Here’s an announcement that will warm your heart, and your toes, head, hands and nose.

Beginning today, the Vashon Farmers Market moves indoors to McMurray Middle School (9329 Cemetery Rd., Vashon WA) for the rest of the season, which is each Saturday through December 15.
What’s Fresh at Your Vashon Farmers Market tomorrow!

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 Issue No.  121

November 23, 2012  

In This Issue – Click headline to jump to topic
What’s at the Market this Week!

Food For Thought from Market Manager, Rebecca Wittman


And so we launch the season of giving…


As box stores and malls and popup ads and the bright lights of the city beckon with the clanging imperative to buy buy buy, our bodies knot up from the tension of what starts to feel like organized extortion. Wall Street wants you and me to help atone for its economic shenanigans by getting out there and shopping in record numbers. Your kids are willing co-conspirators, writing letters to Santa that ask for everything under the moon.


I have a little gift for you, to start the season. I give you permission to step outside the fray for a moment, as you look at the long list of loved ones’ wishes (or demands?) and ask yourself, “what will this gift say about me?” I invite you to make that question the centerpiece of your holiday mantra. You could think of it as a sanity poinsettia, parked in the middle of your psyche to inspire healthier holiday giving.


I give you permission to take a deep breath and consider a different kind of holiday, one that fits not into an oversized Santa suit but into a human scale moment with people who, more than anything, just need to know that you love them, and that love doesn’t come in a factory sealed box, identical to a million other ones just like it. Give yourself a break from the crass insanity of holiday commerce, and find ways to let your gift define not Wall Street but you.


If giving someone something wrapped up with a bow is important to you, take the opportunity to come to a place like the Farmers Holiday Market, where everything is made by hand, the net result of creative passion rather than profit imperative. Come find something special for each person on your list, created by people in your own community.


With each gift you select, discover that the answer to the question, “what will this gift say about me?” could only be, “I care.”



The Farmers Market moves indoors to McMurray Middle School, starting this week and running through December 15th. Come find not just the finest island handcrafted gifts and our traditional lineup of delicious artisan foods, but fresh from the garden late-season produce from our island farmers.


  • Greenman Farm (at right) will have delicious hot apple cider, pressed fresh from their own apples! For hearty soups, roasts, and pies, they’ll be bringing beautiful winter squashes and pumpkins. Also fresh  shelling beans, piquant green tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, french fingerling potatoes, rainbow chard, Jerusalem artichokes, beets, carrots, and leeks, and plenty of recipes to go with them all. For farm crafts, we’ll have Jasper’s delightfully soft & warm handknit hats and scarves, upcycled “feed” tote bags, and beautiful veggie greeting cards. For those who want to enliven their walls with gorgeous art, we’ll have Will’s gorgeous original veggie watercolour portraits as well as elegant little framed prints of the same.
  • The Farm Coop Booth is always a place to find lots of surprises. This week, besides locally grown produce, you have a chance to buy a raffle ticket (or twenty!) on the Holiday Market Basket – a collection of goodies and gift certificates from almost every market vendor, valued at over $350.
  • Midlife Crisis Farm will be bringing USDA lamb, grass fed ground beef, lean and healthful bison plus Swedish potato sausages for the grill, more of that delectable ginger pear pork sausage, as well as brats and German sausages.
  • Quality Seafood will be there with tasty Columbia River salmon, Spot Prawns from nearby waters, Red Snapper and Alaska halibut, and delicious Smoked King Salmon for the best imaginable holiday hors d’oeuvre.
  • Rex Morris will be happy to put a razor sharp edge on your knives – and those pruning clippers you’ve put through their paces this fall. And look for Rex’s Face on Fire hot sauce for the ultimate in winter heat!
  • King Caramels redefines the candymaker’s art with Hedy’s latest connoisseur caramels. Choose  from Sea Salt, Licorice, Ginger, Classic, Brown Rice and Agave. All amazing, all made on Vashon!
  • Tease Chocolates (shown at right) is featuring three signature candy bars: Geishas Pleasure, Spicy Mayan, Salty Mermaid; Pistachio Buttercrunch, those amazing Ginger Lips, and the worthy of a king 5-Piece Truffle Box. Plus, two seasonal flavors of Buttercrunch: Apple Cider and Pumpkin, as well as Mayan Gold and Mermaid Dollars, Marshmallow Pops and Hand-Dipped S’Mores.
  • Anu Rana’s Healthy Kitchen is a big hit with their delicious healthful treats, now presenting their products in new biodegradable packaging – including their Flourless COOKIES: Almond Brownies, Almond Dates Coconut, Almond Mango Cashew, Almond Fig, Almond Basil Pine nut, Almond Ginger Molasses, Almond Oatmeal Raisin, Almond Sesame seed, Almond Peanut butter, and Flourless HEALTH BAR: Coconut Pistachio Brazil Nut. Try a sample. You’ll want a week’s supply!


