Rain or shine, the Port Orchard Farmers’ Market kicks off on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m., and there will be lots of new things this year. This is the market’s 35th year.
Manager K.C. Pearson, who is in her third year, said there will be additional activities at the market than in years pass.
“We have a new baker and a beef vendor who will be here on the second weekend, then every other Saturday after,” Pearson said. “We’re going to have chef demonstration along with more activities.”
This year, according to Pearson, there will be live band music is scheduled once a month.
On Saturday, she expects about 25 to 30 vendors on the opening weekend, but will increase as summer arrives. During the peak times during July and August, as many as 50 vendors at the Saturday-only event.
“There are lots of crafters who come out, but they only come during the sunny weather,” Pearson said. “And once the crops start coming in, we’ll have more farmers and growers at the market.”
All vendors must follow state laws, permitting requirements, contract terms and market rules
A ribbon cutting is planned for 9 a.m. to open up the market. Pearson said Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido, Mayor Tim Matthes and Chris Smith. Carrido and Smith are the market’s original founders
The market will be located on Harrison Avenue, between Amy’s on the Bay and Marina Park, behind Peninsula Feed Store.
This year, the 2013 season began one week earlier than last year. It ends Oct. 12.
Pearson said the market will accept credit and debit cards, along with Quest/SNAP cards and many of the vendors will accept WIC and Senior FMNP (Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program).
For more information about the marker, or how to become a vendor, visit www.pofarmersmarket.org.