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Carnation farmer's market hosts County Executive Dow Constantine tonight
King County Executive Dow Constantine will visit the Carnation Farmers Market today, August 14, from approximately 4 to 5 p.m. He will first meet with Carnation's City Council, along with business and farming leaders before walking to the market, on Bird Street.
Constantine will tour the market, and the new community shelter that houses the market on Tuesdays, funded in part by a King County grant. He will speak briefly, in acknowledgement of National Farmers Market Week and the value of the 41 farmers markets in King County. These markets support the local farming economy and the many jobs created by a thriving local food system. The Carnation Farmers Market is a testament to a great working partnership between the city of Carnation, local farmers and the community at large. Without the strong partnership of these three groups, the market would not survive and the beautiful new community shelter, which will enable the market to extend its season through November, would not have been built.
Large and small farms cannot be effective economic engines if they lose their infrastructure, and much of it has already been lost in western Washington. The Carnation shelter is an effort to rebuild some of that infrastructure. Sno-Valley Tilth in partnership with the city of Carnation hopes to complete the interior of the shelter by adding sinks and bathrooms, making it more functional for farmers and the community.
As the market heads into its first extended season, it is anticipating additional costs, including advertising and power for lights and heaters. To help defray some of the costs the market is planning a benefit dinner, "Please Pass the Peas," 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at Oxbow Farm in Carnation.
Forging the local connection, the market also works closely with Hopelink. So far this year, the market has donated 1,723 pounds of food to the Hopelink and Snoqualmie Tribe food banks, and, working with Sno-Valley Harvest, developed a "Fresh Food Drive," to encourage market customers to buy a little extra to donate to the food banks.
Of the market's 21 regular vendors this season, seven are farms or producers from within King County, and seven are prepared food booths. The market has 13 farm vendors from other areas of the state. Between 900 and 1,200 people attend the market each Tuesday, and more than 27,000 shoppers are expected this year. The Carnation Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Shoppers can choose local goods from a variety of family farms and small producers, such as fresh produce and flowers, raw honey, local cheese and butter, wood-fired breads & fine pastries. Music on the grass, chalk art, and a children’s booth are regular features. For a complete schedule of music and events at the market, visit www.carnationfarmersmarket.org.
For more information contact Melissa Borsting, Carnation Farmers Market Manager at 425-765-8764, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.