Woodinville Farmers Market reopens

Little Poka, a small business owned by nine-year-old Rumi Peterson
and her brother Kai, made T-shirt sales on Saturday morning.
Heather Domenico courtesy photo.

By Meghan McLaughlin

DeYoung Park welcomed back Woodinville Farmers Market for its 2021 season opening day on Saturday, May 1. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors wandered among 10 vendor tents, where spirits and sales were high.

“It’s nice to be a part of this again,” said President of Woodinville Farmers Market Carol Wardlow. “I love this market. I’m protective of it because having a farmers market is really important for the community.”

The first 200 visitors got reusable Woodinville Farmers Market water bottles and stickers at the information booth. The COVID pandemic shut down last year’s venue, so veteran vendors were excited to get back to the market, and first-time vendors were eager to make their first market sales.

Michele Marquart of Glass Fused Art was “very excited, to say the least,” about the market’s reopening. Marquart has been creating art and jewelry inspired by nature, wineries and marine life out of glass for more than a decade.

Two tents over, Maddie Fakenbridge of Spurs N’ Sage, experienced her first-ever farmers market. Snohomish’s rustic feel inspires Fakenbridge’s hand-poured soy candles and home fragrances. Spurs N’ Sage is not even a year old, as Fakebridge graduated from college in July 2020.

“I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my free time, so I decided I wanted to start a hobby,” Fakenbridge said. “My hobby turned into a business, and it got me here.”

The Black Flag, a barbecue sauce and seasoning company by owner Scott Cleese, also began last year after working on recipes as a hobby for years.

Bothell Baking Company Chief Baking Officer Hillary Carstens is another new business owner in the area. Carstens began in December 2019 and baked in the commercial kitchen at the 21 Acres Center for a few months before the pandemic hit Washington. Now seven months into it, Bothell Baking Company does deliveries, is featured in wineries, and caters for weddings, corporate events and private parties.

“What makes us different is we source as much as we can from Washington farms,” Carstens said. “So the eggs, the butter, the flour, the dairy, the berries—as much as we can get, we get from small farms. For things that don’t grow here in Washington, we use organic ingredients.”

An hour before the market closed, Bothell Baking Company had only one box of baked goods left for customers after a successful day of sales. Another vendor, Chou Valley Fresh, was sold out of all bouquets by 2 p.m.

Three jewelry vendors came prepared with extensive inventories, including K-Kreations, Stamping Cat Studio and Which Way This Way. Kowmudi Abburi of K-Kreations makes unique jewelry and fulfills custom requests for customers. Shannon Cole of Stamping Cat Studio began stamping paper and moved on to stamping metal alloys into jewelry, bookmarks and keychains.

Eva Peterson of Which Way This Way specializes in filigree, a form of metalwork, had her products on display. Her family accompanied her in the booth. Her kids, Rumi and Kai, created Little Poka, a T-shirt and stickers company, to learn how to operate a business as a homeschool project.

In the vendor booth next door, Steve Jones, also known as Mr. Sawdust, sold wooden scroll saw creations and has for many years at the Woodinville Farmers Market. Another mainstay of the market is Golden Girls Honey and Hives, Wardlow’s own company.

As a vendor and president of the market, Wardlow was incredibly excited about the market’s return. Wardlow is a beekeeper with her husband, and they sell their honey at multiple markets.

“I see people I haven’t seen for years,” Wardlow said. “I see my neighbors. This is my community. My bees can even fly this far.”

The Woodinville Farmers Market will run every Saturday through September 25. Next year, the market will move from DeYoung Park to Festival Street at the Schoolhouse District development.

“It’s going to be more like some of the bigger markets,” Wardlow said. “It’s pedestrian-only and has a wonderful layout made for us. It’ll be fantastic.”

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