NB farmer's market starts this weekend

NORTH BEND - An idea that was planted three years ago continues to bear fruit as the North Bend Farmers Market prepares for another summer of offering fresh flowers, produce and arts and crafts items.

The farmers market takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Mount Si Senior Center, 411 Main Ave. S. It will return every Saturday to the senior center until October.

Karen Lee, who first came up with the idea for the farmers market, said it will feature a variety of items and vendors, from vegetables to flowers to soap makers to hanging baskets.

As it starts, the farmers market will have about 14 different vendors, but that number will probably increase over the summer.

"The major draw of the market has always been the flowers and the fresh produce," Lee said.

Tonie Morgan with the city of North Bend said that's why she goes to the farmers market.

"I attend because I like to have the freshest fruits and vegetables available," she said, adding that their low cost makes them attractive to those on fixed incomes.

For the past two years, the farmers market was run by a small number of people. This year, Morgan said, a board of directors has been created, and the farmers market will seek to become a nonprofit organization. Anyone who wants to help out is welcome.

"We can always use more volunteers," Lee said.

Over the past two years, the farmers market has seen its attendance increase, and Morgan said organizers would like to see that trend continue.

"That's one of our goals is to make it [have] a stronger hold in the community," she said.

* For more information on the North Bend Farmers Market, or to volunteer, call Lee at (425) 831-5840.

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