It feels like just a few weeks ago that we were setting up for the Garden Market, welcoming almost 60 vendors every week through May and into June. Then Father’s Day weekend arrived, and we opened the 26th year of the Summer Market, with about 120 vendors every week. Now, as we enter October, it is time to say goodbye till next year.
This Saturday, our last market of the season, we will have a pretty full roster of local farmers, producers and artisans. Our row crop farmers will have plenty of squash, pumpkins, gourds, peppers, eggplants, lettuce greens, and more. From the orchards of Eastern Washington you will find apples, pears, peaches and even some late plums and pluots. There may even be some late-season blackberries from Hayton or Skagit Sun if you come early. While you are picking up your fruits and veggies, don’t forget your steaks, chops, fillets and of course, eggs. This is truly the time to stock up your freezer for the winter.
Our market is also fortunate to have such a diverse and fun collection of local producers. Our local bakeries bring all kinds of breads, cakes, pies, scones and of course cookies! (Both with gluten and without!) Then of course there are candy, hot sauce, spice rub, jams, salsa, teas, ciders and wineries. All of which are perfect for enjoying at home, or purchasing as gifts.
When it comes to local artisans, our market comes second to no one. From wood turners and silver smiths to quilters, soap/lotion makers, designers and jewelers, there is something for everyone. This Saturday will be a last chance to pick up that something for that someone special for the holidays.
Finally, as amazing as our vendors are throughout the seasons, our market would be nothing without our customers. Each week you all welcome us to your beautiful city, and we enjoy the market together. So thank you for coming down every week, picking up some wontons or a slice of pizza, and wandering our market while you shop for local goodness.
Come on down and see us this Saturday, open 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
— By Christina Martin, market manager