Love the Queen Anne Farmers Market? Yes? Then we have great news! The QAFM Association just announced this week that they’re going to be expanding – in dates, size and programming – for the 2010 season!
Beginning May 20 this year, the market will again run on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. at W Crocket St. and Queen Anne Ave N., through October 7, adding additional dates and lengthening the market area to provide for more stalls and vendors. QAFMA wrote in a press release Monday,
In response to vendor and customer feedback, QAFMA is adding five weeks to the market season and has plans to expand the site into the Queen Anne Pool parking lot, which will allow for a greater variety of farm stalls, prepared food vendors, and mobile food vendors. The option of staying open later, up to 8:00 p.m., in midsummer is also being pursued. Children’s activities will be expanded to teach the importance of eating fresh, healthy foods, and the popular events program returns with a strong line up of local chefs, food authors, workshops and music.
In 2009 the market decided to downsize from previous years and focus on foods, rather than crafts, as per requests from the community. Still, according to Executive Director Julie Whitehorn, even with the smaller market, sales increased.
“Our community responded in a big way,” she said. “While the economy adversely impacted some farmers markets last year, we saw a 10 percent gain in vendor sales over 2008. This happened despite a new location and new management.”
This season QAFMA will welcome many new vendors, musicians, performers and programs. Also new: This year the market will be accepting Washington State WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons and WIC Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons, and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The market surplus donation program, which gave over 1,500 pounds of food from market farmers to the Queen Anne Helpline last year, will also continue.