Once again our volunteers have developed a full program of activities for this weekend’s Mercer Island Farmers Market.
Our monthly “Power Hour” for the market’s early shoppers will be this Sunday. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., there will be free coffee and pastries (from the MIFM’s own Snohomish Bakery, natch) to fortify both customers and vendors alike.
So please plan to get to the Mercer Island Farmers Market during the first hour not only to support our farmers and buy fresh, local produce, but also to join our early-bird community over a cup of coffee and some delicious pastries.
For our annual Farm Day, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be rabbits, goats, hens, and bees at the MI Farmers Market.
The rabbits, goats, and hens will come from our friends and neighbors here on Mercer Island. (Bet you didn’t realize what a menagerie lived on the Island.)
The bees will be a familiar presence to our shoppers as they will be from Island Apiaries, which has been thrilling customers this market season with their bee hive. David Neal, the owner of Island Apiaries, will be moving the hive from his booth to the “farm” next to the market. As always, he will be there to answer customers questions about the bees and their hive.
A big “thank you” to David Neal and the Mercer Islanders who are providing animals for our Farm Day.
We are sure that our community’s children are going to love this fun, educational activity.
This Sunday, Mercer-Island-Farmers-Market favorite, Patrick Daugherty, will be back to entertain us. Patrick has not only been a consistent musical presence at the MIFM since our first year, but also was a dedicated volunteer for many years organizing the market’s musical entertainment.
This Sunday, though, Patrick is going to be trying something new and different. At 1 p.m., Patrick and community group, Transition Initiative Mercer Island (TIMI), are planning the Community SongFest, which will be a sing-along for everyone at the market.
Patrick and TIMI are inviting the entire community to join them singing such traditional favorites as “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” this Sunday afternoon. Everyone interested should plan to meet just before 1 p.m. at the flagpole.