It’s Edmonds Summer Market Time!
While sunshine and warm temps are highly anticipated this time of year in Edmonds, the annual start to the Edmonds Summer Market has become one of the official harbingers of summer.
Right on the heels of the smaller Garden Market that runs from May 4th to June 8th, the Summer Market starts its season June 15th and runs every Saturday until October 5th (with the exception of August 17th due to Taste Edmonds). The market opens at 9am and runs until 3pm on 5th and Main and up Bell Street downtown.
Known locally as one of the best farmer’s markets in the region, you can find a huge variety of products at the market every Saturday. Fresh produce from local farms, organic food items, incredible baked goods, cut flower bouquets, handmade crafts and jewelry, specialty foods like jams, chocolates, and more.
Earl Bricker of Edmonds’ own ANGRY FISH jams has been a vendor of the Summer Market for the past five years. “We enjoy the diversity of the Market, both in the vendors and the crowds. ANGRY FISH can also get the fruit and berries needed for our jams at a better price dealing directly with the growers.”
ANGRY FISH makes incredible jams in flavors like Peach-Mango-Ginger and Raspberry-Habanero that complement all sorts of foods from fresh fish to artisan crackers or bread, which you can pick up at the market.
“Having a booth at both the Garden and Summer Markets gives us enough exposure to run our business through the rest of the year. Being selected as a vendor is really quite an honor, all of the vendors are of high quality” he continued.
Home goods from Housewares
Find everything you need
A favorite reason for many to visit the market is to pick up farm fresh fruits and vegetables, locally-sourced meat or fish, and perhaps a sweet treat (or two) to take home to create a delectable summer dinner. If that’s on your agenda, swing by local shops The Wooden Spoon or Housewares to find beautiful serving ware and table linens to make your meal a masterpiece.
Glass garden art from Garden Gear
Along with the stalls offering vibrant bouquets of fresh cut flowers, you’ll find vendors offering plants and starts of many varieties for your garden. The experts at Garden Gear can help you with any gardening tools you may need as well as garden art and pots for your new green thumb endeavors.
The market doesn’t just feature amazing food items and flowers, each week you will find a plethora of vendors offering items by local craftspeople and artists. Candles, bath and body products, jewelry, and even handmade furniture can be seen among the stalls.
A popular booth is run by Inkkni Design, run by the Portugal family of Edmonds, who have been staples at the market for the last three years. They screen print designs of their own creation on shirts, onesies, tote bags and more, all with a local Edmonds flair.
“I love being able to support other local artists and get our name out there. We love to trade goods with everyone and always go home with such great stuff – from salsa to earrings! We have made many friends over the years both customers and other vendors. My daughter even ended up helping on an Alpaca farm because of the market!” Sarah Portugal told us.
Food for all moods
Another feature of the Summer Market are the ready-to-eat food stalls and food trucks so you can grab a bite while you stroll and shop the wares of stalls lining the streets.
Of course there are many delicious Edmonds eateries within walking distance if you desire a more leisurely dining experience either pre- or post-market shopping.
Across the street from the entrance, The Market has new expanded deck seating area complete with a Frosé machine (frozen rosé). Across the street is the newly opened Maize & Barley with a menu featuring arepas, a Caribbean-style sandwich. A quick walk down Main Street you’ll find Chanterelle with their famous tomato bisque as well as Salt & Iron if you are in the mood for an Instagram-worthy meal.
Just remember, keep your four-legged friends at home (service animals are of course welcome). The lineup of vendors changes week to week so you never know what special item you might discover. It’s worth the trip over and over again from now until October.
As Earl says, “You can literally find everything you need at the Summer Market, for your business and your home, all in one location. Plus, it’s fun!”
By Kelsey Foster, photos by Matt Hulbert