Local farmers got a chance to speak directly with Snoqualmie citizens during the first Heirloom Cookshop Farmers Market held on June 1.
Kristen Schumacher, owner and chef of Heirloom Cookshop, opened the farmers market 10 months after she began her business on the corner of Southeast River Street and Fall Avenue. A market she said was always part of her plan for running her own business in Snoqualmie.
A resident of Snoqualmie for the past decade, she said that there was an opportunity to start a farmer’s market in the area for years. Heirloom employee Sarah Hammersmark took on the role of market manager and the two worked to reach out to local farmers and businesses to organize the summer events.
“(Hammersmark) worked really hard to get these moving parts in place,” Schumacher said. “We were really adamant to make sure we had fruit and vegetable produce vendors, eggs dairy, cheese honey, everything we can get out here.”
Invites to participate in the market went out to all the farms in the Valley, Schumacher said. Heirloom’s fellow downtown merchants were also asked to play a role as well.
Several vendors at the event said that it was their first time selling their products at a farmers market, and were excited the reception the first day had received.
The Heirloom market runs every Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. until Aug. 31, but Schumacher said that she is anticipating extending the events through September as well.
“I’m super grateful for the support of the community and the excitement and I love the collaborative feel to it,” she said. “I want everyone to be able to showcase their craft and what they put their life’s work towards.”