Spring is always an exciting time: full of change, transition, and opportunities for new growth. Yet all these changes nest in a familiar cycle of the seasons.
As Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market prepares for its opening day on Saturday, May 6, the new market season is also full of its own springtime transitions. New vendors and new staff will join beloved veteran vendors. After the 9 a.m. ribbon cutting, they will come together as their own unique group of talent for the rest of the year. New favorite foods and treasures will be discovered. Different dynamics will emerge. Unexpected friendships will blossom like cherry trees.
All these new opportunities will unfold in the familiar hustle and bustle of the market.
The rhythm of buyers and sellers smiling, trading, and shaking hands every Saturday from now till harvest season.
This is a time-held tradition. Plazas and streets brightened with colorful canopies. Goods and wares displayed by skilled merchants. The space filled with families, friends, and individuals visiting each stall.
From our beautiful town of Sequim today to the streets of ancient Rome, farmers’ markets have remained remarkably similar across time. They have been and continue to be vibrant hubs of trade and culture, centered on the most fundamental aspects of human life: food, art, and community.
In so many respects, a market is a celebration of the brightest aspects of human ingenuity.
Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market is a living organism that will continue to evolve and reiterate itself each year, and this year will be no exception. However, at its core is the same beating heart made by people for people.
As the new market director writing this column, I’d like to invite you to join us this season for Opening Day! Come down to the market this Saturday, May 6. Enjoy the fresh air of a new spring day. Connect with your community over art, food, and life. I look forward to meeting you there!
About the market
Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market opens over Irrigation Festival Weekend on May 6, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Sequim Civic Center Plaza, 152 W. Cedar St.
The market features a talented vendor pool of more than 55 growers, artisans, and craftsmen. Come join us in the open air, support local businesses, and enjoy the feel-good, small-town vibes.
Bailey Loveless is the market director for the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market. See sequimmarket.com.
Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market
Open: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28
Location: Sequim Civic Center Plaza and Centennial Place, downtown Sequim
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-582-6218
On the web: sequimmarket.com