Rain or shine, farmers market returns April 20

April 16, 2013

By Peter Clark

Prepare for produce. The Pickering Farm will again host the Issaquah Farmers Market, beginning April 20.

For the 24th year, vendors from the area will take to the outdoor setting in the shade of the historic farm and barn to hock their wares to an ever-growing crowd. Retaining the same 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. operating times, the market will be open, rain or shine, until Oct. 12.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah Farmers Market visitors stand at metal tables to dig in to their pulled pork sandwiches from the Maximus/Minimus pig-shaped sandwich truck in 2011.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah Farmers Market visitors stand at metal tables to dig in to their pulled pork sandwiches from the Maximus/Minimus pig-shaped sandwich truck in 2011.

City Market Manager Cynthia Wright said the market would not have a great number of differences from previous years. With consistent high turnouts for events, that might not be a bad thing.

“Vendor-wise, over a hundred vendors are returning from last year,” Wright said. “Hopefully, that will make people happy.”

Even though the farmers market will retain most of its character, there will be a few things different from last year.

“One of the major changes is that all of the parking will now be behind the barn,” Wright said.

She said that there are plenty of spaces in the back, and signage would be clear to inform people where to go.

This year will also bring an often-requested new vendor. Beginning June 1, J.J. Brenner Oyster Co. will be the market’s first seafood seller. The company will also be involved with making a difference in the community.

“J.J. Brenner are going to be partnering with a group that specializes in autism,” Wright said. The booth will be worked by autistic children, helping them learn socializing skills. “It’s a really cool program.”

This year will also mark the return of the market’s Kids Day, except this year will feature two of them. On July 20 and Aug. 17, those 18 and younger who have gone through the registration process will build and work their own booths. Young entrepreneurs can begin signing up at the first market.

The market will feature a large amount of entertainment as well, with the return of ponies and bouncy houses for children.

“We will also be celebrating Arbor Day and Earth Day on April 20,” Market Manager Jera Gilmore said about the opening day festivities.

She said the city would host a tree planting near the site.

More than anything, the managers said they are glad to welcome everyone back for a new season.

“I’m really excited that it’s starting again,” Wright said.

 

On the Web

For a complete list of the attractions at the Issaquah Farmers Market, go to http://bit.ly/16WsISV.

 

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