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Port Orchard Farmers Market opens Saturday

Saturday, April 5 is the first day — rain or shine — of the Port Orchard Farmers’ Market which runs through October.

This is the 36th year of the Saturday-only market, founded by Charlotte Garrido and Chris Smith.

On Saturday, between 25 to 30 vendors are expected on the opening weekend, but the number of vendors will increase as summer arrives. During the peak times during July and August, as many as 50 vendors show up.

The market hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with farm produce, flowers, food vendors and crafts available. There will also be unique entertainment and live music.

The market’s grand opening is slated for May 3 and will include a visit from Mayor Tim Matthes, as well as the Fathoms o’ Fun Royal Court and assorted musical entertainment.

This year, there are two new market managers — Dianna Lanskey and Amy Baril. Lanskey is the primary vendor contact and Baril is the visitor contact.

Persons or groups interested in becoming a vendor can contact Lanskey by email at manager@pofarmersmarket.org.

This year, the market will host a fundraising drive so it can offer a 100-percent assistance matching program to make fresh food more available to needy families or individuals.

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).

The market will be located on Harrison Avenue, between Amy’s on the Bay and Marina Park, behind Peninsula Feed Store.

For more information about the market, call 360-602-1022.

 

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