Area farmers markets launch for the season

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Farmers markets in and around Tacoma are now up and running (or will be within a week or two.) On just about any day of the week, there is one or another of these venues where you can buy fresh produce, artisan food goods, arts and crafts items and the like. Many of the farmers markets are also a place where music and entertainment can be enjoyed. Take up your shopping bag and go support local agriculture and businesses.
The Tacoma Farmers Market has a rich history. It was founded in 1990 by community activists Marcia Moe and Norma Honeysett with a noble goal of downtown revitalization. Moe and Honeysett sought to create a walkable downtown through the sharing of wholesome, locally grown foods.
It was successful on that first spring day and has flourished with the community ever since. In fact, Tacoma residents still say that spring officially arrives on opening day of the Broadway market.
As the market enters its third decade of service to the community, it has become one of the oldest continually operating markets in the South Puget Sound and an iconic Tacoma event. In 2008 the Tacoma Farmers Market began expanding its services throughout Tacoma and currently operates neighborhood farmers markets in East Tacoma, Point Ruston and in the Rose Garden of Tacoma General Hospital.
The South Tacoma Farmers Market, that had been held at STAR Center, has been suspended for 2018. In recent years, sales have been unstable and unsustainable for many of the vendors, leaving both vendors and customers unhappy with the lack of sales and product diversity.
At this point, community input about the market that represents the wide diversity of shoppers seen in South Tacoma is needed. The goal for the next year is to work with community members, organizations, and businesses, vendors and staff to help define the location, time and day for a thriving market in South Tacoma.
Since its humble beginnings the Tacoma Farmers Market has expanded its mission and services to the community. Currently the TFM acts as a small business incubator and supports numerous community wellness efforts such as offering healthy food options to lower income families and educating Tacoma area youth and community about the benefits of sustainable agriculture and choosing more healthy eating options. Currently the TFM is proud to say it supports and accepts EBT, WIC and Senior Vouchers.
TFM is also becoming a leader in renewable and sustainable lifestyle options and a champion of keeping local dollars in our community by advocating whenever possible that we consider purchasing from locally owned and operated businesses. TFM is an organization that is committed to fostering a wholesome family friendly environment that builds a foundation of community vitality, farm preservation and healthy living.
Tacoma Farmers Markets:

The Broadway Farmers Market

Broadway downtown Tacoma, between 9th and 11th streets
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 3 through Aug. 30
Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 6 through Oct. 25
Now in its 28th year, this vibrant downtown marketplace hosts more than 80 vendors who provide the highest quality fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, honey, specialty foods and artisan crafts. Located in the shadow of the historic Pantages Theater, the market also offers a wide selection of hot food vendors and café seating. You’ll find something for everyone, from farm fresh produce, to kids activities, chef’s demos, gardening advice and more.
This market proudly accepts EBT, WIC/SFMNP and offers the Fresh Bucks EBT matching and Apple-a-Day programs.
Info: tacomafarmersmarket.com

Eastside Farmers Market

Tacoma Christian Center parking lot, 3500 McKinley Ave. E., Tacoma
Tuesdays, 3-7 p.m., June 5 through Aug. 28
After three years inside of the Salishan community, the Eastside Farmers Market is moving to 3500 McKinley Ave. E., utilizing the Tacoma Christian Center’s parking lot in the heart of the McKinley Business District just a few doors down from the Top of Tacoma.
This location will provide more visibility, be on a bus line, provide better ADA accessibility and be more centrally located in East Tacoma to attract more shoppers and vendors. TFM will be working very hard to ensure that Salishan shoppers have access to this market.
You will find an abundant selection of local fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey and mushrooms.
Enjoy weekly music, and kids’ activities, cooking demos and so much more.
This market proudly accepts EBT, WIC/SFMNP and offers the Fresh Bucks EBT matching and Apple-a-Day programs.
Info: tacomafarmersmarket.com

Point Ruston Farmers Market

Point Ruston, 5005 Ruston Way, Tacoma
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., June 3 through Sept. 30
You won’t find a more beautiful setting for a farmers market than Point Ruston. Centered in the heart of the Grand Plaza, market vendors are surrounded by the beauty of Commencement Bay, miles of walking trails, and a diversity of shops. You’ll find a variety of fresh produce, flowers, locally processed foods like pickles, pasta, baked goods, sauces and so much more. Bring the family to enjoy all Point Ruston has to offer. You won’t be disappointed.
This market proudly accepts EBT, WIC/SFMNP and offers the Fresh Bucks EBT matching and Apple-a-Day programs.
Info: tacomafarmersmarket.com

Tacoma General Farmers Market

Rose Garden at MultiCare Tacoma General, 315 M.L.K. Jr. Way, Tacoma
Fridays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 3-31
This small, thriving marketplace is tucked into the Tacoma General Campus Rose Garden on Martin Luther King Way between 5th and Division. MultiCare staff, patients, visitors and the surrounding neighborhoods have access to the freshest fruits and vegetables Pierce County has to offer, as well as tasty hot food, beautiful flowers and delicious baked goods. Don’t miss this gem in the heart of our healthcare corridor.
Info: tacomafarmersmarket.com

Proctor Farmers Market

N. 27th and Proctor St., Tacoma
The Proctor Farmers Market is a year-round market:
Regular season:
Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mar. 24-Dec. 15
Winter season:
2nd Saturdays: Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In 2018 the Proctor Farmers Market will celebrate its 24th year providing the community with fresh, locally grown farm products while providing area growers with a venue for their crops and products.
As Pierce County’s only four-season market, it is open on Saturdays, 42 weeks a year, and second Saturdays in January, February and early March.
Please go to www.proctorfarmersmarket.com for more info, and sign up to receive the weekly newsletter. Every Thursday you’ll receive a week-to-week list of vendors attending the market, and all the latest information and updates on market happenings and events.

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