Saturday, Feb. 9 marks the second 2019 Winter Market day at the Proctor Farmers Market, open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9 will be the third and final winter market day before the market welcomes its regular season back on March 23. From then, the market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Dec. 14.
Located at North 27th and North Proctor in Tacoma’s historic Proctor District, the market is a must-visit destination all year round. As is the case at every market day, on Feb. 9 there will be live music from John Hoover & The Mighty Quinns paying tribute to the late, great John Denver, cooking demonstrations by the Ginger & Dill team featuring free samples and recipes for delicious winter squash waffles, and fun things for children to do. And don’t forget to check out specialty handcrafted chocolates for Valentine’s Day.
Of course, there will be a wide selection of fresh, locally grown foods to satisfy everyone in your family: meats and seafood, cheeses, eggs, fruits and vegetables, prepared and ready-to-eat foods, artisan foods and specialty goods, and more. Winter month produce offers a cornucopia of choices, including apples, pears, beets, cabbage, carrots, garlic, herbs, kale, chard, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, and winter squash, pasture-raised meats, wild-caught fish and smoked salmon, clams and oysters, berries (frozen), jams, jellies, syrups, honey, hazelnuts, herbs, fresh breads and baked goods (including dairy, soy, vegan, gluten and nut free), teas, wine, cider and spirit tastings, craft distilleries…the list goes on.
As if all of this goodness weren’t enough, Proctor Farmers Market organizers maintain solid ethics in the market’s role as a community builder and supporter of local farmers.
Proctor Farmers Market’s stated mission is:
- to support and encourage local farmers by providing a venue in our urban community for direct marketing of fresh produce and farm grown products;
- to be an educational resource to the public highlighting the importance of local agriculture, sustainable business and our impact on the environment;
- and to encourage community building and collaboration within the business and neighborhood community that the market serves.
Market organizers are also committed to honoring diversity, as is evidenced in their statement of inclusivity: “The Proctor Farmers Market strives to be a welcoming, inclusive and safe space for all people to enjoy. We celebrate and respect the diversity, ideas and cultures of our customers, vendors, staff, and visitors including people of all races, ethnicities, national origins, immigration status, range of abilities, sexes, sexual orientation, gender identities, religious beliefs, financial means, education, and political perspectives.”
EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards are gladly accepted at the Proctor Farmers’ Market year-round, too. Just visit the Market Information Booth, swipe your card, and receive tokens for your eligible food purchases.
There is so much to love about Proctor Farmers Market. Lean more at www.ProctorFarmersMarket.com, where you can sign up for their free newsletter to stay on top of everything happening at this urban oasis right in our own backyard.