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A look at local farmers markets: Where to head this season in Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish and Island counties

May 5th, 2012 | Category: Features

compiled by Grow Northwest

Farmers Markets allow you a shopping experience that brings you face to face with the farmer, grower, maker or crafter whose livelihood is based around the item you are purchasing. They give you a look at the local talents and trades within a community, and provide you with a good chance to stumble upon a local vendor who may not get a lot of exposure elsewhere. They are a one-stop shop for local goodies, dotting our beautiful corner of the Northwest. Some are big, some are small. Some have been around for years, some are just beginning.

Anna Martin of Osprey Hill Farm in Acme at her booth at the Bellingham Farmers Market last year. PHOTO BY CYNTHIA ST. CLAIR

Following is a list of markets in communities across Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Snohomish and Island counties. Please note as of press time, a number of local markets were finalizing details for the 2012 season. If you need more information, contact the farmers market prior to your visit. Additional local market information will be posted in our online feature as it is confirmed and submitted. Lastly, for information about markets in other areas of Washington State, visit www.wafarmersmarkets.com.

Enjoy all the farmers markets this season!


Bellingham/Fairhaven: The Bellingham Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Center, Railroad & Chestnut, and Wednesdays (on a smaller scale) in June through September from noon to 5 p.m. at the Village Green. The Saturday market features approximately 100-plus vendors, buskers and organizations. Events include monthly Chef in the Market and Kids in the Market series, as well as weekly entertainment from local buskers. For more information, visit bellinghamfarmers.org.

Blaine Gardener’s Market: This market opens for the season on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held each Saturday at H Street Plaza overlooking Drayton Harbor. For more information, call Carroll at (360) 332-4544.

Ferndale: Located on the Riverwalk Park along the Nooksack River, the market is open every Saturday through mid-October. A mix of vendors are on site from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (360) 384-3042 for more information.

Lummi Island: The market will be held Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting May 5 through Labor Day weekend. Located at 2106 South Nugent Road, next to the Islanders store and within walking distance of the ferry.

Lynden: Hosted by Five Loaves Farm, this market is at a new location this year. The market will be held Thursday afternoons from 2 to 6 p.m. from June 21 through Sept. 20 at the Centennial Park lot in downtown Lynden, corner of 4th and Front. A small vendor fee of $9 per week beginning in July will help pay for promotional and organizational costs. The location is across from the new Jensen Art Center. For more information, contact Dave Timmer at (360) 961-4061 or  dave.timmer@arocha.org.

Point Roberts: The market starts for the season on June 2 outdoors at the Community Center, 1487 Gulf Road, and alternating every other Saturday throughout the summer. A meeting will be held May 5 at 11 a.m. for anyone interested in participating. Contact Naomi at saturdaymorningmarket@gmail.com.

Victory Market: Local vendors come together Saturday mornings at the corner of Hannegan and Smith roads in Bellingham.


Anacortes: The ,arket will be held Saturdays starting May 12 through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the new Depot Plaza next to the Depot Arts Center, 7th & R Avenue. In addition to vendors, offerings include new community workshops and live music each week. New this season is the addition of a Wednesday market from June 20 through Sept. 5, open from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Market Manager Keri Knapp at (360) 293-7922 or visit www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Bow Little Market: The market will be held Thursdays, June 28 through Oct. 4,  from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Belfast Feed Store, 6200 N. Green (south of Bow Hill Rd. along Old Hwy 99). New this year is music most weeks, as well as a children’s tent with children’s vending area, and special kids’ activities offered between 2 and 3 p.m. Special events include the Harvest Market on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the  Belfast Feed Store and the Holiday Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Beau Lodge, 17581 Wood Road, Bow. For more information, contact Patty Sweaney at (360) 724-3333 or bowlittlemarket@yahoo.com, or visit bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

Concrete: The Concrete Saturday Market will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Concrete Senior Center, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. The Concrete Senior Center is located just off Highway 20 at milepost 89. Seasonal events include kids activities and local music. For more information, contact concretesaturdaymarket@gmail.com.

Mount Vernon: The market opens for the season on Saturday, May 26 and features two locations. The Saturday Market is held in downtown Mount Vernon at Gates and Main Street by the Skagit River. The Wednesday Market is held in a smaller setting at the Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 Kincaid Street. For more information, visit www.mountvernonfarmersmarket.org.

