Fife channeled its agricultural roots Wednesday with the debut of the city’s first farmers market.
The market will offer locally grown produce to residents who don’t have access to a major grocery store in the city limits, as well as art, activities, live music and other services.
Mayor Rob Cerqui, who is a fourth-generation vegetable farmer, said the long-awaited market will provide residents and the working population with fresh, local food options every week during the Wednesday lunch hour and also increase visibility for local businesses.
“We’ve got a lot of retail businesses people aren’t aware of,” he said after the ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday.
Fife, a city of about 9,200, has seen a gradual decline of the farming industry as development has increased along the Interstate 5 corridor to support the booming port. The increasingly industrial city in the backyard of the Port of Tacoma was founded by farmers who were attracted to the area for its rich topsoil.
Laurel Potter, manager of the market, said the new effort gives the remaining farmers in the area another outlet to sell their products.
“It might keep them here a little longer,” she said.
The farmers market will operate every Wednesday at Fife City Hall from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. until Aug. 28. Potter said the season could be extended if the market is successful and weather cooperates.
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