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If it’s a Tuesday, head to the market in Silverdale

Surrounded by fresh berries from the Hayton Farms in the Skagit Valley, Kaylin Morris waits for customers at last Tuesday’s Silverdale Farmers Market. Fresh fruits, vegetables and crafts are among the items shown each week. - Michelle Beahm
Surrounded by fresh berries from the Hayton Farms in the Skagit Valley, Kaylin Morris waits for customers at last Tuesday’s Silverdale Farmers Market. Fresh fruits, vegetables and crafts are among the items shown each week.
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Some come for the cookies.

Others come for jerky.

Still others just happen to be in the neighborhood.

Regardless of the reason, the Silverdale Farmers Market is the place to be on Tuesdays.

The market sets up by the Silverdale Waterfront Park from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. every week, and is host to people selling anything from berries to jewelry.

“It is a very nice place, very friendly,” said Norman McVay. McVay is an artist who works with fused glass to make jewelry, coasters and “lots of flat stuff.” He’s been doing that for more than 30 years and is a regular at the Silverdale Farmers Market.

Another weekly vender is Monica’s Waterfront Bakery and Cafe. Mark Downen, working the cafe’s booth, said he’s there to get exposure and to let people know that there is a bakery in Old Town Silverdale.

“We always get a cookie from Monica’s,” said Jessica Davidson, who attends the market with her two sons every week.

Flowers and produce were a big part of the market this week.

“I have actually sold a lot of berries today,” said Kaylin Morris, who was working at the Hayton Farms booth. Hayton Farms, located in Skagit Valley, grows all kinds of berries. This week she had strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. She’s there every week, she said.

But Carol Johnson, who runs Seabeck Jam, doesn’t follow the “every week” trend of many other marketers.

“I’m a fair weather vender,” she laughed. If the weather’s nice, she’ll be at the market.

“This market I really like, because it’s small, it’s friendly and my customers know I’m here,” said Johnson. Her jams include some traditional flavors and more specialized ones as well. She does a lot of combinations in her jams and even makes jalapeño jam and pickle jam.

This week there were some newcomers to the market as well.

“It’s interesting,” said Daniel Evolts, who was attending the farmer’s market for the first time with his wife and son. “Lot of diversity here, lot of variety.” Evolts said that he and his wife were bringing their son to the park when they noticed the market and decided to drop by.

Evolts said he wasn’t planning on buying anything, but “the wife’s shopping it up right now,” he laughed.

Some venders have been selling their products at farmers markets for years.

Rachel and Ed Anderson, who make quilts, bibs, aprons and more, have been selling at markets for seven years.

They haven’t been at the Silverdale market that long, but they’re regulars in Port Orchard.

Dave Osborn of Big Bear’s Smoke House is also a regular.

“This is year number 15 for me,” he said. “I’m retired twice and I get to do pretty much what I want to do.”

He sells beef and turkey jerky, smoked salmon, beef sausage and smoked halibut, when it’s in season.

“I enjoy being out in the sunshine,” he said. “And getting a chance to interact with the public.”

 

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