Mexican Independence Day Celebration

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The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market strives to welcome and celebrate the cultural, racial, social, religious and human diversity of our community. As a small, mountain town, we may not have a lot of what people may consider 'racial diversity,' but we do have incredible histories, stories and lineage that are all worth celebrating. We would not be what or who we are without the presence of our Hispanic and Latino community members who bring bright colors, spicy flavors, rich family values and the ability to be such a strong agricultural presence throughout the world. We celebrate all that this culture brings to our tiny, 'Bavarian Village' and with gratitude, Happy Mexican Independence Day!

What is Mexican Independence Day?

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In the 1500's Spain took control of current day Mexico, and renamed it "New Spain." The Spanish government enslaved the local people and for over 300 years, the people of Mexico were forced to do hard labor in mines and farms for the Spanish. A priest known as Father Hidalgo was a leader of an estimated 90,000 revolutionaries planning to lead a revolt on the Spanish on October 2nd, 1810. Hidalgo discovered the intent for his arrest and gathered the people in his church where he delivered what is now known as "El Grito de Dolores," or "the Cry of Dolores." Although his specific speech was not recorded, the famous lines, 'Viva Mexico', and 'Viva la independencia!' encouraged the revolutionaries to begin their revolt the following day, September 16th, 1810. Hidalgo was captured and executed within the first year of fighting, but the revolutionaries continued and the war for Mexican Independence continued for another 11 years until Mexico was granted independence on September 28th, 1821. 

Today, Mexican Independence Day is celebrated around the world and usually is a 2 day celebration marking the actual day of the "El Grito de Dolores" and the 2nd day as the grand celebration for the "Dia de la Independencia." The Mexican President will re-enact the Cry of Independence and include the famous: 'Viva Mexico', and 'Viva la independencia!' from the National Palace. Mexican Independence Day is a national holiday and celebrated with parades, fireworks, dances, music, food and parties all in similarity to the American 4th of July Independence Day celebration. 

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Thank you Leavenworth Business Community!

The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market is forever grateful for the generous financial support provided by the following local business and in particular our return donors including: Otis Construction, The Oil and Vinegar Shop, Dan's Food Market, Mountain Home Lodge, The Old Post Office Saloon, Leavenworth Properties, Tierra Learning Center, and Mt. Stuart Physical Therapy along with this year's new donors including: Borealis Builders and The Wine Cellar.

 We love the amazing variety of all the produce, crafts and food at our market!

We love the amazing variety of all the produce, crafts and food at our market!

These businesses see the value that the Farmers Market brings to our community. While it will always be a place to purchase locally grown fresh produce, the Market also provides a place for crafters to sell their goods, families to gather and listen to live music while eating locally prepared food. It is a place for community building and enrichment.

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Their support will help us cover our yearly administrative and accounting expenses along with education initiatives that focus on the importance of supporting local grown and created products for a healthy community and local economy.

 A gathering place for youth, families and ALL community!

A gathering place for youth, families and ALL community!

Thank you again to the above Leavenworth businesses for enriching our community. See you at the First Market on June 7th! 4-8pm at Lions Club Park!

 

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Mexican Independence Day Celebration

mexican flag.jpeg

The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market strives to welcome and celebrate the cultural, racial, social, religious and human diversity of our community. As a small, mountain town, we may not have a lot of what people may consider 'racial diversity,' but we do have incredible histories, stories and lineage that are all worth celebrating. We would not be what or who we are without the presence of our Hispanic and Latino community members who bring bright colors, spicy flavors, rich family values and the ability to be such a strong agricultural presence throughout the world. We celebrate all that this culture brings to our tiny, 'Bavarian Village' and with gratitude, Happy Mexican Independence Day!

What is Mexican Independence Day?

old mexico.jpg

In the 1500's Spain took control of current day Mexico, and renamed it "New Spain." The Spanish government enslaved the local people and for over 300 years, the people of Mexico were forced to do hard labor in mines and farms for the Spanish. A priest known as Father Hidalgo was a leader of an estimated 90,000 revolutionaries planning to lead a revolt on the Spanish on October 2nd, 1810. Hidalgo discovered the intent for his arrest and gathered the people in his church where he delivered what is now known as "El Grito de Dolores," or "the Cry of Dolores." Although his specific speech was not recorded, the famous lines, 'Viva Mexico', and 'Viva la independencia!' encouraged the revolutionaries to begin their revolt the following day, September 16th, 1810. Hidalgo was captured and executed within the first year of fighting, but the revolutionaries continued and the war for Mexican Independence continued for another 11 years until Mexico was granted independence on September 28th, 1821. 

Today, Mexican Independence Day is celebrated around the world and usually is a 2 day celebration marking the actual day of the "El Grito de Dolores" and the 2nd day as the grand celebration for the "Dia de la Independencia." The Mexican President will re-enact the Cry of Independence and include the famous: 'Viva Mexico', and 'Viva la independencia!' from the National Palace. Mexican Independence Day is a national holiday and celebrated with parades, fireworks, dances, music, food and parties all in similarity to the American 4th of July Independence Day celebration. 

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More Market Marvels! June 29th

It is another amazing market week and we want to give a huge shout out to our title sponsor, Tumwater Drilling, for making this year possible! 

It is a special week with our first Kids Makers Market, sponsored by South! We have an incredible line up of our local youth's creations on the docket and we are so excited by the turnout of creative youth entrepreneurs! This is an amazing opportunity to support our local youth in their creative endeavors and build a supportive culture of creativity and caring that benefits us all. Come and check it out! 

