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Bremerton farmers market closes on high note

Market-goers enjoyed some fiddle music at the final Bremerton Farmers Market of the season. - Photo by Steve DeDual
Market-goers enjoyed some fiddle music at the final Bremerton Farmers Market of the season.
— image credit: Photo by Steve DeDual

The Bremerton Farmers Market concluded its fourth and biggest season Oct. 11 with the aroma of freshly grilled burgers wafting through the air.

Local vendors from all over the area were peddling their wares from the parking lot of the Seaside church at 1317 Sheldon Blvd., in the newly beautified Evergreen Park located on Park Avenue two blocks north of 11th Street.

The offerings included many types of hand-made jewelry, locally grown vegetables and fruits, home-made candles, home-made cookies, clothing, plants and flowers and CJ’s Evergreen General Store was on hand serving up burgers, dogs, sausages and more.

The market-goers ranged in age from the elderly to the very young and all seemed to enjoy the atmosphere equally.

Couples sat and chatted at tables provided by CJ’s while they enjoyed their meals and kids danced to the sounds of Kitsap Konnection, an “old-time fiddle” band from Kitsap County.

President of the Bremerton Farmers Market board of directors, Tiffany Royal, said this was the biggest year for the market since its inception four years ago, and this was the first year the Bremerton market operated under the umbrella of the Washington State Farmers Markets Association.

“With it being the end of market, and it’s our last market today, I’d say the board of directors is extremely appreciative of all of the customers who have come to the market and we are also very appreciative of our vendors,” Royal said. “We wouldn’t have this market if it weren’t for the vendors.”

Royal said that this was a very successful year for the market and organizers are looking to get even better in the future.

“We’ve had a really good season and I think everyone is extremely proud and happy with all of the work we’ve all put in together to make this market happen,” she said. “We just hope to make it bigger and better next year too.”

Royal said that everyone involved has learned a lot and they will be able to apply their newly gained knowledge to future markets.

“We’ve learned a lot, and hopefully we’re going to take it to a whole new level,” she said. “We’ve done a lot of work this year making the market what it is today as opposed to what it was a year ago and we’re just hoping to grow on that next year.”

Royal said that the focus now for the next market is getting some balance between the food and the crafts offered.

“We need more farmers and producers,” she said. “More vegetables, more produce, more food. We appreciate all of our crafters and our artists very much. We would just like to see a little more food to just kind of balance things out.”

If you would like more information on the Bremerton Farmers Market, you can go to their web site at http://www.bremertonmarket.com.

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