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Caspar Babypants at the MI Farmers Market!

2014-09-14 11.14.25Attention: kids, parents and the young at heart! The one and only Caspar Babypants is here! Join us for this special performance by the popular children’s music artist this Sunday at the MI Farmers Market. More widely known as the singer of The Presidents of the United States of America, Chris Ballew started Caspar Babypants after being inspired by his wife, Kate Endle’s collage art. Caspar Babypants has released a total of eleven albums to date, including “Away We Go”, which was just released this month. This one-time performance starts at 10:30AM and admission is free to all. All attendees will receive a $2 coupon good at any vendor at the market. Enjoy the show and hang out afterwards at the market for lunch!

jaymarcPlease welcome Sponsor of the Week, JayMarc! JayMarc is committed to creating a responsive and transparent homebuilding experience that is geared toward you and your family’s lifestyle. Focused on building a long-lasting relationship, JayMarc strives to be a community neighbor dedicated to giving you the best home building experience long after you move in. Come say hi and meet the team this Sunday at the market!

Chava Mirel - guitarTo continue the market tunes after Caspar Babypants’ performance is Chava Mirel! “Chava Mirel combines rich, luxurious vocals with deep pocket rhythms to bring a new sound to Jewish music. With themes of gratitude, self-acceptance, balance and responsibility for each other, Chava’s songs bring comfort and uplift the spirit.” (Text from www.chavamirel.com)

DSC_0880Now we’ve made art with berries and veggies. What is another farmers market staple to ? That’s right, flowers! Complete your farmers market art trio with flower prints at the Children’s Table this Sunday. Pick out your favorite flowers and create your own artwork featuring these locally-grown beauties.

Featured Vendor of the Week: Nibbles

nibbles1Can you feel the heat? Nibbles, one of our newest prepared food vendors, brings a taste of the Southwest fused with the seasonal bounty of the Northwest for Islanders to enjoy. Nibbles is a family owned business started in 2014 with husband and wife duo, Carmen and Robert, standing behind the stove. They spent many years working and managing restaurants in the Southwest region and were able to make their small business owners’ dreams come true after much positive feedback and support from the Des Moines community, where they got their start. With their motto, “Keep it Simple,” Robert and Carmen creates unique and affordable “nibbles” where customers can enjoy the bold and delicious marriage of the South and the North.

MIFM: How did you get your start with Nibbles? What interested you opening up your own food truck?

nibbles3Carmen: “Nibbles got its start in a tent at the Des Moines farmers market. We wanted to test our signature smokey meatloaf sandwich along with other southwest creations out on the public. The response was amazing and we knew we had a food truck in the making.”

MIFM: What makes your food unique?

Carmen: “We offer boldly spiced and flavorful nibbles for everyone to enjoy. Each of our dishes are fused with flavors from the southwest and feature the bountiful ingredients of the northwest. We use local products when available and support local small businesses and farmers markets year round.”

MIFM: What’s on the menu?

Carmen: “Our most popular menu items include (but are not limited to because we do a seasonal rotation):

nibbles2Smokey meatloaf sandwich – house smoked meatloaf on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and caramelized onion spread served with creamy chipotle potato salad

Salmon chutney roll – fresh king salmon on a ciabatta roll with arugula, lemon-mayo, apple-rhubarb-habanero chutney served with roasted corn salad

Chalupa – a crispy corn tortilla topped with pickled red cabbage, black beans, chipotle aioli salsa fresca and your choice of either slow roasted pork or a vegetarian option of spiced yams.”

Stop by their truck for lunch this Sunday after the Caspar Babypants show and try out their delicious “nibbles” yourself! As the name suggests, Nibbles also offers smaller, kid-friendly portions of their menu items so the little ones can enjoy a nibble as well.