By Monika Star
The Pacific Northwest is ripe with appreciation for organically-grown local produce, fresh-caught seafood and delicious homemade specialty products and baked goods. As the weather gets warmer, we welcome all of the Farmers Markets that pop up in most every community. Since each market has its own vibe, I did some digging and found these Nine “Must See” markets to visit this year …
Opening Day at Lake Forest Park Farmers Market was lively and timed perfectly for those who needed to pick up fresh-from-the-farm bouquets for Mother’s Day. A guest vendor- Daddy’s Donuts, voted BuzzFeed’s best donuts in Washington State, was out making the day much sweeter. One of my personal favorites, and a regular at the market, is Seattle Pops whose ice cream popsicles are inspired by traditional Mexican paleta and the kona coffee flavor is so refreshing on a warm day. Heart of Dreams Alpacas from Duvall came out to visit with a herd of alpacas and handed out carrots for visitors to feed them. This market runs Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm from now til October. You can find the vendors, info & updates at: ThirdPlaceCommons.org.
Mill Creek Farmers Market is new on the scene this year. Sarah Dylan Jensen, market manager, says “we’re most looking forward to bringing local farms, artisans, and crafters to the public. In an instant-delivery tech-driven world, it’s nice to get to know where your food comes from or buy something special from the person that made it.” Opening Day is Friday, May 25th at Noon. Celebrate with the Mayor, City Council and other local community organizations and enjoy fun swag giveaways including a free reusable tote for each family. There will be live music, food for purchase and many other fun things to kick off the season. The Mill Creek farmers market runs Fridays Noon to 5 pm through Aug. 31, 2018. It is located in the Mill Creek City Hall North parking lot at 15720 Main St. in Mill Creek. For more information, visit millcreekfarmersmarket.org
Another new location is the Everett Station Transit Center Farmers Market open Wednesdays from 4 pm to 8 pm starting on May 23rd and running through September 26th, 2018. This market is returning back to downtown Everett 25 years later and right across the street from its original location. Vendors participating can be found on everettstationfarmersmarket.com.
Everett’s Farmers Market on the waterfront is open Sundays 11 am to 4 pm through Oct. 14th at the Boxcar Park in the Port of Everett. This market features music, a picnic area near the ready-to-eat vendors, a market information booth and produce vouchers for qualifying women with small children and seniors (learn more on Everett Farmers Market blog under Our Story). everettfarmersmarket.com.
Small Town Markets are Big on Community
Duvall Farmers Market kicked off its season on May 3rd and will run through October 11th, 2018 on Thursdays from 3 pm to 7 pm. What really sets this market apart is that Duvall is a farming valley and though these farmers commute into the city to sell at bigger markets, there is something special about providing an opportunity for people to buy food grown in their own backyards. Jeni Cardoba, market manager, says “We see the same customers supporting our local farms and businesses and it really brings out small community even closer.”
Duvall’s market features local musicians (a new one each week) and lots of community involvement projects including a new fun craft or kids activity in the kids booth each week. The wide range of weekly vendors includes bakeries, row crops, stone fruit orchards, berries, wool, lamb, beef, chicken, knife sharpening, plant starts, flowers, kettle corn, soap, body products, jewelry, wild foraged mushrooms, jewelry, and an assortment of crafters and artisans as well as two food trucks each week. Their motto is “Where Real People truly meet Real Food!” For more info, see: duvallfarmersmarket.org. They will be also representing at upcoming annual Duvall Days Festival happening on Saturday & Sunday, June 2nd & 3rd.
A little further north in Stanwood, the small town atmosphere prevails at the Port Susan Farmers Market where it seems the social aspect of the market is equally important as the shopping. Every Friday afternoon, locals gather to say hi to their neighbors, grab a bite served by local restaurants and hang out listening to the sounds of live music while picking up produce, meats, breads, berries and flowers from local farmers. This market’s slogan is “Meet me at the Market!” Opening Day is Friday, June 1st. Learn more at: portsusan.org
A farewell season at Bothell’s Country Village …
Bothell Farmers Market kicks off their 21st season and their last season at Bothell Country Village on Friday, June 1st, 2018 from Noon to 6 pm. The market runs every Friday through September 28th featuring a large variety of in-season, locally grown produce, straight from the farm. You will be able to pick up fresh cut flower bouquets, locally grown berries, homemade baked goods, fresh bread, eggs, organic fruits & veggies, oil & vinegar, honey, coffee, loose leaf tea, & jams and handmade items from local artisans including jewelry, candles, and more. Enjoy live music on the beautiful grounds of Country Village in addition to 40 locally owned shops and restaurants. On Opening Day, children can get their face painted and receive a balloon animal from Zero and Somebuddy, the fun-loving entertaining clowns.
For more information visit the Farmers Market tab on their website: countryvillagebothell.com/bothell-farmers-market
Double the fun in Edmonds
Another favorite is Edmonds Garden Market & Summer Market. “We technically have 2 markets,” said market manager Christina, “The Edmonds Museum’s Garden Market runs six Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm starting the first Saturday in May. This is our small market, with about 60 vendors and located near 5th Ave. & Bell Street. On Father’s Day weekend, we open the Edmonds Museum’s Summer Market, which runs every Saturday through the first Saturday in October near 5th and Main Street.” Vendors’ products are Hand Made or “Home Grown in Washington”. They carry fresh produce, flowers, plants, processed foods, personally created crafts and original art. Note that there is no market during the weekend of “The Taste” on Aug. 11th. More info can be found at historicedmonds.org/summer-market/.
Find a Farmers Market in Your Community
For a list of all the Farmers Markets in Western Washington, check out the resource our friends at Tilth Alliance have compiled at: http://www.pugetsoundfresh.org/markets/list
Do you have a favorite Farmers Market you’d like to give a shout out to? Post it in our Facebook group: the NW Mind Body Spirit Lounge
Monika Star is an avid wellness advocate, beach watcher, arts promoter and a natural connector. She is the community outreach director for the NW Mind Body Spirit Connection events and enjoys spending time meeting folks who are doing good things for our community.