Local farmers markets: A look at the 2016 seasonMay 22nd, 2016 | Category: Features
by Grow Northwest
Farmers Market season is officially here, bringing farmers, food producers, crafters and other vendors together in local communities. Large or small, weekday or weekend, new or long-standing, each market offers its own unique take on the many growers and makers who live and work here.
Following is a look at some of the markets taking place in our northwest corner. Please note this is not a complete list, as several locations were still confirming season information as of press time. Any other markets wishing to be listed can submit information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most markets have websites and Facebook pages, and are updating regularly as the season progresses, including listing participating vendors throughout the season. So check with them regularly, show your support, and enjoy!
Blaine Gardeners Market: Located on H Street Plaza in downtown Blaine, the market will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June through October. Vendors include baked goods, farm products, arts and crafts. The market is free to vendors. Organizers say something new is added every week! For more information, call (360) 332-6484.
Bellingham /Fairhaven Farmers Market: The Bellingham Farmers Market opened its 24th season in April and will be open each Saturday through mid-December from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square. Events throughout the season include Demo Days (presenting simple ways to prepare seasonal products and take questions from shoppers), Kids Vending Day (the last Saturday of each month; free to kids), music and entertainment, and more. The Fairhaven Farmers Market is open on Wednesdays in June through September from noon to 5 p.m. on the Village Green. For more information, follow the Facebook page or see www.bellinghamfarmers.org.
Ferndale Farmers Market: The Ferndale Farmers Market is changing its schedule and location this season, moving to Friday from 1-6 p.m. Formerly called the Ferndale Public Market, they have changed to Farmers Market and will be open at 2007 Cherry Street in Ferndale. Organizers hope the changes will make it easier for customers to pick up produce on the way home after school or work. They are also looking to collaborate with the Boys and Girls club with farm and food education this year. For more details, see the Facebook page or www.ferndalepublicmarket.org.
Lynden Farmers Market: The Lynden Farmers Market returns for the season on June 16, open Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. through Oct. 13 at 324 Front Street (across from the Jansen Art Center). The Lynden Farmers market is a sister project to non-profit A Rocha’s local watershed projects and Five Loaves Farm. Vendors are welcome to join the market at any point during the season, and business and community sponsorship or participation is welcomed to continue growing the market. For more information, contact Dave Timmer at email@example.com or visit http://lyndenfarmersmarket.com. Stay tuned to the market’s Facebook page.
The Twin Sisters Market: The Twin Sisters Market will run Saturdays June through October in Nugents Corner and Kendall. The market is a mobile market stand supported by 10-plus farms from the Nugents Corner/South Fork area, and will be set up just east of Dodson’s IGA (3700 block of Mount Baker Highway) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center in Kendall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, see twinsistersmarket.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The group also has a Facebook page.
Anacortes Farmers Market: The Anacortes Farmers Market officially opens for the season on May 7 and will be open each Saturday through Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Depot, 611 R Avenue. Each week vendors bring an assortment of farm produce, crafts, baked goods, and more. Special events later in the season include a pie festival and holiday market. There will be no Wednesday market this year; organizers are focused on the growing Saturday market. For more information, see www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.
Bow Little Market: The Bow Little Market held its season opening event with a swap and sale on April 30. The all-volunteer market starts its 7th season on Thursday, June 9, and will operate from 1-6 p.m. each Thursday through Sept. 1 at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green, (just south of Bow Hill Road along Old Hwy 99). Event later in the season include Garage Sales, Fiber Day, Harvest Market and Holiday Festival. Kids’ activities are offered weekly in July and August, and children can vend for free at any time. For more information, contact (360) 724-3333, email@example.com, follow their Facebook page, or visit bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.
Burlington Summer Nights: For information regarding this year’s activities call (360) 757-0994.
Marblemount Community Market: To confirm details, or for a vendor application, see marblemountcommunityhall.org.
