Parsley, Sage, etc. -- Last week we told you all about the auspicious opening weekend of Moscow's Farmers Market and neglected to mention that many of the other regional farmers markets are opening as well. How could we forget the Kootenai County Farmers Market, conveniently located for your foraging pleasure at Hwy. 95 and Prairie Avenue? Open Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm, the Kootenai County Farmers Market offers the jazz guitar stylings of one Doug Porter this Saturday, May 17. Or how about the Sandpoint Farmers Market, open every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm and every Wednesday from 3-5:30 p.m. at (check this out) Farmin Park? Farmin Park. Heh, heh. That's funny. It's located at Fourth and Main in beautiful lakeside Sandpoint. And we would be most remiss in forgetting to mention our very own Spokane Farmers Market, which kicks into high gear this Saturday at its usual spot, the First Covenant Church parking lot at 212 S. Division. Open at the oh-so-farmerly crack of dawn (um, well, 8 am), the Farmers Market runs until 1 pm and this Saturday features live music from Jessika Kenney. For more information, call (208) 772-2290 (CdA), (208) 263-0366 (Sandpoint) and 738-6165 (Spokane). No word yet on when the Spokane Marketplace is gearing up.
Soil to Spare? -- All this talk of Farmers Markets reminds us that now is a real good time to think about Plant a Row for the Hungry, a campaign sponsored locally by the Inland Empire Gardeners and nationally by the Garden Writers Association. A survey of food bank patrons shows that fresh fruits and vegetables are the most-needed food bank commodity. The idea is for gardeners to plant an extra row in their vegetable gardens this spring, then donate the extra vegetables to the food bank come harvest time. The Second Harvest Food Bank saw a 14 percent increase last year in visitor traffic, and donated produce will go to help out 19 food banks in the Second Harvest network. Think of how nice it will be to know that your plump red tomatoes, sunny nutritious carrots and even your submarine-sized zucchinis are all going to a good home. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ArtFest Needs You -- If you've ever been to ArtFest, you already know that its success is directly proportional to the number of volunteers behind the scenes. The annual three-day festival -- which takes place May 30-June 1 -- relies on more than 400 folks doing everything from helping the kids in the Make It Art area to manning the hot dog booth. If you're interested in helping out, call the Spokane Art School at 328-0900. And don't forget to pick up our May 29 issue for your copy of the official guide to ArtFest.