Waan Whitaker of Mai Thai Flowers displays her silk flowers at the Sequim Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of April Hammerand/Sequim Farmers Market

Waan Whitaker of Mai Thai Flowers displays her silk flowers at the Sequim Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of April Hammerand/Sequim Farmers Market

What’s New at the Market: Mai Thai Flowers

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:30am
  • Business

Waan Whitaker with Mai Thai Flowers is a new vendor at the market this summer. She was an English teacher in Thailand before coming to Sequim in 2008.

“Mai” means silk in Thai and the flowers in her shop are made from Thai silk. Other materials used in her craft have also come from Thailand.

The name of her booth says it all and her creations have been known to attract bees and butterflies!

Waan says, “When I was young, the school curriculum in Thailand were different; we learned how to use sewing machines and how to mend by hand with needle and thread. We also learned how to make flowers from paper, as well as cooking and gardening.”

She goes on to say, “I love the colors of nature. I want to do something I love … so I can share my talents and happiness with others. I am very happy when people walk by and say that, ‘These are beautiful flowers.’”

Help for seniors

Nutritious Movement Center Northwest, the Sequim Farmers Market’s sponsor this year for Senior Appreciation Days and Kids Days, is providing quick and easy mobility tests at their location across Sequim Avenue from the market, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21.

Aging is for everybody; we might as well learn to do it dynamically. Nutritious Movement instructors will be running simple mobility tests for our community. Drop in to test your grip strength, balance, and sit and rise score. All levels welcome! More information about Nutritious Movement and Dynamic Aging at nmcenternw.com.

“Offseason” brings indoor markets

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 hosts 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 posts 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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