Colors of spring: Carnation Farmer's Market opens for ninth year in new shelter | Photo gallery

 A flower vendor assembles a bouquet of early spring flowers on opening day of the Carnation Farmers Market. - Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo
A flower vendor assembles a bouquet of early spring flowers on opening day of the Carnation Farmers Market.
— image credit: Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Rain, hail, sun, and wind welcomed a steady stream of customers to the opening day of the Carnation Farmers Market, Tuesday, May 1. The market is in its ninth year of operation, bringing produce and goods from local growers direct to the public.

New this year is the Tolt Commons Community Shelter, a community project of the city of Carnation.  The timber-frame shelter, with skylights and a cement walkway, was recognized in a dedication ceremony, presided over by Carnation Mayor Jim Berger, with project sponsors USDA, Snoqualmie Tribe, and Sno-Valley Tilth all attending.

More than 20 vendors were present for opening-day events, in a wide, yet balanced variety. Shoppers found a selection of early-season fresh vegetables from several local farms, plant starts to begin their own gardens, fresh butter, cheese, eggs and bread, locally made wine, fresh flowers, and assorted hot food vendors.

A host of booths provided books about local farms and farmers markets, face painting, volunteer opportunities, and community information.

The Carnation Farmers Market is open Tuesdays, 3 to 7 p.m., through November. Music on the Grass, chalk art, and a children’s booth are regular features.

Above, with his fresh-baked goods on display, Alex Williams from Preston Hill Bakery is ready for the start of the day. Courtesy photos.

Below, early spring vegetables and flowers went on sale Tuesday, the first day of this season's Carnation Farmers Market.

Bottom, wnder the cover of the newly built Tolt Commons Community Shelter, market vendors greeted the new season and shoppers with enthusiasm. The shelters will make it possible for the market to extend its season through November this year.


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