Northwest NEWS

September 30, 2002

Local News

They are 'Friends of the Market'

by Lincoln Potter
   Special to the Weekly
   We all know where to go for absolutely the best in tasty produce. We know all about the amazing local honey, the handicrafts, the cool tie-dyed duds.
   We don't need three guesses to recite where we can find fresh baked bread, organic fruit, flowers, popcorn and even hotdogs on a Saturday morning. It's the Saturday Woodinville Farmers Market right downtown on 175th street.
   What we didn't know about is an organization often seen hanging about the market. "Friends of the Market" they call themselves and they are up to all kinds of projects.
   Because of the Friends —with help from the state and a variety of organizations and businesses — 100 low income seniors are receiving $50 worth of food weekly and the WIC (Woman, Infants and Children) program provides coupons for farm produce for low income families.
   The Friends are also responsible for Direct HopeLink which distributes food from farmers. In addition kids under 18 can make and sell crafts as part of the Youth Entrepreneurs program.