As the days get shorter, the nights cooler, and we start thinking about pumpkins, turkeys and more, I wanted to take a minute to share with you my gratitude toward all the farmers that make our market so special.
At our Saturday Market, we are so lucky to welcome a wide variety of small family farmers, who work so hard every day to bring us the best that Washington has to offer. So bear with me as I introduce some of these amazing farmers to you, in no particular order.
First, I would like to spotlight our Certified Organic Farmers. Hailing from areas north of us, we welcome these row crop farmers: Frog Song Farm, Gypsy Rows Farm, Mother Earth Organics, and finally Summer Run Farm. All these farms as true family farms, not co-ops, and have been certified organic by the state. As far as fruit farmers, we as lucky to have Hayton Berry Farm, ACMA Orchards and Tonnemaker Farms all bringing their certified organic produce every week. From blueberries and apples to cantaloupes and cherries, these farmers all find ways to temp our taste buds with sweet natural treats. All spring and summer these farms have picked their produce within 24 hours of the market, and brought you a fine selection of lettuces, cucumbers, berries and more.
Other farmers who round out our market, feature honey, meats and cheeses. I especially want to highlight our smaller ranches who have been with us for years, and continue to bring to us the best cuts of meat from locally, ethically raised livestock. We thank Martiny Livestock and Sky Valley Farms for all that they have contributed and continue to contribute to our market. As far as cheese vendors, these farmers, like Golden Glen and Gothberg Farms, enhance our market with each new cheese they bring, giving our customers the opportunity to taste truly fresh and aged cheeses made locally. Our honey vendors have faced many challenges during the off season, trying to keep their bees alive through these crazy times, each week bringing us freshly collected, unpasteurized honey unlike anything you can find at the store.
Finally, I would like to thank the processors who have come every week to enhance our market with their delicious offerings. From Pasteria Lucchese who offers such an amazing selection of handmade pastas all made from locally sourced produce, Four Sisters Gourmet Sauces made from Washingto-grown peppers and more, Mt. Townsend Creamery with fresh soft cheeses, Blue Cottage Jams made with farmers market fruits, and Deborah’s Pies made exclusively by hand with Washington fruit. Then, of course, there are the other processors like Bubba’s Salsa, Middle Fork Roasters, Celebrations, and more.
Add to this amazing mix our fabulous flower vendors, who bring everything from lupines and tulips to dahlias and sunflowers. Each bouquet made by hand for you to enjoy every Saturday at the market.
I know I am forgetting many more of these vendors, these amazing people who bring their magic to the market every week, but please take a moment this week or during one of the remaining four weeks of market and thank them for all they do for us.
So, thank you Edmonds for giving us this place to create this unique Saturday Market, thank you for welcoming us into your community, and thanks for sharing the bounty of our farms and more.
— By Christina Martin, Market Manager