to a bona fide Pacific Northwest icon to lead a parade at the celebration.
May 29, 2012
Jurors deliberated only 19 minutes before determining Issaquah police officers faced a life-threatening scenario and properly used lethal force to stop a rifle-toting man on the Clark Elementary School campus last year.
April 24, 2012
- Issaquah is founded as Gilman. The city is named for railroad baron Daniel Hunt Gilman.
- The postmaster called for mail sent to Gilman to be addressed to Olney, Wash., to avoid confusion between Gilman and Gilmer, another city in the state.
- Townsfolk start calling the frontier town Issaquah, or “the sound of water birds” in the language of the American Indians native to the region.
- State lawmakers approve official name change from Gilman to Issaquah.
- Wilbur W. Sylvester founds the Bank of Issaquah in a clapboard building.
April 17, 2012
The historic Pickering Farm emerges from a seasonal slumber soon as the popular Issaquah Farmers Market returns.
The market debuts for the season April 21. The return is a sign springtime is inching closer to summertime.
The farmers market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from April to October. The market features seasonal produce, crafts, food vendors, and demonstrations or entertainment each week.
March 27, 2012
Lynn Rehn is poised to turn the phrase “fast food” inside out.
The popular caterer and longtime local chef is ready to roll out a food truck to serve sliders, chili and a side of sass. Double D Clam Chowder, anyone?
The mobile operation for Rehn’s My Chef Lynn outfit is the latest endeavor for the former Sweet Addition head chef. Rehn plans to join the food trucks each summer Saturday at the Issaquah Farmers Market. The truck could also stop at the Fremont Sunday Street Market.
The idea for a food truck started to coalesce after Rehn and husband Tony, general manager at Evergreen Ford in Issaquah, caught episodes of “The Great Food Truck Race” — a Food Network cross-country competition among mobile kitchens.
“I looked at Tony and said, ‘That would be a cool gig,’” Rehn recalled.
(“The Great Food Truck Race” debuted in August 2010 at about the same time the national fervor for food trucks accelerated into gear.)