Market fun

Puyallup Farmers Market sprouts

By J.M. Simpson on May 31, 2007

The Puyallup Main Street Farmers Market is bigger and better than ever.

A tradition in downtown Puyallup for the past 20-plus years, the market’s vendors offer an enchanting array of unique products and excellent food.

“We’re the first in the area to have cherries and fresh peas,” exclaims Janie Morris, the market’s manager, as vendors set up booths featuring food, knitted wearable art, flowers, pottery and jewelry, just to name a few.

“Peas come and see us,” she says with an easy smile.

Morris has a point.

Along with peas, the market will be offering all kinds of fresh berries, corn and tomatoes … to say nothing of the fresh baked bread and other pastries available.

“It makes sense to eat fresh and shop local,” continues Morris.  “And with the high price of gasoline, we’re close by.”

For many of the vendors, the Puyallup Main Street Farmers Market is the place to be.

“This is a great place; I particularly love the open space,” comments Ann Reilly, owner of Enchanted Clay Pottery & Sculpture, as she stands in front of the pavilion.  “They’ve really done a nice job of making this an awesome market.”

The numbers bear out Reilly’s statement; last year over $1 million was spent at the market.  And although the number of vendors may vary from one weekend to the next, by July there will be 150 vendors at the market.

“I’ve been coming here for the past eight years,” says Jon Guthrie, owner of Guthrie’s Garden Art, as he sets out his steel art of animals, fairies and birdbaths.  “This is the only market I work because it is so good.”

[Puyallup Main Street Farmers Market, through October, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, 107 N. Meridian, Puyallup, 253.840.2631]