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Entries from June 2012

The U-District farmer’s market reintroduced

June 7th, 2012 by master

UW News Lab

Seattle Farmer’s Market vendors make their weekly trip to the University District every Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. In the south parking lot of the University Heights Center for the Community, a group of over 50 Washington farmers sell fresh produce, meats, and cheese.

The U-District market was the first farmer’s market in Seattle and was established as a year-round market in 1993 by Chris Curtis, the Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Alliance director and a group of volunteers. According to the NFMA website, the U-District branch is the “oldest and largest ‘farmers-only’ neighborhood market.”

A good way to ease oneself into the farmer’s market atmosphere is to snack on a fresh Honeycrisp apple or grab a bite to eat from one of the weekly vendors in the Market Bites section of the lot. Pre-made plates can be bought there with selections ranging from Indian Naan or tamales to crepes or ice cream from Whidbey Island.

After satisfying grumbling stomachs, begin exploring what the market has to offer. Brace yourself; there is going to be a lot between picking out produce and coming to terms with farmer’s market pricing.

For those new to the locally grown scene, shopping at farmer’s markets can be a bit intimidating because of prices of fresh, organic foods.

“People are usually thinking it is expensive, but what you can do is to walk around and compare prices,” said Thea Preuss, a market volunteer.

So as not to have the wits scared out of them, new visitors (and perhaps UW students looking for a break from dorm fare) should avoid looking at products like foraged chanterelle mushrooms and fiddlehead ferns, each of which can easily be over $20/lb. Instead, try visiting vendors that sell everyday products like apples and salad mixes. Often, bulk mixes of arugula, lettuces, and spinach sell or about the same price as (or slightly more expensive than) supermarket boxed greens. Apples (at about a dollar each) are more costly than their grocery store counterparts, but make up for the price with their fresh flavor. During the average weekend, over 2500 visits come through the market.

However, with peak season approaching for Washington farmer’s markets, shoppers can expect grounds to become more crowded. According to one NFMA staff member, during the summer, the U-District site has about 3500 visitors.

According to Curtis, as a result of the rising Seattle temperatures, summer fruits and vegetables like strawberries, blackberries, asparagus, and greens will be making their debut at the U-District farmer’s market in the next few weeks.

All seven of the farmer’s market venues accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT). For more information about using EBT or food stamps at the markets or to find a location nearest to you, please visit

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Sound Transit seeks feedback for light rail station name at Brooklyn Avenue NE

June 6th, 2012 by master

As Sound Transit worked through planning and design for the University and North Link projects, it gave each of the stations temporary working names.

Unsurprisingly, Sound Transit will recommend that the temporary names be used as the permanent names… with one exception: Brooklyn Station.

Sound Transit says they’ve receive the most comments about the station at NE 45th Street and Brooklyn Avenue NE and are now going to recommend it be called U District Station.

They still want to hear from you. You can take an on-line survey or send them an email.

Sound Transit hopes it’s Board of Directors can formally adopt permanent station names as early as June.

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Cafe Racer shooting victims remembered this weekend

June 2nd, 2012 by master

A gathering of friends, patrons and neighbors is planned for 12:30 p.m. today outside Cafe Racer.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund is now established for one of the victims:

A memorial trust has been established for Donald Largen, a 57-year-old saxophone player and urban planner who was killed Wednesday in the Café Racer shooting. Donations are needed to fund funeral expenses and support his surviving partner, Glenna Wilson.

Donations are welcome in any amount and can be made at any Bank of America location to the Donald B. Largen Memorial Trust Fund. All proceeds will be used to cover funeral expenses, with the remainder going to Wilson, Largen’s partner of 22 years. Separate funds are being created for the other shooting victims.

Paul Zemtseff, a close friend of the departed, said funds are strongly needed and appreciated. “Don was a brutally honest man who could argue with the best of them yet could be convinced to change his mind. I will miss all his superb, clever (and often bawdy) jokes that he never had a chance to share with us. Whenever they came to dinner, it was always like the first time. He was consistently the most gracious and thankful guest. He lived a very conscious life and will be missed – most by his sweetheart Glenna, who has lost her other half. We will all so miss your great big heart.”

Largen was a Seattle native who graduated from Shorecrest High School and the University of Washington. He worked as an urban planner while simultaneously pursuing his love of music, regularly playing at cafes and friend’s houses whenever possible. He loved Costa Rica and visited as often as possible with Glenna. He was a resident of the Roosevelt neighborhood and was a regular at local establishments such as the Café Racer, Latona Pub, Big Time Brewery and Café Allegro.

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