Aberdeen’s new weekly farmers market will open this Sunday downtown, and will feature a variety of local produce growers, crafts for sale and more.
The new market, called the Aberdeen Sunday Market, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday from this weekend through Sept. 15. It will be held along the south end of Broadway Street, between Heron and State streets.
The market has at least a dozen vendors signed up, which includes fresh produce from Sky Island Farm, Harbor Eden Farms, Harbor Roots and more. There will also be seafood, live music groups, and more.
This Sunday will feature a tent for kids activities hosted by the Timberland Regional Library, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be stations for face painting, glitter makeovers and henna tattoos, and the musical group Just Us performing from 1 to 3 p.m.
There’s a $25 cost for a booth at the market, but that cost is waived for produce providers — and for nonprofit groups and community organizations, as long as they aren’t fundraising. Those interested in joining as a vendor can find a PDF online at www.aberdeensundaymarket.org/become-a-vendor. The website also has information on how to become a volunteer, and says those with questions can email them at WholeManager@gmail.com.
Although some farmers markets in Aberdeen have had trouble finding their footing in the past, Market Manager Lauren Garrett said she believes this one will be different, since she and her team have been planning it for over a year, and are a part of the Washington State Farmers Market Association which has given them advice from organizers.
Part of the reason for staging the market on Sundays is to will catch people returning from the beaches, and to avoid interfering with other farmers markets on Saturday.