You know Spring has officially sprung in Washington state when the farmers markets start opening for the season. Besides low prices on fresh produce, many of them have free live entertainment (sometimes planned, and sometimes not so much – but usually entertaining either way), food trucks and free art exhibits – and well, if it’s large enough, you don’t need to pay that gym fee that day. Plus, your local market may participate in a SNAP-match program. So get on out there and support our local farmers!
Some markets are open year-round, like Ballard’s and Tacoma’s Proctor markets. Below are a few markets that open this weekend; for a complete list, visit the Washington Farmers Market Directory. Eastern WA markets usually open in May.
- Bellingham – opens April 4th with its annual cabbage toss
- Longview – opens April 5th
- Olympia – opens April 3rd
- Port Orchard – opens April 4th
- Poulsbo – opens April 4th
- Port Townsend – opens April 4th
What else is going on? Washington State Parks Department is helping us all celebrate Spring with free entrance to State parks on April 4th. For more information and a complete list of parks, check out their website.
And don’t forget the Skagit Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon! This month-long event includes many more activities than just admiring hundreds of pretty flowers, and is actually set up as a tour best done by bike or car.