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Snohomish County unveils plan for year-round agriculture market center

Jan 13th, 2011 | Category: News

SNOHOMISH – As of press time, Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon unveiled plans for a 60,000 square foot agriculture market center in downtown Everett that will house a full-time, year-round indoor farmers’ market, commercial kitchen and processing facility as well as farm-product distribution hub. The large commercial kitchen will be available for use to agricultural producers to make products to sell at the market or load on delivery trucks.

The facility, on Grand Avenue between Hewitt Avenue and Wall Street in downtown Everett and near the Everett Public Market, will anchor a 180-unit housing project being constructed by Dargey Enterprises, according to a press release from the County Executive’s office.

“This project will allow consumers to buy local, farm-fresh goods at a one-stop shop right here in Snohomish County – an effort we have been striving for to keep farming in Snohomish County economically viable,” said Reardon. “When you buy here – from salads to soups and from beef to beans – you will know where your food came from and have the opportunity to know the farmer who grew it.

The announcement for a marketplace comes less than a year after the creation of the Snohomish County Growers Alliance, a farmer-led initiative with support from County Executive Reardon. The non-profit Snohomish County Growers Alliance will operate the agriculture center.

The Alliance’s top objective has been to create a farmers’ market and distribution center for locally produced products. It’s also a direct outcome of Reardon’s 2004 Ag Initiative, the annual Focus on Farming conferences and last year’s Ag Sustainability Project report, which called for the creation of a locally driven farmers’ market.

Products at the market are likely to include fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, apples, pears, peas, beans, arugula; locally butchered beef, lamb and goat; dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream; as well as more specialized products including fresh-cut and dried flowers, local honey, soaps, beer and wine.

Developed by Dargey Enterprises, the market is expected to open in the spring of 2012.

The marketplace is expected to offer 90 retail spaces to large and small direct-to-market farm producers. More than a dozen farmers already have asked to reserve a space.

“They’re anxious for the opportunity to move to the next level of growing and selling great food, and to supply their community with local, healthy products,” said Linda Neunzig, Snohomish County’s ag coordinator and a local farmer.

In addition, café-style and full-service restaurants will be located throughout the marketplace.

Published in Jan/Feb 2011 issue

One Comment to “Snohomish County unveils plan for year-round agriculture market center”

  1. Karen Erickson says:

    Good morning

    Is there anyway there can be a real indepth story about this?

    Where will the year round food come from?

    Thanks so much

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