THE MARK OLYMPIA NEWS

Nov 07

On this chilly Autumn day hot soup sounds perfect… While #organic and #vegan still hearty and delicious…

On this chilly Autumn day hot soup sounds perfect… While #organic and #vegan still hearty and delicious…

Sep 29

Please support Initiative I-522 http://yeson522.com/ to label genetically engineered foods in Washington. It would require companies to inform consumers about the presence of GMOs in food products. We have a right to know whats in our food so we feed our selves and our families safely. A number of the companies that produce GMOs have developed their seeds to be used with their own pesticides and herbicides. This will lead to an increase in the use of these chemicals.

Please support Initiative I-522 http://yeson522.com/ to label genetically engineered foods in Washington. It would require companies to inform consumers about the presence of GMOs in food products. We have a right to know whats in our food so we feed our selves and our families safely. A number of the companies that produce GMOs have developed their seeds to be used with their own pesticides and herbicides. This will lead to an increase in the use of these chemicals.

Sep 22

Some #friends give you #flowers when your sad and some friends find you #wild #Porcini both are very awesome! thank you!

Some #friends give you #flowers when your sad and some friends find you #wild #Porcini both are very awesome! thank you!

Aug 30











Love, the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. #weddings at The Mark Olympia - http://themarkolympia.com/love/

Love, the unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. #weddings at The Mark Olympia - http://themarkolympia.com/love/

Aug 27

We love the #GRuB in the Schools Initiative, disengaged and/or low-income students earn credits while learning about and contributing to their #local #food systems.#organic #sustainable #farm http://goodgrub.org/

We love the #GRuB in the Schools Initiative, disengaged and/or low-income students earn credits while learning about and contributing to their #local #food systems.#organic #sustainable #farm http://goodgrub.org/

Aug 21

I strongly support Initiative I-522 http://yeson522.com/ to label genetically engineered foods in Washington. It would require companies to inform consumers about the presence of GMOs in food products. The use of GMOs concentrates seed production and economic power in the hands of a handful of multinational corporations. This limits seed availability to large farms and corporations that can afford it, thus threatening the viability of small independent farms. GMO pollen can drift for many miles (corn is an example) and contaminate organic crops. This puts an undue burden on organic farmers to seek non-GMO seeds and protect their crops in order to maintain their purity. Additionally, a number of the companies that produce GMOs have developed their seeds to be used with their own pesticides and herbicides. This can lead to an increase in the use of these chemicals.How I spend my money is my choice and in a very real way my vote. I prefer to support smaller, locally owned and operated farms that that practice sustainable agriculture. I would never knowingly serve or eat genetically engineered foods. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are untested for effects on humans and our environment. We have the right to know where our food comes from and what’s in it. thank you… lisa

I strongly support Initiative I-522 http://yeson522.com/ to label genetically engineered foods in Washington. It would require companies to inform consumers about the presence of GMOs in food products. 

The use of GMOs concentrates seed production and economic power in the hands of a handful of multinational corporations. This limits seed availability to large farms and corporations that can afford it, thus threatening the viability of small independent farms. GMO pollen can drift for many miles (corn is an example) and contaminate organic crops. This puts an undue burden on organic farmers to seek non-GMO seeds and protect their crops in order to maintain their purity. Additionally, a number of the companies that produce GMOs have developed their seeds to be used with their own pesticides and herbicides. This can lead to an increase in the use of these chemicals.

How I spend my money is my choice and in a very real way my vote. I prefer to support smaller, locally owned and operated farms that that practice sustainable agriculture. I would never knowingly serve or eat genetically engineered foods. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are untested for effects on humans and our environment. We have the right to know where our food comes from and what’s in it. 

thank you… lisa

Aug 15

Awesome time of year all restaurants produce comes from Rising River Farm #organic #local and Bremer Mt. Farm - they bring us their best !!! we really enjoy!!! feeling like a lucky kitchen!!!!  http://risingriverfarm.com/

Awesome time of year all restaurants produce comes from Rising River Farm #organic #local and Bremer Mt. Farm - they bring us their best !!! we really enjoy!!! feeling like a lucky kitchen!!!!  http://risingriverfarm.com/

Aug 04

The Mark, Sat. 08/03/13 - Just married Becky and Beth!

The Mark, Sat. 08/03/13 - Just married Becky and Beth!

Jul 23

The Mark, Sat. 07/20/13 - Just married Jennifer and Glen! A non traditional, relaxing, casual, ceremony and reception.
Note from bride: We had a beautiful wedding and reception, Lisa! Thanks to you and your staff for all your hard work and the delicious food. Thanks again! Jennifer 

The Mark, Sat. 07/20/13 - Just married Jennifer and Glen! A non traditional, relaxing, casual, ceremony and reception.

Note from bride: We had a beautiful wedding and reception, Lisa! Thanks to you and your staff for all your hard work and the delicious food. Thanks again! Jennifer 

Jul 07

Sat 07/06/13 - Just married Rachel and Laura!A small lovely private ceremony and reception that took over the entire restaurant.

Sat 07/06/13 - Just married Rachel and Laura!
A small lovely private ceremony and reception that took over the entire restaurant.

Jun 25

If your planning to be in Seattle June 29th and August 17th, our friend Chef Tom Douglas is throwing an awesome NW style BBQ event called “Salmon Chanted Evenings”. These events are intended to celebrate Seattle community while raising money for Victor Steinbrueck Park an important piece of the Pike Place Market experience! Way to enjoy doing good works while having a great time and eating well as 100% of the proceeds go to the Seattle Parks Department.
Tickets more info avail here: http://store.tomdouglas.com/salmon-chanted-evening-p190.aspx

If your planning to be in Seattle June 29th and August 17th, our friend Chef Tom Douglas is throwing an awesome NW style BBQ event called “Salmon Chanted Evenings”. These events are intended to celebrate Seattle community while raising money for Victor Steinbrueck Park an important piece of the Pike Place Market experience! Way to enjoy doing good works while having a great time and eating well as 100% of the proceeds go to the Seattle Parks Department.

