Maple Valley Farmers’ Market thanks community

On behalf of the Maple Valley Farmers' Market Board of Directors, I would like to extend my deep appreciation and thanks to all of our volunteers, farmers, vendors and our community for an amazing inaugural year! Our Farmers' Market was more successful than we ever imagined and we all look forward to our second year commencing Saturday, June 19, 2010.

On behalf of the Maple Valley Farmers’ Market Board of Directors, I would like to extend my deep appreciation and thanks to all of our volunteers, farmers, vendors and our community for an amazing inaugural year! Our Farmers’ Market was more successful than we ever imagined and we all look forward to our second year commencing Saturday, June 19, 2010.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of those individuals, businesses and organizations who believed in our vision and who chose to be part of Maple Valley’s history. I apologize up front, if I have missed anyone.

Sponsors: The city of Maple Valley and the Maple Valley City Council, Tahoma School District Superintendent Mike Maryanski and the Tahoma School District, Dr. Caviness (Wilderness Animal Hospital), Rick Pasko (Prudential Meridian Valley Realty), Maple Valley Signs, MoneyMailer, J & Brad Johnson (Johnson’s Home & Garden Do-It Center), Cedar Grove Composting, Mr. & Mrs. Roger White, Leona Day & Carrie McCarthy (Kinderswimmer).

Donors: Highpoint Church, Tahoma Co-op Little Gems Preschool, Tahoma High School Speech & Debate, Pacific Martial Arts Academy, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Boeing Employees Credit Union, Maple Valley MOMS Club, Two Harps Embroidery, Gerry Day (Scooter the Clown), Mary Jane Glaser, Patty Davis, Wayne Anderson , the Meade family, and the Jonas family.

Tahoma School District Staff: Crystal Hess, Brooke Dillon, Matt Tucker, Jennifer Gosnell, Marie Page, Dave Peters, Carol Soldano, Mike Jackson, Deb Wood, Clair Nance, Kevin Patterson, Sheila Carriveau, Stacey Weedman, and Churri Duncan.

Special Recognition: Lindsey Lawrence, THS student (poster artist winner),

Nicole Meade ( weekly chalkboard artist), Voice of the Valley newspaper (Donna Hayes and D’Ann Tedford), Maple Valley/Covington Reporter newspaper (Dennis Box and Kris Hill), Jim Hanna (entertainment liaison), Dave Sao (Issaquah Farmers’ Market mentor) and Brooke Bartenetti and Madison Parker (MVFM original Web site designers).

MVFM Vendor Relations Sub-Committee: Donna Kollath, Debra Meade, Cindy Svalatedt, Essie Hicks, and Patty Davis.  

Volunteers: HighPoint Church and Elsie Chaudoin, Johann and Larry Baumgart, Sean Kelly; Mary Mataja, Sandi Redick, Charlene Gerken, Jennifer Ranous Rodgers, Karen Haines (facepainter), Ada McBride, Dottie and Mattie Garza, Bob, Anthony and Nick Castagna, Brett, Nicole and Alyson Meade, Michael, Alex and Ian Davis, Scott Jonas, Jack, Alex and Austin Emmons, Lilo Andereggen, Lon and Donna Kollath, Allison Scott, Melanie Johnson, Sierra Southworth, Holly Sayers, Kelsey Anderson, Chase Southworth and Jordan Yokum.

Non-Profit Organizations: Christian Friends of the Troops, Maple Valley/Black Diamond VFW Post 5052 (Richard Ludwig and Chuck Hardaway), Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services, Maple Valley Library Guild, Maple Valley Children’s Librarian Sharon Chastain, Greater Maple Valley Community Center, King County Master Recycle & Composting, King County Noxious Weeds, Save Habitat And Diversity of Wetlands, Cedar River Water & Sewer District, Seattle Public Utilities, King Conservation District, South King County Spay & Neuter Assistance, Tahoma High School Green Team, Alliance Bible Church, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Covington Quilters, Tractor Factor, Master Gardeners, Boy Scouts, First Motion, THS Speech & Debate Team, Tahoma PTSA, Pacific Martial Arts Academy, Katherine Brazonis, Summit Gymnastics & Cascade Youth Circus, Tahoma Co-op Little Gems Preschool, Tahoma Bear Boosters, Maple Valley Historical Society, and the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council.

