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Monthly Newsletter       AUGUST 2019      Moscow Farmers Market

Shannon Brenner

Celebrate Farmers Markets 

Two years ago, I made the cross country move to attend graduate school at Washington State University. The amber waves of grain that surrounded my new home on the Palouse stood in stark contrast to the lakeshores of Maine that I left behind. I immediately sought out any and all food sources reminiscent of the New England region’s thriving markets and picturesque small farms. Thankfully, my task was easier than expected, as I soon learned that I moved to an area that borders the best farmers market in the entire state of Idaho. 

With more than 8,000 markets nationwide, farmers markets are the cornerstones of communities across the country, providing an array of economic and social benefits. According to the National Farmers Market Coalition, farmers markets return more than three times as much of their sales to the local economy compared to chain stores. Additionally, people who shop at farmers markets have 15-20 social interactions per visit compared to only 1-2 interactions per visit to the grocery store. 

We all can agree that these benefits are felt here in Moscow. The Moscow Farmers Market is part of the identity of this small city, nurturing local entrepreneurship, fostering social connection, and providing fresh, locally produced food to our community. Join us in celebrating National Farmers Market Week for all these reasons and more. What's your top reason for celebrating the Moscow Farmers Market? Lettuce know by leaving a comment on the National Farmers Market Week celebration Facebook event, or tell us in person on Market day!

-Shannon Brenner, Community Events Programs Coordinator
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Lettuce turnip the beet w/ National Farmers Market Week!

August 3rd

  • 8:00 am - A surprise guest helps us ring the opening market bell. Adults may enter to win one of three market prize baskets until 9:00 am. Must be present to win.
  • 9:00 am Dress up by wearing colors that represent your favorite fruit or vegetable, or grab one of our veggie characters on a stick to be your dance partner. Twist and shimmy with Market staff in vegetable costumes to family-friendly music about produce. 
  • 9:30 am - Our free-range vegetable crew will draw three lucky winners for our themed prize baskets. Themes include a canning basket, kitchen basket, and a Idaho/Palouse basket. To end the morning festivities, we will be handing out free lentil brownies and chickpea cookies from the Moscow Food Co-op while supplies last!

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Continue the celebration all week long by following the Moscow Farmers Market on Facebook to learn about the importance of farmers markets around the country and the state of Idaho.

August 10th

  • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Visit the Farmers Market Commission table for "a walk through time". Moscow Farmers Market posters from the last decade will be on display, in addition to a timeline of the Market from its inception to present day. Do you remember your first visit to the Market? Were you previously a Market vendor back in the day? Write your slice of Market history on the timeline.
  • Power of Produce Club - This special POP! Club features Farmers Market Coalition postcards for children to write thank-you notes to farmers. Children may be assigned a local market producer to receive their thank-you card. 

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POP Club! 2019

Try local, seasonal produce and explore the Farmers Market with POP Club! The Power of Produce club encourages kids ages 4-12 to try new fruits and vegetables and rewards participants with $5 POP bucks vouchers to be spent on fresh produce from local vendors. Join the Moscow Farmers Market and our community partners the Moscow Food Coop and Eat Smart Idaho every second Saturday, June-September, at the Kid's Tent in Friendship Square for some tasty produce samples and fun market themed activities!

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Children's Bicycle Helmets and Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School will be handing out free bicycle helmets for children, while supplies last, at the Market on August 24th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All helmets include a Bicycle Benefits sticker! 

The Moscow Farmers Market has partnered with the national Bicycle Benefits Program for the 2019 Market season! Ride your bike to market, show your bicycle benefits sticker at the City of Moscow tent in Friendship Square, and receive a $2 token valid with ANY market vendor. Stickers will also be available for purchase for $5. 

Market Entertainment

Join us from 9 A.M. to 10 A.M. and again from 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. for some of the finest music and entertainment on the Palouse! Here's what this month's performers have to say about their shows:

Vegetable Mascots for National Farmers Market Week

Vegetable Dance Party & Shimmy / Farmers Market Celebration Prize Drawing

August 3, 9:00 A.M. (prize drawing at 9:30 A.M.)

