When two Western Washington University students came together in the 1990s, they had no idea that their small idea of a market would sprout into one of the biggest farmers markets in the state. With the help of community member Del Lowry, the group worked together to bring vendors and farmers to the market. Opening day in June 1993 hosted almost 50 vendors, and since then the market has only grown, now operating nearly year-round in Depot Square. The market goes weekly starting Saturday, April 1, kicking off the 2017 season with the traditional (if inexplicable) Opening Day cabbage toss, delivered by a city official to a longtime vendor.
Every second Saturday of the month, the market offers “Demo Days,” helping familiarize customers with seasonal produce and easy-toprepare recipes.
The enthusiastic, engaged, and caring customer base. The Bellingham community truly cares about the health of their home and environment. Supporting the farmers market is just one way to be committed to Northwest values.
Who to See
Raven Breads: Owner Sophie Williams has a background in farming ecology that leads her to interesting and innovative recipes. Each week, visitors will find a different selection of goods based on season and William’s mood.
Rabbit Fields Farm: Situated in the Skagit Valley, Roslyn McNicholl’s Rabbit Fields Farm produce is a favorite for market-goers. Her selection of fresh produce is vast, no matter the season.
Cedarville Farm: Cedarville Farms has been in the business of growing organically since the 1980s, making the farmers deeply knowledgeable about responsible farming practices.
A slice of pizza from Gusto Pizza Wood Fired Pizza. This family-run business is all about sharing their love for wood-fired pizza with Whatcom County. Owner Russ Kendall brings his custom-made mobile wood fired pizza oven to events all over the greater Bellingham area and beyond.
A sample of honey from Mountain View Honey. The table usually has a few jars open for visitors to try before purchasing. Whether you decide to make a purchase, you’ll be glad for the sweet treat.
If you visit the market in the morning, try a cup of coffee from Bellingham Coffee Roasters. The coffee is strong, smooth, and delicious.
Depot Market Square
Apr.–Dec., Sat. 10 am–3 pm
Every 3rd Sat. of Jan., Feb., and March
Opening Day: April 1 | bellinghamfarmers.org