Mount Vernon Farmers Market: This season the Mount Vernon Farmers Market will continue and expand at the Waterfront Plaza in downtown Mount Vernon. The market season opens May 21 and extends to mid-October, running every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Wednesday market starts June 1 and runs weekly from 11-4 p.m. through Sept. 28 at the Hospital on Kinkaid St. Kids activities, cooking demos, and special activities will be held throughout the season. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org, or see their Facebook page.
Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market: The first day of the season is Wednesday, May 18. The market will run 3 to 7 p.m. through September, at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf streets. Vendors will offer a selection of produce, crafts, and more. For more information, visit http://sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com, see their Facebook page or call (360) 202-7311.
Arlington Farmers Market: The Arlington Farmers Markets kicks off the season June 11 at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. To confirm hours and vending information, contact Arlingtonfarmersmarketwa@gmail.com or call (206) 355-2893. See updates on their Facebook page.
Everett Farmers Market: Open Sundays May through mid-October at the Port of Everett from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Friday market at Everett Mall is open June 17 through Sept. 23 from 3-7 p.m. For more information, visit everettfarmersmarket.net or follow the Facebook page.
Marysville Farmers Market: Open Saturdays June through September at 1035 State Ave. (next to City Hall). Hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the summer. For more information, see www.marysvillefarmersmarket.blogspot.com or the Facebook page.
Mukilteo Farmers Market: For more information, see www.mukilteofarmersmarket.org.
Port Susan Farmers Market: The market has big news this season! With 2-year grant funding totaling $99,990 from a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Farmers’ Market Promotion Program grant, PSFM will move to a new, larger location in the parking lot behind the Police Department in downtown Stanwood at 8727 271st Street NW. The market will be open every Friday from June 3 through Oct. 14. Two new programs designed to develop business for market vendors and the broader Stanwood-Camano community are also being organized. PSFM is one of only five such projects in Washington state to receive the funding. Additional events include a “Sprouting Healthy Kids” children’s area and Chef at the Market cooking demo. Hours are 2-7 p.m. June-Aug. and 2-6 p.m. Sept. and Oct. For more information see www.portsusan.org, e-mail or call Leslie at (360) 202-3932 or email@example.com.
Snohomish Farmers Market: Celebrating their 25th year, the Snohomish Farmers Market is held Thursdays, May through June from 3 to 7 p.m. at Pearl Street and Cedar Avenue in Downtown Snohomish. For more information, see www.snohomishfarmersmarket.com or the Facebook page.
Sultan 1st Saturday Market: For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 789-2146, or stop by GROW Washington for more information.
Whitehorse Market: This market in Darrington continues remodeling and has transformed from a farmers market into an open air market, open daily at 1080 Seeman Street. For more information, call (360) 436-9757 or follow the Facebook page.
Bayview Farmers Market: This market is open Saturday through Oct. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5603 Bayview Road in Langley. For more information, see www.bayviewfarmersmarket.com.
Clinton Thursday Market: For this season’s schedule, stay tuned to www.clintonthursdaymarket.com.
Coupeville Farmers Market: Open Saturdays through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Community Green next to the Coupeville Library and municipal parking lot (off Alexander Street). For more information, contact email@example.com or (360) 678-4288. See their Facebook page for updates.
South Whidbey Tilth Farmers market: Launching their 45th season, the market opens Sunday, May 1. The opening bell sounds at 11 a.m. every Sunday through Oct. 16. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2812 Thompson Road, off SR 525, between Freeland and Bayview Corner. New vendors are welcome. For more information see www.southwhidbeytilth.org/market.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oak Harbor Farmers Market: For details, see the facebook page or call (360) 678-4288.
Lopez Island Farmers Market: Open every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May through September in Lopez Village. For more information, visit lopezfarmersmarket.com or the Facebook page.
Orcas Island Farmers Market: Orcas Island Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday from the first weekend in May to the last weekend of September on the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound. For more information, visit orcasislandfarmersmarket.org.
San Juan Farmers Market: The San Juan Farmers Market is held every Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through the end of October at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor, at Nichols Street and Sunshine Alley. Hours are reduced to twice monthly in November and December. For more details, see www.sjifarmersmarket.com.
Published in the May 2016 issue of Grow Northwest