The Fairhaven market was created just a few years after the downtown Bellingham market and was soon brought under the same management umbrella. Now, visitors can find many of the same vendors found at the downtown market in the intimate atmosphere of the Village Green. Purposely timed for the lunch break, stop in for a well-earned lunch and a grassy seat in the sun. The market also hosts a summer concert series featuring free, local talent.
The fresh bucks program. Visitors can use their EBT and SNAP benefits for healthy, local produce. Both the Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham markets participate in the program.
Whatcom County’s identifying produce, raspberries, can be found at numerous farmers’ stands including Hopewell Farms and Sumas River Farm. Look for the freshest berries in midsummer.
Who to See
Mount Bakery: This Bellingham favorite has locations at both the Fairhaven and Bellingham markets, making it an easy, and essential, stop during your market visits. The from-scratch pastries, including the marionberry scones, are a perfect way to finish off your market lunch.
Cascadia Mushrooms: Alex Winstead, owner and founder of Cascadia Mushrooms, has had a love for all things fungi since he was a child. He has since put his fascination to work, and, with the help of a degree in mycology, he began Cascadia Mushrooms in 2005.
Terra Verde Garden: Amy Skuter and Rudy-Nicholas Fontaine began Terra Verde Garden in their shared plot on the 32nd street Bellingham Community Garden. After their small success, all it took was the confidence to grow their business into their 10-acre farm in Everson.
Carrots from Hopewell Farms are sweet and crisp. While Hopewell Farms carries an array of other fruits and vegetables, the carrots truly can’t be missed.
The Samish Bay Cheese stand is always crowded. Don’t be afraid to ask for a sample. Owners Suzanne and Roger Wechsler are known for their generous tasters.
A juicy peach from Martin Family Orchards. The summer months bring peaches, nectarines, and apricots to the family farm, all are worth a try.
Fairhaven Village Green:
June–August, Wednesday 12 pm–5 pm
Opening Day: June 7