Ahead of the states Farmers Market Week,
this report was filed in The Bellingham Herald:
“South Sounders have enjoyed such an abundance of top-quality farmers markets for so long that were at risk of taking our situation for granted. The Olympia Farmers Market is not only one of the largest and most successful in the state and regarded by other communities as the crown jewel of the farm-direct marketing system but it has spawned several other successful local markets.
The West Olympia Farmers Market and the Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market have blossomed out of demand created by the Olympia market and by the growing national trends for local food and support for small farmers. Other smaller markets are now occurring in Tenino, Yelm and Lacey.”
Twenty years ago, there were only about 30 farmers markets across the state.”
“The states Farmers Market Week begins next Sunday. On Aug. 6, the state association will stage a chefs demonstration at the West Olympia Farmers Market. Its a good time to check out whats happening in the powerful new local food movement and to support local entrepreneurs.”
– “Farmers Market Week 2013”
“Join Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) in celebrating the peak seasonal bounty at Washingtons farmers markets during Farmers Market Week, August 4-10, 2013. Showcase the many ways your market enhances your community with farm fresh samples, cooking demos and recipes, giveaways, contests or games, special events around incentive programs, market tours for local and visiting politicians and dignitaries and stories from local agricultural heroes.”
Read more from Washington State Farmers Market Association.