Port Susan:
The Port Susan Farmers Market will open on Friday, Aug. 10 in downtown Stanwood, a project of the Port Susan Food & Farming Center. The new market will be open 3 to 7 p.m. on Friday evenings on the grassy area behind Viking Village on 88th (across from the Legion Hall)  and will culminate with a 2-day market on Sept. 21-22 during the annual Harvest Jubilee celebration. For more information, contact Leslie Collings at (360) 202-3932 or visit www.portsusanfoodand farmingcenter.org.

Sedro-Woolley: The market will be held Wednesdays starting May 23 through mid-October from 3-7 p.m. at Hammer Heritage Square, corner of Ferry and Metcalf Streets. For more information, visit sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket.com or contact manager Jeremy Kindlund at sedrowoolleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com.


Lopez Island: The market will be held Saturdays May 21 through Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lopez Village. For more information, visit lopezfarmersmarket.com or contact Lopez Island Farmers Market Association, P.O. Box 841, Lopez Island, WA 98261.

Orcas Island: The 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 Eastsound. During October and through most of November, the Market meets from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oddfellows Hall, on Haven. For more information, visit orcasislandfarmersmarket.org.

San Juan: Open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m. at the Brickworks building, Sunshine Alley and Nichols Street in Friday Harbor. In addition to vendors, local entertainment is performed by the Market Band or other musicians. For more information, visit www.sjifarmersmarket.com.


Arlington: Opens for the season on Saturday, July 1 and will be held each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Legion Park, 114 N Olympic Ave. A fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 26 at Olympic Theater in downtown Arlington. A screening of the film FRESH will start at 11 a.m. Suggested admission is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Funds go directly toward the operating costs for the market. Contact Audrey Houston at (425) 330-6105. For more information, visit arlingtonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com.

Bothell Farmers Market: The market will open for the season on Friday, June 1 from noon to 6 p.m. at Country Village Shops, 23718 Bothell Everett Highway. In addition to vendors, opening day will feature pony rides and a special planting table for kids provided by Piper’s Creek Nursery. Held each Saturday through the summer.

Darrington: The open air market will be held Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June through September at Seeman Street, Darrington. For more information, call (360) 436-2167.

Edmonds Museum: The Garden Market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 5 through June 23. The Full Market is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 30 through Oct. 6. For more information, contact Neil Landaas at (206) 412-4630 or email rockfish5@seanet.com.

Everett: The market opens for the season on Sunday, June 3. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be open every Sunday through Oct. 7. Located in the parking lot at the Marina, Port Gardner Landing, 1600 Marine View Drive, Everett. For more information, visit everettfarmersmarket.net or call (425) 258-3356.

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

Mountlake Terrace: Open for the season Friday, June 1. Hours are 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday evenings through Sept. 28. Located at 23208 56th Ave W. For more information, visit mltfarmersmarket.com.

Mukilteo: Open Wednesdays 3 to 7 p.m. from June 6 to Sept. 26. Located in Old Town Mukilteo near the Ferry at Lighthouse Park. For more information, contact Cherri Paul at (425) 418-6064 or visit mukilteofarmersmarket.org.

Snohomish: Open for the season on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to dusk from May 3 through Oct. 11. Located at 1st Street and Cedar Avenue. For more information, visit snohomishmarkets.com.

South County: The South County Community Farmers Market meets Wednesdays 4 to 8 p.m. from June through September. Located one mile east of Thrasher’s Corner at the intersection of Maltby Road and 39th Ave. S.E., Snohomish. For more information, call (425) 770-8507.

Willis Tucker: The Farmers Market at Willis Tucker opens for the season on Friday, June 1. Hours are 3 to 7 p.m. each Friday through Sept. 14 on the front lawn of Willis Tucker Park, 6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish. For more information, visit marketatwillistucker.wordpress.com/.


Bayview: Open Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 27 at SR 525 and Bayview Road, Whidbey Island. For more information, visit bayviewfarmersmarket.com or call (360) 321-4302.

Coupeville: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October at Alexander & 8th Street (behind the library). For more information, call Pat Tennant at (360) 678-4288.

Oak Harbor Public Market: Open Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m. from May 17 through Sept. 24. Located in the Tree Park next to the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Highway 20. For more information, contact oakharbormarket@yahoo.com.

South Whidbey Tilth: Open Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  through October, at  2812 Thompson Road and State Route 525. For more information, visit southwhidbeytilth.org or call (360) 730-1180.

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Published in the May 2012 issue of Grow Northwest magazine

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