North Bend Farmers Market increases options

June 19, 2013

By Michele Mihalovich

By Michele Mihalovich Linda Dean (left) and Sam Nickell, of North Bend, discuss Snoqualmie Sigillo Cellars wines with the owners at the North Bend Farmers Market on June 13.

By Michele Mihalovich
Linda Dean (left) and Sam Nickell, of North Bend, discuss Snoqualmie Sigillo Cellars wines with the owners at the North Bend Farmers Market on June 13.

Everything you expect at opening day of the North Bend Farmers Market was there: asparagus, Bing cherries, peas, kettle corn, wood-fired pizza, dim sum, Hawaiian shaved ice and a band playing in the background. There were several new offerings as well, like wine.

June 13 marked the first time in the farmers market’s 16-year history that wine was sold.

Sigillo Cellars, of Snoqualmie, set up a booth, as did Piccola Wine Co., based in Woodinville.

Mike Seal, a founding partner of Sigillo, said the main reason they decided to show at the North Bend market was exposure.

He said about half of the people who stopped by their tent belonged to their wine club, but the other 50 percent hadn’t heard of the winery before.

As if on cue, Sam Nickell and Linda Dean, of North Bend, walked up to the booth and said they had no idea Snoqualmie had a winery.

“This is so great,” Nickell said. “It’s giving us an opportunity to know a local vendor. Everybody thinks you have to go to Walla Walla for good wine, and it’s not true.”

Sigillo recently came away with a gold and two bronze awards at the 2013 Seattle Wine Awards.

Piccola, although based in Woodinville, has a lot of local connections, co-owner Diana J. Kaspic said. She lives in Carnation; Shawn Lorenz, the warehouse manager, lives in North Bend; and his wife Cat Warren is the bar manager at North Bend Bar and Grill.

Piccola wine is sold by the keg to many local restaurants and golf courses, but they also sell 1.5-liter bags of their reds and white, perfect for hiking and camping, Kaspic said.

Even though the state Legislature gave its blessing to selling wine at local farmers markets, wine tastings aren’t on the menu yet.

Lorenz said the state liquor board is still trying to figure out how to go about serving the 21 and older crowd sips of wine, while keeping it well out of reach of the younger set.

For now, Piccola is handing out wooden chips so people can stop in at the North Bend Bar and Grill for a free sip, and Sigillo has a tasting room at 8353 Meadowbrook Way S.E. in Snoqualmie that’s open from 4-8 p.m. Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Also new to the market is Jessie’s Haute Cakes.

Until now, owner Jessica McClanahan had only sold her gourmet cupcakes online out of her kitchen, one of only about 65 cottage kitchen licenses issued in the state.

McClanahan brought 84 lemon coconut and mocha cupcakes to North Bend, and within an hour she was down to two.

Almost as popular as the cupcakes were two new playgrounds at Si View Park, which, according to one mom, just opened two weeks ago.

The kids couldn’t seem to get enough of the rock-climbing wall and the zip line. The playgrounds aren’t technically part of the farmers market, but it did give parents a little break from the kids so that they could dicker over prices of greens or sit and eat a pulled pork sandwich while listening to The Road Dogz sing the blues.

Get a full listing of the vendors and the concert schedule at www.siviewpark.org/farmers-market.phtml.

If you go: 4-8 p.m. Thursdays Until Sept. 12 (no market July 4), Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend

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