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Market sets sights on new location

 

Thank you all for another fantastic market season!

 

What’s new at the market is the new location for the 2014 season. As many of you are aware, the City of Sequim has plans to start construction on the new city hall on Cedar Street starting in the spring of the coming year. That means we are relocating for a couple of years, at least.

 

We are working up our plans to be set up next May in the newly named “Centennial Place” the corner of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street and adjacent parking lots. We are very excited for this move and see it as a great opportunity for us to be in the heart of downtown. We are grateful to the city and the local businesses which have supported this move.

 

The market has received much response regarding how few farmers we have in attendance this year. We too lament the loss of some of our steadfast farm participants. In the coming season the market is taking every effort to recruit more vegetable growers and farmers to the market. We are ready to work with growers to make this a prosperous venture. Contact us if you are interested.

 

Hats off to our many sponsors, particularly the contributions of our seven proud sponsors; BrokersGroup Real Estate, Hanna Construction, Mountain Propane, Bell & Davis PLLC, Jose’s Famous Salsa, Sequim Lavender Growers Association, and our newest proud sponsor, Union Bank. With the support of these local businesses the market thrives and that shines on the whole community. Please utilize their services and express gratitude for the contribution they make toward the community’s  vitality.

 

Thanks to the community service organizations and nonprofit groups who came this season and educated us about the fantastic resources that at are available and the important work that is being done here on the peninsula. We value your presence.

 

After interviewing many vendors this season I thought I would close with a mini-interview of myself, so here goes. This season concludes my fourth year as market manager, I started working for the market in November 2009. I have a back ground in organic farming, particularly with CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), also in management. Creating community is important to me, supporting small, local business, creativity, music and fun are important to me. The market position is a great fit for me for those reasons.

 

The market community keeps me here because there is a lot of love. The vendors care for their customers, their products and each other. I have seen this market pull in customers and vendors who are ready to relax and enjoy our market and they just keep coming. I guess that includes me, too.

 

One highlight of this year has been working with Katherine Landoni, this year’s assistant manager. Thank you and good luck with your junior year at Sequim High School. We hope you will join us next season.

We are open for two more weeks on Cedar Street, closing the last weekend of October. We will open in our new outdoor location next year on the first Saturday in May.

 

Last but not least, The market will host its annual Holiday Show on Nov. 16. The Guy Cole Convention Center will be packed with local artisans, produce, baked goods and more — just like our street market but inside to ensure a warm, dry holiday shopping opportunity. Live music will take place between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. All items are handmade and homegrown.

 


Lisa Bridge is the Sequim Farmers Market manager. Visit sequimmarket.com or call Bridge at 460-2668.

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