When the Farmers Market opens, I feel like I start to breathe deeply again. Winter eating went pretty well this year because I had prepared for it by canning, pickling, freezing, drying, and fermenting local foods to preserve them. Acme Farms + Kitchen also helped ease our family over the locavore “hunger gap” between the late fall harvest and the first spring market.
That said, I’m ready for the return of a little more variety in our fresh ingredients besides kale, carrots, and potatoes (though I love them all). The opening of the Farmers Market each spring brings the promise of the lavish diversity of summer food coming soon!
Saturday, April 7, is the magic day this year when all the fresh Whatcom goodness returns. Special opening ceremonies will start at 9:30am. Antique tractors from the Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association, talks by vendors who have been with the market since it started, and a slice of Mount Bakery’s special Celebration Cake are all part of the plan. The traditional cabbage toss by Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville will precede the bell ringing at 10am to officially open the market.
Part of the excitement will be new farmers joining the ranks of Market vendors. Backyard Beans and Grains Project (BBGP), Hank’s Garden, Kulshan Farm, Shady Pond Tree Farm, Wild Fish Wives, and Windy Meadows Nursery will all be starting out selling local seeds, plant starts, frozen fish, and bountiful produce. I personally am looking forward to getting acquainted with all the new folks and learning about what they offer.
This year the ICU and the Bellingham Herald are Full Market Sponsors. Sustainable Connections are the Supporting Market Sponsor.