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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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

Showing the Love! 2017 Sponsors

It has been a great winter for snowfall and a cold, wet spring. The hills are lush, green and flowers are beginning to polka-dot the landscape with long awaited brilliant colors. Things are growing at the Farmers Market too! With an all-star Board of Directors, a new Market Manager and an incredible showing of support through sponsorship from our local community and businesses, it is going to be a great season. 

The biggest thank you goes to Tumwater Drilling and and Pump Inc. as our Title Sponsor this year. The Title Sponsor is critical to help us grow as a community non-profit by supporting our outreach and marketing, providing more access to ALL community members through SNAP, WIC, senior and Veggie Vouchers and increasing our ability to reach out to a diversity of vendors, entertainers and non-profits. Tumwater Drilling has been providing the highest standard of Washington well drilling services to Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, and Grant Counties since 1974. Tumwater Drilling and the Ballew Family are an integral business to the success of our community. This sponsorship is in special honor to the late Cherie Ballew who's big heart and hard work made immense positive impacts on the community and will continue to do so. Thank you Tumwater Drilling!

One of the goals of the 2017 market is to provide more family and kids booths and events. SOUTH has helped make this possible by sponsoring our third annual monthly Kids Makers Markets. SOUTH not only provides Leavenworth and Wenatchee with some tasty foods, but huge advocates and supporters of buying local veggies and ingredients. Their sponsorship of the Kids Makers Market offers local youth monthly opportunities to showcase their homemade, homegrown goodies on June 29th, July 20th and August 17th. These markets are a great way for youth to learn entrepreneurial skills, earn a little money for the piggy bank and help us cultivate a community that supports our young people in developing their creative skills, green thumbs and life skills. Thank you SOUTH!

Want to help support getting more youth and family activities to the market? We are still seeking an Education Booth Sponsor for the year! For more information or to sponsor, click HERE.  

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Besides great youth activities, one of the best things about our market is the musical performances each week. This year, we are so grateful to The LOFT for being out music sponsor! The LOFT is known for their good eats, drinks and being the place to go for great live entertainment. Their sponsorship is allowing us to provide our market musicians a stipend, purchase high quality sound equipment for events and ensure having great music each week. Thank you to The Loft!

Leavenworth is blessed to have such a strong commercial business presence that supports the local community. The market is an important gathering place and intersection for where the community and the commercial meet. This would not be possible without the sponsors from local businesses. We want to give big thank yous to the Sleeping Lady Resort for being a "Market Martyr" this year, Icicle Brewing Co. for being "Tomato Trustee" and the Munchen Haus for hosting Benevolent Beer Night on June 12th! Sandy's Waffle Haus and Alpine Coffee Roasters as a "Locavore Lover." A big high five to all the "Veggie Volunteers" so far: Dan's Food Market, Mountain Home Lodge, and the Old Post Office Saloon. We are incredibly grateful for this amazing support from our business community and are excited to create an amazing market experience this 2017 season! 

Special thanks to the Watershed Cafe for supporting the Market once a month at their amazing Monday Local's Night, along with Boudreaux Cellars and both of their generous participation at our Annual Farm to Table dinner coming on August 30th at Roots Produce and Flower Farm, mark your calendars!

It takes a lot to get the market going each season and to keep it running. We are so grateful for the incredible support from: Gibbs Graphics for making our stuff look awesome, KLM Design Co. for graphic design, and Rootstone Creative for a beautiful space for beautiful minds to meet. You all are amazing!

If you would like to join in the fun of sponsoring and/or donating to the market, please click HERE and enjoy feeling awesome about doing something great for the world! 

So Hot Right Now... Composting and Recycling at the Market!

This year the LCFM will be offering both RECYCLING and COMPOSTING bins to make our market a zero waste market.  The market is growing this year, and with that we are making a clean scene at the Lion's Club Park!  So much trash is too good to waste, so why should we!?  Make sure you check out our new compost and recycling bins this Thursday at the FIRST market, June 8th, 4:00pm-8:00pm.  See you there!

Market Freshies - Goat Cheese Galore!

This year Sunny Pine Farm will be bringing their Goat cheese, Goat feta and Goat yogurt to the Leavenworth Community Farmers Market and we can't wait!  Sunny Pine farm, located in Twisp, WA,  try to source their products' ingredients and feed as locally and organic as much as possible.  They never use chemicals or antibiotics on their animals, who enjoy free ranging pastures and fresh open air. Owners Carl Rapp and his wife Tania Gonzalez Ortega take pride in the high quality of their products, the health of their ever-growing herd and the customer satisfaction their cheeses and yogurts bring.  

Their products at the market this year will include: organic goat chevre in plain, honey/lavender, black pepper/garlic, parsley/chive and garlic/basil flavors, organic goat feta and organic goat yogurt. Make sure you check them out every week at the market and get your cheese fix!

Remember, first market is THURSDAY June 8th from 4:00pm-8:00pm!

Market Freshies - Eggs, Pork, Lamb and Beef Oh My!

The LCFM is thrilled to have Green Bow Farm attending our market this year!  Green Bow Farm is a 20 acre farm in Ellensburg WA that uses multi-species rotational grazing to produce nutrient dense eggs and grass-fed meats.  They move chickens, turkeys, sheep and cattle around on their pastures in a way that promotes the health of the soil and in turn the health of the animals.  They never use chemicals and their animals never have been given hormones or antibiotics.  

This year they will be providing pastured raised eggs, beef, pork and lamb at the Leavenworth Market.

On top of the nutrient dense eggs and meat, they'll be brining home-made soaps and hand salves made from their grass fed tallows, along with yarn, lambskin and wool dryer balls. 

Green Bow will be at the LCFM every other market, beginning June 8th.  Make sure you come out and show your support! 

Check out their website: greenbowfarm.com for more details or

email them at info@greenbowfarm.com.

Returning Farmers to the LCFM

The LCFM is excited for our first market, Thursday June 8th and to introduce a host of new farmers, prepared food chefs and artisans to the market.  Yet before we do that, we want to thank those farmers returning to sell with us.  They are not only our farmers, but they are our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers and our cooking buddies.

We look forward to seeing them each week, letting them know how our cherry pie turned out with their fresh cherries and fresh ground flour, the arugula that was bursting with fresh spice in our daily salads, and the carrots that had to be sweeter than last years.  Thank you farmers for all the work you do!

See you at the market!