Our View: Covered area great addition to market

A terrific addition is coming to Olympia's wildly popular Farmers Market at the foot of Capitol Way. Friends of the Market have given the city of Olympia $40,000 to build a pavilion to cover the picnic tables at the market.

On hot summer days or rainy days in the fall, the picnic area needs a shelter. "It's probably the most asked-for thing ... from customers since we've been down there," said Charlie Haney, general manager of the Farmers Market.

The pavilion, which will be directly in front of the covered stage, will allow patrons to stay comfortable while watching performances or eating, Haney said. The city gets the money because Olympia owns the building while leasing the property from the Port of Olympia.

The even better news is that the pavilion covering should be in place when the market opens for the season April 5.

Additional picnic tables are planned and there still will be places for people who prefer to sit in the sun, according to market vendor Steve Wilcox.

The non-profit organization Friends of the Market collected the money for the pavilion mainly through its Taste of the Market fund-raising event.

The Farmers Market experience just keeps getting better and better.