Tickets more info avail here: http://store.tomdouglas.com/salmon-chanted-evening-p190.aspx

Jun 21

We had a great visit from the folks at  Johnson Berry Farm last night and are very much looking forward to having supply of their beautiful fresh organic berries this summer!!!!  Johnson Berry Farm is a small, farmer owned, 40 acre berry farm based in Olympia.
avail at a NW Farmers Market near to you

We had a great visit from the folks at  Johnson Berry Farm last night and are very much looking forward to having supply of their beautiful fresh organic berries this summer!!!!  Johnson Berry Farm is a small, farmer owned, 40 acre berry farm based in Olympia.

avail at a NW Farmers Market near to you

Jun 12

Jerry and Janelle Stokesberry just dropped of the #locally produced, free range #organic chickens for tonights private dinner! http://www.stokesberrysustainablefarm.com/

Jerry and Janelle Stokesberry just dropped of the #locally produced, free range #organic chickens for tonights private dinner! http://www.stokesberrysustainablefarm.com/

Jun 01

Whats that you say, its Saturday… I’m going out to play…

Whats that you say, its Saturday… I’m going out to play…

May 28

Community Supported Agriculture
 Even though it’s still raining, summer is quickly approaching! However, there is still time to purchase a CSA box for the upcoming season. CSA boxes generally include a weekly supply of local, organic, and seasonal fruits and vegetables, and can be bought in varying sizes depending on how many people they are for. There are many options from different farms, all in the local Olympia area.

Rising River Farm
This CSA box comes in two sizes and lasts through October. It includes mostly vegetables, but also herbs and strawberries.
Sign up here: http://risingriverfarm.com/csa-details

GRuB Farm
This CSA box feeds around four people and lasts until October. It includes vegetables, fruits, herbs, and fresh flowers. A portion of the proceeds from buying this box helps subsidize GRuB’s after school gardening program.
Sign up here: http://goodgrub.org/grub-farm/cultivator-csa/

Boistfort Valley Farm
There are three size options for this CSA box, all of which last till the end of October. It includes vegetables, herbs, and cherries. Boisfort Valley Farm also has separate delivery packages for local honey, coffee, and tea.
Sign up here: http://boistfortvalleyfarm.csaware.com/2013-summer-share-C3660

Kirsop Farm
This CSA box feeds two to four people and runs through October. It has a wide variety of vegetables ranging from very fancy cucumbers to Oly Oly onions.
Sign up here: http://www.kirsopfarm.com/csa.php

Helsing Junction Farm
There are three size options for this CSA box, all of which run until mid October. This CSA box has a truly diverse selection of fruits and vegetables, and comes with weekly recipe ideas. Helsing Junction Farm also offers other shares that include flowers, mushrooms, juice, sauerkraut, and many more.
Sign up here: http://www.helsingfarmcsa.com/share.php

Wobbly Cart Farming Collective
There are two size options for this CSA box, both of which last until mid October. It includes vegetables and culinary herbs.
Sign up here: http://wobblycart.com/csa.html

Calliope Farm
This CSA box feeds two to five people and runs until the end of October. It includes only vegetables
Sign up here: http://calliopefarm.com/csa-info/

photo and research contributed by TESC intern Olivia Wolper Greenfield

Community Supported Agriculture

Even though it’s still raining, summer is quickly approaching! However, there is still time to purchase a CSA box for the upcoming season. CSA boxes generally include a weekly supply of local, organic, and seasonal fruits and vegetables, and can be bought in varying sizes depending on how many people they are for. There are many options from different farms, all in the local Olympia area.


Rising River Farm

This CSA box comes in two sizes and lasts through October. It includes mostly vegetables, but also herbs and strawberries.

Sign up here: http://risingriverfarm.com/csa-details


GRuB Farm

This CSA box feeds around four people and lasts until October. It includes vegetables, fruits, herbs, and fresh flowers. A portion of the proceeds from buying this box helps subsidize GRuB’s after school gardening program.

Sign up here: http://goodgrub.org/grub-farm/cultivator-csa/


Boistfort Valley Farm

There are three size options for this CSA box, all of which last till the end of October. It includes vegetables, herbs, and cherries. Boisfort Valley Farm also has separate delivery packages for local honey, coffee, and tea.

Sign up here: http://boistfortvalleyfarm.csaware.com/2013-summer-share-C3660


Kirsop Farm

This CSA box feeds two to four people and runs through October. It has a wide variety of vegetables ranging from very fancy cucumbers to Oly Oly onions.

Sign up here: http://www.kirsopfarm.com/csa.php


Helsing Junction Farm

There are three size options for this CSA box, all of which run until mid October. This CSA box has a truly diverse selection of fruits and vegetables, and comes with weekly recipe ideas. Helsing Junction Farm also offers other shares that include flowers, mushrooms, juice, sauerkraut, and many more.

Sign up here: http://www.helsingfarmcsa.com/share.php


Wobbly Cart Farming Collective

There are two size options for this CSA box, both of which last until mid October. It includes vegetables and culinary herbs.

Sign up here: http://wobblycart.com/csa.html


Calliope Farm

This CSA box feeds two to five people and runs until the end of October. It includes only vegetables

Sign up here: http://calliopefarm.com/csa-info/


photo and research contributed by TESC intern Olivia Wolper Greenfield