From Leslie Collings, Market Manager:
Thank you to all our attendees for supporting our community market on opening day; we had over eight hundred people come to the market. WOW! The ribbon cutting generated anticipation and was a great way to open the market; thank you to Mayor White and the Stanwood Chamber of Commerce. I also want to extend thanks to our Sponsors for their generous support, the Stanwood Camano Arts Guild for painting such a beautiful mural, and the businesses participating in the “Market Bucks” program. The next time you are shopping at one of these businesses please say thank you so they know how much the Market means to the community. I also need to thank the market committee for all their hard work along with our volunteers and, of course, our amazing vendors. All of whom have been preparing for months to create this wonderful gathering place, a common ground where people easily interact, alive with social and economic activity. Without this combined effort what we accomplished wouldn’t have been possible and what we accomplished was huge!
Wild Patch Bread brought one hundred loaves and sold out within an hour, our honey vendor, Cats Paw Bees sold out, Balanced System Farms sold all their Freedom Ranger Broiler Chickens and most of our produce vendors sold all or close to all of their product. There was just no way of knowing how many folks would come so if you arrived later in the day and didn’t find what you wanted – don’t worry – our vendors are prepared for another big turn-out.
In addition, we have new vendors this week! Golden Glen Creamery will have artisan cheese and farmstead butters. (Add that to milk by Old Silvana Creamery and you have your dairy for the week.) Delightful Dahlias will be there with “buckets of blooms” – check out their vendor profile in the newsletter. We’ll have more produce courtesy of Silvana Produce and strawberries from Lozano Farms who were scheduled to be there on the 10th but due to an illness couldn’t make it. This will also be the first week for Nancy Merklinghaus with produce as she waited a week to vend so she could volunteer and help us get set-up and be a greeter. Thank you Nancy!
I encourage you all to come and support our vendors, and as Nancy Chase from Shambala Farms wrote, ” As we head into Friday, let’s all embrace this colorful, artful, edible, hard working initiative as our very own and enjoy what such unity brings as neighbors. Think Globally, Buy Locally and embrace the Friday Market- we all have a stake in it.”