Queen Anne Farmers’ Market is growing in 2012!

The Queen Anne Farmers’ Market today announced the vendors for the 2012 season. The Market is growing this year from an average of 32 vendors in 2011 to 50 in 2012. QAFM has increased the number of farmers, artisinal foods, and ready-to-eat food vendors from which to choose for your summer fare. Seattle Salads, Little Brown Farm, Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Olsen Farms beef, and Farmers’ Market Jam are just a few of the offerings.

“The growth in our vendor roster is in response to customer feedback that tells us they really enjoy the market but want even greater diversity and number of vendors. We’ve worked hard to ensure that we maintain the same high quality while providing some new fresh food options. This expansion is also a critical step forward as we work towards the Market’s financial sustainability,” states Maria College, Co-Founder, QAFM.

While QAFM is expanding its vendor base, the site is not expanding. Stewart Chung, AIA, and owner of Buns on Wheels, volunteered his time to make sure the site space was maximized to accommodate all the new vendors. “It’s clear to me as a market vendor that the Queen Anne Farmers Market is a labor of love for its dedicated staff and volunteer team. It feels great to be a part of this effort and I’m glad to contribute my skill set to make a great community resource even better,” he shared.

Mr. Chung also created an an amazing fly-by visualization of what an expanded Market would look like.

This year’s sponsor list has been released as well. They include Metropolitan Market, Rene Stern at Windermere Real Estate, HomeStreet Bank, EveryBlock, Whole Foods Market, The Shop, and Liz Petrillo at Windermere Real Estate.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to our sponsors. Without their support the market would not be possible. We encourage everyone to support the businesses that support our great community,” notes Ms. College.

Last, but not least, Elizabeth Mullaly’s coveted poster design for 2012 has made its debut. Available for purchase at Queen Anne Dispatch, Queen Anne Frame, and charley + may.

The Market is held every Thursday, 3:00 to 7:30 from June 7 to October 11.

Art for the Market benefit raises $1,000 for Queen Anne Farmers Market, 2010 season poster unveiled

The Queen Anne Farmers Market’s Art for the Market benefit last Sunday, March 7 raised $1,000 towards its $25,000 fundraising goal for the 2010 season, which will return to Queen Anne Ave N & Crockett St. bigger and better on Thursday, May 20.

Attendees of the benefit got the chance to schmooze with some of the local farmers represented at the market, enjoy tunes by Queen Anne resident and “neo-flamenco” guitarist Andre Feriante, and snack on appetizers by Chef Seth Caswell and the neighborhood’s newest restaurant emmer&rye, which shares the market’s seasonal/local fixation.

Supporters also got a sneak peak at artist Elizabeth Mullaly’s 2010 season poster, which was unveiled at the benefit. The new poster matches her designs from previous years, but instead of the 2009 beets theme, showcases a bushel (in the figurative sense) of naked carrots.

Every year Mullaly’s posters have become something of a collectors’ item, so if you’d like your very own, it’s better to get one sooner rather than later, because they do run out. The posters will be available for a minimum donation of $15 at Queen Anne Frame or at the market once it opens in the spring.

Couldn’t make it to the benefit? Read up on QAFM Director Julia Whitehorn’s take on the evening of seasonal snacks and farmers market frenzy.

To make a donation to the Queen Anne Farmers Market, click here. Find more information about the upcoming season here.