We had a great opening at the Seaside Farmer’s Market! There were 39 booths/food truck! Both of our food vendors are outstanding and I am thrilled that they have Seafood since we are here in the Pacific Northwest near the sea. The produce comes in a little late here, but we still had a nice selection from our farmers. In the upcoming weeks we’ll have more fruit and veggies as they come into season. Russ from 2 Crows Joy played original music and next week his wife will be joining him. We had a great turn out of visitors too! It really was a wonderful day. See you next week!
The market has really grown! We’re expecting more than 38 vendors plus Pacific Crab Company and Searing Greens serving food on opening day. We’ll fluctuate between 30 and 40 booths on a weekly basis. There is a lot to see and we are working on a music schedule. We’ll have fun things for the kids such as chalk drawings and hopscotch. We have SNAP match available as well. Spread the word! Let’s keep the momentum going. Thank you everyone, vendors and patrons.
The Seaside Farmers Market saw a gigantic upswing in traffic last year because of its new location in the parking lot of Broadway Middle School, at Broadway and U.S. Highway 101. The market hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 21 and through Sept. 27.
“It was amazing for us,” says Grace Smith, Recreation & Community Programs manager for Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District. Angi Wildt is the market manager.
“We are right on the highway and that doubled our attendance,” Smith says of the 2016 market that attracted more than 600 people a week. The number of vendors increased from 10 to 15, and this year, sees an even bigger jump to 25 or 30 vendors.
Along with fresh produce and honey, the market will also have goat cheese, organic tea, a bonsai tree vendor, some crafts and two food wagons.
“More people are preparing their own food, and offering fresh produce is a great way to get out into the community,” Smith says. – by Sue Cody