Simon Fuentes purchases a pastry item from Lauren Hammond, owner of the Hammond Bread Company, at the Arlington Farmers Market Christmas on the Farm event on Dec. 5.


The Arlington Farmers Market met for their final time this year during their Christmas on the Farm event on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5.

Local farmers came out along with crafters, many of them holiday-themed, to sell their wares at the outside market at Legion Park.

"Through the chamber we had the opportunity to extend our farmers market," said Tari Dexter, one of the organizers of the Arlington Farmers Market.

"With that we could provide a holiday market, especially for vendors who may not be able to go to their inside vending and now they have the opportunity to sell their wares," she said.

About 35 vendors were a part of the farmers market's holiday event.

"People can come out, hear Christmas music and connect with their friends in the community while still social distancing and support our small businesses and home businesses," said Dexter.

Local business owners said it was good to have some avenue to meet with clients.

"We're not doing any vendor fairs or indoor craft fairs, so these farmers markets have been amazing," said Lauren Hammond, owner of the Hammond Bread Company in Arlington. "For my business I can do delivery, but a lot of people like to shop and pick things out themselves."

The event also brings people down to Arlington.

Jen Huard came from Seattle because she wanted to support a small cookie business she was familiar with.

"So we came a long way but we wanted to make a day of it," said Huard. "It's great. There's a lot of handmade stuff here and it's good to support local businesses."

The Arlington Farmers Market is one of the few events that has continued as essential this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They typically provide one of the best ways for small farmers to bring their food to communities.

"It's fun to have the community get together and do something because nothing else is happening," said Hammond. "It gives you a little sense of normal."

Dexter said it's good to get that sense of community.

"We're so disconnected right now and this gives us the opportunity to support those who are really in need," she said.

Small farmers have few other places to sell their food, as well.

"Our farmers have been very thankful they have an opportunity to be there. They haven't been able to do a lot of their stand sales," said Dexter.

She said the market has grown throughout the year and brought in a lot of people.

"It has been a big success," said Dexter, who said they started with 12 to 13 vendors but were averaging more than 30 by the end.

"We expect next year to be even bigger," she said.


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