Lakewood’s farmers market returns for a second season Tuesday, June 4, with more vendors, live entertainment and a sponsorship deal with the local hospital.
The market will run every Tuesday at City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW, until Sept. 17. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for July 30 and September 10, when the the market will stay open until 7 p.m. The extended hours give visitors a chance to check the market out after work, organizers said.
Tuesday’s kickoff will feature ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mayor Don Anderson and visitors will receive a free reusable market bag with a purchase from any market vendor, while supplies last. The market will feature 36 vendors selling produces, flowers and plants, food and arts and crafts; last year’s market opened with 20 vendors.
The city expects to spend $15,000 on the market but projects to recoup the money from vendor fees, grants and sponsorship deals. St. Clare Hospital recently announced it would contribute $15,000 to sponsor the market and the SummerFEST Triathlon on July 14. The Washington State Employees Credit Union is sponsoring the market entertainment.
About 500 visitors attended each market day last year and spent a total of $45,000 on vendors. A survey found about three-quarters of visitors spent additional dollars in Lakewood during their visit.
The city started the market last year to foster a sense of community, provide fresh food choices to residents and attract visitors to Lakewood Towne Center, the city’s retail core.
Many Pierce County communities large and small – from Tacoma to Puyallup, Gig Harbor to Steilacoom – have farmers markets. Lakewood selected Tuesdays because there’s relatively little competition from neighboring venues that day.
More information on the market can be found by clicking here.
You’re invited to follow Christian Hill on Twitter @TNTchill.