Featuring more vendors in the first week than were in attendance any week last year, the Seaside Farmers Market is open for the summer season.
Visitors and shoppers milled about the field adjacent to the Seaside American Legion Post 99 on Broadway, perusing and buying fresh fruits and vegetables, potted starter plants, flowers, baked goods and honey.
The market, which is in its second consecutive year, will be open each Wednesday, 3-7 p.m., through Sept. 30.
Nine vendors attended the first market, providing a wide variety of goods, and there were a few who did not make it but plan to be at future markets, Market Manager Rachael Bailey said.
In March, Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District was granted a variance from the city that expanded the permitted sales associated with the market and allowed vendors to sell prepared food cooked on-site, as well as up to 20 percent nonfood, artisanal items.
The American Legion was selling hamburgers on-site, and other prepared-food vendors plan to join at some point in the season, which is shaping up nicely. Bailey said.
Vendors at the first market included: Grace Body Essentials, A&B Farms, Blackberry Bog Farm, Lazy Creek Farm, Dough Dough Wholesale Bakery, Starvation Alley Farms, Two Hens in a Basket and a couple others. Attendees could buy fresh produce, scones and bread, a variety of berries, soaps and moisturizers, oyster mushroom kits, organic cranberry juice, farm-fresh eggs and more, all produced by local and regional businesses and individuals.
The market also was attended by representatives for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, and the Clatsop County Master Gardeners. The Seaside Public Library held a children’s storytime event. Kristin Tschannen of Seaside Yoga gave a free kids yoga lesson and Alena Sheldon provided music entertainment for the afternoon. Yoga lessons and live music will be at the market each week.
Patrons also can get a 2015 Seaside Farmers Market passport. With each visit to the market, they can get the passport stamped at the information booth. At the end of the season, event organizers will have a drawing of the passports that have at least 12 of 16 weekly stamps for the season. Winners will get prizes for being frequent shoppers.
For more information, visit the Seaside Farmers Market Facebook page or www.seasidemarket.org.