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Eat your veggies fresh from the Farmers Market

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In 2006 the City of Tumwater met with a group of local farmers and farmers market advocates and created the Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market. Their three main goals were to:

  • Create an open-air location for healthful shopping, workplace events and information-sharing for state, city and library employees.
  • Increase consumer access to fresh produce by being able to buy directly from local farmers.

And lastly to

  • Provide a public space for state employees and others to gather.

One of the unique features of this farmers market is the access to a community booth where local groups can display information of importance to the community as a whole, or to promote an event. This past Wednesday, Sept. 3 Dahlia growers and enthusiasts were asked to enter their blooms into a contest to choose the best Dahlia. There was no cost to enter and the grand prize came from Barn Nursery.

Any public group, state or municipal agency or nonprofit organization may sponsor the community booth for a market day. The cost is $15. The booth may be used for outreach on topics of public interest or for public education on topics of concern to the community. The booth is not to be used for soliciting, political, or religious activities.

Upcoming special events at the market include;

September 24 - Cider Day
October 8 - Harvest Festival
October 22 - Pumpkin Paloosa

There are currently three market vendors who participate in the Community Supported Agriculture program. Often times called the CSA program consumers pay in advance for a variety of in-season produce which they pick up on a weekly or monthly basis. Costs vary according to the farm and what they grow. You can purchase a full or a half share. (To learn more about CSA programs click here.)

The three vendors whom you can arrange CSA’s with are;

8 Arms Community Bakery (baked goods)

Kirsop Farm (produce)

Stoney Plains Organic (produce)

The market has an active Facebook page. Like it to get updated vendor information on the weeks market activities.

The Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market will conclude its 2014 offerings at the end of October. The market is located at the corner of Capitol Blvd. and Israel Road and is open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is also served by local transit which runs every 15 minutes during the day.

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