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FarmBoat Ends its 2010 season and Begins Planning for 2011 Improvements

As reported last week, this Thursday afternoon will be the last opportunity for shoppers to browse through the many local vendors at the FarmBoat in 2010. After today, it will be closed until its spring market, which is projected to start in late March, depending on the growing season. At today’s final 2010 winter market, the Farmboat’s usual vendors will be accompanied by music from the Seattle Waldorf School and food provided by Nollies.


With 2011 rapidly approaching, FarmBoat’s organizer, Captain David Petrich is already preparing for the spring season. Plans are currently in the works to obtain more vendors and to start a smaller market boat that will service communities along Lake Union and other local waterways. A few proposed stops include Eastlake’s own Terry Pettus Park and the Lynn Street Park near Pete’s Wine Shop. Other spots currently being discussed include locations near the Center for Wooden Boats, Gas Works Park and Auga Verde. Deliveries to these places will be arranged via an online pledge system, where customers can pre-order market fresh products on the FarmBoat website.


Captain Dave hopes that this smaller service will help bring farm fresh goods to neighborhoods without farmers markets. This healthy outlet he believes will help people obtain and eat the 17 to 22 pounds of fruits and vegetables a week that is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Local Ferry Service Connects Eastlake to South Lake Union’s FarmBoat

While Eastlake may not have a farmers market of its own yet, it does have access to South Lake Union’s newest market, the FarmBoat – a floating farmers market, thanks to Captain Larry Kezner’s mini ferry service at Terry Pettus Park ( Fairview and Newton). For a mere $6 round trip, passengers can enjoy a scenic trip across the lake to the market. The service leaves every hour from Pettus Park and makes a return trip leaving Lake Union Park forty-five minutes after its arrival at the market. Service at Pettus begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. every Thursday in conjunction with the Winter FarmBoat’s hours.  Schedule updates and info at or 206-713-8446.

Captain Larry Kezner started the service in an effort to raise awareness about Lake Union’s history with maritime transportation and to provide a flexible alternative to Seattle’s congested roadways. He also runs the Sunday Ice Cream Boat cruise and does private parties on his larger ferry boat.

“I’ve been trying to demonstrate that private ferry service can be efficient and productive way to get across or around the lake,” Larry explained. “Changing population and market conditions make transportation via water very attractive to our inter-city lakes and canals”.

In addition to the FarmBoat route, Larry is interested in doing future routes from South Lake Union to Fremont, Fremont to the Brooklyn Street End, and Brooklyn Street End to South Lake Union with flag stops at Waterway 11 and the Yale St. End.

At FarmBoat, shoppers can tour the historic Virginia V Steamboat (the last remaining survivor of the Puget Sound’s “Mosquito Fleet”) and browse through the many local vendors. Items available include local produce, baked goods, artisan gifts, and craft items. The market has two final dates in its Winter season, 12/16 and 12/23. It starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and can be found inside the Virginia V Steamboat at the Lake Union dock. For more information about the FarmBoat, visit

Kaosami Serves up Tasty Thai Lunchtime Meals on Eastlake

Forget the sacked lunch and try out Eastlake’s latest lunchtime hot spot located behind the Silver Cloud Inn—Kaosami’s Thai Truck. Best known as one of the best Thai restaurants in Fremont. Their orange mobile copy serves up the same fantastic food and service as their original location. In  2008 it was rated the #1 street food vendor in Seattle by Restaurant Magazine.

Kaosami’s Thai Truck can be found every weekday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 1150 Eastlake Ave E. They have a short menu with many Thai favorites including Phad Thai, Panang Curry, Tom Yum, and Phad Kee Mow. The food is also excellently priced, ranging from $6-8 a dish.

Fast, cheap, and delicious. Kaosami’s Thai Truck is a welcome addition to the Eastlake lunch scene.

Equinox Apartments set to hold its fourth happy hour event

The hardest part of meeting your neighbor is the introduction. Equinox Apartments hopes to alleviate this by holding its fourth happy hour for Equinox community members and Eastlake residents. The event takes place this upcoming Thursday, April 15 from 6 – 8 p.m. in their Jewel Box Concierge Building, at 1520 Eastlake Ave. E.

During the event, guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with their neighbors while enjoying light beverages and snacks.

Riverstone Residential, the property manager for Equinox Apartments, has decided to host these bi-monthly Equinox happy hours in order to open the doors of their property to the surrounding Eastlake neighborhood and further the sense of community in the area.

“We see a lot of people who are very curious about our building and just want to check out their neighbors,” said Equinox Leasing Specialist Cara Cox. “They’ve been watching this building getting built over the last two years in their neighborhood and want to know what kind neighbors they are going to have. Equinox happy hour is an invitation to Equinox residents as well as Eastlake community members to get to know each other better.”

Due to the large popularity of Equinox happy hour, Riverstone is hoping to keep these events as bi-monthly activities for the Eastlake community.

For more information about Equinox happy hour and their other events, check out Equinox Apartments on Facebook