In 4 weeks from today, May 6th, the first ever Mountlake Terrace farmer’s market opens for the season. Local farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and more will be available Thursdays from 3-7 pm on the street in front of the former (and future) civic campus property on 58th Ave W just north of the library.
The market is officially run by the Mountlake Terrace Business Association, though the city has made some provisions such as a sign code amendment and decreased fees to help get the market going.
The market will start out with 25 vendors, who pay a fee based on their profit. The MLTBA has hired Grant Davidson to manage the market. He also manges farmer’s markets in Lake Forest Park, Woodinville and Crossroads in Bellevue. The market manager is payed a fee per week as well as a percentage of the fees collected by the vendors. Premera Blue Cross, the city’s largest employer, has signed on a a sponsor of the market.
Surveys taken during the planning stages of the Town Center project showed that a farmer’s market ranked high on the amenities that Mountlake Terrace residents would like in the Town Center neighborhood. A committee spent many months researching the best place in the neighborhood to put the market and they settled on the proposed location.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2:30 pm on May 6th.
Will the farmers market be a regular stop on your Thursday afternoons?