Community Booth Participants: Sonus Hearing, Pinnacle PT, Multi-Care, Rude Dental, United Healthcare, Kriss Chiropractic, Marge Williams (Life and Nutrition Coach), Tahoma Fitness, Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety, Maple Valley Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, Weatherly Inn, Sutton Family (Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research), Karen Crowe & Breast Buddies, John L. Scott (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance), The Breast Center at Valley Medical Center, Covington Cancer Support Group, Emergency Preparedness Fair, Diana Pistoll & Jessica Deer (Master Recycler Composters), and Wendee Mann (Versatile Designs).

Chef Demonstrations: Mama Passarelli’s Dinner House, Maple Valley Market and Cedar Grill Restaurant.

Entertainment: Maple Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jim Hanna/ Rygrass, VZ Valley Boys, Susanna Fuller, Alicia Healey, West on 18, Marty Gomez, Sealth, Debbie Folkerts & RCES Students, Burwell Brothers, Mulkilteo Beats, Flutecircle, Stan Terrell Band, Jim King and the Two Scoops, Hejira, and Dace’s Rock ‘n More.

Student Employees: Alex Costanzo, Natalie Page, Nate Geringer, Samantha Curtis, Savanna Marstall, and Sydney McBride.

Vendors: Happy Mountain Farm, Westover Farm, Full Circle Firm, Gageby Farm, Vue Farm, Oasis Soil Solutions, Forest Creek Farm, Ze Chang Farm, Calhoun Fruit Farm, Nancy’s Gardens, Foley’s Produce, Taylor Creek Nursery, Lavender Valley Farm, Magana Farm, Smith Brothers Farm, Ayala Farm, McSweet, Mech Apiaries, Versatile Designs, Amy’s Harvest, Children’s Garden, Thistlewood Farm, QuilBay Seafood, Outlook Produce, Mai Houn Flowers, The Pines Farm, Zane & Jack World Famous Honey, Yee Yanh Garden, Misty Mountain Farm, Princess Primavera Perennials, Maple Valley Creative Arts Council, Hawthorne Tree Emu Ranch, Linda’s Custom Quilts & Gifts, Sugar & Spice Alpaca, Lynette Case, Wood Products by George Johnson, Samba Daramy, Hidden Hearts/Pebble Power, Valley Wood turners, Designs by Kim, Skycat Jewelry, Kate Harper, Lloyd Boudy Double Pane Art Glass Creations, Kelas Baby Boutique, The Picket Fence, Crystall Logsdon, Lady M Designs for You, Cindy’s Peculiar Pin Cushions, Chastain Bee-wax Products, Rescue Survival Systems, Inc, My Little Pillow Store, Timeless Impression, Dee Chester Distressed Windows, Dana Grimm & Lila Henderson Mosaic Stones, Bella Beads, Hidden Hearts, Wildlife Photography, Simply Soy Candles, Authentic African Art, Elk County Poet, Jeanine Model Oh Fudge, Mamma Rizzo’s Biscotti & More, Village Coffee, PEACH Homemade Goodness, Marybelle’s Cajun Kitchen Catering, Marble Slab Ice Creamery, Baked Goodies, Mixed Blessings, Groves Gourmet Pasta, Maple Valley Market, Reigning Kettle Korn and Chef Stack Pancakes.

And finally, I want to thank my board of directors who dedicated 16 months out of their lives to bring a new community gathering opportunity to the residents of Maple Valley. The mission of the MVFM Board of Directors has always been “to enhance the livability of all of our community members through the establishment of the MVFM. As a community gathering place, the Farmers’ Market will become a location to discover all of the uniqueness that a Farmers’ Market has to offer. And most importantly, weekly shopping at the Farmers’ Market will help financially support and sustain local/regional family farmers, vendors and local business owners.” I believe we have succeeded in meeting our mission.

The MVFM Board of Director’s include: Kim Emmons, Debra Meade, Patty Davis, Mary Jane Glaser, Cheryl Castagna, Marie Lindblom, Richard Gradwohl and David Casey.

Victoria Laise Jonas


Maple Valley Farmers’ Market