Lakewood Farmers Market: Opening Soon!

Missing the fresh produce, flowers, and homemade gifts that our local farmers markets have to offer? We’re excited to welcome the opening of the Lakewood Farmers Market this year at Fort Steilacoom Park, in the parking lot adjacent to the baseball fields. The market will open on Friday, June 19, and will run through September 18, 2020. 

Along with the opening of the market are a few new changes to the schedule and location, but with the same incredible vendors and products! This year the market will be held every Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m, so be sure to clear an afternoon on your schedule and stop by. 

The new location allows us to achieve social distancing and meet public health directives to keep the community safe during the current health crisis. The market will also offer drive-thru and walk-thru options for visitors this summer. People can walk around the perimeter of the booths to purchase items, or they can drive through the middle of the market to pick up items they pre-ordered. Extra information on how to get in touch and pre-order from your favorite vendors will be available closer to the opening date.

The city of Lakewood does ask all visitors to the market to be mindful of social distancing protocol and read the posted signs to follow directions in order to keep everyone, vendors and visitors, safe. Portable hand washing stations will also be available, along with access to a nearby restroom. Farmers markets are currently allowed under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. As the state continues its rollback of closures and restrictions, the city will reevaluate the market and continue to add more elements as allowed. The market will initially focus on providing farm fresh produce and prepackaged food items, but more products and vendors will hopefully be able to join throughout the summer. 

Although visitors won’t be able to linger and chat for very long, the market will be open for business by mid-June! Select food trucks will also be there selling food to go – making this a perfect chance to grab dinner and dessert to go. See the full lineup of vendors, including food trucks and dessert options on the Lakewood Farmers Market website.

Fresh from the Farm: Get Your Share

South Sound residents are lucky to have an abundance of farmers markets in the local area. Nearly every day of the week, you can connect with local agricultural producers throughout Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties. They offer high-quality produce and other locally sourced products like honey, flowers, eggs and meat. And to become truly part of the regional agricultural system, you can enroll in a farm share program.

Much like your Netflix or magazine subscription, a Community Supported Agriculture farm share connects you directly to the source of fresh, seasonal produce chosen for you by your local farmer. Often referred to as farm boxes, CSA shares are offered in a variety of sizes based on the number of people in a household. They are typically available June through October, but some farms go year round. A few farms offer egg and flower shares as well.

Farm boxes can be picked up at the farm, at local drop points such as office buildings or front porches, and even at farmers markets. Members often get additional perks such as custom recipes based on the weekly delivery or opportunities to harvest items on the farm, such as flowers or herbs.

If you opt for picking up weekly at the farm, you get to watch plants develop from sprouting to harvest. You get the chance to reconnect with our region’s agrarian roots.

Farmers benefit greatly from having shareholders, and you help farmers stay viable, thus increasing your support of the local food supply. When you commit to eating in season by subscribing to a CSA, you can be sure that you are making a healthy choice for both yourself and the community.

HILLARY RYAN

For Additional Information
pugetsoundfresh.org/find-csa
farmerspal.com/region/washington