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Warmer weather is bringing on the veggies and fruit! We have more cherries and apricots waiting to drip down your chin with Feil "1908" Family Orchard, Davis Orchards and LMC Orchards. Estes Fruit Stand is our new vendor coming to town with lots of tree ripened fruit! Oh Yeah Farms, Tierra Garden Organics, Hope Mountain Farm and Roots Produce & Flower Farm and Gibbs Produce will be there with colorful bouquets of greens, carrots, beets, peas, flowers and so much more! New Leaf Farm will be there with a beautiful display of microgreens to add to any salad and entre you create! You can also get your coffee supply with our two great local vendors; Lookout Coffee and J5 roasters. 

Want some good eats to enjoy at the market? GOOD MOOD FOOD and Taqueria El Chavo have you covered! Dessert?? No worries, Apple of My Pie is coming with flaky crusts and delicious fillings! Don't miss Hope Mountains raspberry bars and Oh Yeah Farms chocolate chip cookies. J5 Coffee will be there with some amazing cold brew coffee and ice tea to wash it all down and cool off in the heat. 

Music Madness! Local artist, Nic Allen, is going to bring the jive to the market this week and he will start rocking the house at 5pm. Thanks again to the Loft, for sponsoring our music at the market this year! 

 

Kids Activities: Besides all the amazing youth vendors, we have Fruit Tones Studio coming to the market with a special Kids Makers Market treat! Kiddos and families can come visit our Kids Booth and participate in creating their own musical instrument and then put it into practice with a musical experience led by Mrs. Cassandra at 5:30pm. Don't miss this super fun and creative opportunity! 

What's Fresh at the Market this week?

June 15th and the goodies of the 2nd Leavenworth Farmers Market await! The wet and cool spring has provided lots of water in our rivers, but slowed down our produce and fruit growth. Vendors are making the best of the late season and will have lots of things to fill your bags, baskets and bellies. 

Hope Mountain Farms will be there with the best local, fresh salad makings! Baby spinach, salad mix - a blend of the best of our 22 varieties of lettuce, radishes, butter lettuce and Apple Balsamic salad dressing. For your own herb garden, Hope Mtn. has mint and chive starts ready to plant. They also have breakfast with their blue corn Pancake mix and red and yellow raspberry jam or raw and flavored honey. Don't forget about dessert: Decadent raspberry bars, brownies and chocolate chip cookies! Bonus product: pure beeswax lip balm for healing those dry lips! 

Oh Yeah Farms will be there with those hard to resist Freedom Fries (5% of fry profit is being donated to the ACLU!), garlic scapes, fresh greens, "worlds best arugula," vibrant, 'good-for-your belly' kale and some fresh cookies to get a taste of what your cooking and baking can be like with their amazing, local grains! 

Other farm fresh goodies: Gibbs Organic Farm will be there with rhubarb, garlic scapes, peas, spinach and fresh kraut for the pantry. Laurel's Floral will be there with beautiful succulent and flower arrangements. New Leaf Farm is a new vendor with some cool, classy and crisp microgreens to top on those early season salads and everything! Come and check it all out!

Let's not forget all the amazing goodies from our other vendors! J5 Coffee will be selling fresh roasted beans and Whistlepunk Ice Cream makes any day a great day with their amazing homemade concoctions of sweet goodness! 

Local Makers Galore! This week's Posy Handpicked Goods featured artist is Brenda McGowan Jewlery Studio B!  This husband and wife team creates a line of hand crafted, gemstone and recycled silver and gold jewelry! Each piece of jewelry is created with care and attention to detail and they will be at the market! Come and check them out!

Contour Creative will be there with hand-designed clothing, Daniel's Birdhouses and after all that shopping, you can relax with a massage from Leavenworth Body Work! 

Music and family fun at the market starts at 4:30 with a drum circle performance by the Crazy Coconuts from the Coyote House at the Tierra Learning Center and Rusty Gibbs and Recycled Rhythms! A fun, family experience and worth seeing! If you had fun with Fruit Tones Studio last week, don't miss Mrs. Cassandra and her family fun music time at 5:30pm after the drumming. Emily Keenan will continue the music fun at 6pm. 

Last but certainly not least! Come and get your dinner! El Chavo and Good Mood Food will be there again this week with delectable, incredible hot foods to fill your belly! 

Market starts at 3:45pm at Lions Club Park on Thursday, June 15th and we hope to see you and the whole family there! 

Bring Your Goods to the Market!

Calling All Vendors! Join the Market!

The Leavenworth Community Farmers Market is currently accepting applications for vendors including: farmers, crafters, prepared foods and nonprofits. The market will be every Thursday from 4:00pm - 8:00pm, beginning June 8th and ending mid October.

The online application is available on our website:

http://leavenworthfarmersmarket.org/vendors/

The LCFM is excited for the 2017 season, and continuing our increased efforts to encourage a larger presence of prepared food vendors, crafters and farmers including produce, meat and dairy to sell at our market. Along with a set music line-up and delicious ready-to-eat treats, we hope to continue our growth through increased community support, vendor consistency and reliability.

Please make sure you check out all the Market Rules and Regulations and helpful links before beginning your application. The first market is June 8th! Feel free to email with questions at:leavenworthmarket@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the Market!

Hana Butler, Market Manager