The Lopez Island Farmers Market prides itself as being as local as possible. They adhere to a hierarchy of home-growing when picking vendors: first priority goes to Lopez Island-produced food and products, second to the San Juan Islands, then the state of Washington. This ensures a truly local feel to the market and a dedication to boosting the community’s economy.
Plenty of art and artisan goods, meaning you’ll secure the perfect gift for a loved one (or yourself)
Between the handmade artisan goods and the local feel, you’ll know you’re in the Northwest by vendors’ materials and ingredients. Many of the artisans are inspired by the local surroundings: native wood, natural fibers, items inspired by the sea. Even one of the bakers, Renee Koplan of Dessert Pedaler Cakery, is planning a Lopez Island-inspired cake made completely with island-sourced ingredients. She plans to name it the Zandie Cake after her dog. We can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
Who to See
Ask S&S Homestead Farm about their biodynamic growing process. The family-run Lopez Island Farm is built on a closed system of self-sustainability among the plants, animals, and humans. This ensures the farm is not only self-sufficient, but economically and ecologically responsible. (sshomestead.org)
Flip through Slow Art Studio and Bindery’s hand-bound books. Artisan Brenna Jael does some incredible things with recycled paper and hard covers such as a book bound with an old Monopoly game board, and unique greeting cards. (slowartstudio.com)
Watch sunlight dance through sea glass jewelry at the Beach Combers Artwork stand. Artist Shannon Hoffman is a professional beach comber. She travels the world collecting sea glass, rocks, and driftwood from beaches, then turns them into jewelry and art. Her goal is to make truly unique items that capture the essence of nature. (beachcombersartwork.com)
Enjoy a sweet treat from the Dessert Pedaler Cakery. Owner Renee Koplan, the aforementioned Zandie Cake creator, is known for her moist confections, especially her pleasantly tart Lemon Cake, rich Berries ‘n Cream Cake, and unique Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Shortbread cookies. Feel free to ask for dietary customization—Renee routinely creates delicious gluten-free and dairy-free options. (dessertpedaler.com)
Pick up fresh farm eggs and Lopez lamb from Flint Beach Ohana. The USDA-inspected lamb makes for a fresh and tender roast.
Spruce up your table setting with colorful glassware from Olive Glass. Artists Lark Dalton and Corrie Haight teamed up in 1983 to create and sell glass creations. Besides glassware, you’ll find glass beads, jewelry, and glass sculptures.
Village Rd., Lopez Village
Saturdays, May–Sept., 10 am–2 pm
Opening Day: May 20 | lopezfarmersmarket.com