The West Olympia Farmers Market will kick off its fourth season next week as an outlet for local food and produce.
The market will be open 4-7 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 14 at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church parking lot, 1515 Harrison Ave. NW.
In honor of Bicycle Commuter Month, anyone who rides their bike to the market on opening day May 13 will receive two “market dollars” and a bicycle commuter map. There will also be a scavenger hunt for children on opening day. For the first time, the market will accept EBT and debit cards as payment.
The market caters to small farmers and businesses that are just getting started. More vendors are encouraged to sign up — especially egg vendors, according to market board member Aslan Meade.
“The eggs sell out almost immediately. People love to buy fresh farm eggs,” said Meade, adding that the West Olympia Farmers Market acts as an incubator for new vendors looking to grow.
The market will host monthly promotions throughout the season, said manager Robin Buckingham. Market organizers will also focus on engaging the public and setting benchmarks for growth, he said.
“Part of our mission is to cater to small-scale and beginning food producers,” said Buckingham, noting that the West Olympia market is looking to carve out a niche. “West Olympia is kind of its own market. A lot of people like the idea of having a neighborhood market to go to.”
So far, more than a dozen vendors have signed up for this year’s market, including 8 Arms Bakery, August Farms, GRuB, G&H Pastured Poultry, Jen’s Pastured Poultry, just clay, Laughing Moon Farm, Little Skookum Gardens, Mel O’Soup, OlyKraut, Painted Sky Soap, Steamboat Junction Farm and Wiley Family Farms.Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 firstname.lastname@example.org