The Bellingham Farmers Market will come to life for the 17th year on Saturday April 4 with the mayor tossing out the cabbage to open the season. Farmer's, crafter's, and food vendors will take to the Depot Market Square Saturday at 10:00 AM. You'll be able to buy fresh organic produce, although probably not much yet this time of year, bedding plants, trees, flowers, as well as jewelry, furniture, hula hoop's, art, baked goods, and of course lunch from the large variety of food vendors. There will be organic eggs and cupcakes, ice cream and coffee not to mention the live entertainment for the buskers singing and playing music, juggling and doing magic. There's the occasional clown and someone making balloon animals.
I have fond memories of being a vendor at the market for many years. In my former career as a massage therapist I look forward to doing chair massage at the market every Saturday at a booth we called The Palms. You can still get a 15 minute massage to release distress of the day at the market. The market is a social phenomena as well as a place to buy stuff. Lots of people in Bellingham look forward to farmers market not only to buy their organic food, but to see their friends and acquaintances. After long winter it's good to get out and see people you might not have seen in a long while.
See you at the market.
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