|Ready, set, open! Woodinville Farmers Market marks its 20th season|
|Written by Deborah Stone|
|Tuesday, 23 April 2013 12:40|
It’s springtime in the Northwest and that means baseball, tulips, more daylight and hopefully, increasingly warmer weather.
It’s also the season when farmers markets begin to pop up all over the area.
Locally, the Woodinville Farmers Market is set to open May 4.
The vendor-operated endeavor, which began in 1994, is celebrating its 20th year anniversary. Founded by local leaders who sought to create a valuable experience for the community, the market has become a popular destination in Woodinville during spring and summer months.
Last year, 10,000 – 12,000 people visited the venue over the course of the season.
Many were local residents, but there were also folks from all around the state and even tourists from across the U.S. and around the world.
“Our small size and quiet environment is valued by our loyal customers,” says Joe Scott, vice president of the Woodinville Farmers Market. “We are known for the friendly atmosphere and we act as unofficial ambassadors for Woodinville, directing visitors to local businesses and attractions.”
He adds, “We are good stewards of the properties we have operated from and always clean the area at the end of each day. 2013 will be our fourth year at the current location on 133rd Ave. NE, south of the Carol Edwards Center and across from City Hall.”
The market has officially operated at two other sites since its inception — the parking lot of the YMCA at Carol Edwards Center and on a piece of vacant land off of Woodinville-Redmond Road. Its main draw is farm grown fruits and veggies, flowers and honey, as well as unique, handmade crafts. According to Scott, there is space for 25-30 stalls.
He adds: “We usually start off small and then increase in number as we get more into the summer.” Several of the vendors have been selling at the market for many years and locals look forward to seeing them each season.
“The market is run primarily by volunteers,” says Scott, who got involved because his wife, T.C. Scott, sells her jewelry at the market.
“It’s a good group of people,” he adds. “We do it because we recognize the market is good for the community.”
He explains that the benefits of the market are two-fold.
Area farmers, growers, artisans and food purveyors have an opportunity to sell their products, while the community has the opportunity to buy locally sourced and produced items. An added advantage is the face-to-face interaction that takes place between the two groups. As this is the market’s 20th anniversary, a celebration is in order.
“We are still discussing this and would love event suggestions from our patrons,” says Scott. He adds: “We are definitely planning to participate in the Celebrate Woodinville event on August 10.”