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Farmboat Winter Floating Market Aboard Historic Steamship "Virginia V" at Lake Union Park

Nov 1st, 2010 (Seattle, WA) - With the chilly winds of winter nearly upon us, organizers of Farmboat.org (http://www.Farmboat.org) are holding an old fashioned indoor farmers market aboard the historic steamship "Virginia V" moored at Lake Union Park in November and December. The Virginia V Foundation (http://www.virginiav.org/) has granted permission for Farmboat to utilize the 125" historic steamship for the Winter Farmboat Floating Market. The Virginia V is the last remaining survivor of a vast fleet of independently operated vessels that transported farm products around Puget Sound in the early 1900's. She was part of what was known as the "Mosquito Fleet"- a name coined by visiting sea captains who frequently referred to the many small vessels darting across Puget Sound to be so numerous as to resemble a swarm of mosquitos. The Virginia V has been completely restored and is now one of Seattle's premier historic attractions.

The Farmboat Winter Market at Lake Union Park will open on Thursdays starting November 11th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. The market will feature a variety of local foods and crafts appropriate for the holiday season. There will be over 20 vendors selling fresh produce, gourmet foods, crafts and more. Some markets will host maritime folk music entertainment too. The ship will be staying at the dock so shoppers can arrive and depart anytime during market hours. Vendors interested in reserving some of the limited space at the Winter Farmboat Floating Market should contact Captain Dave at dave@farmboat.org prior to November 2nd.

This special Farmboat floating market will be a focal holiday attraction at the new Lake Union Park--capturing the romance of the sea and the excitement once shared by early Northwest inhabitants when boat loads of fresh produce and seafood arrived at the dock a century ago. The ship will stay at the dock so shoppers can arrive and depart anytime during market hours. Farmboat is striving to create a festive and nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of the old days. Vendors are being asked to dress the part with prizes given out for best costumes. The public is encouraged to bring their cameras or dress up in 1920's attire and win prizes too!

The Farmboat project was co-founded by Puget Sound Magazine (an online regional travel magazine for waterfront communities at www.PugetSoundMagazine.com) and Cedar Wave Adventures by Sea (a classic yacht charter tour operator at www.cedarwave.com).

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The FarmBoat Floating Market aboard the Virginia V at Lake Union Park is closed due to City of Seattle adverse policies against small businesses. For more information, see "FarmBoat Under Siege."

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