Farmers markets are one of the ways smaller farms and backyard gardeners can introduce consumers directly to their unique products and increase access to local foods while supporting sustainable food systems. They start opening up in May, and many run through mid-October, with the fresh produce reflecting the seasons.
Anacortes Farmers Market
9 am to 2 pm Saturdays, mid-May to mid-October
Depot Arts Center, 611 R Ave.
Features farm produce and garden greens, baked goods, cheeses and eggs, meats, smoked salmon, coffee and tea, hot foods and live music. Free community self-help workshops on such topics as sprouting food, bicycle maintenance, raising backyard chickens and alternative energy are often offered Saturday mornings.
Bow Little Market
1 to 6 pm Thursdays, late-June through September
Samish Bay Cheese, 15115 Bow Hill Road
Features produce and wares from backyard Samish Valley-area producers and small-time crafters with an afternoon activity tent for kids and occasional live music. The Harvest Festival, the third Saturday in October, officially ends the season.
Concrete Saturday Market
9 am to 3 pm Saturdays, late-May to early September.
Concrete Community Center, 45821 Railroad St.
Edison Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, May 13 to Oct. 28
Edison Granary, 14136 Gilmore Ave.
Island Hospital Farm Stand
11 am to 4 pm Tuesdays, mid-June to mid-September
Island Hospital rose garden courtyard, 1211 24th St. (Anacortes)
Features local farm produce, flowers, bread and guest vendors.
Marblemount Community Market
Noon to 4 p.m. second Sunday of each month, June to September Marblemount Community Hall, milepost 106.2 Highway 20
Mount Vernon Farmers Market
9 am to 2 pm Saturdays, late-May to mid-October
Downtown Mount Vernon
Features local and organic veggies, fruits and berries, meats and seafood, cheeses and bread, flowers and plants, crafts and artwork, along with ready-to-eat food and live music.
Mount Vernon Wednesday Market
11 am to 4 pm Wednesdays, June through September
Skagit Valley Hospital, 1415 Kincaid St.
Features local and organic veggies, fruits and berries, meats and seafood, cheeses and bread.
Sedro-Woolley Farmers Market
3 to 7 pm Wednesdays, late-May to mid-October
Hammer Heritage Square, Ferry and Metcalf streets.
Features seasonal produce and berries, baked goods, organic meat and cheese, flowers, honey, coffee beans and handmade crafts, along with hot foods and music.
The Washington State Farmers Market Association, www.wafarmersmarkets.com, provides links to many farmers markets, along with recipes for assorted market produce. Click on the map, then on an area market.