A second year of the Lakewood Farmers Market is a “given” due to the success of its first season that officials recently extended, the city’s parks and recreation director said Friday.
The market will open for two more weeks — 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18 — in response to requests from visitors and vendors alike, said Mary Dodsworth, the director.
“That’s a given,” she said, when asked about market’s return next year. “It’s been a great success. We know we’re going to do it next year.”
Dodsworth said the market did see a drop in visitors and vendors on Tuesday, the first date of the extended season, which she attributed to the start of school.
Once the season ends, the market’s leadership team will reconvene to review feedback from visitors and vendors to determine, among other things, the best dates, times and mix of vendors for the market’s second go-around, Dodsworth said.
Residents can share their opinions about the market by clicking here. An online survey will be posted on the city’s website soon.
The city budgeted $5,000 in lodging tax revenue to start up and promote the market with a goal of fostering a sense of community, providing fresh food choices to residents, and attracting visitors to Lakewood Towne Center, the city’s retail core.
Residents have mentioned the need for a farmers market in Lakewood over the years, but no individual or group had come forward. After a recent inquiry, Dodsworth and city staff scheduled a meeting in February to gauge community support, and the resulting committee helped grow the idea.
Many Pierce County communities large and small – from Tacoma to Puyallup, Gig Harbor to Steilacoom – have farmers markets. Lakewood selected Tuesdays because there’s virtually no competition from neighboring venues that day.
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