Opening Day!

It’s hard to believe Opening Day is here already!  The Board and I have been working really hard to make this the best season yet at the Market.  We’ve got new and varied vendors (plus your seasonal favorites), musicians coming back to the market, and payment programs we’re excited to launch this season.

First, I would be remiss to not say a public THANK YOU to Paula Gill for her wonderful artwork and skills in creating our poster this year.  Also, a special note of thanks is due to Mayor Patty Lent for her and the City of Bremerton’s support of the market this season, by waiving our park rental fee.

Join us on Opening Day, at 4pm, for a short ceremony officially opening the Market for the season.  A choral group from Bremerton High School will sing the National Anthem, followed by a short presentation to mayor Patty Lent and an official ribbon cutting.  Then, let your shopping begin!

Who is in for opening day?
FARMERS/GROWERS:
Glenwood Gardens (NEW) – Nancy joins the market this season with her early perennials and shrubs, and dwarf conifers with fantastic foliage.
Gregory Farm – Paul will be with us for opening day, bringing, green onions, greens, and rhubarb, but then won’t be back to market until the blueberries come in June.
Paghat’s Garden (NEW) – Jessica joins the market with her shrubs and garden perennials.
Pheasant Fields Farm – Come see PFF’s astonishing array of plant starts, including 2+ foot tall tomato plants, plus herbs, salad bowls, succulents, and farm fresh eggs.
StartNow – Come see Jean and Glenn and take home some of their lettuce, swiss chard, and pak choy.  I hear early tomatoes are ripening up!  Anyone want to wager a guess on when they’ll make their first appearance in the Market?
The Old Wheelbarrow – Since it’s a bit early yet for too much produce, Clayton and Terry are bringing a variety of plant starts, including heirloom tomatoes, broccoli, endive, celery, kale, cucumbers, and herbs.  Additionally, they’ll have as assortment of potted plants and grasses available.  Expect to see more garden arts and some photo cards accompanying their summer flower bouquets.

FOOD VENDORS:
Borrowed Kitchen Bakery (NEW) – We borrowed her from the Poulsbo Farmers Market and we’re sure you’ll love her handmade goodies, too.  Come meet Lacey and pick up a baguette, a loaf of French bread, cinnamon roll bread and/or cookies bigger than your head!
CJ’s Evergreen General Store – CJ’s is the place to stop and sit a spell for a burger (beef, salmon, or veggie), hotdogs, or a sausage and pie, cookies, or granola and a soda.  Also honey and salsa for sale.
Crimson Cove – Mark & Jody have been working with CB’s Nuts in Kingston and will have a selection of these new smoked nuts for sale, along with their new salmon spread made with Mt. Townsend Creamery’s Fromage Blanc.  Make sure you stop by this booth early, as the salmon spread sells out early at other markets!
Hummingbird Hill Soda – Homemade soda, in a stunning selection of flavors, by Mike & Dee available individually, or in a six-pack.  Return the bottles for reuse and get a discount towards your next purchase.  Stop by and sample their new flavor – Apple Pear.
The Original Organic Kettle Corn (NEW) – Touted as the BEST kettle corn available in the South Sound, and sent away to adoring troops in Iraq & Afghanistan, Richael’s kettle corn is available in two sizes to satisfy your big or little craving.  We bet you’ll be back for more!
Sandy’s Gourmet Indulgence (NEW) – A heavenly selection of chocolate and caramel covered fruits, marshmallows, and pretzel nuggets plus caramels and other confections are sure to tempt you.
Viking Feast Ice Cream (NEW) – Thormod & Asta bring you delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt, and Frozen Icelandic Skyr (without Eyjafjallajökull ash!) made with local milk and eggs.  What is Skyr?  Thormod describes it as being similar to frozen yogurt; according to Wikipedia, it is a cultured dairy product, which is technically a soft cheese.  Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny Thursday and lots of Skyr to try!

CRAFTERS:
Catalina Crafts (NEW) – Sharing a booth with Dani’s Photography, Angie’s talent is evident in her paintings, photo cards and prints, T-shirts, crochet birds, paper crafts, and jewelry.
Dani’s Paintings & Photography (NEW) – Paintings & photography may be in the name, however, Dani has more to offer, including painted flower pots and rocks, hemp bracelets, and paper crafts.
Diane’s Dezines – A Bremerton Farmers Market favorite, Diane returns with her lovely necklaces, bracelets, and other gemstone or wire wrapped jewelry pieces, as well as cell phone cases and accessories.
LuliGirl – Beautiful handmade children’s clothing and accessories from new and vintage fabrics, plus hair accessories, baby blankets, and bibs.  Make sure you stop in to see Amy and pick out a lovely Spring outfit for your favorite little one.
Made in Manette – Carolee is starting the season with a BIG 50% OFF SALE, peruse this special table and see what treasurers you can bring home.  Also, new this season is a punch card for soap. Carolee says, “If coffee shops can do it, so can I!” Buy 6 bars at regular price and get the 7th bar free.  Stay tuned for a new line of “green” products coming soon, too.

NON-PROFITS:
Bremerton Farmers Market Booth – Support your local farmers market by becoming a community member of the market for $30 a year.  Stop by the market booth and talk with Holly, our market manager, for more information.
Kitsap County Master Gardeners – Stop by and visit with the Master Gardeners; you can even bring them a sample or picture of your ill plant for diagnosis. Master Gardeners share the Bremerton Farmers Market Information booth.

Coming Soon!
Davis Family Farm (June)
London Maid Crumpets (June)
Scoops Roasted Almonds & Bavarian Bratwursts (mid-June)
Mel’s Bells Jewelry (May 13)

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