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The 2011 season: A look at local farmers markets

May 3rd, 2011 | Category: Features

Find local farmers, artisans, producers and more at your local farmers market, a one-stop shopping place for locally grown and made goods. From their farms and studios to your family’s table, experience the wealth of Northwest bounty, so close to home.

Some markets have been established for years, while others are fairly new or just starting out. Most markets operate each Saturday, but you’ll also find a few communities who put on mid-week markets on a smaller scale.

Setting up at the Bellingham Farmers Market. PHOTO BY CYNTHIA ST. CLAIR

Following are some of the farmers markets in our northwest corner. Please confirm hours before your visit.

Anacortes: Saturdays starting May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Depot Arts Center, 7th & R Avenue. Operating for more than 20 years, the 2011 season opens on May 14 and runs through October. In addition to vendors, you’ll find lunch, kids booth, and events such as chef demonstrations. Membership and vendor fees apply. For more information, contact Market Manager Keri Knapp at (360) 293-7922 or visit www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Arlington: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. This market features fresh produce, flowers, crafts, prepared food, and other entertainment.For more information, contact Mark Lovejoy at (360) 435-9272 or arlingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Bellingham/Fairhaven: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, and Wednesdays starting in June from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village Green / www.bellinghamfarmersmarket.org/. Featuring approximately 100 vendors, buskers and organizations the Saturday market runs through December. Events include Chef in the Market, kids activities and more. Vendor fees apply. The Fairhaven market runs on a smaller scale from June through September. For more information, visit bellinghamfarmers.org.


Blaine Gardener’s Market: 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at H Street Plaza. Started in 2009, the Blaine Gardener’s Market features over 25 vendors and takes place on the H Street Plaza overlooking Drayton Harbor. The market opens for the 2011 season on May 28 and runs through October. No membership or vendors fees apply. For more information, call (360) 332-6484.

Bow Little Market: Volunteer-run markets on Thursdays starting July 7 through Oct. 6. 1 to 6 p.m. at Old Highway 99 at Bow Hill Road. Call (360) 724-3333 or email bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com.

Concrete: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Concrete Senior Center. The 2011 Saturday Market season will open on May 28 and continues every Saturday through Sept. 10. The market is held at the Concrete Senior Center, just off Highway 20 at milepost 89. In addition to vendors, live music and kids activities are available. For more information, contact concretesaturdaymarket@gmail.com.

Coupeville: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alexander & 8th St., Coupeville. Call (360) 678-4288. Celebrating 30 years of local food and products.

Darrington: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June through September, Seeman Street, Darrington. Fresh produce, arts and crafts. Call (360) 436-2167.

Everett: Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June through September, at the Marina, Port Gardner Landing, West Marine View Drive, Everett. Call (425) 258-3356.

Ferndale: Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Riverwalk park. Located on the Riverwalk park along the Nooksack River, the market is open every Saturday through early October. For more information, contact Tracey Bisconers at manager@ferndalepublicmarket.org.

Granite Falls: Market on Getchell, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June through September, 8416 SR 92, corner of Hwy 92 and Getchell (84th St NE). Contact hope@marketongetchell.com.

Lake Stevens: Thursdays from 5 p.m. to dusk at North Cove Park. Call (425) 425-334-1805.

Lopez Island: Saturdays starting May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open through Sept. 10, Lopez Village. For more information, visit lopezfarmersmarket.com or contact Lopez Island Farmers Market Association, P.O. Box 841, Lopez Island, WA 98261.
Lummi Island: Saturdays starting late May, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2106 South Nugent Road. Located next to the Islanders store and within walking distance of the ferry.

Lynden: Hosted by Five Loaves Farm, Saturdays starting June 4 through October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Third Christian Reformed Church, in the north parking lot at 6th and Edson. There are no stall fees. For more information, contact Dave Timmer at (360) 961-4061 or  dave.timmer@arocha.org.

Mount Vernon: Saturdays starting May 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1415 E. Kincaid Street at the Skagit Valley Hospita / www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org. Featuring approximately 40 vendors, the Mount Vernon market meets Saturdays starting May 28 through mid-October. The market also runs in a smaller setting on Wednesdays at Skagit Valley Hospital at the South Entrance on Kincaid Street, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grass under the shade starting Wednesday, June 8. Vendor fees apply. For more information, visit www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org/.

Orcas Island: Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastsound Village Green / www.orcasislandfarmersmarket.org. Approximately 35 vendors bring their produce, foods, crafts and more. Vendor fees apply. For more information, visit www.orcasislandfarmersmarket.org.

Point Roberts: The season starts Saturday, June 11, with markets then taking place each Saturday from June 25 through Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Point Roberts Community Center, 1487 Gulf Road. For more information, contact Laura at SaturdayMorningMarket@gmail.com.

San Juan: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at San Juan County Courthouse parking lot, www.sjifarmersmarket.com. The market has expanded to over 40 vendors the last 10 years, and includes music and activities for kids. Plans are under way to refurbish the Friday Harbor Brickworks for a market facility. For more information, visit www.sjifarmersmarket.com.

Sedro-Woolley: Wednesdays starting May 18 from 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf Streets  / www.sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com The Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market will kick off its 10th season on May 18 and run through Oct. 12. Produce, baked goods, meat, cheeses, flowers, hot, original art and handmade items.
South Whidbey: Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. through October, at  2812 Thompson Road, off State Route 525 (look for the scarecrow).

Additional listings will be published online as the information is confirmed. The above information was updated on May 18, 2011.

Compiled by Grow Northwest magazine

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