What an amazing weather week for all of us from Skagit through Whatcom County. As I write this most of the vendors of the Bellingham Farmers Market will have weathered at least 4 storms, sustained sub-zero temperatures, and up to a foot of snow in just the past two weeks. Depending on where you are located, most everyone has seen tender shoots started in our mild fall and winter now covered in snow. A lot of snow! Shown above, Katie Pencke of Alluvial Farms administering a little ear scratch.
It is beautiful though.
Fear not! Now that we’re dug out it’s time to replenish supplies. If you missed last month’s Market there are still 2 more to go until opening day on April 6. This is a really special market, at a very special time of year. Spring is about a month away and coming together at the market is a great way to catch up with our vendors and the community.
The Bellingham Farmers Winter Market is held mostly indoors at the Depot Market Square on historic Railroad Avenue (1100) in Bellingham WA. February 16 and March 16, 2019.
What to expect
There will be around 50 vendors to shop from and about two thirds of those are food related!
Farmers and Prepared Food Vendors include:
Cascade Shrub Farm who along with Bright and Sunny Ginger Beer, Herb’s Cider, Bow Hill Blueberries and Chuckanut Distillery, offer craft beverages to mix and mingle throughout the next cold snap.
Traditional and Gluten Free baked goods are available. Breadfarm is joined by Lucky Star Bread Co., Ralf’s Bavarian Pretzel and Mount Bakery Café. Bellingham Coffee Co., Mountain View Honey, 3 Generations Jam, Beeworks Honey, Holmquist Hazelnuts, and you are covered for delicious breakfasts all week.
Not all farmers grow vegetables, some of them grow delicious proteins! Alluvial Farms will be on hand selling frozen cuts of pork, if it’s beef you’re after Skagit Angus Beef, and if cheese is your thing look for Samish Bay Cheese.
Expect fresh direct produce from Cascadia Mushrooms, Foothills Farm, Riverhaven Farm, Twin Cedars Farms. Roslyn McNicholl of Rabbit Fields Farm reported “We will be at market with some hearty winter staples like kale, cabbage, numerous varieties of potatoes, garlic, leeks, pea shoots and sunflower greens.” It’s been a struggle for these farmers keeping starts alive in this weather. This is a great time of year to show your commitment to our local food producers by signing up for a CSA share. Ask your favorite farmer, they will be happy to share their information.
If it’s ready to eat food you seek on a Saturday in Bellingham you will find great variety in Juanita’s, Gusto Wood Fired Pizza, Good to Go Meat Pies, India Grill and Superior Soups, and of course Whistle Stop Kettle Corn and Pangea Ferments. All market favorites.
Get help for dry winter skin with Sea to Shore, Birchwood Botanicals, Karmela Botanica, Leaf Soaps. Freshen your home, see Margotbianca, Homeshore Handwovens, Fisher Woodworking, Element FE, Fat Dragonfly Collection, and Claudia Art. Liven up someone’s day with something beautiful and handmade, or quirky and unforgettable. Weasel Glass, Dan Sweaney Glass, Normiehead, Nicole Annette Jewelry, Keene’s Jewelry, will all be happy to help you.
See you at the market! For more details on this market CLICK HERE