Patricia Earnest of Whimzees enjoys a day at the Sequim Farmers Market. Submitted photo

Patricia Earnest of Whimzees enjoys a day at the Sequim Farmers Market. Submitted photo

What’s New at the Market: A dozen years of Whimzees, Senior Appreciation Day

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019 1:30am
  • Business

Sequim Farmers Market

Open: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 30

Location: Sequim Civic Center Plaza, downtown Sequim

More info: manager@sequimmarket.com or 360-582-6218

On the web: www.sequimmarket.com

This Saturday is Senior Appreciation Day at the Sequim Farmers Market. The first 50 seniors to visit the market booth will receive a $2 coupon which can be redeemed by any vendor at the market.

Made possible with support from Nutritious Movement Center Northwest, Senior Appreciation Days occur every second Saturday of the month. Don’t miss the last one of the season!

Whimzees in spotlight

This week we are sharing the story of a vendor that has been participating in the Sequim Farmers Market for 12 years. Patricia Earnest of Whimzees is a talented fiber artist that knits felted hats and cowls as well as aprons and purses made of repurposed fabrics. For her, it’s always important to try new things and to keep challenging herself with new ideas.

Patricia was born in the north of England and raised in the county of Dorset, on England’s South Coast. As a young adult she worked in London for the British Tourism Authority, who sent her to New York City to help represent them. Afterward, she lived and toured all across the United States from Maine, Alaska, Oregon and North Carolina.

Patricia first found Sequim in the mid-1970s, where she lived with her husband and two children. In Happy Valley, her family raised all kinds of animals, including sheep.

Patricia learned to shear the sheep and spin and dye the fibers. She loved the feel and the creativity of it — a love that still endures for her.

Patricia learned to knit when she was a child and knitted clothing for her family. She started making women’s sweaters and friends encouraged her to sell them. She enjoys participating in the market and meeting locals and visitors of our lovely peninsula.

Patricia is definitely a kindred spirit of our farmers market family.

Holiday market follows season’s ‘end’

The market season on the plaza ends on Oct. 26, but we will be back and indoors for two holiday markets. On Nov. 23 and Dec. 21 the Sequim Farmers Market will hold special holiday markets at the Guy Cole Event Center, an indoor venue at Carrie Blake Community Park. The market will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., with some great activities for those of you doing your holiday shopping with kids in tow.

More information to come … watch the Sequim Farmers Market Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SequimFarmersMarket) as we get closer to those dates.

A special thanks to Bell & Davis Law and BrokersGroup Real Estate for supporting the Sequim Farmers Market.

April Hammerand is the Market Manager for the Sequim Farmers Market. Reach her at manager@ sequimmarket.com or 360-582-6218. For more information, visit www.sequimmarket.com.

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