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WINE: Industry can grow locally, too

Letter by Karen A. Bowes, Tacoma on May 11, 2012 at 10:02 am with 10 Comments »
May 11, 2012 2:10 pm

Re: “Wine industry’s a bright spot for state during tough times” (editorial, 5-7).

While some residents might agree that Washington could focus more resources on building the state’s growing wine industry to generate more revenue and thus bolster the state’s economy, the Tacoma populace can help make an immediate impact at the local level by visiting the Proctor Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As one of only 10 markets chosen by the Washington State Liquor Control Board’s 2011 statewide lottery allowing wine, cider, and brewery tasting and sales at farmers markets, the Proctor market is pleased to be able to participate in this popular one-year pilot program.

With strict guidelines in place to ensure public safety, the Proctor Farmers’ Market is expanding its mission by taking part in this rare opportunity to reach out and help promote a group of farmers new to neighborhood markets.

The Proctor Farmers’ Market invites all residents to stop by our weekly tasting booth and help support Washington’s farmers and wine industry by shopping local.
(Bowes is the project manager for the Proctor Farmers’ Market pilot tasting program.)

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  1. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Nice free marketing, TNT.

  2. RLangdon says:

    Right, go to the Proctor Farmer’s Market and try some booze. Great selling point for a FARMER’S MARKET! Farmers grow a lot of booze do they?

    Well, if you go to the Puyallup Farmer’s Market, and talk to the guy who has the booth between the asparagus stand and the lettuce stand, he can hook you up with a source for some genuine White-Lightnin’ hooch. The Puyallup Farmer’s Market is definitely the best, because they still actually have FARMLAND in Puyallup where they actually do some real farming!!!

  3. LornaDoone says:

    “concernedtacoma7 says:
    May 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm Nice free marketing, TNT.”

    Now you know why Mitt Romney writes Op/Ed articles for newspapers.

    There is also some great organic produce from an organic farm that provides developmentally disabled adults a place to work and feel a part of something. A really nice guy donates his tractor mower and labor to the farm because they are great neighbors and are doing wonderful things for the community.

    See how that works?

  4. concernedtacoma7 says:

    Then write a LTE on the need for more special needs farms.

    This is a commercial event. She is asking for business to increase her bottom line.


    And I prefer my veggies from Mexico, they are cheaper and taste better.

  5. buddyandelliott says:

    Proctor farmer’s market is awesome, so is the 6th ave and Broadway. It is wonderful to bring all of this local food to the neighborhoods, and yes, Puyallup is where the farms are. Until it all gets paved over and turned into housing developments. That’s what’s happening to our gorgeous dirt in the Puyallup, Orting and Fife valleys. Kent/Auburn is all concrete tilt-up now. too bad.

  6. LornaDoone says:

    concerned – I’ll tell you what….when you want to see the media change its policy on op/ed and LTEs you will have to consult Helen Waite, their policy consultant on the subject.

    So, as I stated, if you want it to change, go to Helen Waite.

    Buddy – I remember when the Green River Valley was still farm land. It was before CT7 bought his produce in Mexico. I guess produce is better tasting when covered with unidentified pesticides and shipped for days from another country. It’s an entirely new definition of “fresh”.

  7. concernedtacoma7 says:

    So if Wal-Mart sent a letter (shamelessly plugging their business) TNT would publish it?

    You want to pay double because of a ‘local’ sticker or 5x because it is labelled ‘organic’, have at it.

  8. I did not pay double for the asparagus I bought at Proctor Farmer’s market and it was far more tasty than the Mexican or Chilean imports. concernedtacoma7 how cynical can you get?

  9. lindee – Francis loves to be provocative, regardless of how ridiculous he might sound.

  10. They sell Mexican produce at the Commissary? Wouldn’t THAT be just peachy!! (no pun intended).

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