April 22, 2014
First farmers market of the season finds a hardy crowd despite wet conditions
The 2014 Issaquah Farmers Market season got off to a wet start April 18.
The rain, which fell just before noon, did little to keep the usual Pickering Farm crowds from the host of vendors, exhibitors, farmers and demonstrations. It was the first day of this season’s market, which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 11, rain or shine.
April 18, 2014
NEW — Noon April 18, 2014
Opening day for the Issaquah Farmers Market is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.
On the first day will be Earth Day celebrations.
Some of the organizations participating this year include Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Tilth, Issaquah Garden Club, Friends of Salmon Hatchery, Master Recycler Composter Eastside Program, Cleanscapes, Bike Pedestrian Outreach and the King County Master Gardeners.
The market is Saturdays through Oct. 11. Visitors can buy fresh produce and flowers, purchase unique gifts from a variety of vendors and taste different types of foods.
Learn more here.
April 15, 2014
Local mom Regan Wong found a nifty way to repurpose the contents of that long forgotten box, tucked away in a closet, filled to the brim with broken, sometimes wrapperless crayons.
The vibrant coloring tools undoubtedly lived a life of usefulness at one point, but rather than letting them sit on a shelf reminiscing about the good old days of elementary school, or letting them rot in a landfill, Wong is turning them in to something environmentally friendly and beautiful.
Wacky Crayons takes used crayons, melts them down and, using food-grade molds, crafts new, multicolored drawing tools in various shapes and sizes.
“We didn’t invent this, but we’re sort of perfecting it along the way,” Wong said.
February 18, 2014
Potential vendors interested in participating in the Issaquah Farmers Market for the first time are invited to attend the 2014 Season Information Session & Product Interviews.
The session will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. The meeting’s schedule is:
- 9-10 a.m. — Program overview
- 10-10:30 a.m. — Question-and-answer period
- 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Applicant interviews and product jurying
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.