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Marysville Farmers Market opens for the season

 

Christopher Andersson

Diane Greer, left, and Michael Greer look at some of the wind chimes available from Creations Galore at the Marysville Farmers Market on June 23.

The Marysville Farmers Market opened for their 2018 season on June 23 with the most vendors they have ever had at the market.

The market will be open Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., until Labor Day at the Marysville City Hall parking lot at 1049 State Ave, Marysville.

It is run by volunteers and the Allen Creek Community Church.

"It's with the intention of being an outreach to the community to encourage people to do stuff in Marysville with their neighbors," said Shawn Schrader, manager of the Marysville Farmers Market this year.

Vendors are mostly local artisans and farmers.

"We're just encouraging people to shop local, live local and really build community," said Schrader.

This is the fourth year for the local farmers market.

"I'm so excited to see this kick off for the fourth year," said Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring.

Nehring helped kick off the 2018 season for the market on June 23.

"Different farmers markets have been tried here throughout the years and this has been the only one that's really stuck," he said.

"That is a testimony to the dedication of the people here," he said.

Visitors said they enjoyed the local market.

"This is the first time we've been," said local Diane Greer. "It looks really cool."

"It's great," said local Linda Tepper. "We're from Stanwood and just wanted to do some shopping today."

Schrader said visitors enjoy the market and also interacting with the non-profit organizations that also are usually at the event.

"We help people understand some of the programs that are taking place," he said, from groups like the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter in Marysville to the Salvation Army.

"It encourages people to be active in ways that are very practical," he said.

New this year for the market is a match program for Washington EBT (electronic benefit transfer, the state's food assistance program).

"One of the grants that we got was to encourage healthy eating, especially for those that are struggling," said Schrader.

"They can come here with their card, swipe their card, and then they'll get tokens which can only be used here for produce," he said.

Up to $10 from EBT can be used at the market.

There is also a free herb garden that will be available for people.

"If someone is saying 'well, I don't know what rosemary is like,' well they can come here and get a cut of rosemary or thyme or basil," said Schrader.

He said that more farm vendors are planned to be at the market this year as well.

Christopher Andersson

Linda Tepper purchases some produce from Arlington's Clear Valley Farm at the opening day of the Marysville Farmers Market on June 23.

"Which is always a good thing because if you fill it up with crafts, people think it's a craft mart and may not come back," he said.

The market's opening day this year had 43 vendor spaces, which is the more than they have ever had.

Last year was also their best for attendance, said Schrader, with about 880 people on their opening day and an average of about 650 shoppers each day the market was open.

"The challenge you always have with a farmers market is that if you don't have vendors you can't draw shoppers, and if you don't have shoppers the businesses will drop out," he said.

This year's market is scheduled to be open every Saturday until Labor Day.

"We might end up going longer if it's a really successful year and the vendors want that, but that's totally up to them," said Schrader.

More information about the market is available at marysvillefarmersmarket.org.

 

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