The West Olympia Farmers’ Market opened for business on May 10, kicking off with the established Tuesday evening market and announcing plans for a Saturday afternoon market beginning this season.
The market’s first season was the summer of 2011, and now the market is celebrating it’s second year in West Central Park, on the corner of Harrison and Division streets. The market is easily accessible by transit and includes a new parking area at the park.
Market days are 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. There will be musical guests, and, new this year, a farm-to-table cooking demonstration featuring foods found at the market.
GRuB, an Olympia nonprofit, was selling an early crop of salad greens and flowers from its garden. More than produce, GRuB was offering a food source. It’s stall had tomato starters ready to plant for sale.
“(Tomatoes) are great because they’re really prolific,” said Clay Orlando, a GRuB intern.
Orlando said the nonprofit is all about education and farm-to-table produce. GRuB is an acronym for Garden Raised Bounty. Since 1993 GRuB has built more than 2,500 backyard and community gardens thanks to the help of volunteers. GRuB has also launched a school and was selling bouquets of flowers put together by students.
On the other end of the market, Cynthia Powell, of Dog Treat Bakery, was enjoying her first day ever at the West Olympia Farmers Market. Powell has had a booth at the Proctor Farmers Market for eight years. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Powell is hoping to establish her market stall in Olympia. The West Olympia Farmers Market is welcoming of dogs, and her “pupcakes” and pies for dogs are popular attraction for four-legged shoppers.
Live music played, visitors snacked on pizzas, and vendors kicked off a season of sharing food, crafts, and even snacks for their pets.
The market will run through October 15.