Spring means it’s market time: Museum Garden Market opens Saturday in Edmonds

Seen at the Garden Market: Garlic and rhubarb for sale.

Seen at the Garden Market: Garlic and rhubarb for sale.

Have you noticed…spring has arrived! Edmonds is in bloom on every corner. The flowers make it such a treat to live in this corner of the world; and speaking of corners, the Edmonds Museum Garden Market will be open May 3 to June 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the corner of 5th and Bell, in the parking lot of the police station. You don’t want miss it! Not only will you find an abundance of garden flowers, flowers, plants and trees, assorted treats and spring vegetables, but some of the nicest people in town. The Edmonds Museum Garden Market will make every effort to do its part in getting, you and Edmonds, ready for a wonderful spring and summer. This is the time of year when we really bloom.

The larger, Summer Market opens, June 28 -Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There are many varieties of garden plants, vegetables, flowers, and an array of other tempting items will be offered. Every year the craft people bring new and interesting artistic creations. It is such a good way to start the day, come for breakfast, come for lunch, or plan a dinner or two. Get those creative thoughts together and discover how much fun it can be. Share some of your best recipes, using items from the market, on My Edmonds News. Some of us just might need a little push in the right direction.

The Market’s motto is “Made or Grown in Washington”, so you are guaranteed freshness that can be found in only a few places; some of the vendors have only organic products. Eating healthy is easy in Edmonds.

The Garden Market is a smaller version of the Summer Market, simply because it is a little early in the season, for most of the local vegetables, the farmers bring to market. There will a fabulous selection of early vegetables like asparagus from Bautista Farm, spring greens from Frog Song, and more.

Old friends like Pete’s Toffee, Deborah Pies, Phil’s Honey, Pop’s Kettle Corn, Blue Cottage Jams, Collins Family Orchard and Snohomish Bakery will all be there to welcome the start of the new season.

Joining the Garden Market are some of our new friends from last year’s Summer Market including Edmond’s own Bubba’s Salsa and Sweet Pearl Bakery, with cupcakes and cheesecakes freshly made for market!

Returning this season, after a few years off from the market is, The Widow’s Oil. As many of you remember, Lynanne makes some fantastic salad dressings to enjoy with your fresh salad greens and more!

If you are thinking in terms of your own vegetable garden check out the tomato plant selection from Jones Creek Farm or Frog Song Farm. As the weather warms, Summer Run Farm and Mother Earth Organics will both be joining us with a fine selection of row crops to take home and enjoy.

With the sunshine we have been enjoying lately, our berry vendors are all anticipating an early arrival to the market, so look for them to start appearing as we enter June. Jessie’s Berries, Youngquist, and Hayton Farm are all anxiously awaiting the first ripe berries of the season.

Pasteria Lucchese returns with their delicious selections of handcrafted pastas, sauces and more. Looking for something a bit different, a new friend to our market, Got Soup, will be joining us with freshly made soup to either enjoy as you shop, or take home frozen to heat and warm, after a chilly spring day. And what would be better to enjoy with your soup but some fresh bread from Snohomish Bakery! If the soup you seek is for lunch, then check out the fresh meat selection from Martiny Livestock and Sky Valley Farm: Steaks, chops, sausage, eggs and more, perfect for a dinner BBQ for family and friends.

Looking for fish? Wilson Fish is hoping to be with us for most of the season, so we will dream of smooth seas out of La Push, and tasty King Salmon for dinner or maybe some fresh smoked salmon for lunch or snack.

Planning a picnic or BBQ, check out the fabulous cedar furniture Rick will be bringing to the market most weeks; perfect for the back yard or patio. A fine place to sit back and enjoy the all the tasty treats and more you picked up at the market!

Finally, don’t forget all the lovely blooms brought by our local flower farmers. These family farms have been out in the field for weeks, planting and weeding, preparing for the season. Come down and take home some spring color! All of these folks are just some of the very best vendors in Western Washington.

The Edmonds Museum has been renovated and will be “Open For Business” on May 3 during market hours. Come see our face lift; it is amazing, possibly the best one in town, but you can draw your own conclusions, if you come and celebrate with us. Put us on your calendar!

The Museum is always looking for volunteers to work at the market, and as museum docents, as well as in several other capacities as projects are implemented. If this piques your interest give Margaret Wilcox a call at 425-776-7201. The Museum supports the community in many different ways, and appreciates your continued participation as a customer of the Market, a member of the museum, and also encourages your community involvement in whatever capacity works for you.

Any books laying around that you wish you could find a new home for? The Edmonds Museum or the book stand at the Garden Market is the place to bring them. This effort is part of an ongoing project to support the museum. Bring some, buy some, and have an enjoyable reading experience at little cost. We gladly take back any books you purchased, but only, of course, after you have read them. If you really enjoyed it, recommend it to the person next to you at the market, when browsing for your next selection or two.

Donations are accepted year round for the White Elephant table, and it is such a good way to dispose of those items that are too good to throw away, but not needed any longer. If you have any donations, large or small, call Dean Averill at 208-8716287. Arrangements can be made for a pick-up, for a large donation or a convenient meeting place will be agreed upon, for a smaller donation. Please do not drop off donations at the museum, as our recent renovation precludes this alternative. All donations may be brought to the White Elephant table any Saturday, when the Summer Market is open.

Come spend your Saturday at one of the friendliest events in Western Washington. There are artists and musicians, woven into the fabric of the market, and it will prove to be a most delightful day. The market has been established for the benefit of the Museum, the community, the farmer, the artisan, and the consumer. It is sponsored by, and all profits go to the Edmonds Historical Museum, who actively and energetically supports many community activities. We are part of the fabric, of Edmonds; weave us into your lives and enjoy an Edmonds Kind of Day.

– By Bette G. Bell

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