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This season we'll be bringing you music, music and more music at the market.
Kicking off the market season this year is the band "Sundown" with their mix of music with a blues to rock sound. June 10.
They'll be back to play for us again, so keep an eye on the schedule (see events page).
We are also happy to have Rich Wetzel bring out the "Big Band" sound on July 1. A 15 piece band for our annual Independence Day celebration at the market (the Friday before the 4th each year).
We have the Hanson Brothers coming out to the market- great sound from great group of guys.
The Cascade Community Band will be coming to play at the market as well- it's a 25 piece band that is ready to play for us on a fun Friday night.
Keep up with the latest on our events page and remember we also have kids activities, games, demonstrations, contests and more at the market during the season.
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You can reach or leave a message for the market manager at (360) 893-4359 between the hours of 9am and 6 pm. She (Patty) will return your call as soon as possible.
We are still accepting farm vendors, and will continue to do so through out the season. Our spaces for hand crafted items are currently full, but we are adding to the wait list if you are interested in participating this summer.
We are adding more hot food vendors this season as well. We will update the vendor list as the season progresses.
EBT will be accepted at the market to increase access to local nutritious foods for everyone!
A token system will be in place to enable more use of debit/credit at the market. Along with EBT tokens, these will be available at the market booth. Some vendors do not have the capacity to accept debit, so just come to the market booth and we'll get you "hooked up" !
This Winter the market manager was interviewed by Hobby Farms Magazine for an article on starting a farmers market.
It was geared toward helping others to know what to do in order to assess and start a farmers market.
Three others from across the United States were interviewed as well. The article was published this Spring. It was a pleasure and an honor to be included in this national magazine.
The 4th of July at the market is going to be a little different than most weeks. Many of our vendors will be at the market, but some of them will not be present due to the holiday. We'll still have a good variety available to you (Fruit, Vegetables, Berries, Plants, Flowers, Handcrafted items) and also- GAMES and MUSIC and CONTESTS that are for a variety of ages and tastes.
Be sure to stop by our vendors who are offering market bag specials. If you have a market bag- dig it out and bring it with you- it can save you serious money at the market this Friday- (Think SEAFOOD!). See our facebook page where we list the specials each week - those in the know save money!
A wonderful musical performance with Phil Hansen and his group will be offered between 4 and 6 pm. Good music, good time to picnic in the park and enjoy!
Cherry Pit Spitting Competition- 3-7 Go for distance! Sponsored by Ayala Farms. Thank you Ayala Farms!
Tie Dye demonstration with Trickle Creek Farm (color with Kool Aid)
Baby and Toddler Races- 4 pm Sponsored by Sparklez Face Painting's Heather Christiansen.
Music with Phil Hansen- 4-6
Water Balloon Toss- 4:30
Apple PIe Contest- Who made the tastiest Pie at the market? Come and find out! Judging at 5 pm at Orting Station.
Egg Race- 6 pm
Come again next week - there's always more to see.
Today - Friday August 30, 2013- is the last market day of the season and we are ending with a lot of fun!
From 3 to 6 pm you can bring your own version of a vegetable car to race against others at the first annual veggie/Zucchini car races. Entry is FREE!
Take a zucchinin, cucumber, banana, or whatever you have and add some wheels. Decorate it in whatever style you'd like or leave it plain. Bring it to the markets' veggie car race ramp to compete with the others that are there- or just take it for a test drive to see how it does.
The winner is the one that makes it to the bottom first and in one piece!
This is fun for all ages- and simple enough that everyone can give it a try, so please stop by with your entry. It is hoped that photos of winning entries can be placed on our webpage and facebook pages. So what do you think? Are you up to the challenge?
Also- don't forget to bring your market bag with you for specials. Thanks Love Art, Sanfords Farm, Marie Bunker (pottery), and others have special deals for market bag shoppers. Show them your bag!
Belly dancers at 6pm- a bunch of them! Jeweled Scarab Dance Company will be there for a wonderful belly dance show- FREE!
The Blacksmith is back! He's been so well received at the market and has been willing to come back to visit us and even create an item or two for people as well as demonstrate his skills with anvil and forge. Your last opportunity to see this art in action at the market this year- a FREE educational opportunity you shouldn't miss!
Music from our wonderful buskers has been enjoyed all season- Whiteny and her guitar and vocals, Keegan with his guitar and vocals were in attendance quite fatihfully, as was our wonderful viola playing classical music. A number of others came to "busk" as well and it was all very enjoyable. Today- we will have PK Dwyer return with his blues harmonica and guitar. PK hails from Seattle and loves this town and market so has graced us with his presence several times- for which we are quite grateful. He is a bit of a busking celebrity in the Puget Sound region and has a variety of recordings he offeres for sale. Be sure to stop and listen- his lyrics are quite clever.
Another busker who has been present for the market season has been Mike the Balloon Man. He has been at the market faithfully this season offering balloon creations to kids and famlies- and they love it! All of our buskers work for tips, so it is especially good that they come to the market to entertain us.
This week on Pierce County Television, one of our local farms - Sanfords Farm will be featured on Pierce County Television, Channel 22. They were filmed at their farm in the Orting valley and also at our market on August 16. Tune in to see what this local organic farm does and see them in action at the Orting Valley Farmers Market!
Also this week at the market, you can sign up your Orting School District students for the healthy lunch program. District personnel will be there ready to get them enrolled before school starts to help you beat the crowds and ensure that your student receives a nutritious lunch right from the first day of school. This includes free and reduced price lunches as well. Be sure to come down and sign up!
Entertainment at the market this week includes PK Dwyer who will play his own blues tunes on guitar and harmonica- a great sound on a summer day! Come and give him a listen.
As always, our entertainment is free to the community- our buskers appreciate tips !
Only two more weeks to enjoy this market this year so be sure to fill up on berries, beans, breads, and all the bounty available now. See you Friday!