The Bellingham Farmers Market is getting ready to open its 22nd season on Saturday, April 5.
As is the market’s tradition, Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville will help start the festivities by tossing a ceremonial cabbage prior to the opening bell ringing at 10 a.m.
Several new area farms join the weekly outdoor market this year, including Bluebell Gardens, Brittle Barn Farms, Leaky Dam Farm, Mariposa, Outer County Farm, and Spring Time Farms.
Also new in 2014 are several vendors serving ready-to-eat items and crafts. Newcomers include Kat’s Crepes, Good to Go Meat Pies, Food Haus, Skagit Valley Cured Meats, Cherry Clothes for Kids, Creative Muds pottery, Earthen Home natural cleaning supplies, and Tamara Kelly jewelry.
The nonprofit Sustainable Connections will also be distributing free copies of its 2014 Whatcom Food & Farm Finder during the market’s opening day. The annual publication features a map and guide to local food and agricultural businesses, including restaurants and farms.
The Bellingham Farmers Market will take place from 10 .m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday until Christmas. It is located at Depot Market Square, at 1100 Railroad Ave., in downtown Bellingham.