Snohomish Farmers Market opens May 8 at Pearl and Cedar
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Osman Ruiz of Bautista Farm in Yakima prepares for a day of sales during last year’s Snohomish Farmers Market.
SNOHOMISH - The 23rd annual Snohomish Farmers Market is opening its season on Thursday, May 8.
Market manager Karen Erickson said last week the market will be business as usual, rain or shine.
The Snohomish Farmers Market offers a selection of local fruits, berries and vegetables from Washington farms, ranches, as well as honey, ice cream, local roasted and organic coffee. Many of the products are locally sourced from Snohomish County farmers.
“We’re just hoping the sun will shine, so our farmers can come and sell their products,” Erickson said. “But, we are a seasonal market and we are open rain or shine, all through the summer.”
The market can handle cash, EBT food stamp cards and some vendors will take credit cards.
The market also will offer weekly music from a selection of largely local groups.
With the use of modern technology, the market has grown a bit, but overall, Erickson said, they still have about the same amount of vendors each year. This year, she said there will be up to 40 to 50 vendors and it will taper off towards the end of the season. “To everyone’s delight you will find local crafts people, designers of outdoor furniture, ceramics, garden art, jewelry, local soap, lotions, and fine woodwork,” the market’s website says.
Erickson herself has been a Farmers Market vendor both locally and in other countries. Prior to becoming the Snohomish Farmer’s Market manager seven years ago, Erickson was a vendor at farmer’s markets for over 20 years, all across the country, and in Canada and Mexico. Her specialty was teaching sewing classes, but she also sold recycled wood products, hats made from plastic bags, and other goods. She became a vendor in Snohomish several years ago, and said she enjoys the fact that the market allows for community business.
“I enjoy the fact that we have local products that our community can buy,” she said. “For me, it’s all about local. It’s all about Washington, and it’s all about community.”
Erickson said the market has recently become more social media-savvy and how it’s helped communicate with customers. The Farmers Market is on Twitter, Facebook, and a website and blog.
“We just got over 2,000 likes on Facebook – woohoo!” Erickson exclaimed. “Facebook is a great way to connect with our customers.”
The market posts updates, maps and dates on both its website, www.snohomishfarmersmarket.com, and Facebook, “and we tweet,” Erickson said.
The market also is looking for volunteers before opening day. To volunteer send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The market will be in its usual location with its entry at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Pearl Street by the Carnegie Building.
The market will run every Thursday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. through June, and then extend its hours to 3 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and, in the late summer season, from 3 p.m. to sunset.