Let's dance! Dress up as your favorite vegetable and help us turnip the beet! Afterward, join us for the prize drawing. Enter the drawing at the City of Moscow tent before 8:50 a.m. for a chance to win one of three prize baskets from our vendors.

Jon and Rand

Jon and Rand

August 3, 10:30 A.M.

"Jon and Rand have been performing throughout the Inland Northwest for the past six years. They play songs by the great singer/songwriters of the 1960's and 1970's including Neil Diamond, Elton John, Billy Joel, and the Beatles to name a few."
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Rebecca Lewis

August 10, 9:00 A.M.

Rebecca Lewis sings country, pop, and classic rock.

Cherry Sisters Revival

Cherry Sisters Revival

August 10, 10:30 A.M.
"A fun-loving string band of ukuleles, a banjo, percussion, and vocals. Playing an eclectic collection of music. Their style may be described as traditional-folksy; a blend of old time traditional folk music, country, and a little bit of bluegrass."
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Kamiak Woodwind Quintet

August 17, 9:00 A.M.
"The Kamiak Woodwind Quintet plays classical music and some popular and seasonal music. All are members of the Community Band of the Palouse: Diane Prorak, flute; Jessica Croft, oboe; Rob Ronald, clarinet; Miranda Bernhardt, horn; and Eric Russell, bassoon."

The Working Poor

The Working Poor

August 17, 10:30 A.M.
The Working Poor is proud to be a cover band, because they find the diamond in the rough covers that have great melodies and tell great stories. 

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The B-Sides

August 24, 9:00 A.M.

"The B-Sides and Horns are a nine-piece group consisting of members from all over the quad cities. We have a great mix of the music of Stax, Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Tower of Power, just to name a few."

Ukulele Players of the Palouse & Inland Harmony Chorus

Ukulele Players of the Palouse and the Inland Harmony Chorus

August 24, 10:30 A.M.

"Ukulele Players of the Palouse have players of all skill levels, instruments of all sizes, and fun of all kinds."

Inland Harmony Chorus is women's a cappella music in the barbershop style, but all kinds of genres - oldies, pop, Broadway."

UI Preparatory Strings

UI Preparatory Strings

August 31, 9:00 A.M.

"The University of Idaho Music Preparatory Division offers excellence in music instruction to children 4 and up. Our Suzuki Strings group is the leading strings program in the region, taught by qualified teachers with many years of experience"

Henry C and the Willards

Henry C and the Willards

August 31, 10:30 A.M.

"The band is Henry C Willard, guitars,dobro, vocals;Jeanne McHale, keyboard, vocals; Donna Holmes-Parks, vocals, percussion; Doug Park, Bass, mandolin, vocals. We play mostly original Rock/Americana songs. We also cover some classic Blues and Rock tunes."

Are you a performer?

We are always on the lookout for talented performers throughout the Palouse! Please let us know about your act by filling out this online form so we can stay in touch about music opportunities at the Moscow Farmers Market.

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Accepting Bicycle Benefits

The Moscow Farmers Market is thrilled to be partnering with the national Bicycle Benefits Program for the 2019 Market season! Ride your bike to market, show your bicycle benefits sticker at the City of Moscow tent in Friendship Square, and receive a $2 token valid with ANY market vendor. Stickers will also be available for purchase for $5. 

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Shop The Market

Patrons receiving EBT or SNAP benefits are encouraged to visit the Backyard Harvest tent, located by the clock and fountain in Friendship Square, to participate in our Shop The Market program. Patrons will receive tokens to purchase fresh produce and other eligible items from vendors enrolled in this program.

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Select Moscow Farmers Market vendors accept State of Washington WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) and SFMNP (Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program) checks. Visit the City of Moscow Information tent to find out which vendors participate in this program and how to shop. 

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For additional information, visit us online at:



City of Moscow Community Events Division
Amanda Argona, Community Events Manager
(208) 883-7132 

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