We lost a great friend this past week. Someone who would never miss a Sunday at the Ballard Farmers Market. Larry Woelich, a long-time visitor at the market and well known by most of us who work here, passed away peacefully last week, at the age of 78.
Larry always looked for the best: in people and in the foods he bought each week. Although he filled a huge rolling basket with vegetables, meats, flowers, fruit, eggs, and candy, we knew he gave away much of it to his many friends, with whom he worked, and to his family.
His generosity was grander than the elegant clothes he wore every time he visited us. And after shopping, his great treat to himself, and often one or more friends, was to enjoy a brunch at Bastille Cafe, followed by a few puffs of a smelly cigar as we waved goodbye to each other for the day.
As Maya Angelou said, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
We all are hoping that you are enjoying a big party right now, one at least as fun as the Holiday Galas you invited us to for so many years.
Larry always made us feel special and we will always remember.
Award winning Ballard Farmers Market is open every Sunday, year around, 10-3pm.
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Join us in Ballard tomorrow for a spectacular scavenger hunt! Start at the information booth, and work your way around the market to locate numbered eggs located in vendor booths. When you've finished hunting, claim a prize egg stuffed with a @jonboycaramels! We have 400 eggs ready to go #onlyattheballardfarmersmarket
Happy April everyone. With Summer just around the corner, we are looking for additional volunteers to support the Gleaning project.
What is the Gleaning Project? In collaboration with the Ballard Farmers Market and the Ballard Food Bank, volunteers collect and transport donated produce every Sunday when the market closes. Farms and the market staff work together to identify the vendors who want to participate. Participating vendors donate the produce and volunteers (gleaners) walk to collect donations and transport boxes to the food bank. Vendors donate when they have an abundance, 'seconds', or maybe they didn't sell as much as they would have liked. We weigh and track the amount each farm donates every week. Donations are transported to the Ballard food bank to be sorted and stored.
So far this year, gleaners have transported over 1500 pounds of produce and protein to the food bank!!! This gives our neighbors who use the Ballard Food Bank access to fresh produce every week and reduces compost waste.
Come and join in supporting our local community and volunteer with us!
Katie Shinn, Project Lead
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