  • Treenware – Check out John’s Manzinata salt bowl/Spoonsspoon sets and the  10″x3″ Manzinata bowl! He is also featuring a new offering: a tree branch salad set made from 800 year old Yew. Simply Gorgeous.
  • Tayo Jamison is a brand new Farmers Market vendor, and at age 11 is an amazing woodworker. He brings to our holiday markets his beautiful wood treasure boxes, lined in velvet and varnished to match the gleam that will sparkle in your eye when you gaze upon his handiwork.
  • Jeep Brockway joins us with his whimsical glass flowers, made from found objects, and fashioned with a keen sense of irony. The perfect adornment for a winter garden, or as a gift of indoor art.
  • Made in Paradise captures artistically one of our most enduring island symbols: The Rock! Stones collected from seven states are used to make rustic stone vases & lamps with a Zen quality. The obsidian (volcanic glass) in their winsome wind chime is sourced from their very own mine in Southern Oregon. The chimes are not only beautiful to look at but have great tonal quality, from a delicate soprano tinkle to a deep vibrato. Their jewelry is made from collectible old trade beads and fossilized ivory thousands of years old, and beautiful leather work is all hand cut and braided, for key rings, necklaces and rattles.
  • Art by Lotus rejoins us for the holiday markets, with beautiful photo cards and photographs that capture the magic of all things Vashon.
  • Tahlequah Woodworks brings a bevy of marvelous new cutting boards and other woodworking  magic Ralph conjures in his shop. This week Ralph will feature cutting boards with one of his favorite tropical hardwoods, African bloodwood, which has a lovely red color.
  • Cosmic Cove conjures up the Age of Aquarius with their kaleidoscope of tie-dyed fashions. Rainbows aplenty, and a gift for every age in this colorful array.
  • Mariposa Gardens has a variety of journals upcycled from used books. Come by and turn the cranks on the paper automata. Be the first on your block to make your own automata with a Breaching Orca kit! and just in time for winter elegance: Lacy knit scarves.
  • Empty Nest Studio brings a one-of-a-kind, eclectic collection of gemstone and Vashon beach glass jewelry, including a new product line – Necklace Scarves. It’s a scarf that comes with jewels attached – kind of a double gift! Tres chic, mon ami!
  • KB and Paula offer beautifully crafted gifts, including KB’s elegant stained glass feathers, and Paula’s balancing wine stands, including ones made from aromatic cedar, black walnut, and Cherry. Plus, rare wood letter openers, and those exquisite little vases that would be the perfect receptacle for a petite little winter bouquet. And don’t miss Paula’s colorful French rolling pins, all made of food safe natural woods, including one exceptionally gorgeous redwood rolling pin from a redwood burl milled in the 60’s.
  • Bliss Organix brings, in addition to many elegant Blissproducts for body and skin care, a fragrant Lavender Mist Spritz made with Vashon lavender, to refresh your body,  linens, home or office environment.
  • Reap-It Products Jill is bringing her new “Market Bags”, inspired by the flared shape of French paniers, as well as car bags for use with kids stuff, pet toys, magazines, trash, you name it! Dog owners, bring your dog’s measurements (around the neck, collar to tailbone and around the widest part of the middle) for a custom-made doggie raincoat. Jill will mail the finished product to you. Bibs, aprons, 2-growler totes, sandwich wraps, placemats, wallets, lunch bags.. she’s got ’em all!
  • Laughing Magpie brings glass works of art, and hand dyed textiles, including Sooze’s elegant flowing scarves.


Vashon Farmers Market   
Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm

At McMurray Middle School 

Through December 15th


9329 Cemetery Rd. 

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