The Market will be open from 3-7 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 25. An Opening Ceremony featuring Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, members of the City Council and the Cedar Valley Choir is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
“We’re excited,” said Healthy Communities Coordinator Marielle Harrington. “We’re ready to go.”
The Grand Opening of the Market also will feature kids’ games hosted by Kamp Kookamunga camp counselors and Community Transit, free ice cream from Umpqua Bank and nutrition information and recipes from Whole Foods.
“This is a community event,” Harrington said. “It’s an opportunity for the community to come together each week. There will be music and entertainment. You can shop and grab a bite to eat. There is health education and children’s activities.”
The Market will feature 28 vendors to start out with, though the numbers will fluctuate a little bit at the beginning.
“It’s the growing season,” Harrington said. “They’ll be more farmers as we get into the growing season.”
Some of the vendors include Flying Tomato (a husband and wife from Snohomish who sell tomatoes and cucumbers), Skagit Sun (a family farm in Skagit Valley that focuses on strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries), Martin Family Orchards (a family run business offering cherries, apples, pears, peaches and apricots), The Old Farmers (flowers), Pasterie Lucchese (pasta, sauces and desserts) and Social Ice Cream (ice cream and desserts). Bring your appetite as there will be ready to eat foods, drinks and a food truck. A number of artisans will be offering their jewelry, crafts, soaps, and bath, skin and body products.
“The variety of artists will kind of rotate through the season,” Harrington said.
The City is encouraging residents to walk, bike, bus or carpool to Wilcox Park, which is located at 5215 196th St. SW. For drivers, there is free parking in the north parking lot at Wilcox Park and at Cedar Valley Community School (after 3:30 p.m./19200 56th Ave W.) There also will be a free shuttle for seniors to the Market at the Lynnwood Senior Center (19100 44th Ave. W.) ADA parking and the shuttle stop will be in the main parking lot of Wilcox Park off of 196th Street SW.
Harrington said the Market is looking to provide shuttle services for Seniors throughout the season but the details are still being worked out.
Planning for a Farmers Market in Lynnwood started four years ago after the City received a federal grant to help provide access to healthy foods and activities.
“There was a loud and clear message the community wanted a farmers market with local produce,” Harrington said. “It’s a long time coming.”
The Market still is recruiting volunteers to help as parking attendants, counters and general helpers for set-up and tear down. Shifts times vary depending on availability. For more information email Harrington: [email protected] or call 425-670-5532.
For more information on the Lynnwood Farmers Market see: www.lynnwoodfarmersmarket.com.
By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor